#2. “What has been commonly called rebellion has more often been nothing but a manly and glorious struggle in opposition to the lawless power of rebellious kings and princes. If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not for your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.” -Samuel Adams
Oh man, that must be the most badass quote in American history. Adams’ speech at the State House in Philadelphia on August 1st, 1776 has set the hairs on the back of patriot’s necks up for centuries. Who among us here hasn’t been tempted to yank the chain of our fellow countrymen who prefer the calm of despotism to the boisterous seas of liberty? Most people seem to enjoy their positions as serfs, because liberty requires responsibility. To self govern is to have to provide for yourself and your loved ones. Adams quote here reflects the spirit of American Independence in all its glory.