-- Thomas Paine
"The cause of America is in a great measure the cause of all mankind. Where, some say, is the king of America? I'll tell you, friend, He reigns above."
-- Thomas Paine
"As we survey the landscape in our country today, we find much to deeply concern us, or even perhaps in many instances to infuriate us - in politics, in government, in the media, in academia, in business, even in the pulpits and the pews, but, in the midst of all of that, there is still much to love about America, and about Americans, if you really look for it. There are still many with a deep faith in God, who live out that faith in love and kindness shown to others. There are many who show by their actions that they care about the protection and the care of the weakest and most helpless among us. There are many who give, of themselves and their resources of time, energy and money, to help those who are less fortunate, or to help restore our country to its principled basis. For all their many flaws, many, if not most, Americans are still a pretty decent bunch. So don't give up hope. The last chapters of American history have not yet been written. And We the People, under God, still have the power to determine what those chapters are going to say about us."
“Nil desperandum, -- Never Despair. That is a motto for you and me. All are not dead; and where there is a spark of patriotic fire, we will rekindle it.” -- Samuel Adams
"You can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after they've tried everything else." -- Winston Churchill
"Our country is in danger, but not to be despaired of. Our enemies are numerous and powerful; but we have many friends, determining to be free, and heaven and earth will aid the resolution. On you depend the fortunes of America. You are to decide the important question, on which rest the happiness and liberty of millions yet unborn. Act worthy of yourselves."
-- Joseph Warren, Boston Massacre Oration, March 6, 1775
"Ye abandoned minions of an infatuated ministry — if, peradventure, any should yet remain among us! — remember that a Warren and a Montgomery are numbered among the dead. Contemplate the mangled bodies of your countrymen, and then say, what should be the reward of such sacrifices? Bid us and our posterity bow the knee, supplicate the friendship, and plough and sow and reap, to glut the avarice of the men who have let loose on us the dogs of war to riot in our blood, and hunt us from the face of the earth? If ye love wealth better than liberty; the tranquillity of servitude, than the animating contest of freedom — go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen."
-- Samuel Adams, August 1, 1776
"The hearts of your soldiers beat high with the spirit of freedom — they are animated with the justice of their cause, and while they grasp their swords, can look up to Heaven for assistance. Your adversaries are composed of wretches who laugh at the rights of humanity, who turn religion into derision, and would, for higher wages, direct their swords against their leaders or their country. Go on, then, in your generous enterprise, with gratitude to Heaven for past success, and confidence of it in the future. For my own part, I ask no greater blessing than to share with you the common danger and common glory. If I have a wish dearer to my soul, than that my ashes may be mingled with those of a Warren and a Montgomery, it is — that these American States may never cease to be free and independent!" -
- Samuel Adams, August 1, 1776
"It is very imprudent to deprive America of any of her privileges. If her commerce and friendship are of any importance to you, they are to be had on no other terms than leaving her in the full enjoyment of her rights."
--Benjamin Franklin, Political Observations