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Archibald Macleish, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin


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"There are those who will say

that the liberation of humanity,

the freedom of man and mind,

is nothing but a dream.

They are right.

It is the American Dream."

-- Archibald MacLeish

(1892-1982) Poet, playwright, Librarian of Congress, & Assistant Secretary of State under Franklin Roosevelt




"The spirit of resistance to government

is so valuable on certain occasions,

that I wish it to be always kept alive.

It will often be exercised when wrong

but better so than not to be exercised at all.

I like a little rebellion now and then.

It is like a storm in the atmosphere."

-- Thomas Jefferson

(1743-1826), US Founding Father, drafted the Declaration of Independence, 3rd US President

Source: Letter to Abigail Adams, 22 February 1787




"Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom.

As nations become corrupt and vicious,

they have more need of masters."

-- Benjamin Franklin

(1706-1790) US Founding Father


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