130 Declaration Of Independence Quotes To Inspire You

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The Most Famous Declaration Of Independence Quotes (Best in 2024)

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In 1776, the Americans laid before Europe that noble Declaration, which ought to be hung up in the nursery of every king, and blazoned on the porch of every royal palace. — Henry Thomas Buckle

The Declaration of Independence I always considered as a theatrical show. Jefferson ran away with all the stage effect of that... and all the glory of it. — John Adams

If the American Revolution had produced nothing but the Declaration of Independence, it would have been worthwhile. — Samuel Eliot Morison

I have never had a feeling politically that did not spring from the sentiments embodied in the Declaration of Independence. — Abraham Lincoln

Its Constitution--the glittering and sounding generalities of natural right which make up the Declaration of Independence. — Rufus Choate

Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof. — Bible

The founding document of the United States of America acknowledges the Lordship of Jesus Christ because we are a Christian nation. — Pat Robertson

Independence, the freedom of a self-governing nation, is in my estimation the highest political good, for which any disadvantage, if need be, and any sacrifice are a cheap price. — Enoch Powell

No other date on the calendar more potently symbolizes all that our nation stands for than the Fourth of July. — Mac Thornberry

Before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth, we were here. Before the pen of Jefferson etched across the pages of history the majestic words of the Declaration of Independence, we were here. — Martin Luther King, Jr.

Short Declaration Of Independence Quotes

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  • We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal. — Elizabeth Cady Stanton
  • July 4th ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance by solemn acts of devotion. — John Adams
  • I'm here to declare myself an independent candidate for president of the United States. — Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
  • I'm going to steal the Declaration of Independence. — Nicolas Cage
  • Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed — Walter E. Williams
  • All Americans mourn the passing of the author of the Declaration of Independence, George Jefferson. — Andy Borowitz
  • Do not destroy that immortal emblem of humanity, the Declaration of Independence. — Abraham Lincoln
  • Nature has never read the Declaration of Independence. It continues to make us unequal. — Will Durant
  • Irreverence is a declaration of independence. — Barbara Sher
  • I have the right to life, liberty and chicken wings. — Mindy Kaling
Declaration of independence quote To admit you were wrong is to declare you are wiser now than before.
To admit you were wrong is to declare you are wiser now than before.

Founding Fathers Declaration Of Independence Quotes

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If our Founding Fathers wanted us to care about the rest of the world, they wouldn't have declared their independence from it. — Stephen Colbert

The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity — John Adams

The Declaration of Independence laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity. — John Adams

Declaration of independence quote Many life's longest mile is the stretch from dependence to independence
Many life's longest mile is the stretch from dependence to independence

If we are negative by nature, we Americans are more human than most. The Founding Fathers loved going negative. Heck, the Declaration of Independence is one long negative ad. — Paul Begala

The Declaration of Independence is the all-time masterpiece of ideological simplification. There in a single sentence of self-evident truth, the founding Fathers put into clear, easily understandable focus, the broad basis of man's relationship to God, to government, and to his fellow man. — Clarence Manion

American Declaration Of Independence Quotes

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The important consequences to the American States from this Declaration of Independence, considered as the ground and foundation of a future government, naturally suggest the propriety of proclaiming it in such a manner as that the people may be universally informed of it. — John Hancock

Take the American declaration of Independence. It contains no mention of territorial limits. We are not obliged to fix the limits of the State. — Moshe Dayan

I play a curator, the most American part you can think of. My work is to protect the Declaration of Independence. I work at the National Archives in Washington. — Diane Kruger

Declaration of independence quote Declarations of high confidence mainly tell you that an idividual has construced
Declarations of high confidence mainly tell you that an idividual has construced a coherent story in his mind, not necessarily that the story is true.

The basic human rights documents-the American Declaration of Independence and the French Declaration of the Rights of Man-were written by political, not by religious, leaders. — Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.

