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Famous Quotes from the American Revolution

"The regulars are coming."
Paul Revere is going from Boston to Concord and Lexington and he is telling them to hide the gun powder and John Adams and John Hancock
"Do not fire on them unless they fire first, but if they want a war, let it begin here."
American - Captain Parker - Battle of Lexington
"Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes."
American - William Prescott - Battle of Bunker Hill - they British were advancing up the hill in a line formation. They wanted to have good accuracy - one shot, one kill
"It was a dear bought victory; another such would have ruined us."
British - Henry Clinton - after Battle of Bunker Hill - they technically won, but lost 1,000 soldiers
"We have an excellent king. England is a generous, sensible, and humane nation, to whom we can bring our complaints. Let us behave like dutiful children who have received undeserved blows from a beloved parent. Let us complain to our parent, but let our complaints speak in a language of affection and veneration."
American - John Dickinson - Author of Olive Branch Petition - speaking to Second Continental Congress - King George didn't even read the petition. Peace was not going to happen, even though some loayalists wanted to avoid war because they still liked British rule
"Hither have they fled, not from the tender embraces of the mother, but from the cruelty of the monster and it is so far true of England that the same tyranny which drove the first emigrants from home pursues their descendents still."
Thomas Paine, Common Sense, wanted to break away from the British - trying to convince people that it is not a bad idea
"There is something very absurd in supposing to be perpetually governed by an island."
Thomas Paine, Common Sense, wanted to break away from the British - trying to convince people that it is not a bad idea. Britain is far away - why should they rule us - our country is bigger and could be more powerful
"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."
Thomas Jefferson, Declaration of Independence - Why America went to war - saying we should be free from Britain
"We must all hang together, or most assuredly we shall hang separately."
Ben Franklin - together we will win the war and if we lose, we will all hang. All colonies need to stand together against the British
"I think the game will be pretty well up."
George Washington - December 1776 - saying that if no soldiers sign up in the new year, the war would be over
"These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet, the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph."
Thomas Paine - The Crisis - George Wshington had generals read this to their soldiers to boost their spirits and confidence and to convince them to stay and fight in the army
"Tell General Sullivan to use the bayonet. I am resolved to take Trenton."
George Washington - It was raining, so they couldn't use gun powder. Had to use bayonets. Before Battle of Trenton
"I run as fast backwards as forwards to convince our enemy that we are like a crab. We can run in any direction, as long as it is away."
General Nathanael Greene's description of his strategy for defeating the Crown army under Cornwallis, 1780 - they were trying to tire out the enemy by making them run around. Also getting them away from their supplies
"Posterity will huzzah for us."
George Washinton - future generations will cheer for us after the war is over - after the Battle of Yorktown
"For in my opinion, there was never a good war or a bad peace."
Ben Franklin - he didn't like war - war in general is bad - wastes money that you could be using on fixing roads
"My brave fellows, you have done all I asked you to do, and more than could reasonably be expected. But your country is at stake, your wives, your homes, and all that you hold dear. You have worn yourselvse our with fatigues and hardships, but we know not how to spare you. If you will consent to stay, only one month longer, you will render that service to the cause of liberty, and to your country, which you probably never can do under any other circumstances. The present is emphatically the crisis, which is to decide our destiny."
George Washington - Day before people could leave the army and go home. He didn't want them to go home because he was inspiring as a leader. Almost nobody left