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I would rather be ashes than dust

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Hong Kong, it seems to me, has always lived by the author, Jack London's credo:

"I would rather be ashes than dust,
I would rather my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze,
Than it should be stifled in dry rot.

I would rather be a superb meteor, 
With every atom of me in magnificent grow,
Than a sleepy and permanent planet."

Whatever the challenges ahead, nothing should bring this meteor crashing to earth, nothing should snuff out its glow. I hope that Hong Kong will take tomorrow by storm. And when it does, History will stand and cheer.

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Policy address at the opening of the 1996/97 session of the Legislative Council
October 2, 1996

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