Mr. Smith: I guess this is just
another lost cause, Mr. Paine. All you people don't know about lost
causes. Mr. Paine does. He said once they were the only causes worth
fighting for. And he fought for them once, for the only reason any man ever
fights for them. Because of just one plain, simple rule: "Love thy
And in this world today full of hatred, a man who knows that one
rule has a great trust. You know that rule, Mr. Paine. And I loved you for
it -- just as my father did. And you know that you fight for the lost causes
harder than for any others. Yes, you even die for them -- like a man we
both knew, Mr. Paine.
You think I'm licked.
You all think I'm licked! Well, I'm not licked. And I'm going to
stay right here and fight for this lost cause, even if this room gets
filled with lies like these; and the Taylors and all their armies come
marching into this place. Somebody will listen to me.