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4th of July Quotes

Famous 4th of July Quotes


Yesterday, December 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy -
the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately
attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.
--Franklin D. Roosevelt

The Pledge of Allegiance. I pledge allegiance to the flag of
the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands.
One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
--The Pledge of Allegiance

Beer commercials are so patriotic: 'Made the American Way.'
What does that have to do with America?
Is that what America stands for?
Feeling sluggish and urinating frequently?
--Evelyn Waugh

If there must be trouble let it be in my day,
that my child may have peace.
--Thomas Paine (1737-1809)

This war will not be over by the next commercial break
--US spokeperson talking to reporters during the Gulf War

The right to freedom being the gift of God, it is not in the
power of man to alienate this gift and voluntarily become a slave.
--Samuel Adams

The arms we have been compelled by our enemies to assume we will,
in defiance of every hazard, with unabating firmness and perseverance,
employ for the preservation of our liberties being with one mind
resolved to die free rather than live slaves.
--Thomas Jefferson, 1775

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live
out the true meaning of its creed:
'We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal.
--Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this
continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the
proposition that all men are created equal.
--Abraham Lincoln

Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there,
no constitution, no law, no court can save it.
--Judge Learned Hand

You're a grand old flag,
You're a high flying flag
And forever in peace may you wave.
You're the emblem of, the land I love,
The home of the free and the brave.
Ev'ry heart beats true 'neath the Red, White and Blue,
Where there's never a boast or brag.
But should auld acquaintance be forgot,
Keep you eye on the grand old flag.
--George M. Cohan, You're A Grand Old Flag

Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.
--George Bernard Shaw

America will never be destroyed from the outside.
If we falter and lose our freedoms,
it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
--Abraham Lincoln

God bless America, land that I love,
Stand beside her, and guide her,
Through the night, with the light from above,
From the mountains, to the prairies
To the oceans, white with foam
God bless America, my home sweet home,
God bless America! My Home Sweet Home!

--Irving Berlin, God Bless America

The whole art of government consists in the art of being honest.
--President Thomas Jefferson

Patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels.
--Mark Twain

A politician will do anything to keep his job even become a patriot.
--William Randolph Hearst (1863-1951)
US newspaper publisher, Recalled on his death 14 Aug 1951

If there must be trouble let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.
- Thomas Paine (1737-1809)

Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it.
- Judge Learned Hand

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

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

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

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

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

Let freedom never perish in your hands.
~Joseph Addison

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

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

Freedom's natal day is here.
Fire the guns and shout for freedom,
See the flag above unfurled!
Hail the stars and stripes forever,
Dearest flag in all the world.
~Florence A. Jones

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

For what avail the plough or sail, or land or life, if freedom fail?
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

That which distinguishes this day from all others is that then both orators and artillerymen shoot blank cartridges.
~John Burroughs, Journal

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

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.
~Dick Cheney

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

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

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

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

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

I prefer liberty with danger to peace with slavery.
~Author Unknown

I love my freedom. I love my America. ~Jessi Lane Adams

Without freedom, no one really has a name. ~Milton Acorda

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.
~John Dickinson

We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it. ~William Faulkner

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.
~Lee Greenwood

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