In celebration of Independence Day, we've compiled fourteen powerful quotes from presidents throughout the 238- year history of the United States.

1. Ronald Reagan: “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”

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2. George Washington: If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”

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3. Calvin Coolidge: Patriotism is easy to understand in America. It means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country.”

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4. Harry Truman:America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.”

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5. 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.”

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6. John Quincy Adams“Posterity — you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it.” 

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7. Dwight D. Eisenhower: If you want total security, go to prison. There you're fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking... is freedom.”

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8. Grover Cleveland: A truly American sentiment recognizes the dignity of labor and the fact that honor lies in honest toil.”

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9. John F. Kennedy: “The American, by nature, is optimistic. He is experimental, an inventor and a builder who builds best when called upon to build greatly.”

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10. Abraham Lincoln: Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable - a most sacred right - a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world.”

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11. James Madison: It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood.”

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12. George W. Bush: America is a Nation with a mission - and that mission comes from our most basic beliefs. We have no desire to dominate, no ambitions of empire. Our aim is a democratic peace - a peace founded upon the dignity and rights of every man and woman.”

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13. John Adams“The way to secure liberty is to place it in the people's hands, that is, to give them the power at all times to defend it in the legislature and in the courts of justice.” 

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14. Theodore Roosevelt“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.” 

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