— David Brinkley American journalist 1920 - 2003
„The memory of Tom Paine will outlive all this. No man who helped to lay the foundations of our liberty — who stepped forth as the champion of so difficult a cause — can be permanently obscured by such attacks.“
— Chinmayananda Saraswati Indian spiritual teacher 1916 - 1993
„It was an elevating, transforming vision: a new, fresh, vigorous, and above all morally regenerate people rising from the obscurity to defend the battlements of liberty and then in triumph standing forth, heartening and sustaining the cause of freedom everywhere.“
— Bernard Bailyn American historian 1922
Chapter V, TRANSFORMATION, p. 160.
„And he who thinks that these two roots of almost all the injustice and contention that so disturb human life, are not early to be weeded out, and contrary habits introduc'd, neglects the proper season to lay the foundations of a good and worthy man.“
— John Locke English philosopher and physician 1632 - 1704
Context: Another thing wherein they shew their love of dominion, is, their desire to have things to be theirs: They would have propriety and possession, pleasing themselves with the power which that seems to give, and the right that they thereby have, to dispose of them as they please. He that has not observ's these two humours working very betimes in children, has taken little notice of their actions: And he who thinks that these two roots of almost all the injustice and contention that so disturb human life, are not early to be weeded out, and contrary habits introduc'd, neglects the proper season to lay the foundations of a good and worthy man. Sec. 105
„They swoon over Tom, who preens for them, bowing, which sets them to blushing and giggling.
God help us all.“
— Libba Bray, A Great and Terrible Beauty
„These are the boys of Pointe du Hoc. These are the men who took the cliffs. These are the champions who helped free a continent. These are the heroes who helped end a war.“
— Ronald Reagan American politician, 40th president of the United States (in office from 1981 to 1989) 1911 - 2004
Speech at Pointe du Hoc on the 40th Anniversary of D-Day http://www.reagan.utexas.edu/archives/speeches/1984/60684a.htm (6 June 1984)
— Lorin Morgan-Richards American poet, cartoonist, and children's writer 1975
as quoted in Barry GEM "Barry GEM" http://www.barry-today.co.uk/article.cfm?id=102602&headline=Book%20on%20the%20trail%20of%20%20the%20Welsh%20Americans§ionIs=news&searchyear=2016 "Book on the trail of the Welsh Americans” (20 January 2016).
— Henry David Thoreau 1817-1862 American poet, essayist, naturalist, and abolitionist 1817 - 1862
First attributed to Thoreau in A year of sunshine: cheerful extracts for every day in the year (Kate Sanborn, 1886) and American literature (Mildred Cabell Watkins, 1894), but there is no known citation to Thoreau's works.
„But our wounds are part of who we are... and there is nothing left to chance.... And pain's the pen that writes the songs.... That call us forth to dance“
— Michael Card singer, songwriter, author, composer, Radio Host 1957
— George Eliot English novelist, journalist and translator 1819 - 1880
„For the saddest epitaph which can be carved in memory of a vanished liberty is that it was lost because its possessors failed to stretch forth a saving hand while yet there was time.“
— George Sutherland Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, United States Senator, member of the United States House of Representatives 1862 - 1942
Context: Do the people of this land—in the providence of God, favored, as they sometimes boast, above all others in the plenitude of their liberties—desire to preserve those so carefully protected by the First Amendment: liberty of religious worship, freedom of speech and of the press, and the right as freemen peaceably to assemble and petition their government for a redress of grievances? If so, let them withstand all beginnings of encroachment. For the saddest epitaph which can be carved in memory of a vanished liberty is that it was lost because its possessors failed to stretch forth a saving hand while yet there was time. Associated Press v. National Labor Relations Board, 301 U.S. 103, 141 (1937) (dissenting)
— Richard Powers novelist 1957
„That a man be willing, when others are so too, as farre-forth, as for Peace, and defence of himself he shall think it necessary, to lay down this right to all things; and be contented with so much liberty against other men, as he would allow other men against himself.“
— Thomas Hobbes English philosopher, born 1588 1588 - 1679
The First Part, Chapter 14, p. 64-65
„Let us teach our children, and all Americans, to rise above brutality and bigotry and to be champions of liberty, human dignity, and equality.“
— George W. Bush 43rd President of the United States 1946
Proclamation 7404 (February 2001)