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The job of a citizen is to keep his mouth open. Gunter Grass
Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel. Samuel Johnson
America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy. John Updike
No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots. Barbara Ehrenreich
Citizenship is a tough occupation which obliges the citizen to make his own informed opinion and stand by it. Martha Gellhorn
Political criticism is our enemies' best friend. Bernard Kerik
Patriotism, when it wants to make itself felt in the domain of learning, is a dirty fellow who should be thrown out of doors. Arthur Schopenhauer
Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few. Winston Churchill
I am not anti-American. But I am strongly pro-Canadian. John G. Diefenbaker
You must be afraid, my son. That is how one becomes an honest citizen. Jean-Paul Sartre
May God save the country, for it is evident that the people will not. Millard Fillmore
We do not consider patriotism desirable if it contradicts civilized behavior. Friedrich Durrenmatt
Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total; of all those acts will be written the history of this generation. Robert Kennedy
A man who lives everywhere lives nowhere. Marcus Valerius Martial
I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world. Diogenes
To acquire immunity to eloquence is of the utmost importance to the citizens of a democracy. Bertrand Russell
The heights of popularity and patriotism are still the beaten road to power and tyranny. David Hume
Truth made you a traitor as it often does in a time of scoundrels. Lillian Hellman
Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind. Albert Einstein
The love of one's country is a splendid thing. But why should love stop at the border? Pablo Casals
The patriot volunteer, fighting for country and his rights, makes the most reliable soldier on earth. Stonewall Jackson
Patriotism is a kind of religion; it is the egg from which wars are hatched. Guy de Maupassant
A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government. Edward Abbey
The impersonal hand of government can never replace the helping hand of a neighbor. Hubert Humphrey
I have no country to fight for; my country is the earth, and I am a citizen of the world. Eugene V. Debs
For what were all these country patriots born? To hunt, and vote, and raise the price of corn? Lord Byron
The greatness of America lies not in being more enlightened than any other nation, but rather in her ability to repair her faults. Alexis de Tocqueville
Nations whose nationalism is destroyed are subject to ruin. Muammar al-Gaddafi
Men in authority will always think that criticism of their policies is dangerous. They will always equate their policies with patriotism, and find criticism subversive. Henry Steele Commager
There can be no daily democracy without daily citizenship. Ralph Nader
Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty. John F. Kennedy
I am a Citizen of the World. Abbas Kiarostami
Treason doth never prosper, what's the reason? For if it prosper, none dare call it Treason. John Harington
Ignorance is an evil weed, which dictators may cultivate among their dupes, but which no democracy can afford among its citizens. William Beveridge
Americans never quit. Douglas MacArthur
I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country. Nathan Hale
Patriotism is an ephemeral motive that scarcely ever outlasts the particular threat to society that aroused it. Denis Diderot
A real patriot is the fellow who gets a parking ticket and rejoices that the system works. Bill Vaughan
The citizen who criticizes his country is paying it an implied tribute. J. William Fulbright
To make us love our country, our country ought to be lovely. Edmund Burke
Every cook has to learn how to govern the state. Vladimir Lenin
Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it. Thomas Paine
Whatever makes men good Christians, makes them good citizens. Daniel Webster
One country, one constitution, one destiny. Daniel Webster
There are no points of the compass on the chart of true patriotism. Robert Charles Winthrop
For Athens alone of her contemporaries is found when tested to be greater than her reputation, and alone gives no occasion to her assailants to blush at the antagonist by whom they have been worsted, or to her subjects to question her title by merit to rule. Rather, the admiration of the present and succeeding ages will be ours. Pericles
Patriotism without criticism has no head; criticism without patriotism has no heart.. Allen C. Guelzo
We in South Carolina love our country, love our God, love our state, and we also love each other. Nikki Haley
Americans love America, but there was a time after World War II when Americans were in love with America. We were in love with the promises of America. Norman Lear
When France fell before the Nazi onslaught, in the midst of total war, Mr. Churchill offered union with England to the French. That was indeed a stroke of inspired statesmanship. But when it comes to India? Oh no! Constitutional changes in the midst of a war? Absolutely unthinkable ... The object this time is to free India before the Japanese can come and be ready to fight them if they come. They will round up the leaders, round up all. Then it will be the duty of every Indian to put forth his utmost effort—within non-violence. No source is to be left untapped; no weapon untried. This is going to be the opportunity of a lifetime. Vallabhbhai Patel
In the Middle East, a nation whose youngsters are not willing to kill and get killed for it is a nation on borrowed time. It will not last long. Ari Shavit
To be good Americans, we must be better Jews, and to be better Jews, we must become Zionists. Louis D. Brandeis
There was a patriotic fervor and the Administration used it so that if you challenged anything you were made to feel that there was something wrong with that.... And there was even almost a patriotism police which, you know, they'd be up there on the internet sort of picking anything a Christiane Amanpour, or somebody else would say as if it were disloyal... Especially right after 9/11. Especially when the war in Afghanistan is going on. Walter Isaacson
You Gentlemen in particular who have so cheerfully and unanimously embraced the Expedient of a Continental Congress and appealed to them for the Redress of your Grievances and the preservation of your Rights, will, we are confident, nobly disdain every sordid Advantage and temporary Convenience incompatible with a plan suggested by their united Councils. You will not hesitate to prefer to every other Consideration, the great purposes of rescuing Americans from the Chains of Despotism, and handing down to your posterity the inestimable Blessings which are only to be enjoyed in a free Government established on the Basis of Constitutional Liberty. Continental Congress
To maintain this Separation (from England) is to maintain the Religion, Liberty and Property of ourselves and our Posterity; to renounce it is to Sink into the lowest meanness and Slavery. May God remove every such thought from every American Breast! Welcome first the Life of the most uncivilized Savages! Welcome Death itself and everlasting Oblivion to our race! Continental Congress
For all we have and are, For all our children’s fate, Stand up and take the war. The Hun is at the gate! Rudyard Kipling
I don’t think there is anything wrong with singing it in Spanish. The point is it’s the United States national anthem and what people want is it to be sung in a way that respects the United States and our culture. At the same time, we are a nation of immigrants. We are a nation of many, many languages, because immigrants come and bring their languages. Laura Bush
Where the German soldier stands, no other shall put his foot. Adolf Hitler
The resources of Patriotism are inexhaustible. Jose de San Martin
General San Martin will never shed the blood of his compatriots, and he will unsheath his sword only against the enemies of the independence of South America. Jose de San Matín
Mexicans, I dies with honour, and not as a traitor. That stain I will not bequeath to my children and their posterity; I am not a traitor, no. Agustin I; Agustin de Iturbide
As it is for the good of all and the general well-being of the nation, I hereby consent; you may say to the people that I will remain. I will remain. Pedro I
Arise, ye noble citizens, cast out all fear for good or ill, for our brave breasts and arms, shall be the walls that guard Brazil. Pedro I
Neither the rich nor the poor have great interest in government. The rich can afford their own security … in their gated communities and their own information networks. The poor are usually so pushed against the wall that they do not have time for the mechanics of the government. If you lose the middle class, you lose democratic government. Lewis H. Lapham
I love my country but fear my government. Nick Gillespie
I doubted that the coconut-headed, chocolate-colored, typical coon who blacks my shoes every morning was fit for citizenship. James K. Vardaman
Crete is our life. Our blood is its price. Anonymous
The safety of the fatherland and the happiness of the nation require above all that the world should be shown that our army is still the army that had planted its lance in the walls of Vienna. Kemal Ataturk
I swear in front of my mother’s grave and in the presence of God, that I shall not hesitate to join her if this be necessary for the defense of the sovereignty which the nation has won at the cost of so much blood. I deem it a debt of conscience and honor to give my life for the sake of national sovereignty. Kemal Ataturk
