We hold these truths to be self evident

“Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too highly.”

-Thomas Paine, The American Crisis (1776)


“Give me your tired, your poor/

Your huddled masses yearning to break free/

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore”

-The Statue of Liberty (Emma Lazarus)


“This is a nation of inconsistencies. The Puritans fleeing from oppression became oppressors. We fought England for our liberty and put chains on four million of blacks. We wiped out slavery and our tariff laws and national banks began a system of wage slavery worse than the first. Wall Street owns the country. It is no longer a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, but a government of Wall Street, by Wall Street, and for Wall Street. The great common people of this country are slaves, and monopoly is the master.”

-Mary Lease


“If not us, who? If not now, when?”

-Ronald Regan


“Fellas get used to a place, it’s hard to go. Fellas get use’d to a way of thinking, it’s hard to leave.”

-ex-Rev. Casy, The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck


“My feets is tired, but my soul is at rest.”

-Rosa Parks on her weariness


“…So the question then is not whether we will be extremists, but what kinds of extremists we will be. Will we be extremists for hate or for love?”

-Martin Luther King Jr., The Birmingham Letters 


“The Last temptation is the greatest treason: To do the right thing for the wrong reason.”

-T.S. Elliot


“Speak softly and carry a big stick [and] you will go far.”

-Theodore Roosevelt


“[history] … to preserve from decay the remembrance of what men have done.”

Herodotus  (father of history)


“O Liberty! What crimes are committed in your name!”

– Marie-Jeanne Philippon Roland on the steps of the guillotine


“Without a vision, the people perish.”

-Proverbs 29:18


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https://www.monticello.org/site/plantation-and-slavery/thomas-jefferson-and-sally-hemings-brief-account

http://www.biography.com/people/sally-hemings-9542356#rumors-and-scandal

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