During our American history studies last year, my children memorized these inspiring words by Thomas Paine.
“THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated.”
Isn’t that a stirring sentiment? It seemed fitting to republish Paine’s remarks about the high cost of freedom today, as we again remember the fallen heroes and patriots of 9/11.
To download this free printable, simply click on the image above. Or follow this link: The High Cost of Freedom.
In the meantime, may God bless America. And keep her free.
Want more great quotes from American history? Then check out my book by that same name: God Bless America: A Devotional Journal for Patriots..
It is packed with inspiring thoughts from our founding fathers and other great Americans, meant to inspire you to think deeply about what it means to be a citizen of this great country. What is our responsibility to the rest of the world? How do we ensure the guiding principles on which our nation was established are never forgotten? And as you consider these issues, I hope you’ll enjoy using the space provided to write down your thoughts.