A few things to think about on this 4th of July

Some quotations to ponder on our nation’s birthday:

Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.

— Martin Luther King, Jr.

Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.

— Benjamin Franklin

Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of Liberty.

— Thomas Jefferson

Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed — else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.

— Dwight D. Eisenhower

In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt

Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.

— Abraham Lincoln