Those men who laid the foundation of this American government and signed he Declaration of Independence were the best spirits the God of heaven could find on the face of the earth. They were choice spirits . . . noble spirits before God. — Wilford Woodruff

Tens of thousands of brave Americans died to break the chains of British tyranny so that the principles of our Declaration of Independence could take fold and flourish in the birth of a new nation. — Jim Gerlach

Declaration of independence quote A free people ought not only be armed and disciplined, but they should have suff
A free people ought not only be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them. Which would include their own government.

A reading of the Declaration of Independence on the steps of a building is widely covered. The events that started the American Revolution were the meetings in homes, pubs, on street corners. — Harvey Milk

Not far from here where we gather today is a symbol of freedom familiar to all Americans -- the Liberty Bell. When the Declaration of Independence was first read in public, the Liberty Bell was sounded in celebration, and a witness said: "It rang as if it meant something." — George W. Bush

Our government leaders... have made many mistakes in the past when they have lost sight of the sacred American values rooted in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. We are at the brink of even graver mistakes and assaults on these values. — Samuel Dash

In the over two centuries since the signing of the Declaration of Independence, millions of Americans have bravely served our nation in uniform so that all generations can continue to enjoy those same liberties. — Doc Hastings

American Independence Quotes

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We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it. — William Faulkner

Of the people, by the people, for the people. — Sun Yat-sen

Those of us who shout the loudest about Americanism, are all too frequently those who . . . ignore some of the basic principles of Americanism-the right to criticize, the right to hold unpopular beliefs, the right to protest, the right of independent thought. — Margaret Chase Smith

American style is about confidence, independence, diversity and free expression. — Tommy Hilfiger

America... goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. — John Quincy Adams

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. — Ronald Reagan

The Europeans and Americans residing in the town of Zanzibar are either Government officials, independent merchants, or agents for a few great mercantile houses in Europe and America. — Henry Morton Stanley

The right to criticize: the right to hold unpopular beliefs; the right to protest; the right of independent thought. The exercise of these rights should not cost one single American citizen his reputation or his right to a livelihood... Otherwise none of us could call our souls our own. — Margaret Chase Smith

First, I think more Americans need to declare their independence from partisan politics on both sides. The more that Americans declare their independence, the more the parties will have to compete for their votes using reason rather than the hateful appeals. — John Avlon

It is when a people forget God, that tyrants forge their chains. — Patrick Henry

July 4th 1776 Quotes

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O, beautiful for spacious skies, For amber waves of grain, For purple mountain majesties, Above the fruited plain. — Katharine Lee Bates

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

America! America! God shed His grace on thee And crown thy good with brotherhood From sea to shinning sea! — Katharine Lee Bates

Let freedom never perish in your hands. — Joseph Addison

So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. — Martin Luther King, Jr.

America! America! God shed His grace on thee. — Katharine Lee Bates

We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honour. — Thomas Jefferson

Land where my fathers died, Land of the pilgrims' pride, From every mountainside Let freedom ring! — Samuel Francis Smith

We need an America with the wisdom of experience. But we must not let America grow old in spirit. — Hubert H. Humphrey

Would the honest patriot, in the full tide of successful experiment, abandon a government which has so far kept us free and firm on the theoretic and visionary fear that this Government, the world's best hope, may by possibility want energy to preserve itself? I trust not. — Thomas Jefferson

American Independence Day Quotes

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It is the love of country that has lighted and that keeps glowing the holy fire of patriotism. — J. Horace McFarland

The American dream is not that every man must be level with every other man. The American dream is that every man must be free to become whatever God intends he should become. — Ronald Reagan

A thoughtful mind, when it sees a nation's flag, sees not the flag, but the nation itself. — Henry Ward Beecher

Every year thousands of Americans mistakenly refer to Cinco de Mayo as Mexico's Independence Day. — Joe Baca

Happy white peoples independence day the slaves weren't free but I'm sure they enjoyed fireworks. — Chris Rock

The way to secure liberty is to place it in the people's hands, that is, to give them the power at all times to defend it in the legislature and in the courts of justice. — John Adams

