America celebrates its 239th birthday on the Fourth of July.
Many of us will mark the day with flags and fireworks, at picnics and parades. It’s a wonderful time to share our love of America with friends and family members.
If it’s no trouble, we’d like to invite 15 people to be a part of your red, white and blue festivities. They won’t be eating; in fact, they’ll be there only in spirit and word.
Here are 15 quotations – some lofty, some light – about America, its greatness, and the ideals for which it stands.
“Let us at all times remember that all American citizens are brothers of a common country, and should dwell together in the bonds of fraternal feeling.”
“America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.”
--Harry S Truman
“The greatness of America lies not in being more enlightened than any other nation, but rather in her ability to repair her faults.”
--Alexis de Tocqueville
“Suffrage is the pivotal right.”
--Susan B. Anthony
“If we love our country, we should also love our countrymen.”
“If I have to lay an egg for my country, I’ll do it.”
“We’ll try to cooperate fully with the IRS, because, as citizens, we feel a strong patriotic duty not to go to jail.”
“Loyalty to the country always. Loyalty to the government when it deserves it.”
“The cement of this union is the heart-blood of every American.”
“I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.”
“Our obligations to our country never cease but with our lives.”
“This country will not be a good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a good place for all of us to live in.”
“And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”
--John F. Kennedy
“Where liberty dwells, there is my country.”
“My favorite thing about the United States? Lots of Americans, one America.”
Sources: brainyquote.com, addictinginfo.org, bustle.com, quotegarden.com, abrahamlincolnonline.com, legendsofamerica.com, goodreads.com