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
Captain Jehiel Bryan

Captain Jehiel Bryan and Captain Orlando Beach commanded the guard on the shore and they were so efficient that the British considered their capture imperative. Legend has it that the British Marines (one officer and two men) rowed across the Sound to the Milford harbor at dusk with the intention of capturing Captain Bryan. He had been warned of the attack, however, and had a large posse of Patriots hidden in the south parlor of the house. With sword drawn, the raider approached the house and entered, but upon meeting the doughty Captain Bryan in the hall, he was so thoroughly trounced and shaken that he fled with his men, leaving the sword behind. Later, retaliatory fire was directed on some of the Bryan property near the shore, but the British missed their target by a wide margin. The sword remains one of the most valued relics of the Revolutionary War and was in the possession of one of Captain Bryan's descendants, Mrs. B.T.D. Merriman. She later sold it and its whereabouts is unknown.
Jehiel Bryan was born in Stamford, CT on June 15th 1728. He married Ester Buckingham, great granddaughter of Thomas Buckingham, original settler of Milford, in June 1753. Ester was born on April 19th, 1730 and died on March 16th, 1823.
Jehiel was a carpenter by trade and by the time he moved into the Buckingham homestead on North Street with Ester, the old house was in sad shape. He renovated the house inside and out where much of his handiwork can still be seen today, in particular a carved cupboard in the corner of the dining room and the dental carving on the dining room mantle. The Buckingham House (61 North Street) was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977, It is still standing on the Southeast corner of North Street and Governor's Avenue.
Another legend says that the French General and good friend of the Patriots, General Lafayette, came to visit Captain Bryan at the Buckingham homestead on numerous occasions and that he was quite a favorite of the ladies.
Captain Bryan must have been a man of wealth. He had several journeymen working for him  and also owned several slaves. After the Revolution, Jehiel and his son, also named Jehiel (who married Mary Treat) became one of the largest landowners and prominent citizens of Milford. They raised many crops and had a large herd of cattle which they exported to the East and West Indies, thereby setting Milford up as a thriving seaport town.
Captain Bryan died on Sept. 9, 1807 at the age of 78.