John Hancock

"Patriotism is ever united with humanity and compassion. This noble affection which impels us to sacrifice everything dear, even life itself, to our country, involves in it a common sympathy and tenderness for every citizen, and must ever have a particular feeling for one who suffers in a public cause. Thoroughly persuaded of this, I need not add a word to engage your compassion and bounty towards a fellow-citizen who, with long-protracted anguish, falls a victim to the relentless rage of our common enemies."

John Hancock, Oration on the Boston Massacre 1774

Arthur Schlesinger

"Yet the very existence of this activist capacity - this appetite for decision and responsibility - has tended to split the left between those, like Jackson and Roosevelt, who regard liberalism as a practical program to be put into effect, and those, like the Doughface progressives, who use liberalism as an outlet for private grievances and frustrations. One one hand are the politicans, the administrators, the doers; on the other, the sentimentalists, the utopians, the wailers. For the doer, the essential form of democratic education is the taking of great decisions under the burden of civic responsibility. For the wailer, liberalism is the mass expiatory ritual by which the individual relieves himself of responsibility for his government's behavior."

Arthur Schlesinger, The Vital Center

Giuseppe Mazzini

"In laboring for our own country on the right principles, we labor for humanity."

-Giuseppe Mazzini

Arthur Larson

"False conservatism guards and cherishes the mechanisms of the past, and abhors new mechanisms, while ignoring in the meantime what happens to our traditional ideas and values. It worships the shell of the past, and lets the living substance die."

Arthur Larson, The Lawyer as Conservative, Cornell Law Quarterly (Winter 1955)

Theodore Roosevelt

“You can’t govern yourselves by sitting in your studies and thinking how good you are. You’ve got to fight all you know how, and you’ll find a lot of able men willing to fight you.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

Betty Friedan

"Are we really free and equal if we are forced to make such a choice, or half choice, because of lack of support from our society - because we have not received simple institutional help in combining marriage and motherhood with work in the professions, politics, or any of the other frontiers beyond the home?"

Betty Friedan, The Crisis in Women's Identity, 1964