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40 4th of July Quotes to Help You Celebrate Independence Day

These 4th of July quotes will have you feeling red, white, and blue.

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Can you hear a sound in the distance? Could it be a 4th of July quote, or does it sound like… freedom? That’s the sound Americans hear ringing from every mountainside around the Fourth of July! That’s right, it’s time to honor 4th of July history and get your patriotism on. These 4th of July quotes will definitely get you in the mood for independence. When it comes to celebrating America’s birthday, there’s nothing like eating some delicious 4th of July appetizers, playing some 4th of July games, and settling in to ooh and aah over some 4th of July fireworks to get us feeling the Stars and Stripes. We love to immortalize the moment on social media with a perfectly patriotic picture and some 4th of July captions, too. However you celebrate Independence Day, it’s important to get in the red, white, and blue mindset, and these 4th of July quotes will help you appreciate your country and your cookout all the more. 

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Patriotism is voluntary

“Patriotism comes from the heart. Patriotism is voluntary… A patriot shows their patriotism through their actions, by their choice.”—Jesse Ventura, former Governor of Minnesota

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What the Stars and Stripes means

“The flag represents all the values and liberties Americans have and enjoy every day.”—Bill Shuster, former U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania

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It takes all of us

“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.”—Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States

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Blessings and duties

“We identify the flag with almost everything we hold dear on earth, peace, security, liberty, our family, our friends, our home… But when we look at our flag and behold it emblazoned with all our rights we must remember that it is equally a symbol of our duties. Every glory that we associate with it is the result of duty done.”—Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the United States

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Freedom to err

“Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.”—Mahatma Gandhi, social activist

Lupita Nyong'o quote on redrd.com

America was built on these

“Dreams are the foundation of America.”—Lupita Nyong’o, Kenyan-Mexican actress

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Pomp and circumstance

“The red and white and starry blue is freedom’s shield and hope.”—John Philip Sousa, American composer

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The open window

“Freedom is the open window through which pours the sunlight of the human spirit and human dignity.”—Herbert Hoover, 31st President of the United States

Malcolm Forbes quote on bluerd.com

On diversity

“Diversity: the art of thinking independently, together.”—Malcolm Forbes, American publisher

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Take the bold road

“Freedom lies in being bold.”—Robert Frost, American poet

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Red, white, and opportunity

“America is another name for opportunity.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson, American writer and Transcendentalist

Aung San Suu Kyi quote on redrd.com

True freedom

“The only real prison is fear, and the only real freedom is freedom from fear.”—Aung San Suu Kyi, former Democratic leader of Myanmar

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Together is stronger

“The most fatal thing a man can do is try to stand alone.”—Carson McCullers, American writer

Rosa Parks quote on redrd.com

Sit in the front

“I’d like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free and wanted other people to be also free.”—Rosa Parks, civil rights pioneer

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Strong people = strong government

“Vigor of government is essential to the security of liberty.”—Alexander Hamilton, Founding Father

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The chance to dream

“Freedom means the opportunity to be what we never thought we would be.”—Daniel J. Boorstin, American historian

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Patriotism is fighting for justice

“True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else.”—Clarence Darrow, American lawyer

Nelson Mandela quote on redrd.com

Freedom means everyone

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”—Nelson Mandela, anti-apartheid revolutionary

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The union makes us strong

“My favorite thing about the United States? Lots of Americans, one America.”—Val Saintsbury, nurse

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Freedom to innovate

“Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.”—Albert Einstein, physicist

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Togetherness > fireworks

“What was important wasn’t the fireworks, it was that we were together this evening, together in this place, looking up into the sky at the same time.”—Banana Yoshimoto, Japanese writer

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Freedom to be fringe

“My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular.”—Adlai Stevenson II, former governor of Illinois

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The unlikely story

“In the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope.”—Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States

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Independence day for all

“We will never have true civilization until we have learned to recognize the rights of others.”—Will Rogers, Native American actor and writer

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Knowledge = freedom

“The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.”—James Madison, 4th President of the United States

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All for one and one for all

“Because equal rights, fair play, justice, are all like the air: we all have it, or none of us has it. That is the truth of it.”—Maya Angelou, American writer and civil rights activist

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Morals of freedom

“True independence and freedom can only exist in doing what’s right.”—Brigham Young, American religious leader

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The history contained therein

“The flag is the embodiment, not of sentiment, but of history.”—Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the United States

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Ours to shape

“Where you see wrong or inequality or injustice, speak out, because this is your country. This is your democracy. Make it. Protect it. Pass it on.” —Thurgood Marshall, Supreme Court Justice and civil rights activist

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With great power…

“With freedom comes responsibility.”—Eleanor Roosevelt, former First Lady and human rights activist

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A celebratory 4th of July quote

“It will be celebrated with pomp and parade, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other.”—John Adams, 2nd President of the United States

Theodore Roosevelt quote on redrd.com

America the beautiful

“Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.”—Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States

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The melting pot

“When you get to know a lot of people, you make a great discovery… It takes all the people—black and white, Catholic, Jewish and Protestant, recent immigrants and Mayflower descendants—to make up America.”—Judy Garland, American actress and singer

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Freedom of mind

“I know but one freedom and that is the freedom of the mind.”—Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, French writer

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As for one, for all

“The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.”—John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 35th President of the United States

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg quote on redrd.com

The welcoming land

“America is known as a country that welcomes people to its shores. All kinds of people.”—Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court Justice

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The function of freedom

“The function of freedom is to free someone else.”—Toni Morrison, American writer

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Come from away

“Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.”—Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States

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United we stand

“Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all! By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall.”—John Dickinson, Founding Father

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Happy 4th of July!

“Intellectually I know that America is no better than any other country; emotionally I know she is better than every other country.”—Sinclair Lewis, American writer

There’s nothing like a good 4th of July quote to get that independence flowing!

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