We will never bring disgrace on this our City by an act of dishonesty or cowardice. We will fight for the ideals and Sacred Things of the City both alone and with many. We will revere and obey the City's laws, and will do our best to incite a like reverence and respect in those above us who are prone to annul them or set them at naught. We will strive increasingly to quicken the public's sense of civic duty. Thus in all these ways we will transmit this City, not only not less, but greater and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us.
(I have heard and read The Athenian Oath since probably I was in the seventh grade. I recently saw it on the National League of Cities website and it has the same power, beauty, and and sense of responsibility as the first time i read it and my first day of my career as a City administrator. I still get a chill down my back when I read it.)