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Happy 4th of July!

May these quotes inspire you on Independence Day and throughout the year.

Loyalty to the nation all the time, loyalty to the government when it deserves it. ~ Mark Twain

Loyalty to the nation all the time, loyalty to the government when it deserves it. ~ Mark Twain 

To have endured horrors, to have seen the worst of humanity and have your life made unrecognizable by it, to come out of all that honorable and brave – that was magical. ~ Ransom Riggs

To have endured horrors, to have seen the worst of humanity and have your life made unrecognizable by it, to come out of all that honorable and brave – that was magical. ~ Ransom Riggs 

Courage is the most important of all virtues, because without courage, you cannot practice any of the other virtues consistently. ~ Maya Angelou

Courage is the most important of all virtues, because without courage, you cannot practice any of the other virtues consistently. ~ Maya Angelou 

While we proceed to safeguard our national interests, let us also safeguard human interests…This generation of Americans has already had enough – more than enough – of war and hate and oppression. We shall be prepared if others wish it. We shall be alert to try to stop it. But we shall also do our part to build a world of peace where the weak are safe and the strong are just. ~ John F. Kennedy (1963)

While we proceed to safeguard our national interests, let us also safeguard human interests…This generation of Americans has already had enough – more than enough – of war and hate and oppression. We shall be prepared if others wish it. We shall be alert to try to stop it. But we shall also do our part to build a world of peace where the weak are safe and the strong are just. ~ John F. Kennedy (1963) 

Some live their lives for an award, but we live our lives to reward, we serve. ~ Bernard Kelvin Clive

Some live their lives for an award, but we live our lives to reward, we serve. ~ Bernard Kelvin Clive 

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. ~ Edmund Burke

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. ~ Edmund Burke 

I should like to be able to love my country and still love justice. ~ Albert Camus

I should like to be able to love my country and still love justice. ~ Albert Camus 

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. ~ Mark Twain

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. ~ Mark Twain 

As you ascend, make sure that you bring other people along up with you. ~ Sterling K. Brown

As you ascend, make sure that you bring other people along up with you. ~ Sterling K. Brown 

All battles are fought by scared men who’d rather be someplace else. ~ John Wayne

All battles are fought by scared men who’d rather be someplace else. ~ John Wayne 

One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood. ~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca

One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood. ~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca 

Down in their hearts, wise men know this truth: the only way to help yourself is to help others. ~ Elbert Hubbard

Down in their hearts, wise men know this truth: the only way to help yourself is to help others. ~ Elbert Hubbard 

Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth. ~ Mohammed Ali

Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth. ~ Mohammed Ali 

How wonderful it is that no one has to wait, but can start right now to gradually change the world! ~ Anne Frank

How wonderful it is that no one has to wait, but can start right now to gradually change the world! ~ Anne Frank 

Together – one of the most inspiring words in the English language. Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success. ~ Edward Everett Hale

Together – one of the most inspiring words in the English language. Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success. ~ Edward Everett Hale 

For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal. ~ John F. Kennedy

For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal. ~ John F. Kennedy 

Sometimes those who give the most are the ones with the least to spare. ~ Mike McIntyre

Sometimes those who give the most are the ones with the least to spare. ~ Mike McIntyre 

Above all, don’t fear difficult moments. The best come from them. ~ Rita Levi-Montalcini

Above all, don’t fear difficult moments. The best come from them. ~ Rita Levi-Montalcini 

Wishing good, merely, is a lukewarm charity; but doing good is divine. ~ James Lendall Basford

Wishing good, merely, is a lukewarm charity; but doing good is divine. ~ James Lendall Basford 

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. ~ William James

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. ~ William James 

If you get, give. If you learn, teach. ~ Maya Angelou

If you get, give. If you learn, teach. ~ Maya Angelou 

In this life, people will love you. People will hate you. And none of this will have to do with you. ~ Abraham-Hicks

In this life, people will love you. People will hate you. And none of this will have to do with you. ~ Abraham-Hicks 

What divides us pales in comparison to what unites us. ~ Ted Kennedy

What divides us pales in comparison to what unites us. ~ Ted Kennedy 

You will face your greatest opposition when you are closest to your biggest miracle. ~ Shannon L. Alder

You will face your greatest opposition when you are closest to your biggest miracle. ~ Shannon L. Alder 

Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, “What's in it for me?” ~ Brian Tracy

Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, “What's in it for me?” ~ Brian Tracy 

No one can tell what goes on in between the person you were and the person you become. No one can chart that blue and lonely section of hell. There are no maps of the change. You just come out the other side. Or you don’t. ~ Stephen King

No one can tell what goes on in between the person you were and the person you become. No one can chart that blue and lonely section of hell. There are no maps of the change. You just come out the other side. Or you don’t. ~ Stephen King 

Once you choose hope, anything’s possible. ~ Christopher Reeve

Once you choose hope, anything’s possible. ~ Christopher Reeve 

In the face of impossible odds, people who love this country can change it. ~ Barack Obama

In the face of impossible odds, people who love this country can change it. ~ Barack Obama 

Sometimes even to live is an act of courage. ~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Sometimes even to live is an act of courage. ~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca 

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. ~ Leo Tolstoy

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. ~ Leo Tolstoy 

Our elders say that the sun will shine on those who stand before it shines on those who kneel under them. ~ Chinua Achebe

Our elders say that the sun will shine on those who stand before it shines on those who kneel under them. ~ Chinua Achebe 

