Leave it to a United States President to craft a quote so appropriate for today’s holiday, Independence Day. While no president leaves his (or HER!) term(s) with an unscathed track record, many did leave us with some brilliant and inspirational quotes about justice, freedom, and liberty, which are important tenets to grasp onto during these tumultuous times.
“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
“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
“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
“Freedom has its life in the 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
“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
“Patriotism is easy to understand in America. It means looking out for yourself by looking out for you country.” -Calvin Coolidge