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The Auburn Creed

I believe that this is a practical world and that I can count
only on what I earn. Therefore, I believe in work, hard work.

I believe in education, which gives me the knowledge to work
wisely and trains my mind and my hands to work skillfully.

I believe in honesty and truthfulness, without which I cannot
win the respect and confidence of my fellow men.

I believe in a sound mind, in a sound body and a spirit that is
not afraid, and in clean sports that develop these qualities.

I believe in obedience to law because it protects the rights of all.

I believe in the human touch, which cultivates sympathy with my
fellow men and mutual helpfulness and brings happiness for all.

I believe in my Country, because it is a land of freedom
and because it is my own home, and that I can best serve that
country by "doing justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly
with my God."

And because Auburn men and women believe in these things,
I believe in Auburn and love it.

-George Petrie (1943)

Image of George Petrie's draft of the Auburn Creed from 1943

Last Updated: November 23, 2020