Franklin D. Roosevelt, during his first inaugural speech in 1933, said, "Let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself." Roosevelt asked Americans to move on from the negativity expressed during the early years of the Great Depression.
"We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, " said John F. Kennedy in 1962 when he announced a proposal to send men to the moon by the end of the 1960s.
During the 1863 dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery, Abraham Lincoln said Union soldiers were fighting in the Civil War so that "this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."
Barack Obama implored Americans to become active if they wanted a better country. He said, "Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek."
"What kind of nation we will be, what kind of world we will live in, whether we shape the future in the image of our hopes, is ours to determine by our actions and our choices," was Richard Nixon's way of telling Americans to be active in determining the country's future.