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7 Marketing Tips for Meeting Your 2011 Sales Objectives

7 Marketing Tips for Meeting Your 2011 Sales Objectives
By Will Brennan

As any business owner is aware, the most significant way in which we can increase both the profile of our business and boost sales is through effective and almost aggressive forms of marketing.

A successful business can only be so if the market is aware of its existence. Just ‘aggressively waiting by the phone for customers to ring’ will not guarantee that your business will succeed, or even survive. However, by following these 7 simple marketing tips and tricks, you can confidently plan and meet your sales targets for 2011 (with even the potential to exceed your sales expectations).

7 Marketing Tips to Impact Your Sales

1) Competitive Analysis

To effectively use marketing for improving your sales, you first need to identify what your current situation is in terms of the success of your business and how you are currently positioned within the market. Look at your competitors’ current successes, observing and what has worked well for them or where they have failed in their marketing efforts. Think about where you would like your business to be within the next 3 years and what steps you will need to implement to make these targets achievable. Remember that being able to plan your marketing strategy effectively will require you to fully understand your business’ current status.

2) Marketing Budget

Although effective marketing strategies require some financial resources or budget, not all effective methods cost a ‘chunk of change.’ Look at your budget and what you will be able to afford and based on this number, investigate the most effective means of marketing which would work best within that target budget. Most modern online marketing tools are inexpensive or even free in some cases, which make them a perfect option for small businesses or firms stretched financially in the current economy.

3) Nurture Customers

Marketing should not just be used to gain new customers, but also to keep your current customers up to date, helping to maintain your relationship with them. Using different marketing tools to inform your customers how much you appreciate their loyalty to your company. Use email campaigns, newsletters and promotions directed at existing customers. Personal touches such as personalized emails are a great way to make customers feel special and not simply a number in your email list which can help your regular sales to continue.

4) Blogs, Articles and Backlinks

While your focus on existing customers is important, your focus on new prospects needs to be more aggressive. Whether you are a start up business or an established business, online sales content is a great form of marketing which not only promotes you, but can also help generate online sales through back links to your website. Blog content and article marketing is one of the most popular forms of online marketing today and has proved to be extremely effective when successfully executed. If you have the money required, you can also look to invest in banner ads on others’ related websites and/or blogs which will help to increase your overall traffic and increase your sales.

5) Marketing Resources

Although you can increase your sales effectively by using marketing tools which are popular at the moment, educating yourself on new and evolving trends can help you stay one step ahead of your competitors and increase your longer term overall sales. Using professional marketing books, the web, market research and in some cases, even the help of mentors; you can keep your knowledge of marketing fresh, helping to evolve new ideas to help you reach your sales targets.

6) Automation Marketing Tools

As your marketing efforts help you hit sales targets, now would be the time to use your profits effectively to further help with your marketing campaigns. Investing in marketing software, for example email software which can send out newsletters, promotions, etc. to your client base at the click of a button will not only save you time and money but will be a productive use of your time and your resources. Investment in other marketing tools can help attain specific targets.

Online marketing tools can rewrite a sales letter or article for you up to hundreds of times with minimum effort on your part. Yet another internet marketing tool will submit your articles, eBooks and white papers to article directories or eBook distributors online with the press of a button. These are all inexpensive and productive.

For example one set of marketing tool writes sales letters for you (almost). Another use your sales copy experience or the use of an outsource service to create effective, unique copy which is guaranteed to make your clients keep reading. Email is also useful since it can be a source of viral marketing. Should your customers become excited by what you offer, they can forward your email to their friends and family, providing you with a free form of advertising.

7) Marketing Plan and Strategy

Finally, as you gain the benefits of an effective marketing strategy and see your sales targets met, that would be the time to re-evaluate your situation once again and look at how you can change your marketing plans to help you reach new, higher targets.

Remember, your aim is to reach your targets and increase your sales so it’s important to stay motivated and strive to make your business as successful as possible.

