A Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. on children, christianity, constitution, day, democracy, dreams, fatherhood, god, independence, nations, reality, and sacred

One day the South will know that when these disinherited children of God sat down at lunch counters they were in reality standing up for the best in the American dream and the most sacred values in our Judaeo-Christian heritage, and thusly, carrying our whole nation back to those great wells of democracy which were dug deep by the founding fathers in the formulation of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.

Martin Luther King Jr (1929 - 1968)

Source: Letter from Birmingham Jail (April 1963)

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A Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. on history, independence, and words

Before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth, we were here. Before the pen of Jefferson etched across the pages of history the majestic words of the Declaration of Independence, we were here.

Martin Luther King Jr (1929 - 1968)

Source: On blacks in America; address at Birmingham AL, news summaries, December 31, 1963.

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A Quote by Mahalia Jackson on independence and money

It's easy to be independent when you've got money. But to be independent when you haven't got a thing that's the Lord's test.

Mahalia Jackson

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A Quote by Justice Louis Dembitz Brandeis on belief, courage, happiness, independence, liberty, and secrets

Those who won our independence...valued liberty as an end and as a means. They believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty.

Louis Dembitz Brandeis (1856 - 1941)

Source: 1927, Whitney v. California

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A Quote by Lord Southwood on destiny, independence, liberty, thought, and truth

The priceless heritage of the free and independent interchange of thought is not to be kept without ceaseless vigilance. Only by guarding the truth itself can we guard the greatest of all our liberties-the right to proclaim the truth. On that liberty rests the destiny of millions.

Lord Southwood

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A Quote by King Hussein of Jordan on certainty, government, happiness, independence, liberty, life, men, politics, power, principles, simplicity, society, words, and world

Americans can also look to their own heritage for the standard of values of which I speak. Your Declaration of Independence contains a powerful but simple statement of principle which, if applied today, would revolutionize the world. "All men are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights, the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." This is the most profound curtailment of the power of government and rulers and the most legitimate rationale for the universal rights of man that I have ever seen enunciated in such few words. Your system of jurisprudence and your Bill of Rights are derived from moral principles which enshrine the sanctity of life and all that this conveys in a political society. . . .

King Hussein (1935 - 1999)

Source: Commencement Forum speech, graduation of his son Prince Feisal, Brown University, May 1985

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A Quote by Junius on direction, happiness, honesty, independence, and life

Let all your views in life be directed to a solid, however moderate, independence; without it no man can be happy, nor even honest.


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A Quote by John Stuart Mill on belief, existence, imagination, independence, men, and reason

The tendency has always been strong to believe that whatever received a name must be an entity or being, having an independent existence of its own. And if no real entity answering to the name could be found, men did not for that reason suppose that none existed, but imagined that it was something peculiarly abstruse and mysterious.

John Stuart Mill (1806 - 1873)

Source: Quoted in Stephen Jay Gould, The Mismeasure of Man, W.W.Norton&Co,Ltd, NY, 1996

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A Quote by John Randolph of Roanoke on benevolence, devil, equality, independence, interest, liberty, love, men, needs, power, principles, religion, selfishness, and trying

The principle of liberty and equality, if coupled with mere selfishness, will make men only devils, each trying to be independent that he may fight only for his own interest. And here is the need of religion and its power, to bring in the principle of benevolence and love to men.

John Randolph (1773 - 1833)

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A Quote by John Quincy Adams on ambition, america, assumptions, change, colors, destruction, envy, force, freedom, heart, independence, individuality, interest, liberty, maxims, power, spirit, sympathy, and world

Wherever the standard of freedom and independence has been or shall be unfurled, there will her [America's] heart, her benedictions and her prayers be. But she goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own. She will recommend the general cause, by the countenance of her voice, and the benignant sympathy of her example. She well knows that by once enlisting under other banners than her own, were they even the banners of foreign independence, she would involve herself, beyond the power of extrication, in all the wars of interest and intrigue, of individual avarice, envy, and ambition, which assume the colors and usurp the standard of freedom. The fundamental maxims of her policy would insensibly change from liberty to force. . . . She might become the dictatress of the world: she would be no longer the ruler of her own spirit. This appears with minor variations in punctuation and with italics in the phrase "change from liberty to force," in John Quincy Adams and American Continental Empire, ed. Walter LaFeber, p. 45 (1965).

John Quincy Adams (1767 - 1848)

Source: An Address…. Celebrating the Anniversary of Independence, at the City of Washington on the Fourth of July 1821…, p. 32 (1821).

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