Happy birthday, America-- the Fourth of July is upon us!

Though fireworks, picnics and parades are all a part of the festivities, Americans gather to celebrate freedom. For your patriotic pleasure, here's a compilation of inspiring quotes for Independence Day:

Benjamin Franklin: “Where liberty dwells, there is my country.”

Albert Einstein: "Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom."

Thomas Jefferson: "Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation and freedom in all just pursuits."

Martin Luther King Jr.: "In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline."

John Fitzgerald Kennedy: “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson: "For what avail the plough or sail, or land or life, if freedom fail?"

John Hancock: "There, I guess King George will be able to read that."

Mahatma Gandhi: “Freedom is never dear at any price. It is the breath of life. What would a man not pay for living?”

Lyndon B. Johnson: "This, then, is the state of the union: free and restless, growing and full of hope. So it was in the beginning. So it shall always be, while God is willing, and we are strong enough to keep the faith."

Dwight D. Eisenhower: "Only our individual faith in freedom can keep us free."

Robert Frost: "You have freedom when you're easy in your harness."

Abraham Lincoln: Democracy is the government of the people, by the people, for the people.”

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