"The definition of being a modern person is to examine yourself, to reflect on yourself and to be a self-knowledgeable person."
"As we approached the bicentennial year (2004) of the Lewis and Clark expedition, I began to ask myself, "Where is the frontier? Is it to the west or the east?" Clearly, the frontier now is to the east. And I would submit that it’s just as dangerous as the western direction used to be. So it seemed to me that on the occasion of the bicentennial, the real job was to remind people that what we’re up against now is having to turn and look at our own creation and try to correct and value it so that we create the country we thought we were creating (but neglected to do) as we went west."
- Robert Adams