|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|AUTHOR:||Daniel Webster (17821852)|
|QUOTATION:||Sink or swim, live or die, survive or perish, I give my hand and my heart to this vote. 1|
|ATTRIBUTION:||Eulogy on Adams and Jefferson, Aug. 2, 1826. P. 133.|
Mr. Adams, describing a conversation with Jonathan Sewall in 1774, says: I answered that the die was now cast; I had passed the Rubicon. Swim or sink, live or die, survive or perish with my country was my unalterable determination.John Adams: Works, vol. iv. p. 8.
Live or die, sink or swim.George Peele: Edward I. (1584?). [back]