If there's one country that knows how to make fun of itself, it's America. These funny Fourth of July quotes prove it. From Stephen Colbert and Bob Hope to Mark Twain and John Hancock, these men and women come from throughout the decades and still manage to agree on how ridiculous America can be sometimes.
Fourth of July is a holiday that makes one very self-reflective of their country. It makes us aware of all the wonderful things (you know, like the freedom to pursue life, liberty, and happiness), but it can also bring to a forefront the places we still need some work on. In my opinion, there's nothing wrong with having a little fun making jokes about the United States so long as you're still acknowledging all the wonderful things that do make this country so great. It's a fair trade off.
You know what makes America so lovable? The fact that Americans can take a hit to their pride and have a good laugh at themselves. Nothing is better than a person who knows how to take a joke, and I'm fairly certain that this truth is applicable to countries as well. Long live, America. You're undeniably loved, and undeniably easy to make fun of.
1. "If our Founding Fathers wanted us to care about the rest of the world, they wouldn't have declared their independence from it." — Stephen Colbert
2. "Patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels." — Mark Twain
3. "There, I guess King George will be able to read that." — John Hancock
4. "The youth of America is their oldest tradition. It has been going on now for three hundred years." — Oscar Wilde
5. "I have always been among those who believed that the greatest freedom of speech was the greatest safety, because if a man is a fool, the best thing to do is to encourage him to advertise the fact by speaking." — Woodrow T. Wilson
6. "Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it." — George Bernard Shaw
7. "America is a country that doesn't know where it is going but is determined to set a speed record getting there." — Laurence J. Peter
8. "If I have to lay an egg for my country, I'll do it." — Bob Hope
9. "When you're born, you get a ticket to the freak show. When you're born in America, you get a front row seat." — George Carlin
10. "Ninety eight percent of the adults in this country are decent, hardworking, honest Americans. It's the other lousy two percent that get all the publicity. But then, we elected them." — Lily Tomlin
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