I had rather die broke because I had been spending my money in doing worthwhile things than sitting around cutting coupons.
Simon Lake - submarine builder
We are just beginning to ask one another how we may preserve the little that remains, for ourselves and our children
George "Bird" Grinnell - conservationist
People sometimes say they pulled themselves up by their own bootstraps.
There is usually a helping hand, but it's much more dramatic to say you did it alone.
Joseph Foran - educator
I had the canopy of heaven for my hospital and the ground for my hammock, having no other friend present but the sun to smile upon me.
Joseph Plumb Martin - Revolutionary war diarist
If you live long enough you’ll automatically get recognition.
Helen Langner - early child psychiatrist
If you don’t keep up with the trend of the times and if you let up on your work, someone else will step in and take your place.
Sylvester Poli - theater magnate
I quit this foolishness about retiring, went back to work, lost all my money, and have been quite happy
Simon Lake - submarine builder
To me, medicine is the most interesting thing in the world.
Helen Langner - early child psychiatrist
Voted, That the earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof.
Voted, That the earth is given to the saints.
Voted, That we are the saints
Revrand Peter Prudden's 1640 prayer
We are a cheerful people, and we refuse to believe what we do not want to believe.
Simon Lake - submarine builder
I try to cultivate the young, making up for the losses I have had.
Helen Langner - early child psychiatrist
War consists almost entirely of killing and destruction.
Simon Lake - submarine builder
If you remember that there is a distinct difference between who a a person IS and how he or she PERFORMS at a job, you will get along
Joseph Foran - educator
There is always more to do than you can do.
Helen Langner - early child psychiatrist
Abigail Ann Merwin

The British essentially controlled Long Island Sound from bases in largely loyalist Long Island. Seaborne raiders confiscated cattle, pigs and other farm animals, burned crops, property, homes and even towns along the shore. Pond Point and Point Beach area farmers, fearing these raids, had removed their cattle to a dell known to this day as the Calf Pen Meadow.
On that August morning, the HMS Swan anchored about a mile off the point and a raiding party rowed ashore. Abigail Merwin saw them coming, according to some, as she hung clothes out to dry. That day she became a revolutionary war heroine along the likes of Paul Revere. She hitched her wagon and with her 21 month old baby Daniel under her arm, raced into town banging on a copper pot to raise the alarm.
Milford legend has it that the swift response of the local Militia caused the British to beat a hasty retreat. Diarist John Downs reported “Cloudy & rain, I at the farm, Alarm & Training at Town.” Similarly, the Captain's log of the “Swan” reads: “At 4 AM came too(sic) Sm. Br. in 7 fs. [fathoms] water, Milford Church NWBW 2 Miles off shore 1 Mile. Sent boats on Shore Mand & Armd [manned and armed (sic)] to bring of[f] some cattle … At 7 the boats Returned … got no Cattle.”
Neither contemporaneous account states a battle ensued and it is likely neither side came into sight of the other, at least not while both were on land. Nevertheless, because of the actions of one young mother, the militia of Milford was alerted and prepared to defend their homes. Unlike Stratford, Fairfield and New Haven itself, Milford never suffered devastation at the hands of the British.