Sunday, July 4, 2010

Independence, Freedom, Liberty [Quotable]

"All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent." -- Thomas Jefferson 
"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it." --Thomas Paine
"You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness.  You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism."  --Erma Bombeck
"Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed - else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die."  --Dwight D. Eisenhower
"In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved."  --Franklin D. Roosevelt
"For what avail the plough or sail, or land or life, if freedom fail?"  --Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Liberty is the breath of life to nations."  --George Bernard Shaw
"Where liberty dwells, there is my country."  --Benjamin Franklin
"All we have of freedom, all we use or know -
This our fathers bought for us long and long ago." 
--Rudyard Kipling
"Liberty means responsibility.  That is why most men dread it."  --George Bernard Shaw
"The man least dependent upon the morrow goes to meet the morrow most cheerfully." --Epicurus
"True independence and freedom can only exist in doing what's right." --Brigham Young
"We, therefore, the representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name, and by the authority of the good people of these colonies, solemnly publish and declare, that these united colonies are, and of right ought to be free and independent states; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the state of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as free and independent states, they have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which independent states may of right do. And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor." --Thomas Jefferson, signed by, Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton, John Hancock, Samual Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry, Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery, Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott, William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris, Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark, Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross, Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean, Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton, George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton, William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn, Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton, Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton

To the men immediately above, Thank You.  To men and women who fought for and continue to fight for our Independence, our Liberty, our Freedom, Thank You.  It doesn't seem sufficient, but Thank You.  To my fellow Americans, Happy Independence Day.  Enjoy your freedom and honor those who made it possible.


Katie said...

I love those quotes!

Dwayne said...

Happy 4th of July!

Anonymous said...

Many of my favorite quotes! Thanks so much for posting them. Happy 4th of July to you and yours!