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With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come. Let it be said by our children’s children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God’s grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations.

Inaugural Address (2009)

 

Hope is the bedrock of this nation. The belief that our destiny will not be written for us, but by us, by all those men and women who are not content to settle for the world as it is, who have the courage to remake the world as it should be.

Iowa Caucus Victory Speech, Delivered at the Iowa Democratic caucus on 3 January 2008

 

For peace is not merely the absence of visible conflict. Only a just peace based on the inherent rights and dignity of every individual can truly be lasting.

“Barack H. Obama – Nobel Lecture: A Just and Lasting Peace”. Nobelprize.org. 18 Nov 2012

 

But we do not have to think that human nature is perfect for us to still believe that the human condition can be perfected. We do not have to live in an idealized world to still reach for those ideals that will make it a better place. The non- violence practiced by men like Gandhi and King may not have been practical or possible in every circumstance, but the love that they preached – their fundamental faith in human progress – that must always be the North Star that guides us on our journey.

“Barack H. Obama – Nobel Lecture: A Just and Lasting Peace”. Nobelprize.org. 18 Nov 2012

 

We can acknowledge that oppression will always be with us, and still strive for justice. We can admit the intractability of depravation, and still strive for dignity. Clear-eyed, we can understand that there will be war, and still strive for peace. We can do that – for that is the story of human progress; that’s the hope of all the world; and at this moment of challenge, that must be our work here on Earth.

“Barack H. Obama – Nobel Lecture: A Just and Lasting Peace”. Nobelprize.org. 18 Nov 2012

 

Let us reach for the world that ought to be – that spark of the divine that still stirs within each of our souls.

“Barack H. Obama – Nobel Lecture: A Just and Lasting Peace”. Nobelprize.org. 18 Nov 2012

 

For if we lose that faith – if we dismiss it as silly or naïve; if we divorce it from the decisions that we make on issues of war and peace – then we lose what’s best about humanity. We lose our sense of possibility. We lose our moral compass.

“Barack H. Obama – Nobel Lecture: A Just and Lasting Peace”. Nobelprize.org. 18 Nov 2012

 

My identity might begin with the fact of my race, but it didn’t, couldn’t, end there.

Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance by Barack Obama

No one is exempt from the call to find common ground.

The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream by Barack Obama

 

By these standards at least, it sometimes appears that Americans today value nothing so much as being rich, thin, young, famous, safe, and entertained. We say we value the legacy we leave the next generation and then saddle that generation with mountains of debt. We say we believe in equal opportunity but then stand idle while millions of American children languish in poverty. We insist that we value family, but then structure our economy and organize our lives so as to ensure that our families get less and less of our time.

The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream by Barack Obama

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