Monday, July 4, 2011

Liberty Quotes

"The truth is that neither then nor at any former time, since I had attained my maturity in Age, Reading and reflection had I imbibed any general Prejudice against Kings, or in favour of them. It appeared to me then as it has done ever since, that there is a State of Society in which a Republican Government is the best, and in America the only one..." -John Adams (1735-1826) Founding Father, 2nd US President Source: Adams, Diary & Autobiography, 6 May, 1778, IV, 91)

"Let the Fourth of July always be a reminder that here in this land, for the first time, it was decided that man is born with certain God-given rights; that government is only a convenience created and managed by the people, with no powers of its own except those voluntarily granted to it by the people. We sometimes forget that great truth, and we never should. Happy Fourth of July." -Ronald Reagan
(1911-2004) 40th US President Source: Independence Day, 1981

"[T]he flames kindled on the Fourth of July 1776, have spread over too much of the globe to be extinguished by the feeble engines of despotism; on the contrary, they will consume these engines and all who work them." -Thomas Jefferson 1821

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