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Quotes of the Day for 27 September 2001 – Samuel Adams

Samuel Adams, born on this date in 1722, was one of the most outspoken of America's founding fathers. Because he was a brewer by profession and the organizer of the Boston Tea Party I was tempted to make beverages today's theme, but I think this set of Adams' serious quotes is more worthy.

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The quotes:

Our contest is not only whether we ourselves shall be free, but whether there shall be left to mankind an asylum on earth for civil and religious liberty.
     - Samuel Adams, 1722 - 1803

Let us contemplate our forefathers, and posterity, and resolve to maintain the rights bequeathed to us from the former, for the sake of the latter.
     - Samuel Adams, 1722 - 1803

Driven from every other corner of the earth, freedom of thought and the right of private judgment in matters of conscience direct their course to this happy country as their last resort.
     - Samuel Adams, 1722 - 1803

If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains set lightly upon you; and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.
     - Samuel Adams, 1722 - 1803

Our union is now complete; our constitution composed, established, and approved. You are now the guardians of your own liberties.
     - Samuel Adams, speech to Continental Congress, 1 August 1776


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