Soul Food for Friday: Continuing the Celebration of America’s Freedom

4th of July has come and gone, but we continue to celebrate our nation’s freedom with this week’s Soul Food for Friday and some great quotes about America.

“The saving grace of America lies in the fact that the overwhelming majority of Americans are possessed of two great qualities — a sense of humor and a sense of proportion.” — Franklin Delano Roosevelt

“What’s right with America is a willingness to discuss what’s wrong with America.” — Harry C. Bauer

“The real beauty of democracy is that the average man believes he is above average.” — Morrie Brickman

“America must always try to improve the world. She fights, if fight she must, for liberty and a more just society, for peace. ‘Making the world safe for democracy’ was not merely a catch phrase, an empty slogan; it’s the very soul of America, the force of America.” — Luigia Barzini

“It is the duty of nations as well as of men to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.” — Abraham Lincoln

“It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.” — George Washington

“America is another name for opportunity.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Americans are optimists. The hope they’ll be wealthy someday — and they’re positive they can get one more brushful of paint out of an empty can.” — Ben Williams

“It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you.” — Dick Cheney

“A nation which does not remember what it was yesterday, does not know what it is today, nor what it is trying to do. We are trying to do a futile thing if we do not know where we came from or what we have been about.” — Woodrow Wilson

“Being an American is not a matter of birth. We must practice it every day, lest we become something else.” — Malcolm Wallop

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” — Declaration of Independence

“A free people remain free only so long as the citizens exercise responsibilities one to another and to their government.” — Robert W. Miller

“Anything that keeps a politician humble is healthy for democracy.” — Michael Kinsley

“The happiness of society is the end of government.” — John Adams

“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. Every child must be taught these principles. Every citizen must uphold them. And every immigrant, by embracing these ideals, makes our country more, not less, American.” — George W. Bush

“Patriotism is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, bu the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.” — Adlai Stevenson

“What I learned on the road. Above all else — to love my native land.” — Charles Kuralt

“I realized early on that the strength of this nation came from the hearts and heads and outstretched hands of the people.” — Rod McKuen

“We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” — The Constitution of the United States of America

“America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense, it is the other way around. Human rights invented America.” — Jimmy Carter

“Our government is a gift from God, who calls us to be good stewards of it.” — John M. Shimkus

“When we as a nation, strive in vain to preserve the beauty of our national life, forgetting our biblical roots, we are doomed.” — Richard Halverson

“If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a Nation gone under.” — Ronald Reagan

“We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We have stated the future upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to sustain ourselves, according to the Ten Commandments.” — James Madison

And my favorite quote for America …

“And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.” — John F. Kennedy

What inspires you to continue the celebration of America this day?


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