Here in North America, as we celebrate Canada Day (July 1) and Independence Day (July 4), we share words/voices about freedom and peace from a handful of the great thinkers of recent history.—Editors.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
The Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776
“In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt
“This, then, is the state of the union: free and restless, growing and full of hope. So it was in the beginning. So it shall always be, while God is willing, and we are strong enough to keep the faith.”
Lyndon B. Johnson
“Those who won our independence” “believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty.”
Louis D. Brandeis
“I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, or free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind.”
John G. Diefenbaker
“Where liberty dwells, there is my country.”
“Freedom is the oxygen of the soul.”
“It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you.”
Author unknown, sometimes attributed to M. Grundler
“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.”
“Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed—else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.”
Dwight D. Eisenhower
“The day the power of love overrules the love of power, the world will know peace.”
“Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all! By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall.”
“In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
“There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America.”
“So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire.
Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York.
Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania.
Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado.
Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California.
But not only that. Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.
Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee.
Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi.
From every mountainside, let freedom ring.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.”
“The American flag is the most recognized symbol of freedom and democracy in the world.”
“At all times, day by day, we have to continue fighting for freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom from want; for these are things that must be gained in peace as well as in war.”
“Until economic freedom is attained for everybody, there can be no real freedom for anybody.”
Suzanne La Follette