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  Governor Pat Brown Inaugural Address January 7, 1963
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ContributorThomas Walker 
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DescriptionMr. President, Mr. Speaker, Mr. Chief Justice, fellow constitutional officers, members of the Legislature, my fellow Californians:
Since we met here four years ago, many historic changes have taken place in this growing, golden state. First among them is California’s emergence as the largest of the 50 states of the union. The western rim of a continent, which a century ago was as much legend as land to a handful of pioneers, now assumes the role of leader on that continent.

Leadership is never an unmixed blessing. I know there are those among us who yearn for things as they used to be, or at least as we see them now through the haze of memory. Who does not sometimes share a longing for the day when the only cars on the silver hills of my native San Francisco were cable cars? Who did not mourn the passing of a San Diego youngster’s lizard preserve?

But nostalgia has never been a way of life for Californians.

We have always been pioneers and sons of pioneers, a vigorous, dynamic people who respect tradition, but scorn the status quo.

Through the turmoil of change, and sometimes chaos, Californians have pressed on toward the good society—not for the few, not for the many, but for all.

Offered chances to lie at anchor, we have chosen full sail. Offered comfort, we have chosen challenge. Offered leisure, we have chosen the extra effort hat meets not only present but future needs.

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