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Quotes of the Day for 4 July 2002 – Independence

Today we celebrate Independence. I'm celebrating not only with quotes on that theme, but by not blowing anything up today!

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The quotes:

You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the struggle for independence.
     - Charles A. Beard

If we value independence, if we are disturbed by the growing conformity of knowledge, of values, of attitudes, which our present system induces, then we may wish to set up conditions of learning which make for uniqueness, for self-direction, and for self-initiated learning.
     - Carl Rogers, 1902 -1987

Independence is my happiness, and I view things as they are, without regard to place or person; my country is the world, and my religion is to do good.
     - Thomas Paine, 1737 - 1809

There will never be a really free and enlightened state until the state comes to recognize the individual as a higher and independent power, from which all its power and authority was derived, and treats him accordingly.
     - Henry David Thoreau, 1817 - 1862

We hold these truths to be sacred and undeniable; that all men are created equal and independent, that from that equal creation they derive rights inherent and inalienable, among which are the preservation of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
     - Thomas Jefferson, 1743 - 1826

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