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“Freedom is not won on the battlefields. The chance for freedom is won there. The final battle is won or lost in our hearts and minds.” Helen Gahagan Douglas

Motivation Mondays: 100 July 4th Quotes for Independence Day

Motivation Mondays: 100 July 4th Quotes for Independence Day

What does July 4th mean to you?  Happy 243rd Independence Day!: As we gear up to celebrate this very important day in American history, I can’t help but stop to reflect on why this truly matters. 243 years ago, on July 4, 1776, the forefathers commemorated the adoption of the Declaration of Independence; it was an auspicious day filled with optimism for the future of this newly birthed, great nation. It signified the birth of the United States of America and the liberation of her original thirteen colonies from British rule. The actual legal separation occurred on the 2nd but, the 4th is the date the documents were ratified and, like life, the circuitous journey that many took to this new land in search of a new life reached a milestone. Let us not forget that this is a nation built on the backs of millions of immigrants who had a dream of a better life; of gaining personal freedom.

Becoming independent, whether as a nation or an individual, is often fraught with challenges, yet, many stay the course. Why? Because freedom, liberty, and a chance at life to enjoy all of our inalienable rights is worth fighting for. The road to freedom has never been an easy one for any group and so, as we celebrate today with our drinks, food and fireworks, lets remember all who came before us. Let’s lift our glasses and toast those brave souls who stood their ground so the rest of us could enjoy this special day without fear or acrimony. Happy Independence Day. Stay Safe. Drink less. Stay Informed.

READ:- Motivation Mondays: Optimism. Life. Independence Day


Freedom lies in being bold. Robert Frost
America, to me, is freedom. Willie Nelson
With freedom comes responsibility. Eleanor Roosevelt
Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better. Albert Camus
We do as much, we eat as much, we want as much. Sojourner Truth
The flag is the embodiment, not of sentiment, but of history. Woodrow Wilson
In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth. President George Washington
Those who won our independence believed liberty to be the secret of happiness. Louis D. Brandeis
This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave. Elmer Davis
For you have been called to live in freedom. Use your freedom to serve one another in love. Galatians 5:13
There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured with what is right in America. William J. Clinton
I’d like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free and wanted other people to be also free. Rosa Parks
We will stand by the right, we will stand by the true, we will live, we will die for the red, white, and blue. Unknown
I prayed for freedom for twenty years, but received no answer until I prayed with my legs. Frederick Douglass
No other date on the calendar more potently symbolizes all that our nation stands for than the Fourth of July. Mac Thornberry
Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong. James Bryce
The American, by nature, is optimistic. He is experimental, an inventor, and a builder who builds best when called upon to build greatly. John F. Kennedy
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
We are free, truly free, when we don’t need to rent our arms to anybody in order to be able to lift a piece of bread to our mouths. Ricardo Flores Magon
Every human has four endowments – self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change. Stephen Covey
America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand. Harry S. Truman
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
The United States is the only country with a known birthday…. There is no ‘Republican,’ no ‘Democrat,’ on the Fourth of July — all are Americans. James G. Blaine
We, the People, recognize that we have responsibilities as well as rights; that our destinies are bound together; that a freedom which only asks what’s in it for me, a freedom without a commitment to others, a freedom without love or charity or duty or patriotism, is unworthy of our founding ideals, and those who died in their defense. Barack Obama


Whoever walked behind anyone to freedom? If we can’t go hand in hand, I don’t want to go.” Hazel Scott

Motivation Mondays: 100 July 4th Quotes for Independence Day

Motivation Mondays: 100 July 4th Quotes for Independence Day


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Respite Reminder: I’m Taking My Own Advice. Will Check in Occasionally. Back in August!

Why does Independence Day give us an opportunity to dream BIGGER and aim for huge goals? Before I moved to the USA, my impression of it was of a nation where everything seemed larger than life. Americans have big personalities, big cars, big houses and a huge belief in the greatness of this nation. While some might disagree with this observation, it is what many on the outside see and that becomes an attraction to folks who imagine pushing the boundaries of their lives. In so many nations around the world, there are strict social hierarchies that make it almost impossible to move between socioeconomic classes. If you are born into a certain group or class, your path is X. While there are some who are able to push beyond those boundaries, not enough can do so and that makes the USA a fascinating country to move to. Of course, moving here offers no guarantees but, there are many who have been able to transcend the limitations they experienced in their native lands. The point is that we can adopt the same big dreams in our lives, and in our native lands and support leaders who want the best for all their people. If our leaders’ dreams are not altruistic and only self-serving, nothing will change. But we can do our bit by dreaming bigger too and by embracing the process it takes to reach our goals.

