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Famous American Quotations: Words That Inspired a Nation

Eisenhower, Dwight

"all patriots, young and old, will have a part to play in the Liberation. More

Jefferson, Thomas

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.--Declaration of Independence  More

Lincoln, Abraham

No man is good enough to govern another man without that others consent. -- Lincoln-Douglas Debate. - opinion on slavery More

Henry, Patrick

  • Patrick Henry Biography
  • Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what the course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death! --Speech March 1775
  • Caesar had his Brutus; Charles the First, his Cromwell; and George the III, may profit by their example. If this be treason, make the most of it. --Speech to Virginia House of Burgesses

Paine, Thomas

  • Thomas Paine Common Sense
  • Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one. --Common Sense
  • My country is the world and my religion is to do good --Rights of Man

Pershing , General John

"Twenty six years ago American soldiers, in cooperation with their Allies, were locked in mortal combat with the German enemy. Their march of victory was never halted until the enemy laid down his arms in defeat." More

Roosevelt, Franklin

We have had the lesson before us over and over again; nations that were not ready and were unable to get ready found themselves overrun by the enemy. --Message to Congress, 1940 - more

Roosevelt, Teddy

  • Young Teddy Roosevelt
  • Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far. --1901 Address
  • We demand that big business give people a square deal.-- Letter

Washington, George

  • George Washington Biography
  • Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for 'tis better to be alone than in bad company --  Rules of Civility
  • Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth. --Maxims of Washington
  • To be prepared for war is the most effectual means of preserving peace --Address to Congress 1790

Suggested Reading

Bartlett's Familiar Quotations: A Collection of Passages, Phrases, and Proverbs Traced to Their Sources in Ancient and Modern Literature

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