“I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past!”

“[The man] jumped to his feet and stepped into the aisle. In his Scottish brogue he challenged every man sitting in the church.”

“”I repeat it , sir, we must fight. An appeal to arms and to the God of Hosts is all that is left to us, sir, that we are weak, unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week or the next year?””

“[The other man] watched in amazement as [The man] fell down on one knee and crossed his wrists as if they were chained together before going on.”

“”There is no retreat but in submission and slavery. Our chains are forged. Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston. The war is inevitable. And let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come!…Gentlemen may cry, peace, peace—but there is no peace. The war is actually begun. The next gale that surveys from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms. Our brethren are already on the field! Why stand idle here? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains ans slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God!””

“Springing back to his feet [The man] then opened his arms wide.”

“”I know not what the course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death.””

“With that [The man] thrust an imaginary dagger into his chest and sunk back into his seat beside [The other man].”

“Pandemonium broke out. Some delegates rose to their feet cheering wildly. Others shouted abuse at [The man], denouncing him as a warmonger. Somewhere in the midst of all of this noise, [The other man] made a decision. [The man] was right. War was inevitable.”

From: George Washington, True Patriot

[The man]: Patrick Henry

[The other man] George Washington

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