It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you.
~Author unknown, sometimes attributed to M. Grundler
This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.
I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.
Freedom is never free.
How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!
Lord, bid war's trumpet cease;
Fold the whole earth in peace.
~Oliver Wendell Holmes
The patriot's blood is the seed of Freedom's tree.
Better than honor and glory, and History's iron pen,
Was the thought of duty done and the love of his fellow-men.
~Richard Watson Gilder
The stern hand of fate has scourged us to an elevation where we can see the great everlasting things that matter for a nation; the great peaks of honour we had forgotten - duty and patriotism, clad in glittering white; the great pinnacle of sacrifice pointing like a rugged finger to heaven.
~David Lloyd George
In war, there are no unwounded soldiers.
For what avail the plough or sail, or land or life, if freedom fail?
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
When our perils are past, shall our gratitude sleep?
We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.
Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations, that we have forgotten, as a people, the cost of a free and undivided Republic.
~John A. Logan
How far that little candle throws his beams!
So shines a good deed in a naughty world.
~William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice, much later adapted to "So shines a good deed in a weary world" by David Seltzer for the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Where liberty dwells, there is my country.
He loves his country best who strives to make it best.
~Robert G. Ingersoll
Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all!
By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall.
No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.
But fame is theirs - and future days
On pillar'd brass shall tell their praise;
Shall tell - when cold neglect is dead -
"These for their country fought and bled."
My God! How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy!
I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks.
May the sun in his course visit no land more free, more happy, more lovely, than this our own country!
Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.
~William Arthur Ward
No one is more cherished in this world than someone who lightens the burden of another. Thank you.
Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone.
No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.
The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.