Copyright rewards originality, not effort. Sandra Day O'Connor
There is no entitlement without a duty. Nicolas Sarkozy
Mr. Lincoln is the next President. We must try to save the Union. I will go South. Stephen Douglas
I believe there is a conspiracy afoot to break up this Union. It is the duty of every good citizen to frustrate the scheme…if Lincoln is elected, he must be inaugurated. Stephen Douglas
Respect for the law is not an obligation which is exhausted or obliterated by willingness to accept the penalty for breaking it. George F. Kennan
Life is lighter than a feather; duty is heavier than a mountain. Japanese Saying
War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things; the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse. A man who has nothing which he cares more about than he does about his personal safety is a miserable creature who has no chance at being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself. Paul Belien
The first duty of an American citizen, then is that he shall work in politics. Theodore Roosevelt
Gentlemen have talked a great deal of patriotism. A venerable word, when duly practiced. But I am sorry to say that of late it has been so much hackneyed about that it is in danger of falling into disgrace. The very idea of true patriotism is lost, and the term has been prostituted to the very worst of purposes. Robert Walpole; 1st Earl of Oxford
He is a poor patriot whose patriotism does not enable him to understand how all men everywhere feel about their altars and their hearthstones, their flag and their fatherland. Harry Emerson Fosdick
Patriotism ... for rulers is nothing else than a tool for achieving their power-hungry and money-hungry goals, and for the ruled it means renouncing their human dignity, reason, conscience, and slavish submission to those in power. ... Patriotism is slavery. Leo Tolstoy
Men love their country, not because it is great, but because it is their own. Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Nationalism is not to be confused with patriotism. Both words are normally used in so vague a way that any definition is liable to be challenged, but one must draw a distinction between them, since two different and even opposing ideas are involved. By ‘patriotism’ I mean devotion to a particular place and a particular way of life, which one believes to be the best in the world but has no wish to force on other people. Patriotism is of its nature defensive, both militarily and culturally. Nationalism, on the other hand, is inseparable from the desire for power. The abiding purpose of every nationalist is to secure more power and more prestige, not for himself but for the nation or other unit in which he has chosen to sink his own individuality. George Orwell Blair
Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the President or any other public official. Theodore Roosevelt
I am a man by nature and a Frenchman only by accident. Charles de Montesquieu
You are, amongst the nations, what Hercules was amongst the heroes, nature has made you sturdy and powerful; your strength matches your virtue and your cause is that of the gods themselves. Maximilien Robespierre
Responsibility's like a string we can only see the middle of. Both ends are out of sight. William McFee
There is a difference between constructive criticism and criticism that is hateful. I can criticize America, but in a way that shows that I want to improve America and its democracy. Khaled Abu Alfadhl
Elites quite naturally define as the most important and admired qualities for a citizen those on which they themselves have concentrated. John Ralston Saul
This song is Copyrighted in U.S., under Seal of Copyright #154085, for a period of 28 years, and anybody caught singin' it without our permission, will be mighty good friends of ourn, cause we don't give a dern. Publish it. Write it. Sing it. Swing to it. Yodel it. We wrote it, that's all we wanted to do Woody Guthrie
and if the City falls and one survives he shall carry the City within on the roads of exile he shall be the City Zbigniew Herbert
I think people attack me because they are fearful that I will then say that you're not equally as patriotic if you're not a religious person. ... I've never said that. I've never acted like that. I think that's just the way it is. George W. Bush
Not to act is to act. Not to speak is to speak. Dietrich Bonhoeffer
I honour my God; I serve my Queen; I salute my flag Australia
The elevation of the negro race from slavery to the full rights of citizenship is the most important political change we have known since the adoption of the Constitution of 1787. No thoughtful man can fail to appreciate its beneficent effect upon our institutions and people. It has freed us from the perpetual danger of war and dissolution. It has added immensely to the moral and industrial forces of our people. It has liberated the master as well as the slave from a relation which wronged and enfeebled both. James A. Garfield
Citizenship in a diverse society means living with our deepest differences and committing ourselves to work for public policies that are in the best interest of all individuals, families, communities and our nation. Charles C. Haynes
Defending one’s state against external aggression is indeed the ultimate test of citizenship. Efraim Karsh
We’re the owners of this country. We don’t act like the owners. We act like white rabbits that get programmed by messages coming out of Washington. Ross Perot
It is not a man's duty, as a matter of course, to devote himself to the eradication of any, even the most enormous wrong; he may still properly have other concerns to engage him; but it is his duty, at least, to wash his hands of it, and, if he gives it no thought longer, not to give it practically his support. Henry David Thoreau
Home is where my dignity lives, not necessarily where my ancestors put down roots. Irshad Manji
If the refugees return to Israel, Israel will cease to exist. Gamal Abdel Nasser
The best results in the operation of a government wherein every citizen has a share largely depend upon a proper limitation of purely partisan zeal and effort and a correct appreciation of the time when the heat of the partisan should be merged in the patriotism of the citizen. Grover Cleveland
The petition shall set forth that he is not a disbeliever in or opposed to organized government, or a member of or affiliated with any organization or body of persons teaching disbelief in or opposed to organized government, a polygamist or believer in the practice of polygamy, and that it is his intention to become a citizen of the United States and to renounce absolutely and forever all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty United States Congress
Be it enacted . . ., That all non-citizen Indians born within the territorial limits of the United States be, and they are hereby, declared to be citizens of the United States United States Congress
A man, and yet not a man. In flesh and blood alive; politically dead.” …. They are not slaves, but they are not, in a political sense, ‘persons’. Roscoe Conkling
All persons born in the United States . . . are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside Jacob Merritt Howard
Personal liberty and personal rights are placed in the keeping of the nation, that the right to life, liberty, and property shall be guarantied to the citizen in reality . . . We must make American citizenship the shield that protects every citizen, on every foot of our soil. James A. Garfield
We cannot accede to the proposition . . . that the citizens of the several states are permitted to participate in all the rights which belong exclusively to the citizens of any other particular state. Bushrod Washington
The man who has given himself to his country loves it better; the man who has fought for his friend honors him more; the man who has labored for his community values more highly the interests he has sought to conserve; the man who has wrought and planned and endured for the accomplishment of God's plan in the world sees the greatness of it, the divinity and glory of it, and is himself more perfectly assimilated to it. Richard Salter Storrs
Citizens are not born. They are raised. Frank M. Bryan
There is something behind the throne greater than the King himself. William Pitt the Younger
Now, when our nation to ruin's brink is verging, let us speak while there is time! Now, when the padlocks for our lips are forging. Silence is crime! John Greenleaf Whittier
No matter how big a nation is, it is no stronger than its weakest people… Marian Anderson
Anyone who offends with his words or in writing or in any way disrespects the President of the Republic … will be punished with prison of 6 to 30 months if the offense is serious and half that if it is light. The term will be increased by a third if the offense is made publicly. Venezuela
A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves. Edward R. Murrow
I will never be able to break the hold that America has on me. Emma Goldman
There is nothing more American than dissent. Nick Anderson
National patriotism, in other words, inevitably springs from the instinct to defend and preserve our own homes. Robert Menzies
Please address me correctly as Mrs. Nancy Johnson
The Egyptian battle over Christian Coptic citizenship rights, has been brewing for years. Copts are the original Egyptians, and they were the majority population until the 10th century. As Egypt was Arabized and Islamized, the Copts became a minority in their original homeland. Sa'd Al-Din Ibrahim
I love my country too much to be a nationalist. Albert Camus
