must heed the call of conscience, redemption, expansion, healing,
and unity, for they are the key to achieving our mission."
"If, in my high moments, I have done some good,
offered some service, shed some light, healed some wounds, rekindled
some hope, or stirred someone from apathy and indifference, or in
any way along the way helped somebody, then this campaign has not
been in vain."
"If there were occasions when my grape turned into
a raisin and my joy bell lost its resonance, please forgive me.
Charge it to my head and not to my heart. My head -- so limited in
its finitude; my heart, which is boundless in its love for the human
family. I am not a perfect servant. I am a public servant doing my
best against the odds. As I develop and serve, be patient: God is
not finished with me yet."
"America is not like a blanket -- one piece of unbroken cloth, the same color,
the same texture, the same size. America is more like a quilt: many patches,
many pieces, many colors, many sizes, all woven and held together by a common
thread. The white, the Hispanic, the black, the Arab, the Jew, the woman, the
native American, the small farmer, the businessperson, the environmentalist, the
peace activist, the young, the old, the lesbian, the gay, and the disabled make
up the American quilt."
"We must return to higher ground.
We are bound by Moses and Jesus, but also connected with Islam and Mohammed.
These three great religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, were all born in
the revered and holy city of Jerusalem."
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