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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

AUTHOR: Warren Gamaliel Harding (1865–1923)
QUOTATION: I like people in the cities, in the States and in the Nation to ask themselves now and then: “What can I do for my city?” not “How much can I get out of my city?” I like people to speak now and then in the same devotion to State and Nation, because, after all, my countrymen, whenever a man contributes to the betterment of his community, whenever he contributes to the enlarged influence of his State, whenever he contributes to the greater glory of the Republic and makes it a better place in which to live and in which to invite men to participate and aspire, he contributes to himself as he contributes to the welfare of his fellow men.
ATTRIBUTION: President WARREN G. HARDING, address at the laying of the cornerstone of the City Club Building, St. Louis, Missouri, June 21, 1923.—Speeches and Addresses of Warren G. Harding, President of the United States,… 1923, p. 31 (1923).
SUBJECTS: Government—citizen participation