If one permits an infidel to continue in his role as a corrupter of the earth, his moral suffering will be all the worse. If one kills the infidel, and this stops him from perpetrating his misdeeds, his death will be a blessing to him. Ruhollah Khomeini
It is sweet and honourable to die for one’s country. Horace; Quintus Horatius Flaccus
We wish for their own good to give the Indians full participation of the benefits of our free and mild government Thomas Jefferson
Convinced of its soundness, I feel it consistent with pure morality to lead the Indians towards becoming citizens, to familiarize them to the idea that it is for their interest to cede lands at times to the United States, and for us to procure gratifications to our citizens from time to time by new acquisitions of land Thomas Jefferson
What is it. That we can die but once to serve our country! Joseph Addison
Resolved, That the said James Christie is and ought to be considered as an enemy to America, and that no person trade, deal or barter with him hereafter …. That the said James Christie be expelled and banished this province forever … Maryland
Ask not what your country can do for you——ask what you can do for your country. John F. Kennedy
Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison. Henry David Thoreau
As Americans, it is up to all of us to be well informed and thoughtful, to help our country make the right decisions in this time or testing. Richard A. Clarke
There is but one task for all -- For each one life to give. Who stands if freedom fall? Who dies if England live? Rudyard Kipling
Ye must hear them and obey their orders: it is on them to be just and good, and on you to be obedient and submissive. Muhammad
Nationalism is a silly cock crowing on its own dunghill. Richard Aldington
You have chosen me from low estate to be your queen and companion, far beyond my desert or desire; if, then, you found me worthy of such honor, good your grace, let not any light fancy or bad counsel of my enemies withdraw your princely favor from me; neither let that stain - that unworthy stain - of a disloyal heart towards your good grace ever cast so foul a blot on me, and on the infant princess your daughter Anne Boleyn
Americans are the pick of the more adventurous and people of all races. George S. Patton
The diversity, individualism and mobility that characterize developed economies -- especially in the era of globalization -- mean that more of our lives is spent among strangers …. in a developed country such as Britain is that we not only live among stranger citizens but we must share with them. We share public services and parts of our income in the welfare state, we share public spaces in towns and cities where we are squashed together on buses, trains and tubes, and we share in a democratic conversation .… All such acts of sharing are more smoothly and generously negotiated if we can take for granted a limited set of common values and assumptions. But as Britain becomes more diverse that common culture is being eroded. David Goodhart
Behind every citizen lies a graveyard. Alan Wolfe
The modern idea of citizenship goes some way to accommodating the tension between solidarity and diversity. Citizenship is not an ethnic, blood-and-soil concept, but a more abstract political idea - implying equal legal, political and social rights (and duties) for people inhabiting a given national space. David Goodhart
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Fellow Soldiers and Citizens, that I find solid Ground to rely upon the Clemency of our Sovereign, and abundant Conviction that it is the generous Intention of Great Britain, not only to have the Rights and privileges of the Colonies unimpaired, together with their perpetual exemption from taxation, but to superadd such further benefits as may consist with the Common prosperity of the Empire. In short, I fought for much less than the Parent Country is as willing to grant to her Colonies, as they can be to receive or enjoy. Some may think I continued in the struggle of those unhappy days too long, and others that I quitted it too soon. Benedict Arnold
The people of America seem to have lost sight entirely of the noble principle which animated them at the commencement of it. That patriotic ardor which then inspired each breast, — that glorious, I had almost said godlike, enthusiasm, — has given place to avarice, and every rascally practice which tends to the gratification of that sordid and most disgraceful passion. I don't know as it would be too bold an assertion to say, that its depreciation is equal to that of the currency, — thirty for one. Samuel Shaw
As the President has said that I am worthy to be a citizen of the United States, I now promise this flag that I will give my hands, my head, and my heart to the doing of all that will make me a true American citizen. Anonymous
As you watch the fire burn these un-German books, let it also burn into your hearts love of the fatherland. Anonymous
Do not loiter where there is a dispute, for in the dispute they will have you as an observer. Then you will be made a witness for them, and they will involve you in a lawsuit to affirm something that does not concern you Anonymous
Each citizen of a state who lends his aid to the support of it, has an equal claim to all the privileges, liberties and immunities with every of his fellow countrymen. Anonymous
If not for patriotism, barren lands would be deserted. Anonymous
We consider the land in which we were born our only "true and appropriate home," and when we desire to remove we will apprise the public of the same, in due season. Anonymous
We want to be citizens not transients. Anonymous
I with my beliefs and my weapons will sacrifice myself for my nation… Anonymous
With the use of religious and patriotic formulas, statesmen may sleep amidst the wreck of nations. Henry Adams
Think of your forefathers! Think of your posterity! John Quincy Adams
Our obligations to our country never cease but with our lives. John Adams
If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen. Samuel Adams
Unless our conception of patriotism is progressive, it cannot hope to embody the real affection and real interest of the nation. Jane Addams
What pity it is That we can die but once for our country! Joseph Addison
It is the duty of American Muslims to participate constructively in the political process, if only to protect their rights, and give support to views and causes they favor. Taha Jaber Al-Alwani
I am a Canadian, a man and a Black man in that order. Lincoln Alexander
For God and Country, we associate ourselves together for the following purposes: To uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America; to maintain law and order; to foster and perpetuate a 100% Americanism. American Legion
A traitor to his country commits equal treason against mankind. John Albion Andrew
You have trampled under foot every vital principle of our government. My natural rights, my civil rights, my political rights, my judicial rights, are all alike ignored. Robbed of the fundamental privilege of citizenship, I am degraded from the status of a citizen to that of a subject. Susan B. Anthony
It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens; nor yet we, the male citizens; but we, the whole people who formed the Union. And we formed it, not to give the blessings of liberty, but to secure them; not to the half of ourselves and the half of our posterity, but to the whole people—women as well as men. Susan B. Anthony
Cities are ruined when they were unable to distinguish worthless citizens from virtuous ones. Antisthenes
Barbarians are by nature slaves rather than subjects. Aristotle
He who has the power to take part in the deliberative or judicial administration of any state is said by us to be a citizen of that state. Aristotle
It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen. Aristotle
Let me die in my old uniform. God forgive me for ever putting on any other. Benedict Arnold
Mr. President, this great new baby state [Arizona] is magnificent, this great new baby is ready to join the pantheon of other splendid states in our fair union, this great new baby state is poised to become a veritable paradise. We need only two things: water and lots of people. Henry F. Ashurst
We will never bring disgrace to this, our country, by any act of cowardice. We will fight for the ideals of this, our country. We will revere and obey the laws. We will strive to quicken our sense of civic duty. Thus, in all these ways, we will transmit this country greater, better, stronger, prouder and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us. Athens
Take care always to remember that you are a Roman.... Have a care you are not too much of a Caesar! Marcus Aurelius
I make a tender of my services, my loyalty, and my fidelity to the Constitutional Emperor of Mexico …. This solemn act cuts me off from all protection or dependence on my former government. Stephen F. Austin
The making of an American begins at that point where he himself rejects all other ties, any other history, and adopts the vesture of his adopted land. James Baldwin
You are living well, eating and drinking off the property of Israel, and care nothing about your brethren. Simon Bar Kokhba
Government is not a substitute for people, but simply the instrument through which they act. And if the individual fails to do his duty as a citizen, government becomes a very deadly instrument indeed. Bernard Baruch
I am a citizen of the world: I serve neither the emperor nor the king of France; I am at the service of Truth; she is my only Queen. Pierre Bayle
A traitor is a good fruit to hang from the boughs of the tree of liberty. Henry Ward Beecher
I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. Francis Bellamy; James B.
