Samuel Adams: If Ye Love Wealth Better Than Liberty

Liberty Letters, Samuel Adams

If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of your servitude better than the animating conflict of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsel or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.

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Source: Samuel Adams, 1776, Great Quotations, p. 808.