Quotes of the Day for 4 July 2004 – Independence Day
The members of the Second Continental Congress, meeting at Philadelphia on this day in 1776, agreed to the text of the Declaration of Independence. They wouldn't sign it for another month, and it wouldn't become reality until several years passed at war, but this was the day when the inchoate United States reached accord on gaining its freedom from Great Britain.
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
The basic test of freedom is perhaps less in what we are free to do than in what we are free not to do.
- Eric Hoffer, 1902 - 1983
Today, we need a nation of Minutemen, citizens who are not only prepared to take arms, but citizens who regard the preservation of freedom as the basic purpose of their daily life and who are willing to consciously work and sacrifice for that freedom.
- John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 1917 - 1963
If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains set lightly upon you; and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.
- Samuel Adams, 1722 - 1803
Freedom is an indivisible word. If we want to enjoy it, and fight for it, we must be prepared to extend it to everyone, whether they are rich or poor, whether they agree with us or not, no matter what their race or the color of their skin.
- Wendell Willkie, 1892 - 1944
Experience teaches us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purpose is beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.
- Louis Dembitz Brandeis, 1856 - 1941
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