Ours is a country built more on people than on territory. David Ben-Gurion
The State of Israel represents and speaks only on behalf of its own citizens, and in no way presumes to represent or speak in the name of the Jews who are citizens of any other country. David Ben-Gurion
There's an element of truth in every idea that lasts long enough to be corny. Irving Berlin
... there shall be no differences save by merit of character, by merit of ability, by merit of service to country. Those are the true tests of the value of any man or woman, white or coloured ... Annie Besant
Citizenship is no light trifle to be jeopardized at any moment Congress decides to do so under the name of its general or implied grants of power. Hugo Black
I'm a British patriot. What matters is what is in Britain's national interest? Tony Blair
The future of Canada, I believe, depends very largely upon the cultivation of a national spirit Edward Blake
I don't oppose my own death by firing squad. But that might be letting me off too lightly. Chopping off my head might be better. Chen Boda
Lincoln’s talking nigger citizenship! John Wilkes Booth
Sic temper tyranis! The South is avenged! John Wilkes Booth
Any man who lends his money to the government at the present time will forfeit all claim to common honesty and common courtesy among all true friends to the country. Boston Gazette
Patriotism is a little like strength. If you've got it, you don't have to wear it on your sleeve. William W. Bradley
Patriotism is seen not only the last refuge of the scoundrel bus as the first bolt-hole of the hypocrite. Melvyn Bragg
The most important office, ... that of private citizen. Louis D. Brandeis
The right to speak freely concerning functions of the Federal Government is a privilege of immunity of every citizen of the United States which, even before the adoption of the Fourteenth Amendment, a State was powerless to curtail. Louis D. Brandeis
Government in this country is made up of the landed interest, which alone has the right to be represented. As for the rabble, who have nothing but personal property, what hold has the nation of them? What security for the payment of their taxes? They may pack up all their property on their backs, and leave the country in the twinkling of an eye. Robert MacQueen Braxfield
In the light of these treaties we are Europeans only. Aristide Briand
Clergymen do well to preach the neglected doctrine that the first duty of a citizen is to consider what he can do for the state and not what the state will do for him. St. John Broderick
I know of no more patriotic group than television journalists. Tom Brokaw
There is not the slightest doubt that Lewis is working and has worked during the past two years at least as an integral part of the pro-Nazi fifth column, aiming at a negotiated peace with Hitler, and at the Nazi subjugation of the United States itself.... This is treason. Earl Browder
I found it impossible to prevent two or three companies of the Federal troops from joining in the procession to-day, with the volunteers of the district, without giving serious offence to the tens of thousands people who have assembled to witness the parade.... The troops everywhere else join such processions in honor of the birthday of the Father of his Country, and it would be hard to assign a good reason why they should be excluded from the privilege of the capital founded by himself. They are here simply as a posse comitatus, to aid the civil authorities in case of need. Besides, the programme was published in the National Intelligencer of this morning, without my personal knowledge. James Buchanan
If citizenship means anything, it means sharing the pleasures and pains of American life. James MacGregor Burns
That which distinguishes this day from all others is that both orators and artillerymen shoot blank cartridges. John Burroughs
Though I love my country I do not love my countrymen. George Gordon Byron
I have never been in harmony with the proposition to apply the educational test [to immigrants]. If that test had been applied two hundred years ago I have ancestors who never would have gotten in. Joseph Cannon
Whatever is a privilege rather than a right, may be made dependent upon citizenship. Benjamin N. Cardozo
You make men love their country by giving them the kind of government and the kind of country that inspire respect and love. Zechariah Chaffee Jr.
