Liberty and Patriotism
Today is July 4th, the day the United States commemorates liberty
and patriotism. I realize that this date is not globally
celebrated, nevertheless, it seemed like a good occasion to share
some words about freedom from a selection of the world's
great historical figures. It’s not a comprehensive selection by
any means, and you may know of better quotes, but these seem
particularly applicable in light of circumstances in the world
Success in life, liberty, and your pursuit of happiness,
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- A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they
know they shall never sit in.
- When I despair, I remember that all through history, the way of
truth and love has always won. There have been murderers and
tyrants, and for a time they can seem invincible. But in the end
they always fall. Think of it, always.
–Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948)
- Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a
man's character, give him power.
–Abraham Lincoln, U.S. president (1809-1865)
- Every society honors its live conformists and its dead
–Mignon McLaughlin, author
- I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made.
–Franklin D. Roosevelt, U.S. president (1932)
- The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable
one persists to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress
depends on the unreasonable man.
–George Bernard Shaw, writer, Nobel laureate (1856-1950)
- It is the common fate of the indolent to see their rights become a
prey to the active. The condition upon which God hath given
liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break,
servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and the
punishment of his guilt.
–John Philpot Curran: Speech upon the Right of Election,
- To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order;
to put the nation in order, we must put the family in order; to
put the family in order, we must cultivate our personal life; and
to cultivate our personal life, we must first set our hearts
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