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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

AUTHOR: John Adams (1735–1826)
QUOTATION: I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States.—Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not.
ATTRIBUTION: JOHN ADAMS, letter to Abigail Adams, July 3, 1776.—Adams Family Correspondence, ed. L. H. Butterfield, vol. 2, p. 31 (1963).
SUBJECTS: Declaration of Independence