Samuel Adams

“Among the natural rights of the colonists are these: First a right to life, secondly to liberty, and thirdly to property; together with the right to defend them in the best manner they can.”

“He who is void of virtuous attachments in private life is, or very soon will be, void of all regard for his country. There is seldom an instance of a man guilty of betraying his country, who had not before lost the feeling of moral obligations in his private connections.”

“We cannot make events. Our business is wisely to improve them.”

“The natural liberty of man is to be free from any superior power on Earth, and not to be under the will or legislative authority of man, but only to have the law of nature for his rule.”

“The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil constitution, are worth defending against all hazards: And it is our duty to defend them against all attacks.”

“The Constitution shall never be construed... to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.”

“Our contest is not only whether we ourselves shall be free, but whether there shall be left to mankind an asylum on earth for civil and religious liberty.”

“Mankind are governed more by their feelings than by reason.”

“It does not take a majority to prevail... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.”

“It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds.”

Born as the son of a church deacon in 1722, Samuel Adams understood from a young age the authority private citizens could hold over politics once properly mobilized. His second cousin and future President John Adams were often referred to as the Adams' brothers, or simply as the Adams'. Adams' father, also named Samuel, frequently used his position as preacher to organize large numbers of associates into groups to lobby local Boston politicians and officials on specific issues, with young Sam frequently accompanying him. Adams entered Harvard at the age of fourteen, ostensibly to study theology and later take up his father's career, but life in college also exposed him to the ideas of the Enlightenment philosophers like John Locke, who held that certain rights and liberties were inherent to humanity, and that government should reflect that truth. 

Following college, he began the study of law, but soon gave in to family pressures and took a position as a clerk in the counting house of Thomas Cushing, one of the colony's leading merchants. Adams was not a success in business and worked for Cushing only a short time before beginning his own short-lived venture. Despite his lack of success at business (failing as a brewer and tax collector and wasting an inheritance), Adams displayed true genius in politics.

Adams was prominent in organizing protests over the Sugar Act (1764) and the Stamp Act (1765). His continued outspoken criticism of English policies did much to foment public unrest, which erupted into violence in the Boston Massacre in 1770. Adams worked with "committees of correspondence," which exchanged ideas with dissidents in other colonies for opposing British programs.

Adams' real first foray of active resistance came in 1773, when Parliament passed the Tea Act, allowing the British East India company to sell tea from China in American colonies without paying taxes apart from those imposed by the Townshend Acts. Samuel Adams played a prominent role of planning and executing the famous Boston Tea Party, when American Patriots, some disguised as Native Americans, destroyed an entire shipment of tea sent by the East India Company.

As tensions between Britain and the colonies spilled over into armed rebellion, Adams remained on the forefront of political affairs. As a delegate to the Continental Congress, Adams acted as both a signer of the Declaration of Independence as well as a framer of the Articles of Confederation, the governing laws of America before the Constitution. After the war, Adams went home to Boston and again flirted between business, writing and politics as a career. After serving as Lieutenant, then Acting Governor for John Hancock, Adams was elected 4th Governor of Massachusetts in 1794. Though elected for four years, he decided to retire early in '97 on account of his health, which also caused the end of his writing career. Samuel Adams passed away in 1803 and remains to this day in the Granary Burying Ground in Boston.

Ben Franklin

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing

Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead

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

Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn

A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned

In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is Freedom, in water there is bacteria

You may delay, but time will not

Many people die at twenty-five and aren't buried until they are seventy-five

Never ruin an apology with an excuse

Fear not death for the sooner we die, the longer we shall be immortal

 Popularly known as the First Citizen of the 18th Century, Benjamin Franklin was a famous American writer, inventor, politician, statesman, author, scientist, diplomat and civic activist among many other profiles that he held in his lifetime. As a young boy, Franklin apprenticed with his printer brother. The opportunity gave him the much-needed exposure to new ideas and ideals. He grew up to become an inventor and is best known till date for his work in electrical theory. He established the laws by which electricity operates and also conducted crucial inventions including the Lightning rod and Franklin stove. As a diplomat, he was widely admired among the French and was a major figure in the development of Franco-American relations. As a politician, Franklin still stands as America’s most effective statesman and ambassador. He was undoubtedly American’s most influential Founding Fathers who drafted the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States.

 Franklin was a distinguished human being, who possessed uncanny mind and sharp wit, which he used tirelessly for the betterment of his country and society at large. Franklin is credited for many inventions including the swim fins, Franklin stove, catheter, library chair, step ladder, lightning rod, bifocal glasses etc; however, he never patented any of them. He did so, as he believed that his innovations were not mere sources of moneymaking but would raise the living standards of the masses. His experiments with the lightning, gained him recognition throughout the world. Benjamin Franklin played a vital role in American history as he was a signer of both the Declaration of Independence as well as the Constitution, thus he is considered as one of the pivotal personalities, who shaped America. His influence has been so great on the country that many scholars have gone as far as to describe him as "the only President of the United States who was never President of the United States." Though, as a child he was not able to continue his education beyond elementary level but there was hardly a renowned university that did not felicitate him with an honorary degree for his exemplary work.