"Give me liberty or give me death."
Patrick Henry to the VA House of Burgesses before the Revolutionary War
"Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.",
Thomas Jefferson to King George III in the D of I, 1776
"Remember the ladies."
Abigail Adams to John Adams as he went to the Continental Congress
"Wethe people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union,..."
Founding Fathers in the Preamble to the Constitution, 1787
"Steer clear of permanent alliances."
George Washington in his farewell address to the nation, end of his 2nd term
"A house divided against its self cannot stand."
Abe Lincoln in the Lincoln-Douglass Debates, 1850s
"With malice toward none; with charity for all..."
Lincoln in 2nd Inauguration Speech to the nation, 1864
"These are the times that try men's souls."
Thomas Paine in American Crisis, Revolutionary War
"We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal.",
Thomas Jefferson to King George III in D of I, 1776
"...government of the people by the people, and for the people, shall not perish from the earth.",
Abe Lincoln in Gettysburg Address, after the battle of Gettysburg during the Civil War