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Posted by Transylvania County on July 6, 2021

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. --That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed….”

                              – Thomas Jefferson, Declaration of Independence, July 4th, 1776

 

“It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his natural liberty upon the supposition he may abuse it.  Liberty when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.” – George Washington

 

"The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty."

-James Madison

 

Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!” - Patrick Henry

 

“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

 

“You will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make a good use of it.” - John Adams

 

“However weak our country may be, I hope we shall never sacrifice our liberties.”

- Alexander Hamilton

 

“They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security.”  - Benjamin Franklin

 

“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, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free”

– Ronald Reagan