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Quotations for U.S.A. Independence Day
Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it. ~Thomas Paine
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, The Old Issue, 1899
Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it. ~George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman, "Maxims: Liberty and Equality," 1905
It is the love of country that has lighted and that keeps glowing the holy fire of patriotism. ~J. Horace McFarland
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
I wish that every human life might be pure transparent freedom. ~Simone de Beauvoir
The United States is the only country with a known birthday. ~James G. Blaine
Many politicians are in the habit of laying it down as a self-evident proposition that no people ought to be free till they are fit to use their freedom. The maxim is worthy of the fool in the old story who resolved not to go into the water till he had learned to swim. ~Thomas Macaulay
Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all!
By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall.
We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it. ~William Faulkner
In childhood the daylight always fails too soon—except when there are going to be fireworks; and then the sun dawdles intolerably on the threshold like a tedious guest. ~Jan Struther, Mrs. Miniver, 1930s [Note: In its original context, this excerpt is referring to fireworks on Guy Fawkes' Day, not the U.S.A. Independence Day.
[F]ireworks had for her a direct and magical appeal. Their attraction was more complex than that of any other form of art. They had pattern and sequence, colour and sound, brilliance and mobility; they had suspense, surprise, and a faint hint of danger; above all, they had the supreme quality of transience, which puts the keenest edge on beauty and makes it touch some spring in the heart which more enduring excellences cannot reach. ~Jan Struther, Mrs. Miniver, 1930s [Note: In its original context, this excerpt is referring to fireworks on Guy Fawkes' Day, not the U.S.A. Independence Day.
There was one bursting now, a delicate constellation of many-coloured stars which drifted down and lingered in the still air.... The final rocket went up, a really large one, a piece of reckless extravagance. Its sibilant uprush was impressive, dragonlike; it soared twice as high as any they had had before.... The sparks from the rocket came pouring down the sky in a slow golden cascade, vanishing one by one into a lake of darkness. ~Jan Struther, Mrs. Miniver, 1930s [Note: In its original context, this excerpt is referring to fireworks on Guy Fawkes' Day, not the U.S.A. Independence Day.
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
What is the essence of America? Finding and maintaining that perfect, delicate balance between freedom "to" and freedom "from." ~Marilyn vos Savant, in Parade
How often we fail to realize our good fortune in living in a country where happiness is more than a lack of tragedy. ~Paul Sweeney
From every mountain side
Let Freedom ring.
~Samuel F. Smith, "America"
We need an America with the wisdom of experience. But we must not let America grow old in spirit. ~Hubert H. Humphrey
Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves. ~Abraham Lincoln
Freedom is the oxygen of the soul. ~Moshe Dayan
And I'm proud to be an American,
where at least I know I'm free.
And I won't forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.
It is sweet to serve one's country by deeds, and it is not absurd to serve her by words. ~Sallust
My patriotic heart beats red, white, and blue. ~Author Unknown
Freedom is not enough. ~Lyndon B. Johnson
We are free, truly free, when we don't need to rent our arms to anybody in order to be able to lift a piece of bread to our mouths. ~Ricardo Flores Magon, speech, 31 May 1914
Freedom is never free. ~Author Unknown
There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America. ~William J. Clinton