America: Words to Celebrate Our Nation’s Founding and Future

Ask me the word I use to summarize what it means to be an American, and that word is: Freedom. Give me two words and it’s “Freedom for”. Often lost in confusion because too often it is defined as ‘freedom from.” Enjoy the following quotes about America: our past, our present and our future life of freedom.

“Let independence be our boast, ever mindful what it cost; ever grateful for the prize.” — Joseph Hopkinson

“The Declaration of Independence states the the Creator gave man the right to liberty. It seems man can realize that liberty only if he does not forget the One who endowed him with it.” — Vaclav Havel

“Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.” — George Washington

“We pick politicians by how they look on TV and Miss America on where she stands on the issues. Isn’t that a little backwards?” — Jay Leno

“Every generation of Americans needs to know that freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought.” — Pope John Paul II

“America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.” — Alexis de Tocqueville

“Democracy’s real test lies in its respect for minority opinion.” — Ellery Sedgwick

“America is not just a country. It’s an idea.” — Bono

“Democracy is the government of the people, by the people, for the people.” — Abraham Lincoln

What is the essence of America? Finding and maintaining the perfect, delicate balance between freedom ‘to’ and freedom ‘from’.” — Marily vos Savant

“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” — Elmer Davis

“Anyone who believes the competitive spirit in America is dead has never been in a supermarket when the cashier opens another checkout line.” — Ann Landers

“Patriotism is easy to understand in America; it means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country.” — Calvin Coolidge

“Whoever wants to understand the heart and mind of America better learn baseball.” — Jacques Barzan

“I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!” — Patrick Henry

“America is so vast that almost everything said about it likely to be true, and the opposite is probably equally true.” — James T. Farrell

“In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, brave, hated, and scorned. When his cause succeeds however, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.” — Mark Twain

“Be Americans. Let there be no sectionalism, no North, South, East or West. You are all dependent on one another and should be one in union. In one word, be a nation. Be Americans, and be true to yourselves.” — George Washington

“The United States has not the option as to whether it will or it will not play a great part in the world. It must play a great part. All that it can decide is whether it will play that part well or badly.” — Theodore Roosevelt

“God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God?” — Thomas Jefferson

“There are some who’ve forgotten why we have a military. It’s not to promote war. It’s to be prepared for peace. There’s a sign over the entrance to the Fairchild Air Force Base in Washington state, and that sign says it all: ‘Peace is our profession’.” — Ronald Reagan

“This nation was created by a breed of people who practiced what I call the five G’s — grit, gumption, guts, grace and God. It can be maintained only by the same kind of people.” — Norman Vincent Peale

“We have to start thinking of America as a family. We have to stop screeching screeching at each other, stop hurting each other, and instead start caring for, sacrificing for and sharing with each other … We cannot move forward if cynics and critics swoop down and pick apart anything that goes wrong, to a point where we lose sight of what is right, decent and uniquely good about America.” — Colin Powell

“Help us, oh God, to remember that we are Americans. United not by race or religion or by blood, but to our commitment to freedom and justice for all. When we focus on ourselves, when we fight each other, when we forget you, forgive us.” — Rick Warren

What are your favorite quotes that describe America for you?

Most of all, God bless America. And by God’s grace, may we as Americans bless God with the freedom He gives!


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