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"If the American Revolution had produced nothing but the Declaration of Independence, it would have been worthwhile.... The beauty and cogency of the preamble, reaching back to remotest antiquity and forward to an infinite future, having lifted the hearts of millions of men and will continue to do.... These words are more revolutionary than anything written by Robespierre, Marx, or Lenin, more explosive than the atom, a continual challenge to ourselves as well as an inspiration to the oppressed of all the world."
Samuel Eliot Morison (more quotes by Samuel Eliot Morison or books by/about Samuel Eliot Morison)
(1887-1976) Rear Admiral USNR, Naval historian
America, Hope, Independence, Liberty, Revolution