Independence Day Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old independence day quotes, independence day sayings, and independence day proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Freedom is never dear at any price. It is the breath of life. What would a man not pay for living?     

Mahatma Gandhi

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

Your freedom is brought to you courtesy of the outstanding Men and Women who serve and have served this country with honor, dedication, pride and sacrifice!     

Nishan Panwar

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

Those who won our independence believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty.     

Louis Brandeis

Enjoy the peace your valor won. Let independence be our boast, Ever mindful what it cost; Ever grateful for the prize, Let its altar reach the skies!     

Joseph Hopkinson

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.     

Benjamin Franklin

The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender or submission.     

John F. Kennedy

May the light of freedom, coming to all darkened lands, flame brightly until at last the darkness is no more.     

Dwight D. Eisenhower

All we have of freedom / All we use or know/ This our fathers bought for us / Long and long ago.     

Rudyard Kipling

Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.     

Abraham Lincoln

Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.     

George Bernard Shaw

Let freedom reign. The sun never set on so glorious a human achievement.     

Nelson Mandela

Humanity has won its battle. Liberty now has a country.     

Marquis de Lafayette

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

The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.     

Albert Camus

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

Thomas Paine

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

Life without liberty is like a body without spirit.     

Khalil Gibran

Freedom is never given; it is won.     

A. Philip Randolph

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

Let freedom never perish in your hands.     

Joseph Addison

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 must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.     

William Faulkner

Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.     

Benjamin Franklin

Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.     

Thomas Jefferson

All we have of freedom, all we use or know - This our fathers bought for us long and long ago     

Rudyard Kipling

As eagles soar, freedom more, life be free for all.     

Roger W Hancock

Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.     

Martin Luther King Jr.

You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.     

Malcolm X

Freedom is the sure possession of those alone who have the courage to defend it.     


Liberty is always dangerous, but it is the safest thing we have.     

Harry Emerson Fosdick

Liberty is the breath of life to nations.     

George Bernard Shaw

In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.     

Franklin D. Roosevelt

This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.     

Elmer Davis

Liberty is maintained by responsible freedom.     

Roger W Hancock

Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.     

Albert Camus

God give us peace without peace we are without freedom.     

Ellen J. Barrier

Liberty, taking the word in its concrete sense, consists in the ability to choose.     

Simone Weil

If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.     

George Orwell

Everyone has a dream sensing liberation. Even the strictest dictator would want freedom.     

Fedeline Wiarta

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

Brigham Young

Using freedom to excuse foolishness is the highest form of ignorance. Remember, people died for those rights.     

Jason Bacchetta

Better to starve free than be a fat slave     


It will be celebrated by succeeding generations s the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other from this time forward forevermore.     

John Adams

Where liberty dwells there is my country.     

Benjamin Franklin

But July 4, 1991 must also be something more: For all Americans, it must be a day of reflection and rededication.     

George H. W. Bush

All men are by nature equally free and independent and have certain inherent rights...namely the enjoyment of life and liberty...and pursuing and obtaining happiness.     

Thomas Jefferson

The declaration of Independence declares the right of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The catch is that it doesn't give you the chance to catch up with happiness     

Nathan Hare Jr.

Wherever they are on Independence Day, Americans remember how the United States of America began, They talk about how it feels to be an American.     

Marc Tyler Nobleman

It is a day to feel patriotic or proud of your country. People celebrate in many ways!     

Molly Aloian

In the late 1700s, several governors of states recommended celebrating the independence of the United States.     

Molly Aloian

Soldiers fired cannons on Independence Day to remind people of the war.     

Molly Aloian

Your Independence Day is the start of a new chapter in your life, which gives you an opportunity to decide who you are going to serve. you can be self-serving, you can serve others, or you can serve the One who created you.     

Michael DiMarco

People use holidays' references to historical events to struggle for their specific version of collective memory.     

Karen Gammergaard

The principal events in most countries are the religious holidays, and historically the movements of the sun and moon have determined the dates and times of religious prayers and celebrations.     

The 1990 World Calendar

We get creative with public holidays— we clump them together as much as we can to get a string of little breaks.     

William McInnes

Holidays are special times of the year for celebration, commemoration, contemplation, and remembrance.     

Richard T. Stanley

As a whole, America's favorite holidays work to make our lives more meaningful, more enjoyable, and help to instill in each of us a sense of purpose.     

Richard T. Stanley

If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.     

George Washington

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

Liberties aren't given, they are taken.     

Aldous Huxley

I never said, 'I want to be alone.' I only said, 'I want to be let alone!' There is all the difference.     

Greta Garbo

Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.     

Napoleon Bonaparte

Independence means.. enjoying freedom and empowering others too to let them do so.     


it strikes me that the spirit of the Fourth, this year, was used up by September's end and fell like an early leaf.     

William H. Gass

We celebrate Independence Day in our country to remind us, that our country and its freedom is the result of sweat, patience, persistence, and sacrifice of those with the courage to dream freedom and make it a reality for their future generations.     

Mohith Agadi

It will be celebrated with pomp and parade, bonfires. and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other.     

John Adams

The flag is the embodiment, not of sentiment, but of history.     

Woodrow T. Wilson

Independence Day,' ever since we did it, there's been enormous pressure to follow it up.     

Dean Devlin

And I'm proud to be an American, where at least I know I'm free. And I won't forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.     

Lee Greenwood

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.     

Abraham Lincoln