(from Devotions upon Emergent Occasions)

JOHN DONNE  c.1571-1631

No man is an island, entire of itself;
every man is a piece of the continent,
a part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less,
as well as if a promontory were,
as well as if a manor of thy friend's or of thine own were:
Any man's death diminishes me,
because I am involved in mankind,
and therefore
never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
it tolls for thee.

Samuel Adams, speech at the Philadelphia State House, August 1, 1776

If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquillity of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), Letter to Josiah Quincy, Sept. 11, 1773

They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.