It feels good to be free.
We live freely, love freely, speak freely, and believe freely. We run freely, swim freely, and live free active lives. As Stephen King said, “Some birds are not meant to be caged, that’s all.” On the Fourth of July, we acknowledge we are “some birds” who are uncaged and free to pursue whatever allows us to spread our wings.
Whether we watch the dazzling light show of fireworks this evening, go to a BBQ with family and friends, or get away from it all, there’s one thing that is most important. We must take a moment to be thankful to live in the land of the free. Don’t just hear it from us; for more inspiring reminders of the impact of our freedom, check out what these folks have to say on the subject.
10 Independence Day Quotes
“I’d like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free and wanted other people to be also free.” -Rosa Parks
“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” -Nelson Mandela
“I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.” -Voltaire
“[W]e look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms. The first is freedom of speech and expression–everywhere in the world. The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way–everywhere in the world. The third is freedom from want–which, translated into world terms, means economic understandings which will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants–everywhere in the world. The fourth is freedom from fear–which, translated into world terms, means a world-wide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression against any neighbor–anywhere in the world.” -Franklin Roosevelt
“Freedom lies in being bold.” -Robert Frost
“Better to die fighting for freedom then be a prisoner all the days of your life.” -Bob Marley
“A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself.” -Jim Morrison
“It does not take a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.” -Samuel Adams
“We hold our heads high, despite the price we have paid, because freedom is priceless.” -Lech Walesa
“Some birds are not meant to be caged, that’s all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild. So you let them go, or when you open the cage to feed them they somehow fly out past you. And the part of you that knows it was wrong to imprison them in the first place rejoices, but still, the place where you live is that much more drab and empty for their departure.”
–Stephen King (From “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption”)
(Quote and Photo Credit: Inc.com, “27 Quotes for Independence Day”)