Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history. We of this Congress and this administration will be remembered in spite of ourselves. No personal significance or insignificance can spare one or another of us. The fiery trial through which we pass will light us down in honor or dishonor to the last generation.
-- Abraham Lincoln, Second Annual Message to Congress, Dec. 1, 1862
The grace of God means something like: Here is your life. You might never have been, but you are because the party wouldn't have been complete without you.
-- Frederick Buechner