Speech at Worthington, Minnesota

September 17, 1966


Worthington, MN

There is simply not enough room in the big cities; and it is not more bigness that should be our goal. We must attempt, rather, to bring people . . . back to the warmth of community, to the worth of individual effort and responsibility. Therefore, every step we take to make our rural areas more attractive and viable—participating in the economy, giving their children the finest possible education, affording their citizens the stimulus and excitement of thought and learning and entertainment—every such step is a gain for all America. For it was Athens, the very mother of cities, which showed us that greatness does not require size—even as others have shown us that size does not necessarily bring greatness.