Build me a son, O Lord, who will be strong enough to know when he is weak, and brave enough to face himself when he is afraid, one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat, and humble and gentle in victory.
My name is `Abdu'l-BahÃ¡ [literally, Servant of Baha]. My qualification is `Abdu'l-BahÃ¡. My reality is `Abdu'l-BahÃ¡. My praise is `Abdu'l-BahÃ¡. Thraldom to the Blessed Perfection [BahÃ¡'u'llÃ¡h] is my glorious and refulgent diadem, and servitude to all the human race my perpetual religion... No name, no title, no mention, no commendation have I, nor will ever have, except `Abdu'l-BahÃ¡. This is my longing. This is my greatest yearning. This is my eternal life. This is my everlasting glory.
Governments, like clocks, go from the motion men give them, and as governments are made and moved by men, so by them they are ruined too. Wherefore governments rather depend upon men, than men upon governments. Let men be good, and the government cannot be bad; if it be ill, they will cure it. But if men be bad, let the government be never so good, they will endeavour to warp and spoil it to their turn.
I thought if anyone need a leg up, it was our foster children. So, I started getting involved in education reform, and that was back in 1998. And as a result of all the reform work that I had done, people urged me to run for the Minnesota state Senate. I did, I was there for six years.