A resounding theme exists among men who rang the bell of freedom. From the 1700s to modern times, our most profound leaders have loudly proclaimed the requirements needed for freedom and liberty to flourish --- and why the price is high and worth the expense. Here are 10 powerful quotes from Americans who understood and valued freedom:
“Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become more corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.”
"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and will never be."
“Without virtue there can be no liberty.”
“The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful and virtuous.”
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”
"Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God and nature."
“A society that puts equality before freedom will get neither. A society that puts freedom before equality will get a high degree of both.”
"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it."
"I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!"
"Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty."
---John F. Kennedy