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We need an America with the wisdom of experience. But we must not let America grow old in spirit. Hubert H. Humphrey

Freedom is the oxygen of the soul. Moshe Dayan

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

May the sun in his course visit no land more free, more happy, more lovely, than this our own country! Daniel Webster

He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from opposition; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach himself. Thomas Paine

Liberty is always dangerous, but it is the safest thing we have. Harry Emerson Fosdick

This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave. Elmer Davis

Let freedom never perish in your hands. Joseph Addison

Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better. Albert Camus

It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you. Author unknown, sometimes attributed to M. Grundler

If our country is worth dying for in time of war let us resolve that it is truly worth living for in time of peace. Hamilton Fish

Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all!
By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall.
John Dickinson





Patrick Henry:  Give me liberty or give me death.

Barack Obama: Americans… still believe in an America where anything’s possible.

Bill Clinton: You are the most powerful cultural force in the world.”

Hillary Clinton: You show people what you’re willing to fight for when you fight your friends.

George W. Bush: America has never been united by blood or birth or soil. We are bound by ideals that move us beyond our backgrounds, lift us above our interests and teach us what it means to be citizens.

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George H. W. Bush: America is never wholly herself unless she is engaged in high moral principle. We as a people have such a purpose today. It is to make kinder the face of the nation and gentler the face of the world.

Ronald Reagan:  Democracy is worth dying for, because it’s the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man.

Jimmy Carter: The experience of democracy is like the experience of life itself-always changing, infinite in its variety, sometimes turbulent and all the more valuable for having been tested by adversity.

Gerald Ford: Our constitution works. Our great republic is a government of laws, not of men.

Richard Nixon: So you are lean and mean and resourceful and you continue to walk on the edge of the precipice because over the years you have become fascinated by how close you can walk without losing your balance.

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You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man’s initiative and independence. William J. H. Boetcker

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

This, then, is the state of the union: free and restless, growing and full of hope. So it was in the beginning. So it shall always be, while God is willing, and we are strong enough to keep the faith. Lyndon B. Johnson

Those who won our independence… valued liberty as an end and as a means. They believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty. Louis D. Brandeis

America is much more than a geographical fact. It is a political and moral fact – the first community in which men set out in principle to institutionalize freedom, responsible government, and human equality. Adlai Stevenson

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My God! How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy! Thomas Jefferson

The important consequences to the American States from this Declaration of Independence, considered as the ground and foundation of a future government, naturally suggest the propriety of proclaiming it in such a manner as that the people may be universally informed of it. John Hancock

The independence of the United States is not only more precious to ourselves but to the world than any single possession. Henry Cabot Lodge

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What is the essence of America? Finding and maintaining that perfect, delicate balance between freedom ‘to’ and freedom ‘from.’ Marilyn vos Savant

The winds that blow through the wide sky in these mounts, the winds that sweep from Canada to Mexico, from the Pacific to the Atlantic – have always blown on free men. Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Lyndon B. Johnson: The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men.

John F. Kennedy: I look forward to an America which will not be afraid of grace and beauty.

Dwight D. Eisenhower: The history of free men is never really written by chance but by choice; their choice!

Harry S. Truman: Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.

Franklin D. Roosevelt: We must remember that any oppression, any injustice, any hatred, is a wedge designed to attack our civilization.

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Where liberty dwells, there is my country. Benjamin Franklin

Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it. Thomas Paine

Freedom is not enough. Lyndon B. Johnson

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Freedom is never free. Author unknown

My patriotic heart beats red, white, and blue. Author unknown

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Herbert Hoover: There are only two occasions when Americans respect privacy, especially in Presidents. Those are prayer and fishing.

Calvin Coolidge: Prosperity is only an instrument to be used, not a deity to be worshipped.

Warren G. Harding: America’s present need is not heroics but healing; not nostrums but normalcy; not revolution but restoration.

Woodrow Wilson: Just what is it that America stands for? If she stands for one thing more than another it is for the sovereignty of self-governing people.