Small business owners that want to increase prospects, improve revenue and retain customers use automated marketing tools & templates for maximum impact & results.

Will Brennan created the complete online marketing tools and email marketing tool kit, Marketing-Tools.co which provides hundreds of tools, tips and tricks for those who want to move their business forward by themselves without using expensive consultants, reading outdated eBooks or attending too-long seminars. Get the full story & reap the rewards Today at: http://www.Marketing-Tools.co

OK, your turn. Are you using any of these marketing tips with success? I know there are at least 20 more ways to drive business leads. Please add your tips to the list by commenting below.

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Negotiation – Taking It to the Next Level

Negotiation – Taking It to the Next Level
By Sanjit Singh

Negotiation is one of the most important skills you can learn. It is intended to resolve disputes, foster agreement, and create proposals to satisfy various interests. All other things being equal, the party having the best negotiating skills will gain the most from a particular negotiation. Following are some fundamental areas to think about before entering a negotiation.

Prepare: Research all relevant information regarding the other party. Try to unearth any common ground that might exist between you. Decide on your minimum acceptable outcome and resolve to hold firm to your “walk away” scenario. Prepare multiple options so that you are ready for the inevitable “twists and turns” in the conversation.

Asking probing questions: What are the other party’s position and motivations? What is important to them and why? What else do you need to know in order to fully understand the other party’s position?

Thoughtfully assess your upside and downside: Ask yourself the hard questions: How badly do you want the deal? At what point are you willing to walk away? What do you lose if you walk away? Do better options exist for you elsewhere?

Trade concessions intelligently: If you must give a concession, always ask for one in return. Try to give concessions that are of low cost to you but high value to the other party. Conversely, try to get concession that are of highest value to you. Make sure that you never dip below your minimum acceptable outcome that you defined before the negotiation.

Get creative: If you and the other party reach an impasse, get creative by putting more factors into the sphere of negotiation. The more factors you have to discuss, the more opportunities there are for agreement.

Shift your position slowly: If you must shift your position in the direction of the other party, do so slowly. Patience is a virtue, but especially so during a negotiation.

Stay cool: Focus on the issues and not on personalities. Do not become emotional or allow yourself to be baited into being so. Also, learn to get comfortable with tension. The tension that arises in negotiation is very natural and it is usually the person who becomes uncomfortable with this tension that gives away too many concessions in order to relieve the tension. Therefore, you must stay in control of your emotions during a negotiation.

In summary, finding success in negotiation is related to how well you master a few fundamental skills. Hone these skills and watch your negotiation outcomes improve markedly.

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Sanjit Singh is the CEO and Founder of SalesThink, an executive leadership and sales coaching company, and President of USS Logistics, a transportation company. Sanjit draws from his 18 years of award-winning sales performance in the software, medical device, and transportation industries to drive sales teams to reach a higher level of achievement. He has helmed a number of successful sales teams and is considered a turnaround expert for poorly performing sales teams.

In addition to speaking and consulting for private clients, Sanjit has lectured at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, Pasadena City College, Mira Costa College, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and UC Santa Barbara. Sanjit holds a BA in Biology and Psychology from UC Santa Barbara and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

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Sales Training: Selling Ideas, Concepts and Solutions: How to Make Your Client’s Problems a Thing of the Past

Selling Ideas, Concepts and Solutions: How to Make Your Client’s Problems a Thing of the Past
By Steve Kloyda

Believe it or not, each time you make a sale, you’re not really selling your product or service. Most customers are attracted not by the bells and whistles, or by your stellar reputation, but rather by the ideas and concepts you present. Potential customers are won or lost based on the picture and the story that you provide.

Each time you meet with a potential client, which really could be anyone around you, consider the picture that you’re going to paint, the idea or concept that you’re going to present. How can your product or service improve their life? How can it make an unsatisfactory or even a satisfactory one that much better? Can it save them time? Does it reduce their overall cost of doing business? Can you provide a reliable service that is faster than their tried and true methods? Does it make them more productive and efficient? Or perhaps your product or device will one day save a life.

Whatever you are providing to your client, one of the bestselling techniques available to you is to move away from the nuts and bolts of your operation and into the bigger picture. Most potential clients, some say at least 90%, don’t really care how something works, only that it will work for them.

Every business wants to grow and improve their outlook for years to come. Many are actively searching for ways to do just that, and they often seek outside help. It is in these instances where the right concepts tailored to their needs can make all the difference. One example is the world of transportation. Let’s say that you are a manufacturer of screwdrivers. Would you be interested in hearing about how another company can provide the best railroad service, complete with detailed descriptions about their boxcars and railroad ties? Or would you rather see how a transportation service has helped increased delivery efficiency with the use of planes, delivery trucks and railroads?

Selling the benefits and abilities of your company also depend greatly on what you can deliver. Never make the mistake of promising the moon and delivering an apricot instead. You already know that you have the best service or product that anyone can provide. All you have to do now is tell the story that lets everyone know the truth.

What is the story that will solve your prospects or customers problems?

Visit http://theprospectingexpert.com and get my Free Special Report, 7 Steps to Become a Top Sales Pro, and watch your sales increase!

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The Alamo – San Antonio, TX – Daughters of the Republic of Texas

The Alamo – San Antonio, TX – Daughters of the Republic of Texas

The Alamo
300 Alamo Plaza
San Antonio, TX 78205
(210) 225-1391
Open Mon-Sat 9am-5:30pm; Sun 10am-5:30pm

The Alamo San Antonio TX

More than 2.5 million people a year visit “The Alamo.” They come to see the old mission where a small band of Texans held out for 13 days against the army of General Antonio López de Santa Anna. Although the Alamo fell in the early morning hours of March 6, 1836, the death of the Alamo Defenders has come to symbolize courage and sacrifice for the cause of Liberty. The memories of James Bowie, David Crockett and William B. Travis are as powerful today as when the Texan Army under Sam Houston shouted “Remember the Alamo!” as it routed Santa Anna at the battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1836. The Alamo has been managed by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas since 1905. Located on Alamo Plaza in downtown San Antonio, Texas, the Alamo represents nearly 300 years of history. Three buildings – the Shrine, Long Barrack Museum and Gift Museum – house exhibits on the Texas Revolution and Texas History. Visitors are welcome to stroll through the beautiful Alamo Gardens. Just a short distance from the River Walk, the Alamo is a “must see” for all who come to San Antonio.

Click here to Learn about the Battle of the Alamo

Source: http://www.thealamo.org/

Bowers Museum: Benjamin Franklin Exhibit

The story of America’s most dynamic forefather, Benjamin Franklin, told through rare artifacts and engaging interactive experiences.

Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World Saturday, December 18 – Sunday, March 13, 2011

Featuring 75 rare and important artifacts from Ben Franklin’s life, this exhibition is an interactive visitor experience for all ages. The exhibition presents the stories of Benjamin Franklin’s life through his personal belongings used during his early years in Boston as a rebellious teenager, during his life as a printer and during his years of service to the American colonies and the newly formed United States of America. A scientist, inventor, diplomat, humorist, philanthropist and entrepreneur, Benjamin Franklin’s dynamic personality comes to life through hands-on and interactive activities and animations geared toward a school-aged audience.

Bowers Museum
2002 N Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92706
(714) 567-3600
Open Tue-Sun 10am-4pm

More info:

http://www.benfranklinexhibit.org/
Bowers Museum Educator Workshop – Benjamin Franklin
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Raising Successful Children: How to Teach Kids Success

Raising Successful Children: How to Teach Kids Success

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Great Achievements of Kids, Children, Teenagers and Young Adults (Listed by age):

Age 7 – Yehudi Menuhin gives his first solo violin performance with the San Francisco Symphony in 1923.

Age 8 – Frederic Chopin plays his first public piano performance, having already authored two polonaises (G minor and B flat major) at age 7.

