Old Quotes

Posted March 9, 2014

“We are born into this world to do and act a certain way.  We actually have a…universal right to “be ourselves…” from The Tao of Public Service by Eric Z. Lucas

Posted January 16, 2014

“We look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms.  The first is freedom of speech and expression— everywhere in the world. The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way — everywhere in the world. The third is freedom from want—everywhere in the world. The fourth is freedom from fear — everywhere in the world…”  The Four Freedoms, by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Posted January 6, 2014

“We make a mistake when we assume some people are significant and others have no significance at all.”  By Eric Z. Lucas, from The Tao of Public Service

Posted December 10, 2013

“One of characteristics of self-actualizing people…is their relative
independence of the physical and social environment.  Since they are propelled by growth
motivation rather than deficiency motivation, self-actualizing people are
not dependent for their main satisfactions on the real world, or other people
or culture or means to ends or, in gener­al, on extrinsic satisfactions.  Rather they are dependent for their own development and continued growth on their own potenti­alities and latent resources…”  From The Tao of Public Service by Eric Z. Lucas, quoting Abraham Maslow, Motivation and Personality (1954).

Posted December 2, 2013

“In a word Dharma is the conceptual expression of the practical understanding that for everyone there is only one way leading to perfection.”

From the Tao of Public Service, by Eric Z. Lucas, quoting Count Hermann Keyserling, 1929.

Posted November 25, 2013

“One must be inwardly prepared for what one undertakes, whatever it may be; ultimately one is only justified in aspiring to an ideal conforming to one’s personal inner reality.”

From the Tao of Public Service, by Eric Z. Lucas, quoting Count Hermann Keyserling, 1929.

Posted November 19, 2013

“And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you–ask what you can do for your country.  My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.

Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God’s work must truly be our own.”

President John F. Kennedy, Inaugural Address, January 20, 1961

Posted November 12, 2013

“Service as a Way of Life”…is service based on recognition of the practical reality that in living our human lives “we are all in this together.” This understanding demands that we do our best work for each other.

From We Are All In This Together:  A New View of Citizenship, by Eric Z. Lucas

Posted November 4, 2013

“The essential thing is not information, but understanding, and understanding can only be attained by personal creative application…Information is gained from without to the inside; understanding is a creative process in the opposite direction…”  from The Tao of Public Service, quoting Count Hermann Keyserling, 1929

Posted October 28, 2013

“In everyday life, every single person has the power to change the
world…”

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