portrait of Marquis de Lafayette
Lieutenant General in the Garde nationale, portrait by Joseph-D&eaucre;iré (1791)

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Quotes of the Day for 6 September 2001 – Marquis de Lafayette

Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Mothier was born on this day in 1757. His father died when he was two, when he was thirteen his mother died as well, leaving him with a substantial fortune. At age 16 he had graduated from the Military Academy at Versailles and was a captain in the French cavalry. In 1777 when he came to America to fight against the British he was known as the Marquis de Lafayette. He led Revolutionary troops to several major victories, but contributed mostly by training Washington's troops at Valley Forge after insisting on and supervising basic sanitation in that camp.

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The quotes:

In the eyes of the people, the general who wins a battle has made no mistakes.
     - Voltaire

God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it.
     - Daniel Webster

These are times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country.
     - Thomas Paine

Humanity has won its battle. Liberty now has a country.
     - Marquis de Lafayette

Haec Manus Inimica Tyrannis (This Company is an enemy to tyranny.)
     - Marquis de Lafayette, inscription on infantry banner

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