(Frederick The Great (1712-1786), Prussian king. Attributed.
Alleged call, June 18, 1757, when rallying his troops at Kolin, Bohemia. Similar words are attributed to Gunnery Sergeant Daniel Daly of the U.S. Marines, who, at Belleau Wood in France, June 4, 1918, is said to have shouted, "Come on you sons of bitches! Do you want to live for ever?")
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 1, p. 278, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
I would study, I would know, I would admire forever.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. Address, July 15, 1838, delivered before the senior class in Divinity College, Cambridge. "The Divinity School Address," repr. in The Portable Emerson, ed. Carl Bode (1946, repr. 1981).)