“The time to guard against corruption and tyranny is before they shall have gotten hold of us. It is better to keep the wolf out of the fold than to trust to drawing his teeth and talons after he shall have entered.” -Thomas Jefferson
“There! His Majesty can now read my name without glasses. And he can double his reward on my head!” -John Hancock, said after signing his name (very largely) on the Declaration of Independence. Badass.
“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of carrying it.” -Thomas Paine
“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.” -Mark Twain