But the forming a new System of Government, for so numerous a people, of very different views, and habits, spread upon such a vast extent of Territory, containing such a great variety of soils, and under such extremes of climate, was a task, which nothing less than the dreadful apprehension of losing our national existence, could have compelled the people to under-take. We can be known to the world, only under the appellation of the United States.
– statesman John Hancock, born today in 1737
It is not enough to know your craft; you have to have feeling. Science is all very well, but for us imagination is worth far more.
– painter Edouard Manet, born today in 1832