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Quotes for the Fourth of July 2014

“It is the fourth of Seventh-month,
(what salutes of cannon and small-arms!)”
-Walt Whitman

“Yet America is a poem in our eyes; its ample geography dazzles the imagination, and it will not wait long for metres.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

“What distinguishes Independence Day from all other days is that then both orators and artillerymen shoot blank cartridges.”
-John Burroughs

“Independence Day is the day married men celebrate something they once had.”

“Bravery is believing in yourself, and that thing nobody can teach you.”
-El Cordobes

“There is no such thing as bravery; only degrees of fear.”
-John Wainwright

“A man’s country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle and patriotism is loyalty to that principle.”
-George William Curtis

“True patriotism sometimes requires of men to act exactly contrary, at one period, to that which it does at another, and the motive which impels them the desire to do right is precisely the same.”
-Robert E. Lee

“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.”
-Mark Twain

“Courage is reckoned the greatest of all virtues; because, unless a man has that virtue, he has no security for preserving any other.”
-Samuel Johnson

“Who could refrain that had a heart to love and in that heart courage to make love known?”
-William Shakespeare

“Feeling good about government is like looking on the bright side of any catastrophe. When you quit looking on the bright side, the catastrophe is still there.”
-P. J. O'Rourke

“You have to remember one thing about the will of the people: It wasn't that long ago that we were swept away by the Macarena.”
-Jon Stewart

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