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Independence Day Rare Quotes

  • We need an America with the wisdom of experience. But we must not let America grow old in spirit. Hubert H. Humphrey
  • Freedom is the oxygen of the soul. Moshe Dayan
  • 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
  • May the sun in his course visit no land more free, more happy, more lovely, than this our own country! Daniel Webster
  • 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
  • Liberty is always dangerous, but it is the safest thing we have. Harry Emerson Fosdick
  • This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave. Elmer Davis
  • Let freedom never perish in your hands. Joseph Addison
  • 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. Author unknown, sometimes attributed to M. Grundler
  • 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
  • Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all!
    By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall.
    John Dickinson


  • Patrick Henry:  Give me liberty or give me death.
  • Barack Obama: Americans… still believe in an America where anything’s possible.
  • Bill Clinton: You are the most powerful cultural force in the world.”
  • Hillary Clinton: You show people what you’re willing to fight for when you fight your friends.
  • George W. Bush: America has never been united by blood or birth or soil. We are bound by ideals that move us beyond our backgrounds, lift us above our interests and teach us what it means to be citizens.

>>> 4th July Quotes

  • George H. W. Bush: America is never wholly herself unless she is engaged in high moral principle. We as a people have such a purpose today. It is to make kinder the face of the nation and gentler the face of the world.
  • Ronald Reagan:  Democracy is worth dying for, because it’s the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man.
  • Jimmy Carter: The experience of democracy is like the experience of life itself-always changing, infinite in its variety, sometimes turbulent and all the more valuable for having been tested by adversity.
  • Gerald Ford: Our constitution works. Our great republic is a government of laws, not of men.
  • Richard Nixon: So you are lean and mean and resourceful and you continue to walk on the edge of the precipice because over the years you have become fascinated by how close you can walk without losing your balance.
  • You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man’s initiative and independence. William J. H. Boetcker
  • 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
  • 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
  • Those who won our independence… valued liberty as an end and as a means. They believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty. Louis D. Brandeis
  • 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
  • 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
  • The important consequences to the American States from this Declaration of Independence, considered as the ground and foundation of a future government, naturally suggest the propriety of proclaiming it in such a manner as that the people may be universally informed of it. John Hancock
  • The independence of the United States is not only more precious to ourselves but to the world than any single possession. Henry Cabot Lodge

>>> Patriotism quotes

  • What is the essence of America? Finding and maintaining that perfect, delicate balance between freedom ‘to’ and freedom ‘from.’ Marilyn vos Savant
  • 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
  • Lyndon B. Johnson: The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men.
  • John F. Kennedy: I look forward to an America which will not be afraid of grace and beauty.
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower: The history of free men is never really written by chance but by choice; their choice!
  • Harry S. Truman: Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt: We must remember that any oppression, any injustice, any hatred, is a wedge designed to attack our civilization.
  • Where liberty dwells, there is my country. Benjamin Franklin
  • Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it. Thomas Paine
  • Freedom is not enough. Lyndon B. Johnson

>>> Independence quotes

  • Freedom is never free. Author unknown
  • My patriotic heart beats red, white, and blue. Author unknown
  • Herbert Hoover: There are only two occasions when Americans respect privacy, especially in Presidents. Those are prayer and fishing.
  • Calvin Coolidge: Prosperity is only an instrument to be used, not a deity to be worshipped.
  • Warren G. Harding: America’s present need is not heroics but healing; not nostrums but normalcy; not revolution but restoration.
  • Woodrow Wilson: Just what is it that America stands for? If she stands for one thing more than another it is for the sovereignty of self-governing people. 
  • William Howard Taft: Next to the right of liberty, the right of property is the most important individual right guaranteed by the Constitution and the one which, united with that of personal liberty, has contributed more to the growth of civilization than any other institution established by the human race.
  • The American Revolution was a beginning, not a consummation.  Woodrow Wilson
  • A good many elderly people are afflicted with dreadful head-aches on the Fourth of July; but I suspect they don’t mind it very much, for in every puff of blue smoke that wreathes itself under their noses, they see a boy’s or a girl’s happy face.  William H. Rideing
  • Fourth of July, in the United States—It is the signal—the “banner on the outward wall” for sin and shooting crackers, pedantry and pinwheels, oranges and orations, sky-blue toilettes and sky-rockets. A day when patriotism pops and bursts about like so many bottles of sillery… Henry Howard Paul

