Quote by Red Skelton
If I may I would like to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and give you a definition for each word.I: me, an individual, a committee of one.Pledge: dedicate all of my worldly goods to give without self-pity.Allegiance: my love and my devotion.To the Flag: our standard, Old Glory, a symbol of freedom. Wherever she waves, there is respect because your loyalty has given her a dignity that shouts freedom is everybodys job.Of the United: that means that we have all come together.States: individual communities that have united into 48 great states, 48 individual communities with pride and dignity and purpose, all divided with imaginary boundaries, yet united to a common purpose, and thats love for country.Of America. And to the Republic: a state in which sovereign power is invested in representatives chosen by the people to govern. And government is the people and its from the people to the leaders, not from the leaders to the people.For which it stands. One nation: meaning, so blessed by God.Indivisible: incapable of being divided.With liberty: which is freedom and the right of power to live ones own life without threats or fear or some sort of retaliation.And justice: The principle or quality of dealing fairly with others.For all: which means its as much your country as it is mine.
This quote provides a breakdown and explanation of each word in the Pledge of Allegiance, expressing a personal interpretation of its meaning. It highlights the significance of individual dedication and love for one's country, symbolized by the flag. It emphasizes the unity and collective purpose of the United States, formed by individual communities with pride and common goals. The quote defines the republic as a government chosen by the people, highlighting the importance of fair governance. It culminates with the idea that America is a nation of freedom, justice, and inclusivity, belonging to all its citizens.
I never complained of the vicissitudes of fortune, nor suffered my face to be overcast at the revolution of the heavens, except once, when my feet were bare, and I had not the means of obtaining shoes. I came to the chief of Kfah in a state of much dejection, and saw there a man who had no feet. I returned thanks to God and acknowledged his mercies, and endured my want of shoes with patience, and exclaimed,
Whoso would be a man, must be a nonconformist. He who would gather immortal palms must not be hindered by the name of goodness, but must explore it if it be goodness. Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind. Absolve you to yourself, and you shall have the suffrage of the world.