25 historical quotes about the Declaration of Independence, July 4th and America

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July 4, 1776, stands in the nation's collective memory as the day America declared her independence from Great Britain during the American Revolution, more than a year after the events at Lexington and Concord, the Battle of Bunker Hill and Washington's appointment as commander-in-chief of the Continental forces.

Whether the country should celebrate on July 2, when the Continental Congress approved a resolution for independence; July 4, when the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress; or August 2, when most delegates are believed to have signed the document, is irrelevant when it comes to celebrating the beliefs in the rights of man advanced by the declaration and the government that eventually grew from it.

Here's a look at some quotes pertaining to this critical time in America's history, from those who helped lay the groundwork for the penning of the Declaration of Independence to those who helped write the historic document and those impacted by it years after the fact.
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American Fork, UT

There are some great quotes here. Nothing about the ever present holiday mattress sale though. Just kidding. Happy birthday, America.

Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

I enjoyed all of these quotes. I am also reminded of Edmund Burke's warning that the King needed to reconcile with the Colonies in America or lose them forever. His warning that England's policy toward America was foolish was widely criticized to which he replied - “Magnanimity in politics is not seldom the truest wisdom; and a great empire and little minds go ill together.”

Moses Lake, WA

I loved all of these quotes. I wonder what each of those patriots would say or do if they were here today and saw how the country is and what they would say to our politicians. It is sad and frighting that we don't have political leaders Republican or Democrat,or a people that have the passion or the heart for independence and freedom that the leaders of the revolution had. Today we trip all over political correctness and allow the country slide into self destruction.

New Berlin, WI

I would like the option of listing in one file all the individual items you provide in your frequent long lists that require looking at individually one by one . I like to study them by printing them out.

I know it. I Live it. I Love it.
Provo, UT

Here's another quote:

"You seem... to consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions; a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy. Our judges are as honest as other men, and not more so. They have, with others, the same passions for party, for power, and the privilege of their corps... Their power is the more dangerous as they are in office for life, and not responsible, as the other functionaries are, to the elective control. The Constitution has erected no such single tribunal, knowing that to whatever hands confided, with the corruptions of time and party, its members would become despots. It has more wisely made all the departments co-equal and co-sovereign within themselves."

Thomas Jefferson, in 1820

The states are no longer free nor independent as long as we abide the opinions of a judicial oligarchy. We are a nation founded on self-governance and rights derived from our creator, not the government. To that end, I will not abide it. I will never recognize or perform any act which requires my endorsement of SSM.

Salt Lake City, UT

Of interest is that John Adams was referring celebrations for July 2. That is when it was approved. The signing began on July 4. Most of the delegates signed it that day, but it took about two months to get the rest of the signatures on it.

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