“People and nations are forged in the fire of adversity.” ~~ John Adams
“I long to hear that you have declared independence — and by the way in the new Code of Laws which I suppose it will be necessary for you to make, I desire you would Remember the Ladies, and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the Husbands. Remember all Men would be tyrants if they could. If particular care and attention is not paid to the Ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any Laws in which we have no voice, or Representation.” ~~ Abigail Adams to John Adams, March 31, 1776
“There is nothing more unequal than the equal treatment of unequal people.” ~~ Thomas Jefferson
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed,it’s the only thing that ever has.” ~~ Margaret Mead
“There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism.” ~~ Alexander Hamilton
“The free mind is not a barking dog, to be tethered on a ten-foot chain.” ~~ Adlai E. Stevenson, Jr.
“Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.” ~~ Mahatma Gandhi
“Americans… still believe in an America where anything’s possible – they just don’t think their leaders do.” ~~ Barack Obama