A Collection of Quotes Rembering 9/11
by Awakening People
With almost no time to decide, [your loved ones] gave the entire country an incalculable gift. They saved the Capitol from attack. They saved God knows how many lives. They saved the terrorists from claiming the symbolic victory of smashing the center of American government. … They allowed us to survive as a country that could fight terror and still maintain liberty and still welcome people from all over the world from every religion and race and culture as long as they shared our values, because ordinary people given no time at all to decide did the right thing.
—President Bill Clinton in Shanksville, Pa., in 2011
If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate.
--Sandy Dahl, wife of Flight 93 pilot Jason Dahl, in Shanksville, Pa., in 2002
Five years from the date of the attack that changed our world, we’ve come back to remember the valor of those we lost—those who innocently went to work that day and the brave souls who went in after them. We have also come to be ever mindful of the courage of those who grieve for them, and the light that still lives in their hearts.
—New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani at the World Trade Center site in 2006
September 11 impressed upon us that life is a precious gift … And I think we all have a duty to devote at least a small portion of our daily lives to ensuring that neither America nor the world ever forgets September 11.– Sen. Bill Fris
Ten years have passed since a perfect blue sky morning turned into the blackest of nights. Since then we’ve lived in sunshine and in shadow, and although we can never un-see what happened here, we can also see that children who lost their parents have grown into young adults, grandchildren have been born and good works and public service have taken root to honor those we loved and lost.
– New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg
"Are you guys ready? Let's roll." - Flight 93 passenger Todd Beamer, apparently as a signal to other passengers to attack the hijackers.
What separates us from the animals, what separates us from the chaos, is our ability to mourn people we’ve never met.
– Author David Levithan in his book “Love is the Higher Law.”
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