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The Fourth of July, which commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, is a time of friends, family and community – a celebration of the American spirit. But it also should be a time of reflection and appreciation of the opportunities and spirit of enterprise afforded to us all in the land of the free and home of the brave.
If you need further inspiration over the holiday weekend, here’s some wise presidential guidance:
“A people… who are possessed of the spirit of commerce, who see, and who will pursue their advantages, may achieve almost anything.” – George Washington
"Agriculture, manufactures, commerce, and navigation, the four pillars of our prosperity, are the most thriving when left most free to individual enterprise." --Thomas Jefferson
"Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing." --Theodore Roosevelt
"I believe that without free enterprise there can be no democracy." -- Dwight D. Eisenhower
"The freer the flow of world trade, the stronger the tides of human progress and peace among nations." -- Ronald Reagan
“The history of liberty is a history of the limitation of governmental power, not the increase of it.” -- Woodrow Wilson
"I do not favor state compulsion when voluntary individual effort can do the job and do it well." – John F. Kennedy