I'm proud to be an American, where at least I know I'm free. — Lee Greenwood

Only in America can someone start with nothing and achieve the American Dream. That's the greatness of this country. — Rafael Cruz

The winds that blow through the wide sky in these mounts, the winds that sweep from Canada to Mexico, from the Pacific to the Atlantic - have always blown on free men. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

Men love their country, not because it is great, but because it is their own. — Seneca

Us Independence Day Quotes

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The essence of America - that which really unites us - is not ethnicity, or nationality or religion - it is an idea - and what an idea it is: That you can come from humble circumstances and do great things. — Condoleezza Rice

I feel ashamed that so many of us cannot imagine a better way to do things than locking children up all day in cells instead of letting them grow up knowing their families, mingling with the world, assuming real obligations, striving to be independent and self-reliant and free. — John Taylor Gatto

We owe a lot to the Indians, who taught us how to count, without which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made. — Albert Einstein

Today 25 million Texans can celebrate our liberty, and honor the founding generation of Texans who secured it for us. Happy Texas Independence Day, and God Bless Texas. — John Cornyn

The Fourth of July-memorable in the history of our nation as the great day of independence to its countrymen-had no claim upon our sympathies. They made a flag and threw it to the heavens and bid it float forever; but every star in it was against us. — Henry McNeal Turner

India was the motherland of our race and Samskrit the mother of Europe 's languages...Mother India is in many ways the mother of us all. — Will Durant

The people "have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge- I mean of the character and conduct of their rulers." — John Adams

Dean [Devlin, Emmerich's partner on "Independence Day"] and I always said that we'd only do it when we had a really good story that excites us both, and we have the story written. And we've had it for a year and a half, two years. So we've been ready. — Roland Emmerich

The individual writer is a lonely figure in the wilderness of agents, editors, chain bookstores, and dwindling numbers of independents. The stronger MWA can be, the better it can serve us, and the more respect it can bring to bear in dealing with the problems most of us face every day. — Charles Todd

Our day of dependence, our long apprenticeship to the learning of other lands, draws to a close. The millions, that around us arerushing into life, cannot always be fed on the sere remains of foreign harvests. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

American Revolution Quotes

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The end of democracy and the defeat of the American Revolution will occur when government falls into the hands of lending institutions and moneyed incorporations. — Thomas Jefferson

Revolution is a serious thing, the most serious thing about a revolutionarys life. When one commits oneself to the struggle, it must be for a lifetime. — Angela Davis

Proceed, great chief, with virtue on thy sideThy every action let the goddess guide. — Phillis Wheatley

I am determined to defend my rights and maintain my freedom or sell my life in the attempt. — Nathanael Greene

The die is now cast; the colonies must either submit or triumph.... we must not retreat. — George III

Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God and nature. — Benjamin Franklin

With regard to military discipline, I may safely say that no such thing existed in the Continental Army. — Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben

Our countrymen have all the folly of the ass and all the passiveness of the sheep. — Alexander Hamilton

You must not deprive the colonies of their right to make laws for themselves. Parliament should only make laws necessary for the empire as a whole. — Thomas Hutchinson

The John Birch Society is Communism's greatest ally. With its help we will divide and confuse the American people until they have lost faith in their Government, their nation has ceased to be a major world power, and their country is ripe for revolution. — Nikita Khrushchev

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In the United States, the Constitution is a health chart left by the Founding Fathers which shows whether or not the body politic is in good health. If the national body is found to be in poor health, the Founding Fathers also left a prescription for the restoration of health called the Declaration of Independence. — Dick Gregory

That these united colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent states; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British crown; and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved. — Richard Henry Lee

If the words 'life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness' don't include the right to experiment with your own consciousness, then the Declaration of Independence isn't worth the hemp it was written on. — Terence McKenna

Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends [life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness] it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government. — Thomas Jefferson

