"I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal...This was the moment - this was the time - when we came together to remake this great nation."
- June 2008
"The righteous laws which [I] established [will give] the land stable support and pure government. I am the guardian governor...in my wisdom I restrained them, that the strong might not oppress the week...Let him give heed to my weighty words! May he set his heart at ease... [I have] established prosperity for the people, for all future time, given a pure government to the [country]."
- Hammurabi (2123-2081 B.C.), Code of Hammurabi