READ:- Motivation Mondays: Dream BIGGER – Independence Day


America is another name for opportunity. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Liberty is the breath of life to nations. George Bernard Shaw
I think patriotism is like charity—it begins at home. Henry James
From every mountainside, let freedom ring. Martin Luther King Jr.
With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy? Oscar Wilde
One flag, one land, one heart, one hand, one nation forevermore! Oliver Wendell Holmes
Freedom is one of the deepest and noblest aspirations of the human spirit. Fanny Lewald
The American flag is the symbol of our freedom, national pride, and history. Mike Fitzpatrick
We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it. William Faulkner
A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government. Edward Abbey
I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death! Patrick Henry
This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave. Elmer Davis
Understand that the right to choose your own path is a sacred privilege. Use it. Dwell in possibility. Oprah Winfrey
Freedom is fragile and must be protected. To sacrifice it, even as a temporary measure, is to betray it. Germaine Greer
Have you ever read the Declaration of Independence…? If you have, you will know that it is not a Fourth of July oration. The Declaration of Independence was a document preliminary to war. Woodrow Wilson
I am an American; free born and free bred, where I acknowledge no man as my superior, except for his own worth, or as my inferior, except for his own demerit. Theodore Roosevelt
America is much more than a geographical fact. It is a political and moral fact — the first community in which men set out in principle to institutionalize freedom, a responsible government, and human equality. Adlai Stevenson
The history of free men is never really written by chance but by choice; their choice! Dwight D. Eisenhower
Intellectually I know that America is no better than any other country; emotionally I know she is better than every other country. Sinclair Lewis
Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty. John F. Kennedy
That is the truly beautiful and encouraging aspect of freedom; no one struggles for it just for himself. Ronald Reagan
Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it. Thomas Paine
This, then, is the state of the union: free and restless, growing and full of hope. So it was in the beginning. So it shall always be, while God is willing, and we are strong enough to keep the faith. Lyndon B. Johnson
Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all. George Washington
Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are people who want crops without plowing the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning; they want the ocean without the roar of its many waters. The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, or it may be both. But it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Frederick Douglass


“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” Harriet Tubman

Motivation Mondays: 100 July 4th Quotes for Independence Day

Motivation Mondays: 100 July 4th Quotes for Independence Day

What does celebrating Independence Day really mean?  While it might mean slightly different things to different people,  there are a few fundamental meanings attached to why we honor the day; Independence Day means we fought to provide a safe haven for our kids and loved ones, we want to maintain a democratic process, and we don’t live in a war zone or suffer through restrictions like food rations. The picnics, BBQ outings, and other gatherings we enjoy on this day remind us of the importance of our personal freedom; our right to congregate and enjoy a meal with others without being under siege. Many countries remain at war with each other in small and large ways… so this day truly matters. We must remember that even with the daily challenges we face here, inequalities, bigotry, job loss and such, we are fortunate in America, and we must remember to treat this day with reverence and gratitude for the Freedom and Peace we enjoy.

READ:- Motivation Mondays: Happy 4th Of July – Independence Day

Independence now and forever. Daniel Webster
Life without liberty is like a body without spirit. Kahlil Gibran
Where liberty dwells, there is my country. Benjamin Franklin
Humanity has won its battle. Liberty now has a country. Marquis de Lafayette
If your dreams don’t scare you, they are not big enough Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else. Clarence Darrow
America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination. Harry S. Truman
I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it. Voltaire
Hail! Independence, hail! Heaven’s next best gift, To that of life and an immortal soul! James Thomson
We need an America with the wisdom of experience. But we must not let America grow old in spirit. Hubert H. Humphrey
Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one. Benjamin Franklin
True individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Liberty is the great parent of science and of virtue, and a nation will be great in both always in proportion as it is free. Thomas Jefferson
So, Two cheers for Democracy: one because it admits variety and two because it permits criticism E. M. Forster
I believe in America because we have great dreams, and because we have the opportunity to make those dreams come true. Wendell Willkie
Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe. Frederick Douglass
…O let freemen be our sons; And let future Washingtons Rise, to lead their valiant ones, Till there’s war no more. John Pierpont
In every human breast, God has implanted a principle, which we call love of freedom; it is impatient of oppression and pants for deliverance. Phillis Wheatley
America has never been united by blood or birth or soil. We are bound by ideals that move us beyond our backgrounds, lift us above our interests and teach us what it means to be citizens. President George W. Bush
Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it. The history of liberty is a history of resistance. Woodrow Wilson
I always have the most fun on the Fourth of July. You don’t have to exchange any gifts. You just go to the beach and watch fireworks. It’s always fun. James Lafferty
Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning. Gloria Steinem
It will be celebrated with pomp and parade, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other.” John Adams
The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence. Denis Waitley
The Declaration of Independence! The interest which in that paper has survived the occasion upon which it was issued; the interest which is of every age and every clime; the interest which quickens with the lapse of years, spreads as it grows old, and brightens as it recedes, is in the principles which it proclaims. John Quincy Adams
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



