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Quote of the Day (Nov. 28, 2007)

November 28, 2007

Quotemarks "...In our democracy and its institutions -- including libraries, universities, public education, centers of science and research, the free press and the justice system -- Andrew Carnegie saw a form of government that provided equality before the law, freedom from authoritarian restriction, equal representation and, hopefully, equal opportunity. In education and the diffusion of knowledge, he saw the means to provide everyone with a chance to succeed and the pathway by which nations might come to resolve their conflicts peacefully. Education was not only a basic instrument for the creation of new knowledge, but a major force for democracy and a means for enlightenment and self-improvement of individual citizens from every walk of life -- both those who were born in the United States or, like himself, came here as immigrants...."

-- Vartan Gregorian, president, Carnegie Corporation of New York

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