Among the natural rights of the colonists are these: First a right to life,
secondly to liberty, and thirdly to property; together with the right to
defend them in the best manner they can.
He who is void of virtuous attachments in private life is, or very soon
will be, void of all regard for his country. There is seldom an instance of
a man guilty of betraying his country, who had not before lost the
feeling of moral obligations in his private connections.
How strangely will the Tools of a Tyrant pervert the plain Meaning of
It does not take a majority to prevail... but rather an irate, tireless
minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.
Mankind are governed more by their feelings than by reason.
Our contest is not only whether we ourselves shall be free, but
whether there shall be left to mankind an asylum on earth for civil and
The Constitution shall never be construed... to prevent the people of
the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own
The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil constitution, are
worth defending against all hazards: And it is our duty to defend them
against all attacks.
The natural liberty of man is to be free from any superior power on
Earth, and not to be under the will or legislative authority of man, but
only to have the law of nature for his rule.
We cannot make events. Our business is wisely to improve them.
If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude
greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us
in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down
and lick the hand that feeds you; May your chains set lightly upon
you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.
No people will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can any be easily
subdued, when knowledge is diffusd and Virtue is preservd. On the
Contrary, when People are universally ignorant, and debauchd in their
Manners, they will sink under their own weight without the Aid of
Samuel Adams, letter to James Warren, 1775
"The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil Constitution, are
worth defending at all hazards; and it is our duty to defend them
against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from
our worthy ancestors: they purchased them for us with toil and danger
and expense of treasure and blood, and transmitted them to us with
care and diligence. It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the
present generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be
wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or to be cheated out of
them by the artifices of false and designing men."
"We have proclaimed to the world our determination to die freemen,
rather than to live slaves."