Permit me then to recommend from the sincerity of my heart, ready at all times to bleed in my country's cause, a Declaration of Independence, and call upon the world and the Great God who governs it to witness the necessity, propriety and rectitude thereof. — Nathanael Greene

There are flash points between China and the U.S.. America’s treaty with Taiwan states that if the Chinese invade what they regard as their 23rd province, America will go to war. A red line for China, which could spark an invasion, is formal recognition of Taiwan by the U.S., or a declaration of independence by Taiwan. However, there’s no sign of either on the horizon. — Tim Marshall

Nothing is more disgusting than the crowing about liberty by slaves, as most men are, and the flippant mistaking for freedom of some paper preamble like a Declaration of Independence, or the statute right to vote, by those who have never dared to think or to act. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Let women issue a declaration of independence sexually, and absolutely refuse to cohabit with men until they are acknowledged as equals in everything, and the victory would be won in a single week. — Victoria Woodhull

However, if Taiwan declares full independence from China, which China would consider an act of war, the U.S. is not to come to its rescue, as this would be considered provocative. — Tim Marshall

The right of parents to direct the upbringing of their children is among the unalienable rights with which the Declaration of Independence proclaims 'all Men are endowed by their Creator.' — Antonin Scalia

Only the great generalizations survive. The sharp words of the Declaration of Independence, lampooned then and since as 'glittering generalities,' have turned out blazing ubiquities that will burn forever and ever. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

In the Steven F. Austin Colony, which was the first colony, Texans first established a provisional government in 1835 with the intention of writing a declaration of independence soon after. — Michael McCaul

The number one reason why marijuana is illegal is because the Pharma Cartel does not want you to grow your own medicine. The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper. The first car ever made ran on hemp oil. Hemp seeds are also the healthiest food on the planet with the highest protein content out of any plant. — Joe Rogan

In the United States today, the Declaration of Independence hangs on schoolroom walls, but foreign policy follows Machiavelli. — Howard Zinn

The flag of the United States has not been created by rhetorical sentences in declarations of independence and in bills of rights. It has been created by the experience of a great people, and nothing is written upon it that has not been written by their life. It is the embodiment, not of a sentiment, but of a history. — Woodrow Wilson

By the Declaration of Independence, dreaded by the foes an for a time doubtfully viewed by many of the friends of America, everything stood on a new and more respectable footing, both with regard to the operations of war or negotiations with foreign powers. — Mercy Otis Warren

When the happy era shall arrive for the emancipation of nations, hastened on as it will be by the example of America, shall they not resort to the Declaration of our Independence as the charter of their rights, and will not its author be hailed as the benefactor of the redeemed? — John Tyler

If all men are created equal, that is final. If they are endowed with inalienable rights, that is final. If governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, that is final. No advance, no progress can be made beyond these propositions. — Calvin Coolidge

It's no accident that my first novel was called Americana. This was a private declaration of independence, a statement of my intention to use the whole picture, the whole culture. — Don Delillo

I have never had a feeling, politically, that did not spring from the Declaration of Independence that all should have an equal chance. This is the sentiment embodied in the Declaration of Independence, I would rather be assassinated on this spot than surrender it. — Abraham Lincoln

The Declaration of Independence dogmatically bases all rights on the fact that God created all men equal; and it is right; for if they were not created equal, they were certainly evolved unequal. There is no basis for democracy except in a dogma about the divine origin of man. — Gilbert K. Chesterton

The Declaration of Independence is so lucid were afraid of it today. It scares the hell out of every modern bureaucrat, because it tells them there comes a time when we must stop taking orders. — Karl Hess

The Declaration of Independence, the words that launched our nation -- 1,300 words. The Bible, the word of God -- 773,000 words. The Tax Code, the words of politicians -- 7,000,000 words -- and growing! — Steve Forbes

The founding of our Nation was more than a political event; it was an act of faith, a promise to Americans and to the entire world. The Declaration of Independence declared that people can govern themselves, that they can live in freedom with equal rights, that they can respect the rights of others. — Jimmy Carter

And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor. — Thomas Jefferson

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