Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Celebrate Independence Day

Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better. ~Albert Camus

Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it. ~Thomas Paine

We have enjoyed so much freedom for so long that we are perhaps in danger of forgetting how much blood it cost to establish the Bill of Rights. ~Felix Frankfurter

A statistician made a few calculations and discovered that since the birth of our nation more lives have been lost in celebrating independence than in winning it. ~Curtis Billings

True independence and freedom can only exist in doing what's right. ~Brigham Young

Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it. ~George Bernard Shaw in Man and Superman

You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism. ~Erma Bombeck

Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both. ~Benjamin Franklin
He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from opposition; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach himself. ~Thomas Paine

Here is my advice as we begin the century that will lead to 2081. First, guard the freedom of ideas at all costs. Be alert that dictators have always played on the natural human tendency to blame others and to oversimplify. And don't regard yourself as a guardian of freedom unless you respect and preserve the rights of people you disagree with to free, public, unhampered expression. ~Gerard K. O'Neill in 2081

Freedom is the oxygen of the soul. ~Moshe Dayan

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