Neo-Classic Quotations

Know the author and the selection of each of these quotations.

  1. We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness...


  2. I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past.


  3. Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our backs and hugging the delusive phantom of hope until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot?


  4. I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death.


  5. It was about the time I conceived the bold and arduous project of arriving at moral perfection.


  6. ...that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute a new government...


  7. Wars, without ceasing, will break out till that period arrives, and the continent must in the end be conqueror; for though the flame of liberty may sometimes cease to shine, the coal can never expire...


  8. ...I included under thirteen names of virtues all that at that time occurred to me as necessary or desirable, and annexed to each a short precept, which fully expressed the extent I gave to its meaning.


  9. Here the rewards of his industry follow with equal steps the progress of his labor; his labor is founded on the basis of nature, self-interest; can it want a stronger allurement?


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


  11. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives everything its value.


  12. ...it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts.