#PNG #UNITECH Guest Day Orientation Week all quotes from US Ambassador Walter North's speech "Unburned Bridges", deliver at Duncanson Hall on 4 February 2015:
There is a wonderful Welsh proverb that says: "He who would be a leader should be a bridge".
"..the advancement of our world depends on educated citizens with skills and moral awareness to drive change"
"in looking at PNG, I have been amazed by the tremendous spirit of innovation, generosity and grit that makes lives of dignity possible".
Despite PNG strong economic growth there are "sadder tales of ... growth which has not been inclusive and high levels of human suffering"
"There are lots of uneducated people who are smart... and there are a lot of graduate who are not smart, not so wise, and not so nice."
"and while heaven on earth is probably not in today's forecast, we know that good people make a difference"
"As a character in Richard Ford's novel says: 'Can't do much. But I am here. So I can't do nothing'."
"The contingency of our existence, a truth we all grapple with, and the frailty of our abilities must no become an excuse for paralysis or retreat".
"The marriage of justice and learning is not an end point. This is a voyage of discovery, testing and action"
"Every day puts the question before us. Where do you stand? Will you be a witness of justice?"
"For the educated individual, the responsibility to act does not stop at the borders of daily life. They step up to advocate for broader progress in the path forward for society."
"Do not mistake custom for nature. When people say: That is just the way it is', start asking questions."
As Winston Churchill said: "Success is not final, failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts".
"I have a dream that your generation can be the one that transforms PNG from a land where our beer is our pride to one where your people can live in pride and dignity."
"PNG From a land of the unexpected to the where expectations are met: health, education, security, infrastructure, human dignity and good jobs".
"celebrate the joy that is inherent in the voyage of education. #UNITECH should not be a place where fun comes to die. "
Constantine Cafey "when you start your voyage to Ithaca , then pray the road is long, full of adventure, full of knowledge"
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