A collection of notable quotations from a variety of Early Modern Era individuals. See the Guide for more details.

years of love have been forgot, in the hatred of a minute.— Edgar Allan Poe
Yes, I now feel that it was then on that evening of sweet dreams- that the very first dawn of human love burst upon the icy night of my spirit. Since that period I have never seen nor heard your name without a shiver half of delight, half of anxiety.— Edgar Allan Poe
You can bear your own faults, and why not a fault in your wife?— Benjamin Franklin
You can get assent to almost any proposition so long as you are not going to do anything about it.— Nathaniel Hawthorne
You don't always win your battles, but it's good to know you fought. — John Greenleaf Whittier
You forget that the fruits belong to all and that the land belongs to no one. — Jean-Jacques Rousseau
You give me a credit to which I have no claim in calling me "the writer of the Constitution of the United States." This was not, like the fabled Goddess of Wisdom, the offspring of a single brain. It ought to be regarded as the work of many heads and many hands.
— Letter to William Cogswell, March 10, 1834
— James Madison
You have already disarmed my men without my knowledge, are their arms to be returned or not?— Zebulon Pike
You have discovered so much kindness and good will to those you thought were oppressed, and had no helper, that I am sure you will not despise what I have wrote, if you judge it will be of any service to them. — Jupiter Hammon
You have only to see what became of my father's will immediately after his death, and the wills of so many other kings. I know it well; but nevertheless, they have wished it; they gave me no rest nor repose, no calm until it was done. —  Louis XIV
You have sent me a Flanders mare.—  Henry VIII
You know that murder is wicked. If you saw your master kill a man, do you suppose this would be any excuse for you, if you should commit the same crime? — Jupiter Hammon
You may all go to Hell, and I will go to Texas. — Davy Crockett
You may delay, but time will not.— Benjamin Franklin
You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.— Henry David Thoreau
You must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessing.— Andrew Jackson
You seem ... to consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions; a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy... The Constitution has erected no such single tribunal.
— 1820
— Thomas Jefferson
You will find me standing up to my rack, as the people's faithful representative, and the public's most obedient, very humble servant. — Davy Crockett
Young people are fitter to invent than to judge; fitter for execution than for counsel; and more fit for new projects than for settled business. — Francis Bacon
Your dear baby has died innocent and blameless, and has been called away by an all wise and merciful Creator, most probably from a life to misery and misfortune, and most certainly to one of happiness and bliss.— George Mason
Your former Fathers the Spaniards have now no further Authority over you.— Zebulon Pike
Your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones.— Benjamin Franklin

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