Steam engine Quote #292

J.I. Case Threshing Machine Co., Racine, Wis., USA

J.I. Case Threshing Machine Co., Racine, Wis., USA, 1916

“James Watt patented his steam engine on the eve of the American Revolution, consummating a relationship between coal and the new Promethean spirit of the age, and humanity made its first tentative steps into an industrial way of life that would, over the next two centuries, forever change the world.”


Paul Revere Quote #267

An American Revolutionary Patriot's tomb

An American Revolutionary Patriot’s tomb

“The British are coming!”


His most famous quote was fabricated.
Paul Revere never shouted the legendary phrase later attributed to him (“The British are coming!”) as he passed from town to town. The operation was meant to be conducted as discreetly as possible since scores of British troops were hiding out in the Massachusetts countryside. Furthermore, colonial Americans at that time still considered themselves British; if anything, Revere may have told other rebels that the “Regulars”—a term used to designate British soldiers—were on the move.