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An American Creed

An American Creed

I Do Not Choose to Be a Common Man

I found this posted on Dave Ramsey website today and dug around and found an audio link to him discussing this quote as well.  

In my opinion this quote embodies an American Spirit that is somewhat lacking in todays culture.  I hope that all of you enjoy this as much as I did.


An American Creed

I Do Not Choose to Be a Common Man

It is my right to be uncommon—if I can.

I seek opportunity—not security. I do not wish to be a kept citizen, humbled and dulled by having the state look after me.

I want to take the calculated risk; to dream and to build, to fail and to succeed.

I refuse to barter incentive for a dole. I prefer the challenges of life to the guaranteed existence; the thrill of fulfillment to the stale calm of utopia.

I will not trade freedom for beneficence nor my dignity for a handout. I will never cower before any master nor bend to any threat.

It is my heritage to stand erect, proud and unafraid; to think and act for myself, enjoy the benefit of my creations and to face the world boldly and say, “This I have done.”

By Dean Alfange


*Originally published in This Week Magazine.
Later printed in The Reader’s Digest, October 1952 and January 1954.

The Honorable Dean Alfange was an American statesman born December 2, 1899, in Constantinople (now Istanbul). He was raised in upstate New York. He served in the U.S. Army during World War I and attended Hamilton College, graduating in the class of 1922.

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Comment balloon 4 commentsBob Southard • November 03 2008 07:45AM


Dean, thanks for taking time to post this great info.  I had not seen or heard this and I will file it and use it daily until it becomes a part of me. 

Posted by Randy Parker (Real Living Advantage) almost 11 years ago


What a moving piece. I'd never heard this before but will post it for all to see as well.

Posted by Richard Shuman, Real Estate Broker - Orlando Area - Love Referrals (The Only B.S. I Have is from the University of Massachusetts) almost 11 years ago

No matter who wins there is only one response."Fall to your knees and pray for them"

Posted by Hugh Krone, Realtor, Sussex County NJ (Weichert Referral Associates) almost 11 years ago

Great post, my freind...... NICE quote!!

The noble life of humanity is what God wants....NOT just looking after ourselves, BUT looking after others also......

THANKS for this post!!


Posted by Alexander Harb, Dallas, Texas Real Estate Investing (Knights Investing) almost 11 years ago

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