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Quotes of the Day for 4 July 2003 – Independence

The representatives at the Second Constitutional Convention agreed on a lofty statement of goals on this day in 1776, seeking "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness" by declaring independence from Great Britain. Considering that they had no phones or e-mail it's amazing that all thirteen colonies approved the document by the ninth, they chose a calligrapher on the nineteenth, and gathered most of the delegates to sign it on the second of August. On this anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, I hope we all will commit to foster these values, even if we don't have to "mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor" to accomplish it.

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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

Liberty is always dangerous, but it is the safest thing we have.
     - Harry Emerson Fosdick, 1878 - 1969

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

Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it.... While it lies there, it needs no constitution, no law, no court to save it.
     - Learned Hand

Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains or slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take but as for me; give me liberty or give me death!
     - Patrick Henry, 1736 - 1799

Liberty is the only thing you cannot have unless you are willing to give it to others.
     - William Allen White, 1868 - 1944

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