If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animating contest of freedom, — go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen!
Let us then...under God, trust our cause to our swords.
No people will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffusd and Virtue is preservd. On the Contrary, when People are universally ignorant, and debauchd in their Manners, they will sink under their own weight without the Aid of foreign Invaders.
Our unalterable resolution would be to be free. They have attempted to subdue us by force, but God be praised! in vain. Their arts may be more dangerous then their arms. Let us then renounce all treaty with them upon any score but that of total separation, and under God trust our cause to our swords.
The natural rights of the colonists are these: First, a right to life; second, to liberty; third to property; together with the right to support and defend them in the best manner they can.
If ever a time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will be in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin.
[T]he importance of piety and religion; of industry and frugality; of prudence, economy, regularity and an even government; all...are essential to the well-being of a family.
Religion in a Family is at once its brightest Ornament & its best Security.
[N]either the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt.
It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds.