Today is July 4, Independence Day in the United States. Celebrations in the U.S. generally include cookouts, games, music, and, of course, fireworks.
Regardless where you reside around the world, it is a reminder to celebrate freedom and opportunity.
The founders of America led with classic leadership traits: determination, perseverance and an unwavering commitment to ideals. Commitment to the cause meant risking everything. John Hancock reminded the group that they must all hang together. He was referring to the various states. Benjamin Franklin responded with one of his classic quotes: “We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.” Leadership, at that point, meant risking it all.
Here are some facts, quotes, and saying about freedom and liberty.
Fact: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on the same day: July 4, 1826
Fact: President James Monroe also died on July 4, though five years later.
Fact: July 4 did not become a paid federal holiday in the US until 1938.
“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
“The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time.” –Thomas Jefferson
“Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.” –Mahatma Gandhi
“We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.” –William Faulkner
“In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.” -Franklin D. Roosevelt