Messages of Pat M. Neff, Governor of Texas to the thirty-seventh legislature Page: 6 of 36
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they will not then find so much fault with the government for the
fallacies of social life, for the failures of the financial world, and for
the frauds that line the pathways of men.
Texas furnishes an inviting field for constructive legislation. Nowhere
could you find a land more conducive to the building of a high
and enduring civilization than where falls the light of the Lone Star.
Not only is Texas a land of opportunity, but ours is a day of opportunity.
Let no one throw himself across the track to block the train
of progress. Obstructionists never win battles. It is the progressive,
dynamic leader that counts. You, gentlemen of the legislature, are
privileged to be the spokesmen of a progressive and a forward-looking
people. In the work and welfare of legislative life we can well afford
to take the people of this State into our confidence. We are unworthy
to represent them unless we keep ourselves in co-operative harmony
with their thoughts and ideals. As we undertake to pilot the ship of
state through the reefs and over the breakers and sand-bars of the
legislative ocean, we shall sail without chart or compass unless we
keep our thoughts in tuneful and sympathetic touch with the people
by whose authority we are here. Summoned by them to serve in the
highest office within their gift, I earnestly solicit the comradeship and
co-operation of every Texan to join me in making this State the best
place in all the world in which to live.
With courage in my heart; with fidelity to duty; with confidence in
the people; with faith in the future; with malice toward none; with
good-will for all, and with an abiding trust in the "Divinity that
shapes our ends, rough hew them as we may," I gladly and proudly
salute, as her governor, my native State, the Commonwealth of
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Neff, Pat M. Messages of Pat M. Neff, Governor of Texas to the thirty-seventh legislature, book, 1921; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5871/m1/6/: accessed July 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .