Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Dean Alfange (1900 )
I do not choose to be a common man. It is my right to be uncommonif I can. I seek opportunitynot 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. All this is what it means to be an American.
DEAN ALFANGE, creed.Whos Who in America, 198485, vol. 1, p. 42. These words have appeared at the end of his entry in several successive editions.
Originally published in This Week Magazine. Later reprinted in The Readers Digest, October 1952, p. 10, and January 1954, p. 122, lacking these words: I will never cower before any master nor bend to any threat and to stand erect, proud and unafraid.