Joe Biden on Wednesday took oath because the 46th president of the United States, adopted by a strong inaugural handle by which he emphasised the significance of democracy and unity. Biden’s name for unity bears significance within the aftermath of Capitol riots when his predecessor, Donald Trump, egged on his supporters to storm the Capitol constructing, main to 5 deaths. In an obvious reference to the tumultuous interval of transition, Biden mentioned the nation has learnt that democracy is “precious” and “fragile.”

Here are 10 memorable quotes from Biden’s speech:

1. “This is America’s day, this is democracy’s day, the day of history and hope. Today we celebrate a triumph, not of a candidate, but of a cause. We have learned again that democracy is precious democracy is fragile. At this hour my friends, Democracy has prevailed.”

2. “I know speaking of unity can sound to some like a foolish fantasy these days. I know the forces that divide us are deep and they are real. I also know they are not new.”

3. “Our history has been a constant struggle between the American ideal that we all are created equal and the harsh ugly reality that racism, nativism, fear, demonisation have long torn us apart. The battle is perennial, and victory is never assured.”

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4. “Through civil war to the Great Depression, World War, 9/11…our better angels have always prevailed. And each of these moments…enough of us have come together to carry all of us forward…we can see each other not as adversaries but as neighbours…we can treat each other with dignity and respect”

5. “For without unity, there’s no peace, only bitterness and fury. No progress, only exhausting outrage. No nation, only state of chaos…this is our historic moment of crisis and challenge…unity is the path forward.”

6. “And today, we marked the swearing-in of the first woman in the American history elected to national office – vice president Kamala Harris. Don’t tell me things can’t change.”

7. “Here we stand just days after a riotous mob thought they could use violence to silence the will of the people, to stop the work of our democracy, to drive us from this sacred ground. It did not happen. It will never happen. Not today, not tomorrow, not ever. Not ever.”

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8. “To all of those who did not support us, let me say this. Hear me out as we move forward. Take a measure of me and my heart. If you still disagree, so be it. That’s democracy. That’s America. The right to dissent peaceably…is perhaps this nation’s greatest strength.”

9. “Recent weeks and months have taught us a painful lesson. There is truth and there are lies. Lies told for power and profit. Each of us has a duty and a responsibility as citizens, as Americans, especially as leaders … to defend the truth and defeat the lies.”

10. “Here’s the thing about life. There’s no accounting for what fate will deal you. Some days when you need a hand. There are other days when we are called to lend a hand. That’s how it has to be. That’s what we do for one another.”

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Joe Biden is sworn in because the 46th US President on January 20 in Washington. (AP)

By Yashwant Raj , edited by Vinod Janardhanan

PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 12:24 AM IST

Kamala Harris was sworn in as Vice-President earlier than Biden, marking a sequence of firsts that may safe her a novel place in American historical past as the primary girl, African American and American of Indian, South Asian and Asian descent ever elected to the excessive workplace that may put her only a heartbeat away from the presidency.

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