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

Published: Friday, July 4 2014 8:50 a.m. MDT

Associated Press
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 a number of quotes pertaining to this critical time in America's history, from quotes by those who helped lay the groundwork for the penning of the Declaration of Independence, those who helped write the historic document and those impacted by it years after the fact.
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Hutterite
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.”

roberto
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.

Sharm
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.

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