Sink or swim, live or die, survive or perish, I give my hand and my heart to this vote.1
Eulogy on Adams and Jefferson, Aug. 2, 1826. P. 133.
Note 1. 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.