Never approach a bull from the front, a horse from the rear, or a fool from any direction.
I am an American; free born and free bred, where I acknowledge no man as my superior, except for his own worth, or as my inferior, except for his own demerit.
Blessed are they who have nothing to say and who cannot be persuaded to say it.
— James Russell Lowell
The essence of America, that which really unites us, is not ethnicity, or nationality or religion. It is an idea, and what an idea it is—that you can come from humble circumstances and do great things.
— Condoleezza Rice