I just wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a happy and safe Independence Day. In the spirit of leadership education, I thought I might also provide a few quotes from great leaders throughout history regarding Independence and Freedom. Enjoy!

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.” -Ronald Reagan

For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” -Nelson Mandela

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.” -Thomas Jefferson

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” -Benjamin Franklin

Freedom lies in being bold.” -Robert Frost

If you’re not ready to die for it, put the word ‘freedom’ out of your vocabulary.” -Malcolm X

Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.” -Martin Luther King Jr.

It does not take a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.” -Samuel Adams