My country, right or wrong," is a thing that no patriot would think of saying, except in a desperate case. It is like saying, "My mother, drunk or sober. Gilbert K. Chesterton
Disasters impel a nation to rise Chinese Proverb
The best way to unite the country is to have a good national government. Jean Chretien
If the Germans want to put the yellow Jewish star in Denmark, I and my whole family will wear it as a sign of the highest distinction. Christian X
With all her faults she is my country still. Charles Churchill
Our country is wherever we are well off. Marcus Tulliuis Cicero
I must remind you, Senators, that extreme patriotism in the defense of freedom is no crime and let me respectfully remind you that pusillanimity in the pursuit of justice is no virtue. Marcus Tulliuis Cicero
Each generation of Americans must define what it means to be an American. Bill Clinton
From a very early age, I had imbibed the opinion that it was every man's duty to do all that lay in his power to leave the country as good as he had found it. William Cobbett
Every effort to confine Americanism to a single pattern, to constrain it to a single formula, is disloyalty to everything that is valid in Americanism. Henry Steele Commager
Patriotism is easy to understand in America. It means looking out for yourself while looking out for your country. Calvin Coolidge
That one day this country of ours, which we love so much, will find dignity and greatness and peace again. Noel Coward
England, with all thy faults, I love thee still – My country! William Cowper
We believe it is patriotic to protect and save lives ... Worn with pride, country-wide. Jay Critchley
I hope to find my country in the right: however, I will stand by her, right or wrong. John J. Crittendon
It is bad to be oppressed by a minority, but it is worse to be oppressed by a majority.... From the absolute will of an entire people there is no appeal, no redemption, no refuge but treason. John Emerich Edward Dalberg; Lord Acton
Patriotism is in political life what faith is in religion. John Emerich Edward Dalberg; Lord Acton
The man who prefers his country before any other duty shows the same spirit as the man who surrenders every right to the state. They both deny that right is superior over authority. John Emerich Edward Dalberg; Lord Acton
I'm not afraid to make a patriotic speech. There should be more of them. Richard Joseph Daley
Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first; nationalism is when hate for people other than your own comes first. Charles de Gaulle
Our country! In her intercourse with foreign nations may she always be in the right; but our country, right or wrong. Stephen Decatur
God is an Englishman R. F. Delderfield
We Europeans will always have two fatherlands. One is Europe, and the other is our own country. It is unified in its diversity—this Europe. Jacques Delors
Our country should be all Canadian and all British. John G. Diefenbaker
Fascism in America will attempt to advance under the banner of Americanism and anti-Fascism. Georgi Dimitrov
Asked from what country he came, Diogenes the Cynic replied, "I am a citizen of the world. Diogenes
The heart of America is right. Everett Dirksen
Our Union must he preserved. Partisan feeling must yield to patriotism. I am with you, Mr. President, and God bless you. Stephen Douglas
There can be no neutrals in this war [the Civil War]—only patriots or traitors. Stephen Douglas
Once let the black man get upon his person the brass letters, U.S.—let him get an eagle on his button, and a musket on his shoulder and bullets in his pocket, and there is no power on earth which can deny that he has earned the right to citizenship. Frederick Douglass
Treason is not own'd when 'tis decried; Successful crimes alone are justified. John Dryden
What after all am I. Am I an American or am I a Negro? Can I be both? Or is it my duty to cease to be a Negro as soon as possible and be an American? If I strive as a Negro, am I not perpetuating the very cleft that threatens and separates black and white in America. W. E. B. Du Bois
Nobody from the CIA is going to account for their loyalty to [Senator Joseph] McCarthy. Allen Welsh Dulles
This House has heard discord and rebellion encouraged and avowed from more than one quarter. William P. Duvall
Being a citizen in a democracy involves more than just voting. It means being involved for the common whole. Vernon Ehlers
… all that loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism. Albert Einstein
Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism—how passionately I hate them! Albert Einstein
Every intellectual who is called before one of the committees ought to refuse to testify. Albert Einstein
They [the Founding Fathers] proclaimed to all the world the revolutionary doctrine of the divine rights of the common man. That doctrine has ever since been the heart of the American faith. Dwight D. Eisenhower
No man can have society upon his own terms. If he seeks it, he must serve it too. Ralph Waldo Emerson
The true test of civilization is, not the census, nor the size of cities, nor the crops—no, but the kind of man the country turns out. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Is it possible that the people of the U.S. enjoying the blessings of freedom under the only republican government on earth have not virtue enough to support it? Amos Evans
For America to work, Americans have to participate. If they don’t pay attention, they’re going to get screwed. Harold Evans
No political leader deserves the allegiance of what he never created. I can only give my allegiance to the one God. So when my President calls I don’t jump. If his call is not in accordance with the call of God, I do not answer. Louis Farrakhan Walcott
Are you a politician who says to himself, 'I will use my country for my own benefit?' If so, you are naught but a parasite living on the flesh of others. Or are you a devoted patriot, who whispers in the ear of his inner self, I love to serve my country as a faithful servant." Are you a politician asking what your country can do for you or a zealous one asking what you can do for your country? Khalil Gibran
I feel sorry for those who measure their patriotism by how often and how viciously they can criticize our government. John Glenn
He has no right to his life when his duty calls him to resign it. Other men are bound ... to deprive him of life or liberty, if that should appear in any case to be indispensably necessary to prevent a greater evil. William Godwin
I love my country and I am fighting for my country, but if this war [the Civil War] ever ends, I'll be dad-burned if I ever love another country. John Brown Gordon
You believe you are dying for the fatherland—you die for some industrialist. Anatole France; Jacques Anatole Francois Thibault
Senator, I do not believe you have ever taken an oath to support the Constitution of the United States with fewer reservations than I have or would now. Nor do I believe you are more attached to the theories and practices of Americanism than I am. I rest my answer on that statement. Felix Frankfurter
All are not hunters who blow the [hunting] horn. French Proverb
Nationalism is our form of incest, is our idolatry, is our insanity. Patriotism is its cult. Erich Fromm
The young people ... must recognize that they will get from their country tomorrow what they give her today. Indira Gandhi
The elevation of the Negro race from slavery to the full rights of citizenship is the most important political change we have known since the adoption of the Constitution of 1787. No thoughtful man can fail to appreciate its beneficent effect upon our institutions and people. James A. Garfield
I offer neither pay, nor quarters, nor provisions; I offer hunger, thirst, forced marches, battles and death. Let him who loves his country in his heart and not with his lips only, follow me. Guiseppe Garibaldi
Our country is the world—our countrymen are all mankind. William Lloyd Garrison
Where is the black man's Government? Where is his King and his Kingdom? Where is his President, his country, and his ambassador, his army, his navy, his men of big affairs? I could not find them, and then I declared, "I will help to make them. Marcus Garvey
That kind of patriotism which consists in hating all other nations. Elizabeth Gaskell
I desire what is good. Therefore, everyone who does not agree with me is a traitor. George III
A patriotic native-born Japanese, if he wants to make his contribution, will submit himself to a concentration camp. Leland M. Ford
It is in vain that we [Jews] are good patriots, even in some countries extreme patriots. Theodor Herzl
Deutschland uber alles. [Germany over all.] August Hoffman
It is now the moment when by common consent we pause to become conscious of our national life and to rejoice in it, to recall what our country has done for each of us, and to ask ourselves what we can do for our country in return. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
We have seen more than once that the public welfare may call upon the best citizens for their lives. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
The Union has become not merely a physical union of states, but rather a spiritual union in common ideals of our people. Within it is room for every variety of opinion, every possible experiment in social progress. Out of such variety comes growth, but only if we preserve and maintain our spiritual solidarity. Herbert Hoover
Prevent the rise of a "messiah" who could unify, and electrify the militant black nationalist movement. J. Edgar Hoover
It is a sweet and glorious thing to die for one's country. Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori. Horace; Quintus Horatius Flaccus
Saving souls was once the most popular work; but now saving the country takes the lead. Edgar Watson Howe
The man who first called us the Common People was nearly right. Edgar Watson Howe
Our Christian civilization will have to Christianize itself in a hurry. It will have to dedicate itself to the proposition that men are men before they are Englishmen, businessmen, workingmen, or Americans, and that all men are brothers.... This proposition, always popular on Sundays, requires the subordination of Americanism to Humanity. Robert M. Hutchins
One of the great attractions of patriotism—it fulfills our worst wishes. In the person of our nation we are able, vicariously, to bully and cheat. Bully and cheat, what’s more, with a feeling that we are profoundly virtuous. Aldous Huxley
As a matter of fact, it is the fascist minded men of America who are the real enemies of our institutions.... It is these men who, pretending that they would save us from communism, would superimpose upon America an equally dreaded fascism. Harold L. Ickes
Political rights have been preserved by traitors. Robert G. Ingersoll
No encouragement must be given to social and political organizations or methods which perpetuate in this country foreign ideas and customs. An Irish-American, a German-American, or a French-American vote is an intolerable anomaly. John Ireland
The citizens of America are her monarchs. No country deserves so well of its people, and none is so dependent upon them. John Ireland
Disunion by armed force is treason. Andrew Jackson
It is a complex fate being an American. Henry James
A nation united can never be conquered. Thomas Jefferson
No person shall be admitted as a citizen who holds any heredity title. Thomas Jefferson
The unsuccessful strugglers against tyranny have been the chief martyrs of treason laws in all countries. Thomas Jefferson
I think it fortunate for the United States to have become the asylum for so many virtuous patriots of different denominations. Thomas Jefferson
Robbery is a crime; rape is a crime; murder is a crime; treason is a crime and crime must be punished. The law provides for it, and the courts are open. Treason must be made infamous and traitors must be impoverished. Andrew Johnson
My course is clear. A British subject I was born, and a British subject I will die. John A. MacDonald
Newfangled and artificial treasons have been the great engines by which violent factions, the natural offspring of free government, have usually wreaked their alternate malignity on each other. James Madison
Together, hand in hand, with our matches and our necklaces, we shall liberate this country. Winnie Mandela
Those are most desirous of honor and glory who cry out the loudest of its abuse and the vanity of the world. Baruch Spinoza
Individuals do not derive from government their right to contract, but bring that right with them into society.... every man retains the right to acquire property, to dispose of that property according to his own judgment, and to pledge himself for a future act. John Marshall
There is no room in the government of the United States for any who prefer the Communistic system. Joseph W. Martin Jr.
