25 Declaration Of Independence Quotes All Kids Should Know

Srija Chanda
Jan 29, 2024 By Srija Chanda
Originally Published on Mar 13, 2021
Edited by Jacob Fitzbright
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The Declaration of Independence was authored by Thomas Jefferson and was adopted in a meeting in Philadelphia on 4 July 1776.

It was written in order to declare that the thirteen colonies on the continent of America, which had been at war with Britain, would be declared as independent sovereign states, free from British rule. It is with this Declaration that these thirteen colonies started to be referred to as the United States of America.

There are four main points that are integral to the Declaration of Independence; The Declaration of National Rights, The Preamble, the Resolution of Independence, and the list of Grievances. Here is a list of quotes from the Declaration which will be educationally informative for young kids to know about the history of American Independence.

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Important Quotes Of The Declaration of Independence

Here's a list of some of the most important quotes which were integral to the 'Declaration of Independence'.

1.  "We hold these truths to be self–evident, that all men are created equal."

-Thomas Jefferson, 'Declaration Of Independence'.

2. "Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes."

-Thomas Jefferson, 'Declaration Of Independence'.

3. "A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant is unfit to be the ruler of a free people."

-Thomas Jefferson, 'Declaration Of Independence'.

4. "Not to find out new principles, or new arguments, never before thought of... but to place before mankind the common sense of the subject."

-Thomas Jefferson, 'Declaration Of Independence'.

5. "All experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable."

-Thomas Jefferson, 'Declaration Of Independence'.

6. "Nor have we been wanting in attentions to our British brethren."

-Thomas Jefferson, 'Declaration Of Independence'.

7. "Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury."

-Thomas Jefferson, 'Declaration Of Independence'.

8. "The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations. "

-Thomas Jefferson, 'Declaration Of Independence'.

9. "All men are created equal."

-Thomas Jefferson, 'Declaration Of Independence'.

10. "As Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and things which Independent States may of right do."

-Thomas Jefferson, 'Declaration Of Independence'.

11. "In terms so plain and firm as to command their assent, and to justify ourselves in the independent stand we are compelled to take."

-Thomas Jefferson, 'Declaration Of Independence'.

12. "United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved."

-Thomas Jefferson, 'Declaration Of Independence'.

13. "He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers. He has made judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries. He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our People, and eat out their substance."

-Thomas Jefferson, 'Declaration Of Independence'.

14. "He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws of Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migration hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands."

-Thomas Jefferson, 'Declaration Of Independence'.

15. "Whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it."

-Thomas Jefferson, 'Declaration Of Independence'.

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Thomas Jefferson was the third U.S President who was also a Founding Father and the author of the 'Declaration of Independence'.

16. "He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures. He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power."

-Thomas Jefferson, 'Declaration Of Independence'.

17. "But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism..."

-Thomas Jefferson, 'Declaration Of Independence'.

18. "When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another…a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation."

-Thomas Jefferson, 'Declaration Of Independence'.

19. "And accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed."

-Thomas Jefferson, 'Declaration Of Independence'.

20. "It is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security."

-Thomas Jefferson, 'Declaration Of Independence'.

21. "The Laws of Nature and of Nature's God."

-Thomas Jefferson, 'Declaration Of Independence'.

22. "That they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

-Thomas Jefferson, 'Declaration Of Independence'.

23. "That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed."

-Thomas Jefferson, 'Declaration Of Independence'.

24. "And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor."

-Thomas Jefferson, 'Declaration Of Independence'.

25. "To institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."

-Thomas Jefferson, 'Declaration Of Independence'.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for Declaration of Independence quotes then why not take a look at Christopher Columbus quotes, or Henry Wallace quotes.

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Written by Srija Chanda

Master of Arts specializing in Mass Communication/Media Studies

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Srija ChandaMaster of Arts specializing in Mass Communication/Media Studies

An aspiring media professional, Srija is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Mass Communication at St. Xavier's University, Kolkata, after completing her degree in journalism. With experience in PR and social media, she has also honed her leadership skills through her participation in a youth parliament. Srija's interests include devouring books, watching movies, and exploring new places through travel.

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