Age 8 – Justin Henry (USA, b. 25 May 1971) was nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category on the 25 February 1980, for his role of ‘Billy Kramer’ in Kramer vs. Kramer (USA 1979).

Age 9 – Jackie Cooper (USA, b. 15 September 1922), was nominated for an Academy Award for his role as ‘Skippy Skinner’ in Skippy (USA 1931) on 5 October 1931.

Age 9 – ‘Miguelito’ AKA Miguel A. Valenzuela Morales (b. 5 January 1999) was nominated and won a Latin Grammy Award for the Best Latin Album for Children entitled ‘El Heredero’ on 13 November 2008.

Age 9 – Bobby Bradley becomes world’s youngest hot air balloon solo pilot on June 4, 2011

Age 10 – Mark, author of the Gospel of Mark, witnesses the arrest of Jesus and develops the first Gospel.

Age 10 – Michael Kearney, homeschooled, becomes the world’s youngest university graduate. At age 17, he began a teaching career at college.

Age 10 – Tatum O’Neal was nominated for her role in Paper Moon (USA 1973) and went on to win the Oscar.

Age 11 – The youngest person to have visited both geographical poles is Jonathan Silverman (USA), who reached the North Pole on 25 July 1999 and the South Pole on 10 January 2002.

Age 12 – Blasé Pascal had secretly worked out the first twenty-three propositions of Euclid by himself.

Age 12 – Jesus presents His wisdom in the temple in Jerusalem.

Age 12 – William “Willie” Johnson earned the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Seven Days Battle and on the Peninsula Campaign during the American Civil War.

Age 13 – Jonathan Krohn homeschooled, actor, internet radio host, guest speaker at CPAC, author of Defining Conservatism.

Age 13 – John wrote the first draft of the Gospel of John, the greatest written work of all time.

Age 13 – Joan of Arc was inspired and led France five years later to victory over the English in the Hundred Years War; was martyred at age 19.

Age 13 – Anne Frank began writing her diary, later published as “Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl.”

Age 13 – The youngest player to play in soccer’s premier tournament is Souleymane Mamam who played for Togo against Zambia in a preliminary qualifying game on 6 May 2001.

Age 14 – Ismail founded the Safavid dynasty and became its “shah” (military and spiritual ruler)

Age 14 – Bobby Fischer became an International Chess Grandmaster.

Age 14 – Mozart wrote the opera, “Mitridate Rè di Ponto.”

Age 14 – Nadia Comaneci “achieved in her sport what no Olympian, male or female, ever had before: perfection.”

Age 14 – St. Theresa of Lisieux rejected by Bishop Hugonin, pleads with Pope Leo XIII so she may enter the Carmelites. Became Carmelite nun at age 15.

Age 14 – Bernadette Soubirous (St Bernadette of Lourdes) has a vision of the Virgin Mary

Age 15 – Louis Braille invented the Braille system.

Age 15 – Christopher Paolini writes the first draft of his Eragon trilogy which is published when he is 19.

Age 16 – Jean-François Champollion, can speak a dozen languages and delivers a paper on the Coptic language to the Grenoble Academy. By 20, he can speak another 13 languages and at 32 he deciphers the Rosetta Stone.

Age 16 – Boy sailor Jack Cornwall, of HMS Chester, is awarded a posthumous VC for gallantry at the Battle of Jutland.

Age 16 – Roger Mason discovered the first fossil believed by paleontologists to come from the Ediacaran period (630-542 million years ago). He found the fossil in Charnwood Forest, Leics, UK. The fossil species is named Charnia masoni, in recognition of his contribution to geology and evolutionary biology.

Age 16 – the average age of 58 homeschooled teenagers who founded Conservapedia, so that the light of truth would continue to shine and darkness would not overcome it.

Age 16 – Temba Tsheri Sherpa (Nepal; b. 6 May 1985) successfully summited Mt Everest on 23 May 2001.

Age 17 – Cassie Bernall defended her faith in front of an atheistic gunman at the Columbine massacre, and was martyred for it.

