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Published Thursday, July 04, 2013 @ 8:50 AM EDT
Jul 04 2013

America does not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own.
-John Quincy Adams

Free elections, a free press and an independent judiciary mean little when the free market means they are on sale to the highest bidder.
-Arundhati Roy

I know of no country in which there is so little independence of mind and real freedom of discussion as in America.
-Alexis de Tocqueville

If our Founding Fathers wanted us to care about the rest of the world, they wouldn't have declared their independence from it.
-Stephen Colbert

If the American Revolution had produced nothing but the Declaration of Independence, it would have been worthwhile.
-Samuel Eliot Morison

Independence is my happiness, and I view things as they are, without regard to place or person; my country is the world, and my religion is to do good.
-Thomas Paine

It's all there in the Declaration of Independence. We are the only nation in the world based on happiness.
-P.J. O'Rourke

One of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in their struggle for independence.
-Charles Austin Beard

The country was in peril; he was jeopardizing his traditional rights of freedom and independence by daring to exercise them.
-Joseph Heller

The most unpardonable sin in society is independence of thought.
-Emma Goldman

There are twenty-seven specific complaints against the British Crown set forth in the Declaration of Independence. To modern ears they still sound reasonable...in large part, because so many of them can be leveled against the federal government of the United States.
-P.J. O'Rourke

Those of us who shout the loudest about Americanism in making character assassinations are all too frequently those who, by our own words and acts ignore some of the basic principles of Americanism-
The right to criticise.
The right to hold unpopular beliefs.
The right to protest.
The right of independent thought.
-Margaret Chase Smith

For years I've nursed a secret desire to spend the Fourth of July in a double hammock with a swingin' redheaded broad... but I could never find me a double hammock.
-Frank Sinatra

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