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America, it’s time to rock your red, white and blue! Independence Day calls for us to remember the true meaning behind the holiday, and these 4th of July quotes celebrate the birth of America and the future of our country! While you’re kicking back watching the fireworks this summer, you’ll be reminded of these quotes from American leaders of past and present. Wise words from celebrities, politicians and the revolutionaries of yesteryear will inspire you to be thankful for our freedom.
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In the face of impossible odds, people who love their country can change it.
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I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom.
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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.
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Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong.
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I think patriotism is like charity — it begins at home.
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The essence of America, that which really unites us, is not ethnicity or nationality or religion. It is an idea, and what an idea it is — that you can come from humble circumstances and do great things.
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I don’t believe in the constitution because I’m American. I’m American because I believe in the constitution.
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That is the truly beautiful and encouraging aspect of freedom; no one struggles for it just for himself.
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Freedom is one of the deepest and noblest aspirations of the human spirit.
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This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.
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The American flag is the symbol of our freedom, national pride and history.
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George Bernard Shaw
Liberty is the breath of life to nations.
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Louis D. Brandeis
Those who won our independence believed liberty to be the secret of happiness.
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Independence now and forever!
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Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.
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Where liberty dwells, there is my country.
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Freedom lies in being bold.
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Harry S. Truman
America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination.
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With freedom comes responsibility.
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America is hope. It is compassion. It is excellence. It is valor.
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Give me liberty or give me death!
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Martin Luther King Jr.
From every mountainside, let freedom ring.
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Freedom is never granted. It is earned by each generation.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
America means opportunity, freedom, power.
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John F. Kennedy
Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.
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Franklin D. Roosevelt
In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.
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Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.
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William J. Clinton
There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured with what is right in America.
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No other date on the calendar more potently symbolizes all that our nation stands for than the Fourth of July.
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Dreams are the foundation of America.
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