A country soon tires of the glories it has wrought. Andre Maurois
[Beware of those] who aim at popularity under the disguise of patriotism. Jonathan Mayhew
Without Country you have neither name, token, voice, nor rights …. Do not delude yourselves with the hope of emancipation from unjust social conditions if you do not first conquer a country for yourselves. Guiseppe Mazzini
The issue between the Republicans and the Democrats is clearly drawn. It has been deliberately drawn by those who have been in charge of twenty years of treason. Joseph R. McCarthy
A Canadian nationality—not French-Canadian, not British-Canadian, nor Irish-Canadian: patriotism rejects the prefix ... is what we should look forward to. D'Arcy McGee
No solid South, no solid North, save when solid for the flag and the Union. William McKinley
They who have tried to serve their country, no matter how weak the efforts may have been, are sure to receive the thanks and blessings of its people. Thomas Francis Meagher
Everyone who receives the protection of society owes a return for the benefit. John Stuart Mill
Brave men, and worthy patriots, dear to God, and famous to all ages. John Milton
In today’s day, patience is a new form of patriotism. Norman Y. Mineta
If someone wants to know which is my homeland, he will not have to look for it. He will have to fight for it. Pedro Mir
The crucial part of a citizens' culture is learning to correct others without mistreating them or generating aggression. We need to create a society in which civility rules over cynicism and apathy. Antanas Mockus
If you don't like what's going on, you have to get involved. Mary Moran
Don't sell America short. J. Pierpont Morgan
The only methods we shall employ will be English ones. The good old English fist. Oswald Mosley
Jihad [Holy War] is your duty under any ruler, be he devout or tyrannical. Muhammad
Sink all partisanship—America first. Charles Murphy
Jury service is a duty as well as a privilege of citizenship; it is a duty that cannot be shirked on a plea of inconvenience or decreased earning power. Frank Murphy
Pacifism is patriotism. Fiorello H. La Guardia
The Jews are a grave misfortune to every European people. It follows for Germany that the Jews must either emigrate from Germany, or become Germans within it. Paul de Lagarde
I am the fellow citizen of every thinking man: Truth is my native land. Alphonse de Lamartine
Our chief aim as public-spirited citizens must be neither to avoid trouble, nor to stay out of jail, nor even to preserve our lives, but to keep on fighting for our fundamental principles and ideals. Corliss Lamont
Canada first, Canada last, and Canada always. Wilfrid Laurier
The moment we invite to our table men of another race ... we affirm that we acknowledge them as our fellow countrymen as they acknowledge we are theirs. Wilfrid Laurier
True patriotism sometimes requires of men to act exactly contrary, at one period, to that which it does at another. Robert E. Lee
I am as much a citizen of the world as I am of my country. Mickey Leland
If it is decreed that I should go down because of this speech, then let me go down linked to the truth—let me die in the advocacy of what is just and right. Abraham Lincoln
Let us at all times remember that all American citizens are brothers of a common country, and should dwell together in the bonds of fraternal feeling. Abraham Lincoln
Gold is good in its place, but living, brave, patriotic men are better than Gold. Abraham Lincoln
It is not merely for today, but for all time to come that we should perpetuate for our children's children this great and free government, which we have enjoyed all our lives. I beg you to remember this, not merely for my sake, but for yours. I happen to occupy temporarily this big White House. I am a living witness that any one of your children may look to come here as my father's child has. It is in order that each one of you may have, through this free government which we have enjoyed, an open field and a fair chance for your industry, enterprise and intelligence: that you may all have equal privileges in the race of life, with all its desirable human aspirations. It is for this the struggle should be maintained, that we may not lose our birthright. The nation is worth fighting for, to secure such an inestimable jewel. Abraham Lincoln
A modern democracy cannot allow its citizens to be exonerated Mario Vargas Llosa
Hope is the mainspring of patriotism. David Lloyd George
We must be now and forever for Americanism and Nationalism and against Internationalism. Henry Cabot Lodge
To me Americanism means not only an opportunity to do better, but an imperative duty to be nobler than the rest of the world. Meyer London
Let us abandon this narrow conception of patriotism, which consists of the doctrine, "My country right or wrong." There is a nobler doctrine, ... "My country must always be right. Meyer London
There can be no such thing as offending national honor. One may offend national pride or injure national interest. Meyer London
Political action is the highest responsibility of a citizen. John F. Kennedy
There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. Martin Luther King Jr.
