Independence Day is a time to reflect on the freedoms we have and the people who paved the way. Though many readers of Lead on Purpose reside outside the US, I hope you will also appreciate the great things that happened back in the late 1700s and the impact those men had on establishing freedoms enjoyed by many throughout the world today.
To celebrate I want to share some of my favorite quotes from the Founding Fathers of the United States of America:
“Be courteous to all, but intimate with a few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.”
“The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave.”
“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”
“Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
“The citizens of the U.S. are responsible for the greatest trust ever confided to a political society. We base all our experiments on the capacity of mankind for self-government.”
“If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.”
“A free people [claim] their rights as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate.”
“Give me liberty or give me death.”
“Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.”
“Well done is better than well said.”
Happy Independence Day!