"It's a fact: Democracy doesn't work without citizen activism and participation, starting at the community. It's also a fact that civilization happens because we don't leave things to other people.
What's right and good doesn't come naturally. You have to stand up and fight for it - as if the cause depends on you, because it does. Allow yourself that conceit - to believe that the flame of democracy will never go out as long as there's one candle in your hand."