Happy 4th of July!
We must stop talking about the American dream and start listening to the dreams of the Americans.
Americans are far more remarkable than we give ourselves credit for. We’ve been so busy damning ourselves for years. We’ve done it all, and yet we don’t take credit for it.
America is a land where men govern, but women rule.
-John Mason Brown
You can always count on Americans to do the right thing – after they’ve tried everything else.
-Sir Winston Churchill
If you don’t know how great this country is, I know someone who does: Russia.
The trouble with this country is that there are too many people going about saying, The trouble with this country is…
Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half the time.
-E. B. White
It’s not the voting that’s democracy, it’s the counting.
Bravery is the capacity to perform properly even when scared half to death.
The ideology of capitalism makes us all into connoisseurs of liberty — of the indefinite expansion of possibility.
Celebrity is a mask that eats into the face. As soon as one is aware of being somebody, to be watched and listened to with extra interest, input ceases, and the performer goes blind and deaf in his overanimation. One can either see or be seen.
Increase of material comforts, it may be generally laid down, does not in any way whatsoever conduce to moral growth.
I believe everyody in the world should have guns. Citizens should have bazookas and rocket launchers too. I believe that all citizens should have their weapons of choice. However, I also believe that only I should have the ammunition. Because frankly, I wouldn’t trust the rest of the goobers with anything more dangerous than string.
Without moral and intellectual independence, there is no anchor for national independence.
The whole history of the world is summed up in the fact that, when nations are strong, they are not always just, and when they wish to be just, they are no longer strong.
-Sir Winston Churchill
We used to wonder where war lived, what it was that made it so vile. And now we realize that we know where it lives, that it is inside ourselves.
There hasn’t been peace on earth because people can’t seem to figure out that the real enemy is the people manipulating world events from behind the scenes for their own selfish interests.
I am glad my ancestors arrived on the Mayflower, but I am gladder that there are nine generations between us.
-William Lyon Phelps
Americans are benevolently ignorant about Canada, while Canadians are malevolently well informed about the United States.
-J. Bartlett Brebner
You’ve never lived until you’ve almost died, for those who fought for it, life has a flavor the protected will never know.
-Anon. from Viet Nam, 1968
Anyone who has ever looked into the glazed eyes of a soldier dying on the battlefield will think hard before starting a war.
-Otto von Bismarck
Where liberty is, there is my country.
You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism. ~Erma Bombeck
Have a safe and spirited Fourth of July!
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