Happy 4th of July

I like definitions.

Freedom
1. the state or quality of being free; especially, a) exemption or liberation from the control of some other person or arbitrary power; liberty; independence

Liberty
1. freedom or release from slavery, imprisonment, captivity, or any other arbitrary control
Syn: Freedom, the broadest in scope of these words, implies the absence of hindrance, restraint, confinement, repression, etc. (freedom of speech) Liberty , often interchangeable with freedom, strictly connotes past or potential restriction, repression, etc.

Webster’s New World Dictionary

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It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either of them.

Mark Twain, “Pudd’nhead Wilson’s New Calendar,” Following the Equator, 1897

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The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right; the spirit of liberty is the spirit which seeks to understand the minds of other men and women; the spirit of liberty is the spirit which weighs their interests alongside its own without bias; the spirit of liberty remembers that not even a sparrow falls to the earth unheeded; the spirit of liberty is the spirit of Him who, nearly two thousand years ago, taught mankind that lesson it has never learned, but has never quite forgotten; that there is a kingdom where the least shall be heard and considered side by side with the greatest.

Learned Hand, “The Spirit of Liberty ,” in a speech in New York City , May 21, 1944

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1Corinthians 10:23
All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.

Mark 12:28-34
And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all?
And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he:
And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.
And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God . And no man after that durst ask him any question.

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About Margaret

Just a girl going through this life, one step at a time.
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