“I do not choose to be a common man. It is my right to be uncommon — if I can. I seek opportunity — not security. I do not wish to be a kept citizen, humbled and dulled by having the state look after me. I want to take the calculated risk; to dream and to build, to fail and to succeed. I refuse to barter incentive for a dole. I prefer the challenges of life to the guaranteed existence; the thrill of fulfillment to the stale calm of utopia. I will not trade freedom for beneficence nor my dignity for a handout. I will never cower before any master nor bend to any threat. It is my heritage to stand erect, proud and unafraid; to think and act for myself, enjoy the benefit of my creations, and to face the world boldly and say, this I have done.”

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Tim from Lansing il FEBRUARY 24, 2020
Love it

Anonymous SEPTEMBER 13, 2019
Awesome read. I read every day.

Keisha  JULY 4, 2019
Gives me goose bumps every time I listen to this quote in a speech by les brown or reading it alone. Very powerful words and affirmations.

Jim from North Carolina JUNE 13, 2019
When young, 10-11, I made a white poster board of this quote and hung it in my bedroom. We traveled a lot (Dad was Air Force Colonel) and the poster went everywhere I did, hung in every bedroom. I still have it along with three granddaughters.

BigBen from Lusaka Zambia  JUNE 11, 2019
this is amazing

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