An Athenian oath
Let us never bring disgrace to this, our nation, by any act of dishonesty or cowardice, nor ever desert our suffering comrades in the ranks.
We will fight for the ideals of the nation both alone and with others.
We will revere and respect our nation's laws, and do our best to incite a like respect and reverence in those above us who are prone to annul and set them at naught.
We will strive unceasingly to quicken the public's sense of civic duty.
Thus in all these ways we will transmit this nation not only not less but greater, better and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us.