Fourth of July Quotes
Ralph Waldo Emerson on Opportunity
“America is another name for opportunity.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson
President Harry S. Truman on America's Courage
"America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand."
—President Harry S. Truman
Gerald Stanley Lee on Solidarity
"America is a tune. It must be sung together.”
—Gerald Stanley Lee
Sinclair Lewis on America
"Intellectually I know that America is no better than any other country; emotionally I know she is better than every other country."
Walt Disney on Laughter
“Laughter is America’s most important export."
Patrick Henry on Liberty
“I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”
President Franklin D. Roosevelt on Freedom
"In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved."
—President Franklin D. Roosevelt
President Dwight D. Eisenhower on Choice
"The history of free men is never really written by chance but by choice; their choice!"
—President Dwight D. Eisenhower
Edward Abbey on Patriotism
“A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.”
William Faulkner on Freedom
"We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it."
President George Washington on Peace
“Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.”
—President George Washington
Kahlil Gibran on Liberty
“Life without liberty is like a body without spirit.”
President George W. Bush on Citizenship
"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."
—President George W. Bush
Marquis de Lafayette on Independence
"Humanity has won its battle. Liberty now has a country."
—Marquis de Lafayette
President Barack Obama on Freedom
“We, the People, recognize that we have responsibilities as well as rights; that our destinies are bound together; that a freedom which only asks what's in it for me, a freedom without a commitment to others, a freedom without love or charity or duty or patriotism, is unworthy of our founding ideals, and those who died in their defense.”
—President Barack Obama
Albert Camus on Freedom
“Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better.”
President George Washington on Liberty
“Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.”
—President George Washington
Condoleezza Rice on the Essence of America
“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. That it doesn’t matter where you came from but where you are going.”
Carson McCullers on Solidarity
“The most fatal thing a man can do is try to stand alone.”
Mark Twain on Patriotism
“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time and your government when it deserves it.”
Rosa Parks on Freedom
"I'd like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free and wanted other people to be also free."
Alexander Hamilton on Government
“Vigor of government is essential to the security of liberty.”
—Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist Papers
The U.N. on Free Speech
“Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”
—United Nations, Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Clarence Darrow on Patriotism
“True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else.”
President James Madison on Liberty
“The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.”
—President James Madison
Patriotic Painted Mason Jars
Red, white, and blue are always appropriate colors on Southern porches, no matter what time of year it is. We love that these Patriotic Painted Mason Jars are functional, kid-friendly, and oh-so-charming. Fill with your favorite fresh blooms and display at your Fourth of July or summer party, or try using in the middle of your dinner table as an eye-catching centerpiece.
Voltaire on Free Speech
"I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it."
President Woodrow Wilson on Resistance
“Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it. The history of liberty is a history of resistance.”
—President Woodrow Wilson
President John F. Kennedy on America
“Ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.”
—President John F. Kennedy
William Pitt on America
“You cannot conquer America."
President Abraham Lincoln on Democracy
“Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
—President Abraham Lincoln
President Theodore Roosevelt on America
“Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children's children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.”
—President Theodore Roosevelt