What does freedom mean to you? How important is it? What would you do to protect it?
As Independence Day approaches, it’s an opportunity to reflect not only the freedoms our country affords, but also the freedom of a leader.
John Maxwell in his book The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership states that leaders are often asked to give up more than others (the Law of Sacrifice.)
As a leader’s responsibilities increase, their personal rights – and freedoms – decrease. But when it comes to freedom, all leaders eventually have a choice:
– Preserve your own freedom, and not take on additional leadership responsibilities.
– Give up your own freedom to help preserve freedom for others.
Thankfully, we live in a country founded on a pursuit of freedom and happiness. Below are 20 quotes to inspire you on this Independence Day.
“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.” -Thomas Paine
“It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either of them.” -Mark Twain
“I think patriotism is like charity – it begins at home.” ― Henry James
“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
“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” -Elmer Davis
“We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.” -William Faulkner
“If our country is worth dying for in time of war let us resolve that it is truly worth living for in time of peace.” -Hamilton Fish
“Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.” -George Bernard Shaw
“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
“How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy!” -Thomas Jefferson
“Those who won our independence believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty.” -Louis D. Brandeis
“Freedom is never free.” -Author Unknown
“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
“That which distinguishes this day from all others is that then both orators and artillerymen shoot blank cartridges.” -John Burroughs
“Liberties aren’t given, they are taken.” -Aldous Huxley
“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” ― Benjamin Franklin
“Patriotism is easy to understand in America. It means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country.” – Calvin Coolidge
“America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.” – Harry Truman
“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
“It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood.” – James Madison