As we approach the country’s annual birthday celebration on July 4, I offer you the words of some of America’s greatest leaders. I’m sharing these ones because they are poignant for city builders of all walks of life- elected, appointed, volunteer or otherwise. Whether you’re embarking on a massive development project, engaging citizens about the future of their neighborhoods or trying to breathe new life into a tired, historic building these quotes are offered as inspiration for your work.
Creating great places is difficult. The work is hard. And thankless. But, it is important for everyone in the community- the resident, the entrepreneur, the elderly and the children.
So whether you attend a party this coming weekend, or watch fireworks, or cheer at a parade, save a moment to celebrate your own efforts on behalf of the place you love. You deserve it!
“Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.” Theodore Roosevelt
“Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.” Benjamin Franklin
“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” Theodore Roosevelt
“Men often oppose a thing merely because they have had no agency in planning it, or because it may have been planned by those whom they dislike.” Alexander Hamilton
“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” Abraham Lincoln