Tag: Quote of the Day July 2017

Quote of the Day: Common Sense


Today’s quote is again from the movie musical 1776. It comes at the point in the story where John Adams and Ben Franklin, desperately looking for a way to delay a vote on independence that they know they will lose, propose the writing of a Declaration of the colonist’s intent. Pressed by the other delegates for an explanation of why the Declaration is necessary, Adams and Franklin are foundering, unable to come up with a satisfactory answer, until Thomas Jefferson steps up and saves them, saying:

“To place before mankind the common sense of the subject, in terms so plain and firm as to command their assent.”

Quote of the Day: Treason


I’m taking this Ben Franklin quote from the musical 1776 that I watched on the 4th, as I do most years. I’m not certain whether he said it, but most of the lines in that movie are authentic, although frequently not in the place and time depicted, so I’m going to assume that Franklin actually said it. (If only there were some resource I could use to look up answers to these sorts of questions.)

“Treason… Treason is a charge invented by winners, as an excuse for hanging the losers.”

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This line is, of course, the key takeaway from the stirring motivational speech given by Bill Murray as Tripper, in the 1979 movie classic Meatballs, almost certainly one of the top five entries in the Chris Makepeace oeuvre. Okay fine, sure, you got me… some stuff matters. But the truly shocking part of life is […]

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