Everyone is born equal; we all come into the world helpless and innocent. ~ Anne Frank

Everyone is born equal; we all come into the world helpless and innocent. ~ Anne Frank 

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. ~ Mahatma Gandhi 

Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light. ~ J.K. Rowling

Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light. ~ J.K. Rowling 

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not. ~ Dr. Seuss

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not. ~ Dr. Seuss 

While earning your daily bread, be sure you share a slice with those less fortunate. ~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

While earning your daily bread, be sure you share a slice with those less fortunate. ~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr. 

and when we speak we are afraid

our words will not be heard

nor welcomed

but when we are silent

we are still afraid

So it is better to speak

remembering

we were never meant to survive ~ Audre Lorde

and when we speak we are afraid  our words will not be heard  nor welcomed  but when we are silent  we are still afraid  So it is better to speak  remembering  we were never meant to survive ~ Audre Lord 

I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do. ~ Edward Everett Hale

I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do. ~ Edward Everett Hale 

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. ~ African Proverb

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. ~ African Proverb 

Keep busy with survival. Imitate the trees. Learn to lose in order to recover, and remember that nothing stays the same for long, not even pain. ~ May Sarton

Keep busy with survival. Imitate the trees. Learn to lose in order to recover, and remember that nothing stays the same for long, not even pain. ~ May Sarton 

Even in its darkest passages, the heart is unconquerable. It is important that the body survives, but it is more meaningful that the human spirit prevails. ~ Dave Pelzer

Even in its darkest passages, the heart is unconquerable. It is important that the body survives, but it is more meaningful that the human spirit prevails. ~ Dave Pelzer 

No one else can decide

What your tough looks like. ~ Clementine von Radics

No one else can decide  What your tough looks like. ~ Clementine von Radics 

Doing nothing for others is the undoing of ourselves. ~ Horace Mann

Doing nothing for others is the undoing of ourselves. ~ Horace Mann 

Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness, to pull another hand into the light. ~ Norman B. Rice

Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness, to pull another hand into the light. ~ Norman B. Rice 

Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day. ~ Sally Koch

Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day. ~ Sally Koch 

When you dig another out of their troubles, you find a place to bury your own. ~ Author Unknown

When you dig another out of their troubles, you find a place to bury your own. ~ Author Unknown 

Temper us in fire, and we grow stronger. When we suffer, we survive. ~ Cassandra Clare

Temper us in fire, and we grow stronger. When we suffer, we survive. ~ Cassandra Clare 

Dignity is as essential to human life as water, food, and oxygen. The stubborn retention of it, even in the face of extreme physical hardship, can hold a man’s soul in his body long past the point at which the body should have surrendered it. ~ Laura Hillenbrand

Dignity is as essential to human life as water, food, and oxygen. The stubborn retention of it, even in the face of extreme physical hardship, can hold a man’s soul in his body long past the point at which the body should have surrendered it. ~ Laura Hillenbrand 

Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest you. ~ Mother Teresa

Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest you. ~ Mother Teresa 

You don’t drown by falling in the water; you drown by staying there. ~ Edwin Louis Cole

You don’t drown by falling in the water; you drown by staying there. ~ Edwin Louis Cole 

Taking a risk to survive isn’t that impressive. Taking a risk to be happy, that takes guts. ~ Sarah Noffke

Taking a risk to survive isn’t that impressive. Taking a risk to be happy, that takes guts. ~ Sarah Noffke 

You never know what will save you. ~ Abbey Wilson

You never know what will save you. ~ Abbey Wilson 

Scars are not signs of weakness, they are signs of survival and endurance. ~ Rodney A. Winters

Scars are not signs of weakness, they are signs of survival and endurance. ~ Rodney A. Winters 

You cannot hope to build a better world without improving individuals. We all must work for our own improvement, and at the same time share a general responsibility for all humanity. ~ Marie Curie

You cannot hope to build a better world without improving individuals. We all must work for our own improvement, and at the same time share a general responsibility for all humanity. ~ Marie Curie 

For the human soul is virtually indestructible, and its ability to rise from the ashes remains as long as the body draws breath. ~ Alice Miller

For the human soul is virtually indestructible, and its ability to rise from the ashes remains as long as the body draws breath. ~ Alice Miller 

Savor your existence. Live every moment. Do not waste a breath. ~ Nando Parrado

Savor your existence. Live every moment. Do not waste a breath. ~ Nando Parrado 

Extraordinary people survive under the most terrible circumstances and they become more extraordinary because of it. ~ Robertson Davies

Extraordinary people survive under the most terrible circumstances and they become more extraordinary because of it. ~ Robertson Davies 

The willingness to share does not make one charitable; it makes one free. ~ Robert Brault

The willingness to share does not make one charitable; it makes one free. ~ Robert Brault 

War is not for winning…It is for surviving. ~ Catherynne M. Valente

War is not for winning…It is for surviving. ~ Catherynne M. Valente 

I wondered why somebody didn’t do something. Then I realized, I am somebody. ~ Author Unknown

I wondered why somebody didn’t do something. Then I realized, I am somebody. ~ Author Unknown 

To dream by night is to escape your life. To dream by day is to make it happen. ~ Stephen Richards

To dream by night is to escape your life. To dream by day is to make it happen. ~ Stephen Richards 

When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice. ~ Author Unknown

When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice. ~ Author Unknown 

 

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