There is but one task for all— For each one life to give. Who stands if freedom fall? Who dies if England live? Rudyard Kipling
One Hundred Percent Americanism Ku Klux Klan
This nation has never lived without independence. We cannot and shall not live without it. Either independence or death. Kemal Ataturk
I am guilty of no crime save that of being an Italian like yourself. I have risked my life for Italy, and your duty is to do good to those who have suffered for her Ugo Bassi
Partnership implies that the individual has responsibilities as well as rights. Tony Blair
A man's country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle; and patriotism is loyalty to that principle. George William Curtis
In this state there are 200 thousand able intelligent, honorable negroes, not an inferior race, mind you, who are ready to protect their liberty. The matter is in your own hands. Martin Delany
Will President Polk accept one or more regiments of colored soldiers for the great Southern War? Surely, according to Southern doctrine, they are the only persons adapted to that climate? We should like to have an answer from some of the President's friends, we care not of what politics. Martin Delany
When a whole nation is roaring Patriotism at the top of its voice, I am fain to explore the cleanness of its hands and purity of its heart. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Those who speak the same language are joined to each other by a multitude of invisible bonds by nature herself, long before any human art begins; they understand each other and have the power of continuing to make themselves understood more and more clearly; they belong together and are by nature one and an inseparable whole Johann Gottlieb Fichte
Citizens have the right of association, of peaceful and unarmed assemblage, of petitioning, and of expressing their opinions through the press or otherwise. The enjoyment of these rights has no limitation other than the equal rights of others and the public safety. France
The land was ours before we belonged to the land. Robert Frost
There is a collapse of public spirit; the victories reported by the Army of Italy have not produced the enthusiasm that the national honor naturally inspires in Frenchmen. Gazette Francaise
The primary duty of a citizen is loyalty to country…. It is exhibited by an absolute and unreserved obedience to his country’s call. James Gibbons
We must reconquer Spain … We must give Spain a new unity, a new spirit, a totalitarian polity. … It is necessary to defeat socialism inexorably. We must found a new state, purge the fatherland of judaising Freemasons. … What does it matter if we have to shed blood! … We need full power, and that is what we demand Jose Maria Gil Robles
It is the men who makes a city. Greek Proverb
To the brave man every land is a native country. Greek Proverb
Patriotism is proud of a country’s virtues and eager to correct its deficiencies; it also acknowledges the legitimate patriotism of other countries, with their own specific virtues. The pride of nationalism, however, trumpets its country’s virtues and denies its deficiencies, while it is contemptuous toward the virtues of other countries. It wants to be, and proclaims itself to be, “the greatest,” but greatness is not required of a country; only goodness is. Sydney J. Harris
Very thinly-veiled self glorification. Chris Hedges
As against the false doctrine of national patriotism, we uphold the ideal of international working class solidarity. Morris Hillquit; Socialist Party
So, having no hope of reconciliation, and finding no other remedy, we have, agreeable to the law of nature in our own defense, and for maintaining the rights, privileges, and liberties of our countrymen, wives, and children, and latest posterity from being enslaved by the Spaniards, been constrained to renounce allegiance to the King of Spain, and pursue such methods as appear to us most likely to secure our ancient liberties and privileges. Know all men by these presents that being reduced to the last extremity, as above mentioned, we have unanimously and deliberately declared, and do by these presents declare, that the King of Spain has forfeited, ipso jure, all hereditary right to the sovereignty of those countries Holland
The Catholics, so far as I know, whether of native or foreign birth, are willing to fight to the death for the support of the constitution, the Government and the laws of the country. But if it should be understood that, with or without knowing it, they are to fight for the abolition of slavery, then, indeed, they will turn away in disgust from the discharge of what would otherwise be a patriotic duty. John Hughes
If any man or any nation outside the Five Nations shall obey the laws of the Great Peace and make known their disposition to the Lords of the Confederacy, they may trace the Roots to the Tree and if their minds are clean and they are obedient and promise to obey the wishes of the Confederate Council, they shall be welcomed to take shelter beneath the Tree of the Long Leaves. Iroquois Nation
Democrats and Republicans alike are citizens. Equal patriotism is in each Hiram Johnson
The citizen cannot refuse to pay the taxes imposed on him … But the same person nevertheless does not act contrary to his duty as a citizen, when, as a scholar, he publicly expresses his thoughts on the inappropriateness or even the injustices of these levies Immanuel Kant
We are not able to give approval to those views which, in their collective sense, are called by some "Americanism." But if by this name are to be understood certain endowments of mind which belong to the American people, just as other characteristics belong to various other nations, and if, moreover, by it is designated your political condition and the laws and customs by which you are governed, there is no reason to take exception to the name. But if this is to be so understood that the doctrines which have been adverted to above are not only indicated, but exalted, there can be no manner of doubt that our venerable brethren, the bishops of America, would be the first to repudiate and condemn it as being most injurious to themselves and to their country. For it would give rise to the suspicion that there are among you some who conceive and would have the Church in America to be different from what it is in the rest of the world. Leo XIII
America is the only nation in the world that does not define itself by its boundaries but by its creed. Joseph I. Lieberman
A Zeal for our Country is glorious, but a Spirit of Faction infamous William Livingston
My ideal citizen is the self-employed, homeschooling, IRA-owning guy with a concealed-carry permit, because that person doesn’t need the goddamn government for anything. Grover Norquist
If I go into exile, hope remains with me, because I will preserve my people’s affection, which will live in my people’s hearts forever until my last breath. Francis Rakoczi II
Blind submission to the Administration of the government is not devotion to the country or the Constitution. The administration is not the government. Edward G. Ryan
It is far better to die on the battlefield than live as a slave. Haile Selassie
For 18 months after September 11, it was unpatriotic to criticize the President. That is how he was able to lead us into the War in Iraq. In normal times the proposed war would never have withstood the criticism. George Soros
When a system goes astray, it is the right and obligation of citizens to oppose it and change it-for themselves and for generations to come Ron Kovic
Here will be preserved all . . . the records that bind State to State and the hearts of all our people in an indissoluble union. Herbert Hoover
Expel the barbarians, and so calm the indignation of the Mikado's divine ancestry. Komei
Honor the Mikado and expel the barbarians! Ilirano Jiro
Japan is not a land where men need pray / For 'tis itself divine Kakinomoto no Hitomaro
My love of country admits of no limitations, makes no concessions…It is …blind, prejudiced and passionate. Alfred Duff Cooper; 1st Viscount Norwich
It is the honor and soul of England which is at stake! Alfred Duff Cooper; 1st Viscount Norwich
Capitalism has put democracy in trouble, because capitalism has tried to persuade us that being a private consumer is enough. That a citizen is nothing more than a consumer Benjamin R. Barber
Nationalism springs, as often as not, from a wounded or outraged sense of human dignity, the desire for recognition. Isaiah Berlin
The Czechoslovak conception gives the Slovaks an all-State, more universal consciousness. This conception makes us a 10-million strong nation and not a mere 2-million fraction. How is it possible that there should be Slovaks who do not understand this Ivan Derer
A Jew cannot be a citizen of the Reich Germany
To build socialism means not only building gigantic factories and flour mills. This is essential but not enough for building socialism. People must grow in mind and heart. Nadezhda K. Krupskaya
Every man has an idea, of course, that the State from which he comes possesses peculiar merit Romulus Whitaker Zachariah Linney
God puts no nation in supreme place which will not do supreme duty. God keeps no nation in supreme place which will not perform its supreme duty … William McKinley
