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Author

Date

Attribution

Buck, Pearl S.

1943

What America Means to Me, ch. 4

Burke, Edmund

1790

Reflections on the Revolution in France. This was written immediately after the French Revolution. Burke questions the motives of the revolutionaries and warns against pulling down all that is good in society, along with the bad.

Carter, James Earl , Jr.

Nov. 9, 1978

To the Future Farmers of America, Kansas City

Clinton, Bill

Jan. 21, 1993

First Inaugural Address

Debs, Eugene Victor

April, 1890

"What Can We Do for Working People?" April, 1890, Locomotive Firemen’s Magazine

Eisenhower, Dwight D. 

 

Jan. 21, 1957

Second Inaugural Address - The Price of Peace

Aug. 31, 1959

Radio and television broadcast with Prime Minister Harold Macmillan, London

Fitzgerald, F. Scott

1945

“Notebook E,” The Crack-Up, ed. Edmund Wilson

Ford, Gerald R.

Aug. 12, 1974

Remarks to a joint session of Congress, August 12, 1974.

Franklin, Benjamin

July 27, 1783

A letter to the botanist Sir Joseph Banks.

1776

Attributed to Franklin at the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776.

July 27, 1783

Letter to the botanist Sir Joseph Banks. Complete Works, vol. 8, ed. John Bigelow.
A slightly altered version of this quotation is inscribed on a plaque in the stairwell of the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty.

Nov. 13, 1789

Letter, written Nov. 13, 1789. Complete Works, vol. 10, ed. John Bigelow.

Aug. 9, 1768

Complete Works, vol. 4, ed. John Bigelow.

Hale, Nathan

Sep. 22, 1776

Nathan Hale's last words before being hanged by the British as a spy.

Henry, Patrick

March 23, 1775

Patrick Henry's speech to the Virginia Convention in Richmond. William Wirt, Sketches of the Life and Character of Patrick Henry, 9th ed., pp. 141-42.

Humphrey, Hubert H., Jr.

Oct. 29, 1964

Speech given at New York City, NY

Jefferson, Thomas

 

 

 

Jan. 28, 1786

Letter to James Currie. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, vol. 9, p. 239, ed. Julian P. Boyd, et al. (1950)

Jan. 6, 1816

Letter to Colonel Charles Yancey—The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, ed. Paul L. Ford, vol. 10, p. 4 (1899)

 

“The Declaration of Independence,” The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, ed. Julian P. Boyd, vol. 1, pp. 429, 432 (1950)

  An except from the inscription on the northeast quadrant of the Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C., selected by the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Commission, from several writings of Jefferson’s.
March 31, 1809 Letter to the Republican Citizens of Washington County, Maryland—The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, ed. H. A. Washington, vol. 8, p. 165 (1871)
Sept. 28, 1820 Letter to William Charles Jarvis—The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, ed. Paul L. Ford, vol. 10, p. 161 (1899)
  In questions of power then, let no more be heard of confidence in man but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.
June 18, 1799 Letter to William Green Mumford—Merrill D. Peterson, Thomas Jefferson and the New Nation, p. 616 (1970)
Dec. 23, 1791 Letter to Archibald Stuart, —The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, ed. Paul L. Ford, vol. 5, p. 409 (1895).
April 24, 1816 Letter to P. S. du Pont de Nemours—The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, ed. Paul L. Ford, vol. 10, p. 25 (1899) This sentence is one of many quotations inscribed on Cox Corridor II, a first floor House corridor, U.S. Capitol.
Jan. 8, 1789 Letter to Richard Price—The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, ed. Julian P. Boyd, vol. 14, p. 420 (1958)
1787 Notes on the State of Virginia, Query 17, p. 159, ed. William Peden (1954).
  When angry, count ten before you speak; if very angry, an hundred.
Aug. 1, 1816 Letter to John Adams. The Adams--Jefferson Letters, vol. 2, p. 484, ed. Lester J. Cappon (1959).
Sept. 23, 1800 Letter to Benjamin Rush—The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, ed. Andrew A. Lipscomb, vol. 10, p. 175 (1903).
  Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains.
  Ignorance is preferable to error; and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing, than he who believes what is wrong.
  Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.
  Those who labor in the earth are the chosen people of God, if ever he had a chosen people, whose breasts He has made His peculiar deposit for substantial and genuine virtue.
1798 From the fair copy of the drafts of the Kentucky Resolutions of 1798.—The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, ed. Paul L. Ford, vol. 7, p. 305 (1896)
  Offices are as acceptable here as elsewhere, and whenever a man has cast a longing eye on them, a rottenness begins in his conduct.

Jan. 16, 1787

Letter to Edward Carrington—The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, ed. Julian P. Boyd, vol. 11, p. 49 (1955)

Jones, John Paul

Sep. 23, 1779

Reply to the British ship Serapis.

Lincoln, Abraham

June 16, 1858

Speech delivered at the close of the Republican state convention, which named him the candidate for the United States Senate, Springfield, Illinois.

MacArthur, Douglas May 3, 1948 Title of speech to the people of Japan upon the first anniversary of the Japanese constitution.
Kennedy, John F. Jan. 20,1961 Inaugural address. This is one of seven inscriptions carved on the walls at the gravesite of John F. Kennedy, Arlington National Cemetery.
Oct. 22,1962 Address to the nation announcing the blockade of Cuba to stop delivery of Soviet missiles.
1956 Profiles in Courage, p. 246
Jan. 20, 1961 Inaugural Address
King, Martin Luther, Jr. Aug. 28, 1963 “I Have a Dream,” speech at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C.
April 16, 1963 Open letter to clergymen,  “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” Why We Can’t Wait
1967 Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?, pp. 62–63
Aug. 28, 1963 Speech, at civil rights march, Washington, DC. “I Have a Dream” King was quoting the Hebrew Bible, Amos 5:24
Nov. 13, 1962 Wall Street Journal
Dec. 31, 1963 On blacks in America, address at Birmingham AL, news summaries.
1963 “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” Why We Can’t Wait
1963 Strength to Love, ch. 4, sct. 3
Lazarus, Emma 1883 “The New Colossus,” Emma Lazarus, Selection from Her Poetry and Prose, ed. Morris U. Schappes, pp. 40–41
Morgan, Robin 1970 Sisterhood Is Powerful, introduction
1970 Sisterhood Is Powerful, introduction
Paine, Thomas 1777 Common Sense, written as part of a series of pamphlets and entitled The American Crisis IV and signed Common Sense.
Penn, William 1909-14 Fruits of Solitude, part one
Reagan, Ronald June 29, 1980 Quoted in "Observer" London.
  No arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.
Roosevelt, Franklin D. March 4, 1933 Inaugural Address
May 26, 1940 Fireside chat on national defense
January 6, 1941 State of the Union message to the Congress
Roosevelt, Theodore 1926 “Lincoln and Free Speech,” The Great Adventure
Washington, George March 15, 1783 Address to the officers of the army, Newburgh, New York.
Wilson, Woodrow April 6, 1912 Speech, Chicago, Illinois
May 10, 1915 Speech, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Jan. 29, 1916 Speech, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Sept. 8, 1919 Address supporting the League of Nations, Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

 

 

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