Age 17 – Mary accepts God’s will to conceive Jesus by the Holy Spirit, and gives birth nine months later.

Age 17 – Shawn Fanning develops the first large-scale peer-to-peer file sharing program, Napster

Age 17 – Private 1st Class Jacklyn H. Lucas, United States Marine Corps, earned the Medal of Honor five days after his 17th birthday during the Iwo Jima battle in World War II; he was a Marine for three years.

Age 17 – The youngest female artist to have a #1 album on the UK chart is Joss Stone with her second album ‘Mind, Body & Soul’ on 9 October 2004.

Age 17 – The youngest licensed stockbroker in the world is Jason A. Earle of Princeton, New Jersey, USA who passed the stockbroker exam (Series 7) administered by the National Association of Securities Dealers.

Age 18 – Shawn Goldsmith from Long Island has earned all 121 merit badges offered by the Boy Scouts.

Age 18 – Mary Shelley writes Frankenstein (The Modern Prometheus), later published when she was 21.

Age 18 – Gary Kasparov, considered the greatest chess player ever, won the U.S.S.R. championship.

Age 18 – The youngest mayor is High School student, Michael Sessions (USA, 22 September 1987), who was elected on 8 November 2005 and sworn in as Mayor of Hillsdale, Michigan, USA.

Age 18 – The youngest university professor is Alia Sabur (USA, b. 22 February 1989), who was appointed as a full-time faculty Professor of the Department of Advanced Technology Fusion at Konkuk University, Seoul, South Korea, with effect from 19 February 2008. Ms Sabur’s official title is: International Professor as Research Liaison with Stony Brook University (New York, USA).

Age 19 – Captain Albert Ball, VC, MC, DSO & 2 bars, commences his career as a fighter pilot. By the time he is killed, aged 20, in 1917, he has become one of the First World War’s greatest air aces, accounting for at least 44 German aircraft.

Age 19 – was the average age of front-line US service personnel fighting to defend democracy in Indochina during the Vietnam War.

Age 19 – Evariste Galois develops group theory, and wrote it out completely on the eve of his death at age 20; it took old mathematicians a century to comprehend it.

Age 19 – John D. Rockefeller starts a new company, turning an enormous profit in its first year, and became the most influential businessman in history.

Age 19 – Steve Jobs begins collaborating in electronics with Steve Wozniak in electronics, and developed the personal computer within two years.

Age 19 – Mark Zuckerberg develops Facebook, the leading social networking system for young people on the internet.

Age 19 – Jim Ryun broke the world record for running the mile.

Age 20 – Carl Friedrich Gauss makes his first mathematical discoveries, which will lead to the completion of “Disquisitiones Arithmeticae”, his magnum opus, at the age of 21.

Age 20 – Willis Carrier invents air conditioning.

Source: Conservapedia.com, Guiness Book of World Records

Madison’s Patriotic Project by Vanita Braver – Star Bright Books (2007): Patriotic Book for Children Review

Madison’s Patriotic Project (Book) by Vanita Braver – Star Bright Books (2007)Madison's Patriotic Project Vanita Braver Star Bright Books 2007

In celebration of President’s Day, Madison creates a beautiful patriotic scrapbook that she is confident will win her the first prize and free pizza. Despite her self-assurance, her classmate Jonathan wins the prize and Madison is devastated. With gentle counseling from her parents and her stuffed animal Courage the Lion, she does the right thing and congratulates Jonathan for winning. The story highlights an important lesson: trying your best is what truly counts.

Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Star Bright Books (September 30, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 159572110X
ISBN-13: 978-1595721105
Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.1 x 0.4 inches
Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,447,997 in Books

Testimonials/Reviews: None

I Am Patriotic by Sarah Schuette – Pebble Books (2005): Patriotic Book for Children Review

I Am Patriotic (Book) by Sarah L. Schuette – Pebble Books (2005)I Am Patriotic Sarah Schuette Pebble Books 2005

There are pictures of a girls with small captions describing how she is being patriotic.

Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 24 pages
Publisher: Pebble Books (July 2004)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0736825711
ISBN-13: 978-0736825719
Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 6 x 0.3 inches
Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,317,825 in Books

Testimonials/Reviews: None

America: a Patriotic Primer (Book) by Lynne Cheney, Robin Preiss-Glasser – Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (2002): Patriotic Book for Children Review

America: a Patriotic Primer (Book) by Lynne Cheney, Robin Preiss-Glasser – Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (2002)America Patriotic Primer Lynne Cheney Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers 2002

Amazon.com Review:
Written by Lynne Cheney, author and wife of Vice President Richard Cheney, to honor this “beautiful land made more beautiful still by our commitment to freedom,” America: A Patriotic Primer is a proud celebration of the individuals, milestones, and principles of this nation. Each busy spread features elaborately decorated letters of the alphabet, with one or two kids draped over its bars and loops, along with the highlighted concept or person: “N is for Native Americans, who came here first,” “T is for Tolerance.” Surrounding every letter is a veritable circus of entertaining and useful related information, illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser (Alexander, Who’s Not (Do You Hear Me? I Mean It!) Going to Move). “J is for Jefferson,” for example, is bordered with biographical details and quotations from Thomas Jefferson, while mini images depict the third president’s famous home (Monticello), some of his inventions, and a description of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom. This compelling picture book will work best as a supplement for children who are already immersed in basic American history at school. Teachers and parents will enjoy exploring with their kids every inch of the detailed, hand-drawn and illustrated U.S. map found in “U is for United States,” explaining and elaborating on the historical lessons as appropriate. (All ages) –Emilie Coulter

Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing; 1st edition (May 21, 2002)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0689851928
ISBN-13: 978-0689851926
Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 10.8 x 0.4 inches
Shipping Weight: 1 pound

Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars (73 customer reviews)
5 star: (43); 4 star: (5); 3 star: (2); 2 star: (2); 1 star: (21)

Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,991 in Books

Addresses, Educational and Patriotic by Cyrus Northrop – BiblioBazaar (2009): Patriotic Book Review

Addresses, Educational and Patriotic (Book) by Cyrus Northrop – BiblioBazaar (2009)Addresses Educational and Patriotic Cyrus Northrop BiblioBazaar 2009

This scarce book is a selection from Kessinger Publishings Legacy Reprint Series. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment to protecting, preserving, and promoting the world’s literature.

Paperback: 542 pages
Publisher: BiblioBazaar (October 24, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1116022362
ISBN-13: 978-1116022360
Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.5 x 1.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds

Testimonials/Reviews: None

101 Patriotic Poems: McGraw-Hill (2003) – Patriotic Book Review

101 Patriotic Poem Songs And Speeches (Book) by McGraw-Hill – McGraw-Hill (2003)101 Patriotic Poems McGraw-Hill 2003

This compilation of poetry, songs and speeches celebrates the innovative, honorable and brave spirit of those who founded the United States of America, and of the men and women who continue to make our country great. It features poems, songs and speeches from such notable writers and orators as Percy Bysshe Shelley, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Martin Luther King, Jr., Frances Scott Key and Walt Whitman. It is a classic collection of the unforgettable masterpieces that have delighted and inspired generations of Americans.

Hardcover: 144 pages
Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (May 21, 2003)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0071418679
ISBN-13: 978-0071418676
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6.5 x 0.6 inches
Shipping Weight: 9 ounces
Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #632,530 in Books

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Famous Patriotic Quotes About America

An informed patriotism is what we want

— Ronald Reagan, Farewell Address to the Nation: January 11, 1989

And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.

— John F Kennedy, Inauguration Address: January 20, 1961

The great fundamental issue now before the Republican party and before our people can be stated briefly. It is: Are the American people fit to govern themselves, to rule themselves, to control themselves? I believe they are.

— Theodore Roosevelt, The Right of the People to Rule: March 20, 1912

Yours is the profession of arms, the will to win, the sure knowledge that in war there is no substitute for victory; that if you lose, the nation will be destroyed; that the very obsession of your public service must be: Duty, Honor, Country.

