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"I leave you, hoping that the lamp of liberty will burn in your bosoms until there shall no longer be a doubt that all men are created free and equal."

The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln edited by Roy P. Basler, Volume II, "Speech at Chicago, Illinois" (July 10, 1858), p. 502.






"...He gave us of his love that we, too, in turn, might give. He gave that we might give of ourselves, that we might give to one another until there would be no room, no room at all, for the bigotry, the hatred, prejudice, and the arrogance which converged in that moment of horror to strike him down.

In leaving us -- these gifts, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, President of the United States, leaves with us. Will we take them...? Will we have, now, the sense and the responsibility and the courage to take them?

I pray to God that we shall and under God we will."

Senator Mike Mansfield (D-MT), the longest-serving majority leader in U.S. Senate history, and later Ambassador to Japan, in a eulogy of John F. Kennedy.