Were the talents and virtues which heaven has bestowed on men given merely to make them more obedient drudges, to be sacrificed to the follies and ambition of a few? Or, were not the noble gifts so equally dispensed with a divine purpose and law, that they should as nearly as possible be equally exerted, and the blessings of Providence be equally enjoyed by all?

Samuel Adams (1722-1803) American revolutionary, statesman
Speech, State House of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (1 Aug 1776)
Added on 28-Jul-08 | Last updated 28-Jul-08
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