We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.
Huge and mighty forms that do not live like living men, moved slowly through the mind by day and were trouble to my dreams.
Wordsworth, Resolution and Independence
When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
Thomas Jefferson – Declaration of Independence, 4 July 1776; preamble
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, and liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Thomas Jefferson – Original draft for the Declaration of Independence.
Freedom does not come for free, it has a ticket. The price of the ticket is responsibility
Muhammad Shaharyar Khan
My God! How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy!
What is the essence of America? Finding and maintaining that perfect, delicate balance between freedom “to” and freedom “from.”
Marilyn vos Savant, in Parade
How often we fail to realize our good fortune in living in a country where happiness is more than a lack of tragedy.
From every mountain side
Let Freedom ring.
Samuel F. Smith, “America”
We need an America with the wisdom of experience. But we must not let America grow old in spirit.
Hubert H. Humphrey
Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.
Freedom is the oxygen of the soul.
And I’m proud to be an American,
where at least I know I’m free.
And I won’t forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.
It is sweet to serve one’s country by deeds, and it is not absurd to serve her by words.
We are free, truly free, when we don’t need to rent our arms to anybody in order to be able to lift a piece of bread to our mouths.
Ricardo Flores Magon, speech, 31 May 1914