Happy 4th of July

If we value independence, if we are disturbed by the growing conformity of knowledge, of values, of attitudes, which our present system induces, then we may wish to set up conditions of learning which make for uniqueness, for self-direction, and for self-initiated learning.
– Carl Rogers, 1902 -1987

When liberty is taken away by force it can be restored by force. When it is relinquished voluntarily by default, it can never be recovered.
– Dorothy Thompson, 1893 – 1961

Independence is my happiness, and I view things as they are, without regard to place or person; my country is the world, and my religion is to do good.
– Thomas Paine, 1737 – 1809

What man wants is simply independent choice, whatever that independence may cost and wherever it may lead
– Fyodor Dostoyevsky, 1821 – 1881

We are now to rank among the nations of the world; but whether our Independence shall prove a blessing or a curse must depend upon our own wisdom or folly, virtue or wickedness…. Justice and virtue are the vital principles of republican government.
– George Mason, 1725 – 1792

If we confuse dissent with disloyalty — if we deny the right of the individual to be wrong, unpopular, eccentric or unorthodox — if we deny the essence of racial equality then hundreds of millions in Asia and Africa who are shopping about for a new allegiance will conclude that we are concerned to defend a myth and our present privileged status. Every act that denies or limits the freedom of the individual in this country costs us the … confidence of men and women who aspire to that freedom and independence of which we speak and for which our ancestors fought.
– Edward R. Murrow, 1908 – 1965

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