amuel Adams was one of the founders and a key leader of the Sons of Liberty, a secret resistance group during the early days of the American War for Independence. Adams was a true statesman. His contribution to the cause, with his ability to rally fellow patriots by his strong rhetoric and principled perspective, cannot be overstated. A signer of the Declaration of Independence, Adams went on to serve as President of the Massachusetts Senate, Lieutenant Governor and Governor of Massachusetts.
“If ye love… the tranquility of servitude [better] than the animated contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen!” —Samuel Adams
“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated: but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. . . . This very kindness stings with intolerable insult. To be ‘cured’ against one’s will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level of those who have not yet reached the age of reason or those who never will; to be classed with infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals.” —C.S. Lewis