Aaaa the 4th of July. By now there should be enough sulfur in the air to combat the longest of droughts. Sure BBQs and fireworks are everywhere right now, but another great way to celebrate Independence Day is to go see a production of the classic musical 1776.

The songs, the jokes, the history: It covers them all. If you haven’t experienced the patriotism, here are some of the best quotes. (And if you have, it’s always fun to rediscover the wisdom)

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-John Adams: I have come to the conclusion that one useless man is called a disgrace; that two are called a law firm, and that three or more become a Congress!

-Dr. Benjamin Franklin: A rebellion is always legal in the first person, such as “our rebellion.” It is only in the third person – “their rebellion” – that it becomes illegal.

-John Adams: I won’t be in the history books anyway, only you. Franklin did this and Franklin did that and Franklin did some other damn thing. Franklin smote the ground and out sprang George Washington, fully grown and on his horse. Franklin then electrified him with his miraculous lightning rod and the three of them – Franklin, Washington, and the horse – conducted the entire revolution by themselves.

Dr. Benjamin Franklin: I like it.

-Stephen Hopkins: Well, in all my years I ain’t never heard, seen nor smelled an issue that was so dangerous it couldn’t be talked about. Hell yeah! I’m for debating anything.

-Dr. Benjamin Franklin: Be careful, Mr. Dickinson. Those who would give up some of their liberty in order to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.

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-Abigail Adams:  I am Mrs. John Adams and that’s quite enough for one lifetime.

John Adams: Is it, Abby?

Abigail Adams: Well, think of it, John, to be married to the man who is always the first in line to be hanged!

-Thomas Jefferson: I had hoped that the work would speak for itself.

-John Adams: This is a revolution, dammit! We’re going to have to offend SOMEbody!

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-John Hancock: Very well, gentlemen. We are about to brave the storm in a skiff made of paper.

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