"America has never been united by blood or birth or soil. We are bound by ideals that move us beyond our backgrounds, lift us above our interests and teach us what it means to be citizens. Every child must be taught these principles. Every citizen must uphold them; and every immigrant, by embracing these ideals, makes our country more, not less, American."
"Our greatest responsibility is the active defense of the American people."
"Our Nation's founding commitment is still our deepest commitment: In our world, and here at home, we will extend the frontiers of freedom."
"Do I forget the lessons of September 11th and take the word of a madman, or do I take action to defend our country? Faced with that choice, I will defend America every time."
"We will make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbour them."
"My fellow Americans, for as long as our country stands, people will look to the resurrection of New York City and they will say: Here buildings fell, and here a nation rose."
"These acts shattered steel, but they cannot dent the steel of America's resolve."
"The action we take and the decisions we make in this decade will have consequences far into this century. If America shows weakness and uncertainty, the world will drift toward tragedy. That will not happen on my watch."
"This young century will be liberty's century."
"To those of you who received honours, awards and distinctions, I say well done. And to the C students, I say you, too, can be president of the United States."