Great Quotes from American Leaders & Writers

In less than 300 years, America has risen from its humble beginning as a British colony to become the world's foremost superpower. The country's success could be traced back to its constitution which grants its citizens the rights to life, happiness and freedom. Below is a collection of great quotes from American leaders and writers. 

"I know not what others may choose but, as for me, give me liberty or give me death." Patrick Henry (Founding Father)

"But man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated." Ernest Hemingway (Nobel Prize winner for literature)

"A government of laws, and not of men." John Adams (U.S. President)

"Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." Edgar Allan Poe (poet)

"If the freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter." George Washington (First U.S. President)

"Life is not always a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well." Jack London (novelist)

"Men often oppose a thing merely because they have had no agency in planning it, or because it may have been planned by those whom they dislike." Alexander Hamilton (First U.S. Treasury Secretary)

"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style." Maya Angelou (poet)

"Americans have the right and advantage of being armed - unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms." James Madison (U.S. President)

"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." Ralph Waldo Emerson (essayist)

"Those who surrender freedom for security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one." Benjamin Franklin (Diplomat/scientist)

"The secret of getting ahead is getting started." Mark Twain (novelist)

"When the people fear the government there is tyranny, when the government fears the people there is liberty." Thomas Jefferson (U.S. President)

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