"John [Adams] was actually at center stage on July 3-4 [1776], for he had selected Thomas Jefferson to draft the document and then had single-handedly defended Jefferson’s draft before the congress, which eventually deleted or revised about 20 percent of the text. But once July 4 became the acknowledged date for America’s birth, credit shifted from Adams to Jefferson. This shift annoyed him for the rest of his life. He could claim, with the lion’s share of the evidence on his side, that he had been the most vociferous advocate of American independence in the Continental Congress, consistently at the cutting edge of the radical camp, willing to risk unpopularity by dragging the moderate faction in the congress to a place they did not wish to go. For a man whose primal ambition was to achieve fame, the secular equivalent of immortality, the ascendance of Jefferson’s reputation over his own proved too much to bear. In his old age he asked, “Was there ever a Coup de Theatre that has so great an effect as Jefferson’s penmanship of the Declaration of Independence?” The real business of American independence was a long-term struggle within the Continental Congress that John, more than anyone else, had orchestrated. By focusing exclusively on the Declaration, “Jefferson ran away with the stage effect…and all the glory of it.”"
— Joseph Ellis, First Family: Abigail and John Adams (via publius-esquire)

Band of Brothers + Happy/Smiling → Requested by Anonymous


fangirl challenge: [7/10] tv shows - Hannibal (NBC)
Here we are, a bunch of psychopaths, helping each other out.”

"Girls are trained to say, ‘I wrote this, but it’s probably really stupid.’ Well, no, you wouldn’t write a novel if you thought it was really stupid. Men are much more comfortable going, ‘I wrote this book because I have a unique perspective that the world needs to hear.’ Girls are taught from the age of seven that if you get a compliment, you don’t go, ‘Thank you’, you go, ‘No, you’re insane.’"
— Lena Dunham, in an interview with The Guardian (x)


"I believe in Sherlock Holmes" 

"Yeah, well that won’t bring him back."

Let’s talk a little about this scene. Sherlock’s mind referenced certain people as he was dying, but upon review they weren’t random. They were those who had kept him alive for the last two years.

Molly, the inside man.

Mycroft, the confidant.

And, Anderson? Yes, and it’s beautiful… 

Anderson, the believer.

He kept Sherlock alive in the way we did. Not by being integral like Molly, or important like Mycroft, but by simply believing in him. By coming up with theories and starting a fan club all on the basis of believing that if anyone could defy death, it was Sherlock Holmes. So when Sherlock thought he was really going to die and that there was a minimal chance of survival - his mind palace also turned to Anderson. To the person who, despite all evidence to the contrary, believed he could survive.


so this is where sherlock gets his drugs


so this is where sherlock gets his drugs