"Our own Country's Honor, all call upon us for a vigorous and manly exertion, and if we now shamefully fail, we shall become infamous to the
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
to great and noble Actions -- The Eyes of all our Countrymen are now
upon us, and we shall have their blessings, and praises, if happily we
instruments of saving them from the Tyranny mediated against them. Let
us therefore animate and encourage each other, and show the whole world,
free man contending for Liberty on his own ground is superior to any
slavish mercenary on earth."
George Washington, 1776
"You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating
phrases which our founding fathers used in their struggle for
"What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that its people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let
take arms....The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time
with the blood of patriots and tyrants."