Quotes

Summer afternoon

8 July 2018

Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.

Henry James

To understand

7 July 2018

To understand how consumers really think and feel, it is vital to go beyond words.

Katja Bressette

We aren’t here today to bow before the representation of a fierce warlike god

6 July 2018

We aren’t here today to bow before the representation of a fierce warlike god, filled with wrath and vengeance, but we joyously contemplate instead our own deity keeping watch and ward before the open gates of America and greater than all that have been celebrated in ancient song.

Instead of grasping in her hand thunderbolts of terror and of death, she holds aloft the light which illumines the way to man’s enfranchisement.

We will not forget that Liberty has here made her home, nor shall her chosen altar be neglected. Willing votaries will constantly keep alive its fires and these shall gleam upon the shores of our sister Republic thence, and joined with answering rays a stream of light shall pierce the darkness of ignorance and man’s oppression, until Liberty enlightens the world.

Grover Cleveland, Dedication speech for the Statue of Liberty (28 October 1886).

It is not the strongest

5 July 2018

It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.

Charles Darwin

I have said that the Declaration of Independence is the ring-bolt to the chain of your nation’s destiny

4 July 2018

I have said that the Declaration of Independence is the ring-bolt to the chain of your nation’s destiny; so, indeed, I regard it. The principles contained in that instrument are saving principles. Stand by those principles, be true to them on all occasions, in all places, against all foes, and at whatever cost.

Frederick Douglass, July 5, 1852

But what do we mean by the American Revolution?

4 July 2018
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But what do we mean by the American Revolution? Do we mean the American war? The Revolution was effected before the war commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people; a change in their religious sentiments, of their duties and obligations…This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people was the real American Revolution.

Letter from John Adams to H. Niles, February 13, 1818

Do you recollect the pensive and awful silence

4 July 2018
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Do you recollect the pensive and awful silence which pervaded the house when we were called up, one after another, to the table of the President of Congress to subscribe what was believed by many at that time to be our own death warrants?

Benjamin Rush, Pennsylvania delegate, July 20, 1811

Tho your Letters never fail to give me pleasure

4 July 2018
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Tho your Letters never fail to give me pleasure, be the subject what it will, yet it was greatly heightned by the prospect of the future happiness and glory of our Country; nor am I a little Gratified when I reflect that a person so nearly connected with me had the Honour of being a principal actor, in laying a foundation for its future Greatness.

“May the foundation of our new constitution, be justice, Truth and Righteousness. Like the wise Mans house may it be founded upon those Rocks and then neither storms or tempests will overthrow it.”

Letter from Abigail Adams to John Adams, July 13, 1776

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