— Douglas MacArthur, Duty, Honor, Country: May 12, 1962

This is preeminently the time to speak the truth, the whole truth, frankly and boldly. Nor need we shrink from honestly facing conditions in our country today. This great Nation will endure, as it has endured, will revive and will prosper.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt, First Inaugural Address: March 4, 1933

The name of american, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of Patriotism, more than any appellation derived from local discriminations.

— George Washington, Farewell Address: December 23, 1783

Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev — Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!

— Ronald Reagan, Remarks at the Brandenburg Gate: June 12, 1987

Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!

— Patrick Henry, Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death: March 23, 1775

We choose to go to the moon. 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.

— John F. Kennedy, The Decision to Go to the Moon: May 25, 1961

Yesterday, December 7th, 1941 – a date which will live in infamy – the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt, Pearl Harbor Address to the Nation: December 8, 1941

This nation shall have a new birth of freedom; and that this government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

— Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address: November 19, 1863

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”

— Dr Martin Luther King Jr, I Have a Dream: August 23, 1968

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

— Thomas Jefferson, Declaration of Independence: July 4, 1776

National honor is national property of the highest value.

— James Monroe, First Inaugural Address: March 4, 1817

Yet America is a poem in our eyes; its ample geography dazzles the imagination, and it will not wait long for metres.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson, “The Poet” Essays Second Series: 1844

America is a passionate idea or it is nothing. America is a human brotherhood or it is chaos.

— Max Lerner, Actions and Passions: 1949

All we have of freedom, all we use or know – This our fathers bought for us long and long ago.

— Rudyard Kipling, The Old Issue: 1899

We are one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes, all of us defending the United States of America.

— Barack Obama, One Voice Can Change a Room: December 9, 2007

I like to see a man proud of the place in which he live. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.

— Abraham Lincoln

America is a tune. It must be sung together.

— Gerald Stanley Lee, Crowds – A Moving-Picture of Democracy: 1913

We can’t all be Washington’s, but we can all be patriots.

— Charles F. Browne (Artemus Ward), 1860s

What is the essence of America? Finding and maintaining that perfect, delicate balance between freedom “to” and freedom “from.”

— Marilyn vos Savant, Parade (Ask Marilyn): July 17, 2005

Patriotism… is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.

— Adlai Stevenson, American Legion Convention Speech: August 27, 1952

A man’s country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle; and patriotism is loyalty to that principle.

— George William Curtis, Union College, Schenectady, NY Speech: July 20, 1857

Patriotism is easy to understand in America; it means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country.

— Calvin Coolidge, The Destiny of America: May 30, 1923

I think patriotism is like charity – it begins at home.

— Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady Volume 1: 1880

A thoughtful mind, when it sees a Nation’s flag, sees not the flag only, but the Nation itself; and whatever may be its symbols, its insignia, he reads chiefly in the flag the Government, the principles, the truths, the history which belongs to the Nation that sets it forth.

— Henry Ward Beecher, The American Flag: 1861

Without freedom of thought there can be no such thing as wisdom; and no such thing as liberty without freedom of speech.

— Benjamin Franklin, Dogwood Papers: 1722

The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time.

— Thomas Jefferson, Summary View of the Rights of British America: July 1774

There are those, I know, who will say that the liberation of humanity, the freedom of man and mind, is nothing but a dream. They are right. It is the American dream.

— Archibald MacLeish, 1960

We are as great as our belief in human liberty – no greater. And our belief in human liberty is only ours when it is larger than ourselves.

— Archibald MacLeish, Now Let Us Address the Main Question: Bicentennial of What?, New York Times: July 3, 1976

Posterity: you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it.

— John Quincy Adams

We need an America with the wisdom of experience. But we must not let America grow old in spirit.

— Hubert H. Humphrey

The ear of the leader must ring with the voices of the people.

— Woodrow Wilson
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