Happy Day of Independence

“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

(my little lawn flag, it’s just a tad southern in its outlook / Julie Cook / 2017)

Here are a few thoughts to ponder this day of all things celebration as we recall the
countless acts of bravery and sacrifice offered so freely by those who have given so much
for each of us to enjoy not only this day but to savor our very way of life….

Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God.
Thomas Jefferson

“I always consider the settlement of America with reverence and wonder,
as the opening of a grand scene and design in providence,
for the illumination of the ignorant and the emancipation of the slavish part of
mankind all over the earth.”

John Adams

“The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent,
tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example;
to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you;
to yourself, respect;
to all others, charity.”

Benjamin Franklin

It is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God,
to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits,
and humbly to implore his protection and favors.

General George Washington

Bad men cannot make good citizens.
It is when a people forget God that tyrants forge their chains.
A vitiated state of morals, a corrupted public conscience, is incompatible with freedom.
No free government, or the blessings of liberty,
can be preserved to any people but by a firm adherence to justice,
moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue;
and by a frequent recurrence to fundamental principles.

Patrick Henry

God grants liberty only to those who love it,
and are always ready to guard it and defend it.

Daniel Webster

24 comments on “Happy Day of Independence

  1. atimetoshare.me says:

    Happy Independence Day, Julie!

  2. A great bunch of quotes very fitting for our American 4th of July!

    I especially like how Erma Bombeck defined patriotism.

    • Happy 4th my Silent Friend!!!!🇺🇸🇺🇸

    • Citizen Tom says:

      Have to agree with silenceofmind. Erma Bombeck makes sense to me! That’s how we know we are free. The rest of the quotes are great too!

      I walked in a small town parade today. It was a celebration of life, not a parade of different ways to destroy people and their things.

      I walked to support candidates running for public office. Others supported charitable causes. Some displayed aspects of their cultural heritage that make them proud. Many promoted their religious beliefs. It was a beautiful potpourri of the blessings that flower in a free country. Instead of a display of devastating power, it was a time to preserve life, to savor living, to share love, and to remember the concerns of our families, friends, and neighbors.

      That’s the 4th of July in America! Happy Independence Day!

  3. Lynda says:

    Happy 4th of July Julie!

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  5. Tricia says:

    Great quotes Julie and oh so appropriate for today!

  6. oneta hayes says:

    Haven’t we had some wonderful leaders/thinkers in our history? I guess Benjamin Franklin’s quote above stands out to me most, but all are good. Ponder on these things.

  7. SLIMJIM says:

    Great collection of quotes Julie. I love especially the first one as its so funny!

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  9. Wally Fry says:

    Happy yesterday lol!

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