• Americas
  • Leadership
  • Democracy
  • Equality
  • Freedom
  • Government
  • History
  • Honesty
  • Honor
  • Patriotism
  • Progress

 

Americas:

"…we for our part shall hasten with the most lively interest to initiate consideration of an American pact, which, forming all our republlics into a single body politic, will present America to the world in an aspect of majesty and grandeur unexampled among the nations of antiquity. America this unified, if Heaven grant our desire, may be called the queen of nations and the mother of republics".

Simón Bolívar, 1818

"The vision of one generation is the project of the next; the project of this generation is the accomplished fact of the next; the fact of this generation passes into history with the next, and all the world wonders that men have so long been blind(…) You gentlemen who participate in this conference between all the peoples of the Western Hemisphere are the advance guard in the greatest movement since civilization began towards the brotherhood of man and the federation of the world".

Elihu Root, 1889

"Our heroes of North and South America, Washington and Bolívar, Lincoln and San Martín, might all have been fashioned in a single hour, in the same mold; they were laborers in a common task. Our constitutions, the fruit of their might, were inspired by equal visions, and have the family resemblance of plants nurtured in the same soil".

Gabriela Mistral, 1931

"Every country has something to teach and something to learn; thus, all af us Latin Americans must play a part in this challenge of our destiny. For this reason, the financing of development is a joint responsibility of the hemisphere; integration, insofar as it is an effort, must be made by Latin Americans for the benefit of Latin Americans".

Galo Plaza, 1968

"The essential qualities of a true Pan Americanism must be the same as those which constitute a good neighbor; namely, mutual understanding, and through such understanding, a sympathetic appeciation of the other’s point of view. It is only in this manner that we can hope to build up a system of which confidence, friendship, and good will are the cornerstones…"

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1933

"…these countries with all possible differences between them in size and population, have established their union on the basis of the most absolute equality. Here the vote of the smallest balances the vote of the greatest. So many sovereign States would not have been drawn so spontaneously and so strongly together, as if by an irresistible force, if there did not exist throughout them, at the bottom or at the top of each national conscience, the feeling of a destiny common to all America".

Joaquim Nabuco, 1908

"We sincere Pan Americanists want to see America united; we want to make it strong and great, not only in order to enjoy peace and to live happily in our corner of the world, but also in order to enable America to be more useful to humanity. Only thus can our continent completely fulfill its destiny".

Luis Quintanilla

 

Leadership:

"It is time for a new generation of leadership, to coope with new problems and new opportunities. For there is a new world to be won."

John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit."

Harry S. Truman

 

Democracy:

"…Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth."

Abraham Lincoln.

"No less characteristic in a democracy is social justice.

This demands a solution to the frightening indexes of infant mortality, of malnutrition, lack of education illiteracy, wages not sufficient to sustain life" Rigoberta Menchú, 1995

 

Equality:

"I have a dream, that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today!"

Martin Luther King, Jr.

"I have a dream that one day… the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood."

Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

Freedom:

" Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspaper, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter".

Thomas Jefferson.

" Whenever men take the lae into their own hands, the loser is the law. And when the law loses freedom languishes."

Robert Francis Kennedy.

 

Government:

"Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action."

George Washington.

"Human security is a matter of human dignity. It is a child who does not die, a disease that did not spread, an ethnic tension that did not explode, a dissident who was not silenced, a human spirit that was not crushed".

Oscar Arias, 1995

 

History:

"History is a relentless master. It has no present, only the past rushing into the future. To try to hold fast is to be swept aside."

John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

 

Honesty:

"Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom."

Thomas Jefferson.

"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

Abraham Lincoln

 

Honor:

"It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees!"

Emiliano Zapata.

"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both." Dwight David Eisenhower

 

Patriotism:

"Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country."

John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

 

Progress:

"There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still."

Franklin D. Roosevelt.