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06/01   –  01 Canada Day, 04 Independence Day,
06/09  –   09 Tony Awards, 13 St Anthony
06/16 –   16 Father’s Day, 19 Juneteenth, 20 World Refugee Day, 21 International Yoga Day,
06/23   –  24 St John the Baptist, 26 Against Illicit Trafficking, 
06/30 –    30 BET Awards


07/01   –  01 SUMMER, 06 D-Day,
07/07  –   07 World Chocolate Day
07/14 –   18 Nelson Mandela Day,
07/21   –  24 International Self-care Day
07/28 –    28 Parents Day, 30 Against Trafficking Day

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Motivation Mondays: 100 July 4th Quotes - Independence Day

Motivation Mondays: 100 July 4th Quotes – Independence Day


Respite Reminder: I'm Taking My Own Advice. Will Check in occasionally. Back in August!

Respite Reminder: I’m Taking My Own Advice. Will Check in Occasionally. Back in August!

What are your plans for this special day? As we join our loved ones to celebrate July 4th, take a moment to educate those around you on the history of Independence Day, read the Declaration of Independence and teach your loved ones about the long journey that got YOU here. After all, this is a nation of immigrants.  It is not enough to eat, drink and be merry… take time to teach yourself and others about how this impacts your own dreams, celebrate your independence, cherish the liberties you enjoy, and stay motivated to ensure that others can have access to the same rights we wish for our loved ones and ourselves. Will you remember to pause and give thanks for your freedom and all the rights you enjoy? Why is this day a motivator? Let me remind us all that when we live in a society that values its Independence, we can trust that most of our choices won’t be challenged, and our family won’t come to harm because of our ideas and decisions. We can express our opinions on a wide range of topics, speak out against any sort of civil rights infringements, fight against bigotry, choose the type of jobs we want, and move around freely. We must remember to honor those who protect our rights and do our bit to ensure our children, grandchildren, and others will continue to enjoy and celebrate Independence Day.

READ:- Haiku: Happy Independence Day!

Independence is happiness. Susan B. Anthony
Dreams are the foundation of America. Lupita Nyong’o
Freedom is never granted. It is earned by each generation. Hillary Clinton
America is hope. It is compassion. It is excellence. It is valor. Paul Tsongas
Help others achieve their dreams and you will achieve yours. Les Brown
Vigor of government is essential to the security of liberty. Alexander Hamilton
Everything I have, my career, my success, my family, I owe to America. Unknown
The most fatal thing a man can do is try to stand alone. Carson McCullers
Great dreams of great dreamers are always transcended. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
The American Dream is independence and being able to create that dream for yourself. Marsha Blackburn
I have plowed and planted and gathered into barns, and no man could head me. And aren’t I a woman? Sojourner Truth
It is the love of country that has lighted and that keeps glowing the holy fire of patriotism. J. Horace McFarland
Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed — else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die. Dwight D. Eisenhower
The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty. President James Madison
Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom. Albert Einstein
Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country. John F. Kennedy
Patriotism is supporting your country all the time and your government when it deserves it. Mark Twain
Liberty does not consist, my fellow citizens, in mere general declarations of the rights of man. It consists in the translation of those declarations into definite action. Woodrow Wilson
To accomplish great things, we must not only act but also dream; not only plan but also believe. Anatole France
The essence of America — that which really unites us — is not ethnicity, or nationality or religion — it is an idea — and what an idea it is: That you can come from humble circumstances and do great things. That it doesn’t matter where you came from but where you are going. Condoleezza Rice
The United States was born in revolution and nurtured by struggle. Throughout our history, the American people have befriended and supported all those who seek independence and a better way of life. Robert Kennedy
Never let life impede on your ability to manifest your dreams. Dig deeper into your dreams and deeper into yourself and believe that anything is possible, and make it happen. Corin Nemec
Is American Independence over when the last Fourth of July rocket dies in the darkness? Independence ascends stage by stage, from its infancy in political freedom, on toward a vigorous youth of material and economic emancipation, while the Delectable Mountains of the future beckon us to a national maturity… W.J. Cameron
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
Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers. United Nations, Universal Declaration of Human Right



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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Courtney Schweiger permalink
    12/07/2019 2:10 pm

    The fourth of July is my favorite time!

  2. Karissa Martinez permalink
    12/07/2019 4:45 pm

    I love these quotes! Saving this for future Instagram caption Inspo

  3. Kaitlynn permalink
    12/07/2019 5:59 pm

    God bless America!! These are great quotes to celebrate Independence Day

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