The Fourth of July is approaching and on this day we celebrate our nation’s independence with fireworks, patriotic colors, flags, and parades. But it is much more than a simple holiday for our country. Our country’s forefathers fought long and hard for the right of our nation as a whole and individually. Freedom is one of the driving inspirational forces behind human life and our advancement. If we don’t have liberty, we cannot live our lives fully. That is the essence of Independence Day and the reason we celebrate every year. Here are some other thoughts about that day:
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
In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.
-Franklin D. Roosevelt
Those who won our independence 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.
Without freedom, no one really has a name.
Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.
For what avail the plough or sail, or land or life, if freedom fail?
Ralph Waldo Emerson
What light is to the eyes – what air is to the lungs – what love is to the heart, liberty is to the soul of man.
-Robert Green Ingersoll
Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power.
There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism.