"The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death." Thomas Paine, (1737 - 1809)And how true those words are, to really treasure that we have, it must have come through the sweat of our brow and dedication to the cause. On this day of celebration independence, let us remember how dear the cost, and just for a moment, remember how very blessed we are as a nation.
"Posterity! You will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it." -- John Quincy Adams
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