Forefathers had Attitude

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There’s nothing like a verbal smack down given by a guy in a fluffy powder wig.

John Montagu (18th century statesman) when told: “Sir, I do not know whether you will die on the gallows or of the pox.” “That will depend, my lord, on whether I embrace your principles or your mistress.”


“I can’t say as I was ever lost, but I was bewildered once for three days.” – Daniel Boone


Mozart, when asked how to get started in writing a symphony. “A symphony is a very complex musical form. Perhaps you should begin with something simpler and work your way up.” “But Herr Mozart, you were writing symphonies when you were 8 years old.” “Yes, but I never asked anybody how.”


“My tastes are not those of the king, who has none, except for hunting and mechanic’s labor.” – Marie Antoinette


“In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm and three or more is a congress.” – John Adams


“I like your opera. I think I will set it to music.” – Beethoven


British General, Arthur Wellesley, after a hostess at a reception apologized for the rudeness of some French officers who turned their backs to him. “I have seen their backs before, Madam.”


Surcouf (privateer) when a British captive officer told him: “You French fight for money while we fight for honor.” [Surcouf]: “Each of us fights for what he lacks most.”


Phillip of Macedonia’s message to Sparta: “You are advised to submit without further delay, for if I bring my army into your land, I will destroy your farms, slay your people and raze your city.” [Sparta’s reply]: “If.”

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