Archive for July 4th, 2013



The Americans are a curious, original people. They know how to govern themselves, but nobody else can govern them.

A British officer in the American Revolution, noting the atmosphere of peace and order that settled in the new nation; quoted by Stanley Weintraub in General Washington’s Christmas Farewell: A Mount Vernon Homecoming (1783)


impudent and atrocious

A more impudent, false, and atrocious proclamation was never fabricated by the hands of man.    

Ambrose Serle, secretary to the British army, his diary, referring to the Declaration of Independence.
Quoted in David McCullough’s 1776 (1776)

Note: I myself, an ardent American, do not agree with this quote. But there’s something about it that I still kinda love.


immigrants and revolutionists

Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.

Franklin D. Roosevelt, “Remarks to the Daughters of the American Revolution” (1938)

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