July Fourth Quotes and Thoughts

Post by Doris McCraw

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Today is a National Holiday in the United States. I thought this time around I would let you read and hear what others have to say about our Holiday and Freedom.

Let’s begin with Home Free and their latest video.


This quote may be obvious, but how many of us think of July 4th this way?

The United States is the only country with a known birthday. ~James G. Blaine

Of course we all salute those who created this democracy and have kept it going. That means we can also salute ourselves. Every time we take part in the choices and governing of the country, we keep the idea of democracy alive. That means voting, engaging in discourse, but leaving anger and hate outside.

We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it. ~William Faulkner

Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it. ~Thomas Paine

Where liberty dwells, there is my country. ~Benjamin Franklin

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Mark Twain supplied an interesting piece. Written near the end of his life, it puts another face to what we call our country’s birthday. I’m sure not all will like it, but the wonderful thing about living here: we may not agree, but we cannot control another person’s thoughts, nor should we. We can only see where we need to improve by allowing all discourse. Was Twain being serious of just very cynical? I leave it to you to decide.

To-morrow is Hell-fire Day, that English holiday which we have celebrated, every Fourth of July, for a century and a quarter in fire, blood, tears, mutilation and death, repeating and repeating and forever repeating these absurdities because neither our historians nor our politicians nor our schoolmasters have wit enough to remind the public that the Fourth of July is not an American holiday. However, I doubt if there is a historian, a politician, or a schoolmaster in the country that has ever stopped to consider what the nationality of that day really is. I detest that English holiday with all my heart; not because it is English, and not because it is not American, but merely because this nation goes insane on that day, and by the help of noise and fire turns it into an odious pandemonium. The nation calls it by all sorts of affectionate pet names, but if I had the naming of it I would throw poetry aside and call it Hell’s Delight. ~Mark Twain, 1908


I will leave you with some additional words to challenge your thoughts.

Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better. ~Albert Camus

For what avail the plough or sail, or land or life, if freedom fail? ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Those who won our independence believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty. ~Louis D. Brandeis

Wishing everyone a wonderful July 4, filled with joy, peace and love wherever you live.

Of course I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you about my newly released story in the anthology “One Hot Knight” a collection of five Medieval Stories.

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17 thoughts on “July Fourth Quotes and Thoughts

  1. I agree with Mark Twain. At least this year I do. Our quiet beach city has a spectacular fireworks display that the city puts on, but it’s illegal for people to purchase fireworks for personal use. Last night, some stupid drunk 20-somethings let off a bunch of LOUD obviously very illegal fireworks. It scared the bejeezus out of me and even terrified poor Hana (normally she doesn’t get scared of fireworks anymore because she’s almost deaf). It sounded like they were blowing up my house! My neighbor went nuts (as he should!) and yelled that it’s illegal to have fireworks in Hermosa Beach. A yelling match ensued with my neighbor threatening to call the cops (as he should). Finally the kids went inside their house (was only 2 houses down from mine) and the excitement was over. But it made me realize fireworks are illegal for a reason. So many opportunities for something to go wrong and people (and animals) to get hurt. Sorry to vent – whew! Hope you had a happy 4th, Doris!


    1. Sarah,

      Vent away. So many thing the law applies to others. Where I live they are not illegal and boy was in loud last night. The fire trucks were patrolling there were so many. Fortunately they were not needed.

      So sorry others had to ruin you holiday. Overall, mine was fine. I worked all day so I missed a lot of the crowd. *grin* Doris


  2. Interesting quotes, hadn’t seen the Mark Twain one before. Fireworks definitely are a mixed blessing, pretty and inspirational, loud and bothersome when people shoot them for days before and days after the fourth in our neighborhood. And most pets suffer great fear and anxiety because of them. Enjoyed your post.


    1. Thank you Neva. I live in a neighborhood where is it not illegal and you are right. The constant boom and hiss are bothersome. They even keep it up after the 4th. Oh well, Twain got it right. Doris


  3. Doris- The Home Free video is fabulous and I totally love the ‘drummer’ guy. The rest of the post is very poignant for me just now (speaking as a Scot). I think Albert Camus is right, though I’d change the quote a wee tiny bittie- “Freedom is… a chance to be better.” I hope you enjoyed your 4th July.


    1. Thank you Nancy. I thought of you as I wrote this post and all that has been going on over there.
      So glad you enjoyed the video. Those guys are just amazing. If you ever go on YouTube, check out some of their others.
      My 4th was pleasant. I worked, by choice, and then had dinner with friends. Home early to rest up from the weekend. **Grin** Doris


  4. I love fireworks, but only controlled displays — I don’t like them going off near my home and this is the time when so many animals get away from their homes because the noise frightens them so. I just wish towns would ban all the commotion and just have the community displays, helping to curb the lost pets and bring us together as a community. I LOVE the Home Free video!! That song always brings chills and tears to me and their rendition is WONDERFUL! (so is the backdrop of Mount Rushmore!) Thanks for a WONDERFUL post, Doris — very inspiring!!


    1. You are so welcome. I also wish they would ban non-community fireworks. Although I’ve learned to ingnore them, they are still so frightening to so many people and animals.

      Yes, I agree, the Home Free video is almost perfect. Of course I’m a bit biased for I love their work. Here’s to an inspiring summer and rest of the year. Doris


  5. In our neighborhood the 4th is celebrated for about 2 week. The celebrations include numerous fireworks displays emanating from several yards, cook outs, late night parties and lots of extra guests in the neighborhood. So our generally quiet street isn’t so quiet. I don’t know that our nations birthday is really the reason for all the celebrations, I think it is more of an excuse.


  6. I particularly liked the Emerson and Brandeis quotes you ended with. I think they speak pretty profoundly to our country today.


  7. My poor little Tootsie is so scared of certain noises that I did not take her with me for the fireworks since the little village I’m staying in doesn’t have fireworks anymore, she was safe in our room under our bed. I love fireworks, but not as much as I used to. Cher’ley


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