"I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death. My own line of reasoning is to myself as straight and clear as a ray of light."
– Thomas Paine, "The American Crisis, No. I," Pennsylvania Journal, December 19, 1776; Writings 3:12