Adrienne Clarkson Quotes

Adrienne Louise Clarkson PC CC CMM COM CD FRSC(hon) FRAIC(hon) FRCPSC(hon) (Chinese: ???; pinyin: W? B?ngzh?; née Poy, February 10, 1939) is a Hong Kong-born Canadian journalist, politician, and stateswoman who served as Governor General of Canada, the 26th since Canadian Confederation

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Adrienne Clarkson


Each of us is carving a stone, erecting a column, or cutting a piece of stained glass in the construction of something much bigger than ourselves.

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Our horizon is the creation of a noble society to which, like the medieval builder of those glorious cathedrals, you will have added your conception, your artful piece of stone.

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“At our best, we are in constant search of something beyond, of national dreams and destinies that we reach toward, together.”

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“The initiative, the love and understanding that I have seen in all of you over the past six years are the best reasons for hope, not only for Canadians, but for all human beings,”

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“To be complex does not mean to be fragmented. This is the paradox and the genius of our Canadian civilization.”

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“Stumbling through darkness and racing through light, we have persisted in the creation of a Canadian civilization.”

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“It reflects an intense personal, as well as a national, gratitude for what Ukrainian Canadians have done for freedom in the country of origin of their ancestors and the example they helped set for the world,”

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“Sometimes we read or hear too much news that makes us fearful or suspicious of others. We can forget that most of the people that we know, or at least encounter regularly, are decent and friendly.”

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“This is a land of soul, this is a land of commitment, and this is our place, ... Lets never forget that.”

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“Yes it is, ... But I need some help.”

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“The Clarkson Cup is something that has evolved in the most wonderful and meaningful way,”

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“A society like Canada's, with its four centuries of give-and-take, compromise and acceptance, wrong-doing and redress, is basically a forgiving society.”

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“Women's hockey, the playing and interest in it is growing, so this was the right time to do it.”

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“Like you, I look forward to a second Alberta century.”

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“[The fight for freedom was] a daunting task, ... but he did it like his comrades - without fanfare, without hesitation, with great pride and determination.”

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