William Howard Taft: Next to the right of liberty, the right of property is the most important individual right guaranteed by the Constitution and the one which, united with that of personal liberty, has contributed more to the growth of civilization than any other institution established by the human race.

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The American Revolution was a beginning, not a consummation.  Woodrow Wilson

A good many elderly people are afflicted with dreadful head-aches on the Fourth of July; but I suspect they don’t mind it very much, for in every puff of blue smoke that wreathes itself under their noses, they see a boy’s or a girl’s happy face.  William H. Rideing

Fourth of July, in the United States—It is the signal—the “banner on the outward wall” for sin and shooting crackers, pedantry and pinwheels, oranges and orations, sky-blue toilettes and sky-rockets. A day when patriotism pops and bursts about like so many bottles of sillery… Henry Howard Paul

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This, then, is the state of the union: free and restless, growing and full of hope. So it was in the beginning. So it shall always be, while God is willing, and we are strong enough to keep the faith. Lyndon B. Johnson

Those who won our independence believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty. Louis D. Brandeis

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Theodore Roosevelt: Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.

William McKinley: That’s all a man can hope for during his lifetime – to set an example – and when he is dead, to be an inspiration for history.

Grover Cleveland: There is no calamity which a great nation can invite which equals that which follows a supine submission to wrong and injustice and the consequent loss of national self-respect and honor, beneath which are shielded and defended a people’s safety and greatness.

Benjamin Harrison: The bud of victory is always in the truth.

Chester A. Arthur: Men may die, but the fabrics of free institutions remains unshaken.

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We on this continent should never forget that men first crossed the Atlantic not to find soil for their ploughs but to secure liberty for their souls.  Robert J. McCracken

It is very inspiring, my friends, to come to this that may be called the original fountain of independence and liberty in America and here drink draughts of patriotic feeling which seem to renew the very blood in one’s veins.  Woodrow Wilson, Presidential Address at Independence Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1914 July 4th

Liberty is the breath of life to nations. George Bernard Shaw

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The Declaration of Independence! The interest which in that paper has survived the occasion upon which it was issued; the interest which is of every age and every clime; the interest which quickens with the lapse of years, spreads as it grows old, and brightens as it recedes, is in the principles which it proclaims.  John Quincy Adams (1767–1848)

July is an intensely warm month in the States, and by some weather-freak, the fourth, of all days, is the very fiercest. Henry Howard Paul

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William Henry Harrison: I contend that the strongest of all governments is that which is most free.

Martin Van Buren: We remain at peace with all nations, and no efforts on my part consistent with the preservation of our rights and the honor of the country shall be spared to maintain a position so consonant to our institutions.

Andrew Jackson: Every good citizen makes his country’s honor his own, and cherishes it not only as precious but as sacred. He is willing to risk his life in its defense and its conscious that he gains protection while he gives it.

John Quincy Adams: If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.

James Monroe: National honor is the national property of the highest value.

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James Madison: If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.

Thomas Jefferson: Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.

John Adams: Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order.

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George Washington: It may be laid down as a primary position, and the basis of our system, that every Citizen who enjoys the protection of a Free Government, owes not only a proportion of his property, but even of his personal

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

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James A. Garfield: The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable.

Rutherford B. Hayes: Conscience is the authentic voice of God to you.

Ulysses S. Grant: I have never advocated war except as a means of peace.

Andrew Johnson: Honest conviction is my courage; the Constitution is my guide.

Abraham Lincoln: This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it.

James Buchanan: The test of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there.

Franklin Pierce: The dangers of a concentration of all power in the general government of a confederacy so vast as ours are too obvious to be disregarded.

Millard Fillmore: It is not strange… to mistake change for progress.

James K. Polk: Minorities have a right to appeal to the Constitution as a shield against such oppression.

John Tyler: So far as it depends on the course of this government, our relations of good will and friendship will be sedulously cultivated with all nations.

A statistician made a few calculations and discovered that since the birth of our nation more lives had been lost in celebrating independence than in winning it.  Curtis Billings

The Fourth of July, when we get to play our favorite American guessing game — fireworks or gunshots? Author unknown