Tuesday, August 31, 2004

My Country Awake

My Country Awake
Where the mind is without fear and the head held high;
Where knowledge is free;
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls;
Where words come out from the depth of truth;
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection;
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit;
Where the mind is led forward by Thee into ever-widening thought and action;
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.
- Rabindranath Tagore (Recited by Martin Sheen on The Actor's Studio)

We can throw stones, complain about them, stumble on them, climb over them, or build with them. - William Arthur Ward

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