Tuesday, April 21, 2009


From 1776- 1783, Thomas Paine authored a series of pamphelts that are now, collectivelty, know as "The American Crisis"
-WIKIPEDIA says is best :

The first of the pamphlets was released during a time when the Revolution still looked an unsteady prospect. Its opening sentence was adopted as the watchword of the movement to Trenton. The famous opening lines are:[2]

These are the times that try men's souls: The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.
The pamphlet, read aloud to the Continental army the night before the Battle of Trenton, attempted to bolster morale and resistance among patriots, as well as shame neutrals and loyalists toward the cause:
Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.
Paine maintains a positive view overall, hoping that this American crisis can be quickly resolved; "For though the flame of liberty may sometimes cease to shine, the embers can never expire."

SUSIE WINS!!!!!  And she receives....something nice. I don't know. Any idea? What should I give her?

For fun....the three other authors mentioned have famous sayings as well. What are they? Or there is more then one in some cases.....Googling is allowed :)


An Old Fashioned Girl said...

Patrick Henry said "Give me liberty or give me death."

Hugo said "It was the best of times it was the worst of times..."

Dickens said "Money and goods are certainly the best of references."

Aren't you proud of your little sis Deb? :-)

Lady Dvora said...

I am...

except "It was the best of Times" was also DICKENS...

this is Hugo
"It is nothing to die. It is frightful not to live. "
"Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent."

An Old Fashioned Girl said...