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10 Best Quotes From "1776" by David McCullough



America’s beloved and distinguished historian presents, in a book of breathtaking excitement, drama, and narrative force, the stirring story of the year of our nation’s birth, 1776, interweaving, on both sides of the Atlantic, the actions and decisions that led Great Britain to undertake a war against her rebellious colonial subjects and that placed America’s survival in the hands of George Washington.


  1. “It was a day and age that saw no reason why one could not learn whatever was required - learn vitally anything - by the close study of books.”

  2. “I lament the want of a liberal education. I feel the mist of ignorance to surround me - Nathanael Greene”

  3. “There are no people on earth in whom a spirit of enthusiastic zeal is so readily kindled, and burns so remarkably, as Americans”

  4. “Indeed, bribery, favoritism, and corruption in a great variety of forms were rampant not only in politics, but in all levels of society.”

  5. “In truth, the situation was worse than they realized, and no one perceived this as clearly as Washington. Seeing things as they were, and not as he would wish them to be, was one of his salient strengths.”

  6. “A leader must look and act the part.”

  7. “As the Sword was the last resort for the preservation of our liberties, so it ought to be the first thing laid aside when those liberties are firmly established”

  8. “Lord Chatham, the King of Prussia, nay, Alexander the Great, never gained more in one campaign than the noble lord has lost-he has lost a whole continent.”

  9. “Farmers and soldiers knew about the weather. Weather could be the great determiner between failure and success, the great test of one's staying power.”

  10. ”...people unused to restraint must be led, they will not be drove.”