Monday, July 4, 2011

A Bit of Forefather Wisdom for the 4th

John Trumbull’s painting, Declaration of Independence, commissioned in 1817, depicts the presentation of the Declaration of Independence at Independence Hall, Philadelphia, in 1776. The “Committee of Five” presenting the Declaration in the center of the painting consists of Thomas Jefferson (the document’s primary author), Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Robert R. Livingston, and Roger Sherman. The five stand before John Hancock, the president of the Continental Congress. 47 of the 56 signers of the Declaration appear in the painting, along with five men who did not sign. Trumbull sketched the men and the room from life. A facsimile of this painting appears on the back of the $2 bill. (Courtesy of Learn NC)

"Where liberty dwells, there is my country." -- Benjamin Franklin

"Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth." --George Washington

"Swim or sink, live or die, survive or perish with my country was my unalterable determination." --John Adams

"The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to protect its free expression should be our first object." --Thomas Jefferson

"The fiery trails through which we pass will light us down in honor or dishonor to the latest generation." --Abraham Lincoln

Happy Birthday, America & 
Happy Independence Day, Americans!

Peace, Love, and Junior Mints,



Lynda R Young said...

I like the Thomas Jefferson quote best.

Donna K. Weaver said...

Love the quotes. Happy 4th to you, too.

Alyssia said...

@Lynda TJ is one of my favorites of all time, right next to Benjamin Franklin.

@Donna Thanks, Donna! I hope you and yours had a wonderful 4th, too!

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