>>> Anniversary quotes

  • 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
  • Those who won our independence believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty. Louis D. Brandeis
  • Theodore Roosevelt: Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
  • William McKinley: That’s all a man can hope for during his lifetime – to set an example – and when he is dead, to be an inspiration for history.
  • Grover Cleveland: There is no calamity which a great nation can invite which equals that which follows a supine submission to wrong and injustice and the consequent loss of national self-respect and honor, beneath which are shielded and defended a people’s safety and greatness.
  • Benjamin Harrison: The bud of victory is always in the truth.
  • Chester A. Arthur: Men may die, but the fabrics of free institutions remains unshaken.
  • 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
  • It is very inspiring, my friends, to come to this that may be called the original fountain of independence and liberty in America and here drink draughts of patriotic feeling which seem to renew the very blood in one’s veins.  Woodrow Wilson, Presidential Address at Independence Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1914 July 4th
  • Liberty is the breath of life to nations. George Bernard Shaw

>>> Birthday quotes

  • The Declaration of Independence! The interest which in that paper has survived the occasion upon which it was issued; the interest which is of every age and every clime; the interest which quickens with the lapse of years, spreads as it grows old, and brightens as it recedes, is in the principles which it proclaims.  John Quincy Adams (1767–1848)
  • July is an intensely warm month in the States, and by some weather-freak, the fourth, of all days, is the very fiercest. Henry Howard Paul
  • William Henry Harrison: I contend that the strongest of all governments is that which is most free.
  • Martin Van Buren: We remain at peace with all nations, and no efforts on my part consistent with the preservation of our rights and the honor of the country shall be spared to maintain a position so consonant to our institutions.
  • Andrew Jackson: Every good citizen makes his country’s honor his own, and cherishes it not only as precious but as sacred. He is willing to risk his life in its defense and its conscious that he gains protection while he gives it.
  • John Quincy Adams: If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
  • James Monroe: National honor is the national property of the highest value.
  • James Madison: If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.
  • Thomas Jefferson: Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.
  • John Adams: Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order.

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  • George Washington: It may be laid down as a primary position, and the basis of our system, that every Citizen who enjoys the protection of a Free Government, owes not only a proportion of his property, but even of his personal
  • 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
  • James A. Garfield: The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable.
  • Rutherford B. Hayes: Conscience is the authentic voice of God to you.
  • Ulysses S. Grant: I have never advocated war except as a means of peace.
  • Andrew Johnson: Honest conviction is my courage; the Constitution is my guide.
  • Abraham Lincoln: This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it.
  • James Buchanan: The test of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there.
  • Franklin Pierce: The dangers of a concentration of all power in the general government of a confederacy so vast as ours are too obvious to be disregarded.
  • Millard Fillmore: It is not strange… to mistake change for progress.
  • James K. Polk: Minorities have a right to appeal to the Constitution as a shield against such oppression.
  • John Tyler: So far as it depends on the course of this government, our relations of good will and friendship will be sedulously cultivated with all nations.
  • 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
  • The Fourth of July, when we get to play our favorite American guessing game — fireworks or gunshots? Author unknown

American Quotes

  1. My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country. John F. Kennedy
  2. Every human has four endowments – self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change.
  3. Violence as a way of achieving racial justice is both impractical and immoral. I am not unmindful of the fact that violence often brings about momentary results. Nations have frequently won their independence in battle. But in spite of temporary victories, violence never brings permanent peace
  4. The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.
  5. Diversity: the art of thinking independently together.
  6. I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will.
  7. The best teamwork comes from men who are working independently toward one goal in unison.
  8. Independence is happiness.
  9. I don’t have a formula to pass on. I always did it my own way. Even today, I hold my independence close. It’s what’s most precious to me. Passion. Risk. Tenacity. Consistency. This is my professional history.
  10. Nothing is more precious than independence and liberty.
  11. I wanted to be an independent woman, a woman who could pay for her bills, a woman who could run her own life – and I became that woman.
  12. True individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.
  13. The Vietnamese people deeply love independence, freedom and peace. But in the face of United States aggression they have risen up, united as one man.
  14. Solitude is independence.
  15. Mickey Mouse is, to me, a symbol of independence. He was a means to an end.
  16. The bedrock of our democracy is the rule of law and that means we have to have an independent judiciary, judges who can make decisions independent of the political winds that are blowing.
  17. I have an independent streak. You know, it’s kind of hard to tell a independent woman what to do.
  18. I was born with a fierce need for independence.
  19. Financial independence is paramount. My mom always says that when a woman is financially independent, she has the ability to live life on her own terms. I think that was the soundest advice that I ever got. No matter where you go in life or who you get married to, you have to be financially independent – whether you use it or not.
  20. True independence and freedom can only exist in doing what’s right.
  21. The important consequences to the American States from this Declaration of Independence, considered as the ground and foundation of a future government, naturally suggest the propriety of proclaiming it in such a manner as that the people may be universally informed of it.
  22. Charity is injurious unless it helps the recipient to become independent of it. John D. Rockefeller

Best Historical Independence Day quotes in America

Best USA History Quotes Ever…………….

