July 4, 2015

Off with your hat, as the flag goes by! And let the heart have its say; you're brave enough

For a tear in your eye that you will not wipe away.”   

Henry Cuyler Bunner


“Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit ... 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

“We will give you a republic if you can keep it…When you assemble a number of men … you inevitably assemble their prejudices, their passions, their errors … and their selfish views."  Benjamin Franklin   


“’This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave…’ History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid.” 

David D. Eisenhower

“’Ours is the only country deliberately founded on a good idea…’  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.” 

Adlai Stevenson


“America is a passionate idea or it is nothing. America is a human brotherhood or it is chaos.”  Max Lerner, Actions and Passions, 1949


“Patriotism is the admission that people who share a land, a place, and a history have a special obligation to that place and to each other.”  David Ehrenfeld 


“Liberty is the possibility of doubting, of making a mistake... of searching... of opportunity and of saying ‘no‘ to any authority - … religious, social, and even political.”Ignazio Silone


“There are two freedoms - the false, where a man is free to do what he likes; the true, where he is free to do what he ought. “  Charles Kingsley


“Patriotism consists not just in waving the flag but also ensuring that our country shall be righteous as well as strong.”  James Bryce   


“Liberty, as well as honor, man ought to preserve at the hazard of his life, for without it life is intolerable.” 

Miguel de Cervantes 


“’Freedom is responsibility…’ What we need are critical lovers of America - patriots who express their faith in their country by working to improve it.”  Hubert H. Humphrey  


“Our American story is…. of a people seeking to move forward … who look at a mountain and worry not about the tough climb ahead, but dream about the view from the summit.”   Bill Owens