What are your thoughts about independence and liberty?

July Fourth . . . the day United States citizens celebrate our independence from England. Years of taxation without representation. Oppression. And a yearning to live for God and to find new life.

And eventually, a battle for control. Who would control the thirteen colonies comprised of people who sailed across an ocean for independence, a new start, or adventure?

This post isn’t a deep dive into United States history. Rather, let’s ponder nine quotes by thinkers and statesmen throughout our (relatively speaking) short history as a nation. I’d love to hear your thoughts about independence and liberty, nationally and personally.

Image of Washington Monument at night with a quote from Ronald Reagan about how freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction
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“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” ~Ronald Reagan (1911-2001) American President, Actor

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Image of a row of flags near the USS Missouri in Hawaii sharing thoughts about independence and liberty from Doc Hastings
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“In the summer of 1776, our Founding Fathers sought to secure our independence and the liberties that remain the foundation of our nation today.” ~Doc Hastings

Image of part of the Declaration of Indpendence and a quote from Marian Wright Edelman about how the Declaration of Independence was always ouf vision of who we as a nation wanted to be
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“The Declaration of Independence was always our vision of who we wanted to be, our ideal of freedom and justice, how we were going to be different, and what the American experiment was going to be about.” ~Marian Wright Edelman

Image of a United States flag and a quote by Harry Moyle Tippett about the pilgrims' real reason for coming to America
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“The Pilgrims came to America not to accumulate riches but to worship God, and the greatest wealth they left unborn generations was their heroic example of sacrifice that their souls might be free.” ~Harry Moyle Tippett

Image of a walkway bordered by flags and people walking on it. A quote by Louis Brandeis that talks about those who won our independence valuing liberty as an end and as a means.
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“Those who won our independence . . . valued liberty as an end and as a means. They believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty.” ~Louis D. Brandeis

Image of a flag hanging on a building's face with a quote that talks about the symbolism of the United States flag for liberty and freedom.
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“I believe our flag is more than just cloth and ink. It is a universally recognized symbol that stands for liberty and freedom. It is the history of our nation, and it’s marked by the blood of those who died defending it.” ~John Thune (Senator, 1961- )

Image of the Liberty Bell with a quote by David Ben Gurion about national independence being dependence on moral and intellectual independence.
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“Without moral and intellectual independence, there is no anchor for national independence.” ~David Ben-Gurion

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Image of a flag on a wooden post with a quote by Henry Cabot Lodge about how precious the United States independence is.
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“The independence of the United States is not only more precious to ourselves but to the world than any single possession.” ~Henry Cabot Lodge

Image of a young boy running and draping out the United States flag behind him with a quote by Paul Ryan about the intent of the founders writing the Declaration of Independence, claiming that our rights come from nature and nature's God, not from government.
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“Our founders got it right when they wrote in the Declaration of Independence that our rights come from nature and nature’s God, not from government.” ~Paul Ryan

That’s it for this week.

What about you? Share your thoughts about independence and liberty and what it means to you. What quote about liberty and independence stands out to you and why?

Next week, we’ll link up at Donna’s at Serenity and Suffering. Be sure to bookmark this so you can find it easily. 😊

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