The birthday of our nation is nearly here and so far, 2020 has been a year like no other! Perspective tends to bring understanding and inspiration. For example, we know that life was challenging in 1776, and it has been throughout the years. Through it all, America continues to be the land of the free and the home of the brave.
We’ve compiled some noteworthy thoughts from a wide variety of people about freedom and we hope they inspire you. Let’s all take a moment, whether that means watching loud fireworks or giving a quiet nod of acknowledgement, to celebrate America on July 4, 2020.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
“I’d like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free and wanted other people to be also free.”
“I believe in America because we have great dreams, and because we have the opportunity to make those dreams come true.”
“My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular.”
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”
“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”
“Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.”
–George Bernard Shaw
“With freedom comes responsibility.”
“If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”
“The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.”
“The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.”
“Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
“America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination, and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.”
–Harry S. Truman
“Independence now and forever!”
“From every mountainside, let freedom ring.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
“Those who won our independence believed liberty to be the secret of happiness.”
Louis D. Brandeis
“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.”