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It Is Necessary for Every American to Stop the Dissemination of Principles Evidently Destructive of the Cause for Which They Have Bled…

Mercy Otis Warren

Mercy Otis Warren

“It is necessary for every American, with becoming energy to endeavor to stop the dissemination of principles evidently destructive of the cause for which they have bled. It must be the combined virtue of the rulers and of the people to do this, and to rescue and save their civil and religious rights from the outstretched arm of tyranny, which may appear under any mode or form of government.” — Mercy Warren, History of the Rise, Progress, and Termination of the American Revolution, 1805

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We Have Therefore to Resolve to Conquer or Die…

George Washington

George Washington

“We have therefore to resolve to conquer or die: Our won Country’s Honor, all call upon us for vigorous and manly exertion, and if we now shamefully fail, we shall become infamous to the whole world. Let us therefore rely upon the goodness of the Cause, and the aid of the supreme Being, in whose hands Victory is, to animate and encourage us to great and noble Actions.” — George Washington, General Orders, 1776

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These Are the Times That Try Men’s Souls…

Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine

“These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.” — Thomas Paine, The American Crisis, No 1, 1776

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Tyranny, Like Hell, is Not Easily Conquered…

Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine

“Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” — Thomas Paine, American Crisis, No. 1, 1776

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An Elective Despotism Was Not The Government We Fought For…

James Madison

James Madison

“An elective despotism was not the government we fought for; but one in which the powers of government should be so divided and balanced among the several bodies of magistracy as that no one could transcend their legal limits without being effectually checked and restrained by the others.”James Madison,  Federalist No. 58, 1788

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A Revolution Brought About By Those Who Had No Power At All?

Patrick Henry

Patrick Henry

“O sir, we should have fine times, indeed, if, to punish tyrants, it were only sufficient to assemble the people! Your arms, wherewith you could defend yourselves, are gone; and you have no longer an aristocratical, no longer a democratical spirit. Did you ever read of any revolution in a nation, brought about by the punishment of those in power, inflicted by those who had no power at all?”  — Patrick Henry, speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention, 1788

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All Confidence Must Be Withheld from the Means We Use…

John Hancock

“In circumstances dark as these, it becomes us, as Men and Christians, to reflect that, whilst every prudent Measure should be taken to ward off the impending Judgements… All confidence must be withheld from the Means we use; and reposed only on that GOD who rules in the Armies of Heaven, and without whose Blessing the best human Counsels are but Foolishness–and all created Power Vanity” – April 15,  1775, By Order of the [Massachusetts] Provincial Congress, John Hancock, President.

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