“There is a growing number of men (and women), however, who possess sufficient character to enable them to master their own destinies, to turn abruptly in their tracks when the time comes to give up the pursuit of the almighty dollar and devote themselves to their second business: attention to the world’s needs. The larger this number becomes the easier it will be for others to follow. The progress of civilization depends upon these men (and women) of character.”

Paul P Harris’ message to the RI Convention in Los Angeles 1922
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