  • “These are the times that try men’s souls.”
    ― Thomas PaineThe American Crisis
  • “We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.”
    ― Benjamin Franklin
  • “They tell us, sir, that we are weak; unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our backs and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot? Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power.”
    ― Patrick Henry
  • “A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their virtue then will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader.”
    ― Samuel Adams
  • “Without Thomas Jefferson and his Declaration of Independence, there would have been no American revolution that announced universal principles of liberty. Without his participation by the side of the unforgettable Marquis de Lafayette, there would have been no French proclamation of The Rights of Man. Without his brilliant negotiation of the Louisiana treaty, there would be no United States of America. Without Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, there would have been no Virginia Statute on Religious Freedom, and no basis for the most precious clause of our most prized element of our imperishable Bill of Rights – the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.”
    ― Christopher Hitchens
  • “Give me liberty or give me death.”
    ― Patrick Henry
  • “The distinctions between Virginians, Pennsylvanians, New Yorkers, and New Englanders are no more. I Am Not A Virginian, But An American!”
    ― Patrick Henry
  • “I have not yet begun to fight.”
    ― John Paul Jones
  • “There! His Majesty can now read my name without glasses. And he can double the reward on my head!”
    ― John T. Hancock
  • “Three millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Beside, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of Nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us.”
    ― Patrick Henry
  • “If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.”
    ― Tom Paine
  • “I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast; for I intend to go in harm’s way.”
    ― John Paul Jones
  • “Don’t fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here.”
    ― John Parker
  • “Let a crown be placed thereon, by which the world may know, that so far as we approve of monarcy, that in America the law is King. For as in absolute governments the King is law, so in free countries the law ought to be King; and there ought to be no other.”
    ― Thomas Paine
  • “Our cruel and unrelenting Enemy leaves us no choice but a brave resistance, or the most abject submission; this is all we can expect – We have therefore to resolve to conquer or die: Our own Country’s Honor, all call upon us for a vigorous and manly exertion, and if we now shamefully fail, we shall become infamous to the whole world. Let us therefore rely upon the goodness of the Cause, and the aid of the supreme Being, in whose hands Victory is, to animate and encourage us to great and noble Actions – The Eyes of all our Countrymen are now upon us, and we shall have their blessings, and praises, if happily we are the instruments of saving them from the Tyranny meditated against them. Let us therefore animate and encourage each other, and shew the whole world, that a Freeman contending for Liberty on his own ground is superior to any slavish mercenary on earth.”
    ― George Washington
  • “[L]iberty must at all hazards be supported. We have a right to it, derived from our Maker. But if we had not, our fathers have earned and bought it for us, at the expense of their ease, their estates, their pleasure, and their blood.”
    ― John Adams
  • “Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.”
    ― Tom Paine
  • “In questions of power, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the constitution.”
    ― Thomas Jefferson
  • “Patriotism is as much a virtue as justice, and is as necessary for the support of societies as natural affection is for the support of families.”
    ― Benjamin Rush
  • “The battle, Sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. Besides, Sir, we have no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable; and let it come! I repeat, Sir, let it come!”
    ― Patrick Henry
  • “Our properties within our own territories [should not] be taxed or regulated by any power on earth but our own.”
    ― Thomas Jefferson
  • “Lincoln once said that America was founded on a proposition that was written by Jefferson in 1776. We are really founded on an argument about what that proposition means.”
    ― Joseph J. EllisFounding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation
  • “These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their county; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny like hell is not easily conquered yet we have this consolation with us, the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value.”
    ― Tom Paine
  • “That these are our grievances which we have thus laid before his majesty, with that freedom of language and sentiment which becomes a free people claiming their rights as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate.”
    ― Thomas Jefferson
  • “Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes! Then fire low!”
    ― Israel Putnam
  • “Remove yourself, sir!”
    ― David McCulloughJohn Adams
  • “Nevertheless, to the persecution and tyranny of his cruel ministry we will not tamely submit — appealing to Heaven for the justice of our cause, we determine to die or be free.”
    ― Joseph Warren
  • “May our land be a land of liberty, the seat of virtue, the asylum of the oppressed, a name and a praise in the whole Earth, until the last shock of time shall bury the empires of the whole world in one common undistinguished ruin!”
    ― Joseph Warren
  • “One of the most essential branches of English liberty is the freedom of one’s house. A man’s house is his castle.”
    ― James Otis
  • “Yonder are the Hessians. They were bought for seven pounds and tenpence a man. Are you worth more? Prove it. Tonight the American flag floats from yonder hill or Molly Stark sleeps a widow!”
    ― John Stark
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