I love the man that can...
I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.
Added on: March 16, 2007
From Paine's The American Crisis. This work, written in December 1776, was used by General George Washington as motivation on the eve of his famous Delaware river crossing.
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