Category Archives: Courage

“Tear Down This Wall!”

Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan

“There is one sign the Soviets can make that would be unmistakable, that would advance dramatically the cause of freedom and peace. General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” – Ronald Reagan, June 12, 1987 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MDFX-dNtsM

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There is a Rank Due to the United States Among Nations…

George Washington

George Washington

“There is a rank due to the United States, among nations, which will be withheld, if not absolutely lost, by the reputation of weakness. If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known that we are at all times ready for war.” — George Washington, Fifth Annual Message, 1793

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Government is Instituted for the Common Good

John Adams

John Adams

“Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness of the people; and not for profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, the people alone have an incontestable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to institute government; and to reform, alter, or totally change the same, when their protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness require it.” — John Adams, Thoughts on Government, 1776

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Moderation in Principle is a Species of Vice…

Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine

“Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle, is a species of vice.” — Thomas Paine, Letter Addressed to the Addressers on the Late Proclamation, 1792

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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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Individuals May Injure a Whole Society By Not Declaring Their Sentiments…

John Dickinson

John Dickinson

“What concerns all, should be considered by all; and individuals may injure a whole society, by not declaring their sentiments. It is therefore not only their right, but their duty, to declare them.” — John Dickinson, Letters of Fabius, 1788

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