Independence Day Quotes and July 4th Sayings

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Independence Day Quotes



Let us march immediately, and never lay down our arms until we obtain our independence.
~ Nathan Hale

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Liberty and Union, now and forever, one and inseparable!
~ Daniel Webster

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

America, for me, has been the pursuit and catching of happiness.
~ Aurora Raigne

May I never wake up from the American dream.
~ Carrie Latet

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

America is a passionate idea or it is nothing. America is a human brotherhood or it is chaos.
~ Max Lerner

America is another name for opportunity. Our whole history appears like a last effort of divine providence on behalf of the human race.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

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

He is a poor patriot whose patriotism does not enable him to understand how all men everywhere feel about their altars and their hearthstones, their flag and their fatherland.
~ Harry Emerson Fosdick

He loves his country best who strives to make it best.
~ Robert G. Ingersoll

I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.
~ Abraham Lincoln

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

America is another name for opportunity. Our whole history appears like a last effort of divine providence on behalf of the human race.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

I believe in America because we have great dreams - and because we have the opportunity to make those dreams come true.
~ Wendell L. Wilkie

Our citizenship in the United States is our national character. Our citizenship in any particular state is only our local distinction. By the latter we are known at home, by the former to the world. Our great title is AMERICANS…
~ Thomas Paine

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

Americanism means the virtues of courage, honor, justice, truth, sincerity, and hardihood -- the virtues that made America.
~ Teddy Roosevelt

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

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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Our country, right or wrong. When right to be kept right; when wrong to be put right.
~ Carl Schurz

Our great modern Republic. May those who seek the blessings of its institutions and the protection of its flag remember the obligations they impose.
~ Ulysses S. Grant

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



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

A thoughtful mind, when it sees a Nation's flag, sees not the flag only, but the Nation itself; and whatever may be its symbols, its insignia, he reads chiefly in the flag the Government, the principles, the truths, the history which belongs to the Nation which belongs to the Nation that sets it forth.
~ Henry Ward Beecher

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Abandon your animosities and make your sons Americans!
~ Robert E Lee

But in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or to detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.
~ Abraham Lincoln

4th of July Facts

I thought if you liked these independence day quotes and July 4th sayings you just might also like a few fun July 4th facts as well.

Independence Day was first celebrated in Philadelphia on July 8, 1776.

The first public Fourth of July event at the White House occurred in 1804.

The first Independence Day celebration west of the Mississippi occurred at Independence Creek and was celebrated by Lewis and Clark in 1805.

In 1941, Congress declared 4th of July a federal legal holiday. It is one of the few federal holidays that have not been moved to the nearest Friday or Monday.

Both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on Independence Day, July 4, 1826.

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Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.
~ John F Kennedy

Democracy is the government of the people, by the people, for the people.
~ Abraham Lincoln

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.
~ Unknown Author

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

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 only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.
~ Nathan Hale

Intellectually I know that America is no better than any other country; emotionally I know she is better than every other country.
~ Sinclair Lewis

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A Few 4th of July Jokes



While you are enjoying these independence day quotes and July 4th sayings, I thought you might like a few july 4th jokes as well. Enjoy!

The difference between a duck and George Washington is:
One has a bill on his face; the other has his face on a bill!

What kind of tea did the American colonists thirst for?
Liberty!

Did you hear about the cartoonist in the Continental Army?
He was a Yankee doodler!

What was the craziest battle of the Revolutionary War?
The Battle of Bonkers Hill.

Did you hear the one about the Liberty Bell?
Yeah, it cracked me up!

What happened as a result of the Stamp Act?
The Americans licked the British!

Why were the first Pennsylvania settlers like ants?
Because they lived in colonies.

What's red, white, blue, and almost as ugly as a dog?
A revolutionary warthog!

Why did Paul Revere ride his horse from Boston to Lexington?
Because the horse was too heavy to carry!

What did one flag say to the other flag?
Nothing. It just waved!

What was General Washington's favorite tree?
The infantry!

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More Independence Day Quotes



I wish that every human life might be pure transparent freedom.
~Simone de Beauvoir

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The United States is the only country with a known birthday.
~James G. Blaine

There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America.
~William J. Clinton


A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

A man who won't die for something is not fit to live.
~ Martin L King Jr.

A man's country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle; and patriotism is loyalty to that principle.
~ George William Curtis

A man's feet must be planted in his country, but his eyes should survey the world.
~ George Santayana

If you are ashamed to stand by your colors, you had better seek another flag.
~ Unknown Author

In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.
~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

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

I shall know but one country. The ends I aim at shall be my country’s, my God’s and Truth’s. I was born an American; I live an American; I shall die an American.
~ Daniel Webster

I think there is one higher office than president and I would call that patriot.
~ Unknown Author

Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.
~Abraham Lincoln

Freedom is the oxygen of the soul.
~Moshe Dayan

My patriotic heart beats red, white, and blue.
~ Unknown Author

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

All we have of freedom, all we use or know -This our fathers bought for us long and long ago.
~Rudyard Kipling

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

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Where liberty dwells, there is my country.
~Benjamin Franklin

Where liberty dwells, there is my country.
~Benjamin Franklin

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

A real patriot is the fellow who gets a parking ticket and rejoices that the system works.
~ Bill Vaughan

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

4th of july 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

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

In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.
~Franklin D. Roosevelt

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.
~Unknown Author

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

Ev'ry heart beats true'neath the Red, White and Blue,
~ George M. Cohan

It is the flag just as much of the man who was naturalized yesterday as of the men whose people have been here many generations.
~ Henry Cabot Lodge

It is the love of country that has lighted and that keeps glowing the holy fire of patriotism.
~ J. Horace McFarland

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and success of liberty.
~ John F Kennedy

Let freedom never perish in your hands.
~ Joseph Addison

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

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

Each man must for himself alone decide what is right and what is wrong, which course is patriotic and which isn't. You cannot shirk this and be a man. To decide against your conviction is to be an unqualified and excusable traitor, both to yourself and to your country, let men label you as they may.
~ Mark Twain

Equal rights for all, special privileges for none.
~ Thomas Jefferson

Ours is the only country deliberately founded on a good idea.
~ John Gunther

Sometimes people call me an idealist. Well, that is the way I know I am an American. America is the only idealistic nation in the world.
~ Woodrow Wilson

There are those, I know, who will say that the liberation of humanity, the freedom of man and mind, is nothing but a dream. They are right. It is the American dream.
~ Archibald MacLeish

These colors don’t run!
~ Unknown Author

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

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

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

We identify the flag with almost everything we hold dear on earth, peace, security, liberty, our family, our friends, our home. . .But when we look at our flag and behold it emblazoned with all our rights we must remember that it is equally a symbol of our duties. Every glory that we associate with it is the result of duty done.
~ Calvin Coolidge

We can't all be Washington’s, but we can all be patriots.
~ Charles F. Browne

We dare not forget that we are the heirs of that first revolution.
~ John F. Kennedy

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

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