Awaken a feeling that our ancient buildings are not mere ecclesiastical toys, but sacred monuments of the nation's growth and hope. William Morris
Away with national pride that only raises national hatred August Palm
Soon the princely Marko reached the Moslems, From the sheath he drew his trusty saber, Drove that arm'd vizier, and all his warriors--- Drove them from him---o'er the desert scatters, As the vulture drives a flock of sparrows. Marko soon o'ertakes the flying warriors, From his neck their chieftain's head he sever'd; And the dozen youths his trusty saber Into four-and-twenty halves divided. Anonymous
We have a great nation to help govern. We who are citizens of this great republic are favored children, yet we are all the time complaining; but that is one of the inalienable privileges of an American to complain about his neighbor and government-always crying for a change. But, with all of its faults, this is the best government for man on the face of the earth Benjamin William Arnett
Union or death! Dragutin Dimitrijevic
The object assigned to the work to be done by the people of every class is the preparation for war in all forms of national work, corresponding to the requirements of the present day. This is to be effected through strengthening of the national consciousness, bodily exercises, increase of material and bodily well-being, cultural improvements, etc Narodna Odbrana
Today steady, fanatical, tireless work and again work is required to fulfill the tasks and duties to which we have drawn attention by way of present preparation for the fight with gun and cannon which will come Narodna Odbrana
No black or mulatto person shall be permitted to settle or reside in this state, unless he or she shall first produce a fair certificate from some court within the United States, of his or her actual freedom. Ohio
The relations of our two countries rest on traditional bases, quite other than those with other nations, and are of commanding influence on the whole of the world! Wilhelm II
National sentiments can cause such sinful phenomena as aggressive nationalism, xenophobia, national exclusiveness and inter-ethnic enmity. At their extremes, these phenomena often lead to the restriction of the rights of individuals and nations, wars and other manifestations of violence Russian Orthodox Church
If you avoid dying for the honour and freedom of the Fatherland, you will die a criminal or a slave; die for the faith and the Fatherland and you will be granted life and a crown in heaven Philaret of Moscow
Patriotism is a sham when it lets out the howl that the people of another nation are a pack of beasts and criminals, unrelated to the human family Emanuel Haldeman-Julius
We love our native country, much as it has wronged us; and in the peaceable exercise of our inalienable rights, we will cling to it Robert Purvis
The time has gone by for colored people to talk of patriotism: . . . He used to be proud that his grandfather … fought for liberty in the Revolutionary War. But that time had passed by. Charles Lenox Remond
Don’t get too wrapped up in the flag because every flag is superseded by the cross. Cornel West
I am absolutely certain that George W. Bush did what he believed he had to do, in order to protect his country from the world of evil… The sad thing is that he was so deeply, deeply wrong. Vincente Fox
A Inaugural Address should attempt to unite the nation. Patrick Anderson
The elite interests must not crowd out the interests of the citizens. Obiageli Ezekwesili
Patriotism must not be stored in closets and brought forth for airing only on holidays and special occasions. Patriotism is a living quality that must be nurtured and examined to ensure positive growth. Once matured, it must be strong enough to survive the challenges of criticism, conflict, imprisonment, or personal sacrifice. James A. Burkholder Jr.
Patriotism is proud of a country’s virtues and eager to correct its deficiencies; it also acknowledges the legitimate patriotism of other countries, with their own specific virtues. The pride of nationalism, however, trumpets its country’s virtues and denies its deficiencies, while it is contemptuous toward the virtues of other countries. It wants to be, and proclaims itself to be, “the greatest,” but greatness is not required of a country; only goodness is. Sydney J. Harris
Sustain the government of the nation wherever you are, and speak well of it, for this is right, and the government has a right to expect it of you, so long as that government sustains you in your civil and religious liberty, in those rights which inherently belong to every person born on the earth and if you are persecuted in your native land, and denied the privilege of worshipping the true God in spirit and in truth, flee to the land of Zion, to America—to the United States, where constitutional rights and freedoms are not surpassed by any nation—where God saw fit, in these last days, to renew the dispensation of salvation, by revelations from the heavens, and where all, by the constitution and laws of the land, when executed in righteousness, are protected in all the civil and religious freedom that man is capable of enjoying on earth Brigham Young
No honest man can doubt for a moment, but the glory of American Liberty, is on the wane Joseph Smith, Jr.
Make my skin into drumheads for the Bohemian cause. Jan Zizka
We are on the cusp of this time where I can say, "I speak as a citizen of the world" without others saying, "God, what a nut. Lawrence Lessig
I do not personally regard the whole of the remaining cities of Germany as worth the bones of one British Grenadier. Arthur Travis Harris
No nation is fit to sit in judgment upon any other nation. Woodrow Wilson
Nationalism ... is like cheap alcohol. First it makes you drunk, then it makes you blind, then it kills you. Daniel Fried
Arab nationalism is not a theory but the source of all theories Michel Aflaq
Nationalism is spiritual and all-embracing, in the sense that it opens its arms to and spreads its wings over all those who have shared with the Arabs their history and have lived in the environment of their language and culture for generations, so that they have become Arab in thought and feeling. There is no fear that nationalism will clash with religion, for, like religion, it flows from the heart and issues from the will of God; they walk arm in arm, supporting each other, especially when religion represents the genius of the nationality and is in harmony with its nature. Michel Aflaq
A day will come when the nationalists will find themselves the only defenders of Islam. They will have to give a special meaning to it if they want the Arab nation to have a good reason for survival. Michel Aflaq
The truth is that we want nothing so much as to be American. I for one would rather that we chucked it all and joined the United States and stop defying the law of politics and geography…. The reality is that Canadians are Americans already without many of the advantages. Mordecai Richler
Being an American is not easy. It is hard. We are required to keep some serious promises. We are judged by a high standard, ones we crafted for ourselves in the founding documents of the republic, the ones that talk about the equality of all people, the ones that tell us that government is of the people, by the people and for the people. We need to live by this, at home and abroad, and it is just about the only thing we can do to face the hatred of those who want to destroy us. Our best defense is to stay true to who we are. Our best defense is to refuse to live in fear, of them, of ourselves, of anyone. Michael Ignatieff
The feeling of patriotism --- It is an immoral feeling because, instead of confessing himself a son of God . . . or even a free man guided by his own reason, each man under the influence of patriotism confesses himself the son of his fatherland and the slave of his government, and commits actions contrary to his reason and conscience Leo Tolstoy
The interests, rights, and liberties of American citizens are no more dear to us than are those of the whole human race. Hence we can allow no appeal to patriotism, to revenge any national insult or injury William Lloyd Garrison
In order to rally people, governments need enemies. They want us to be afraid, to hate, so we will rally behind them. And if they do not have a real enemy, they will invent one in order to mobilize us. Thich Nhat Hanh
In global terms, to be born British remains a remarkable stroke of luck. Andrew Marr
The nationalization of Midwestern culture, which had already begun in the nineteenth century, was intensified after the 1890s. This could be seen most clearly in the rising influence of the patriot symbol. During the nineteenth century the region's culture had been dominated by a native, Protestant middle class that celebrated self-reliant, small-scale capitalists as model citizens. This cultural construction reflected the belief of middle-class leaders that they had been responsible for the region's growth and an attempt by them to reform the behavior of thousands of immigrants whom they felt did not share their commitment to self-improvement and progress. These leaders and the communities in which they lived were certainly proud of the patriotism of their ancestors, but they saw all that they had built grounded ultimately in the rugged individualism which they believed they and their pioneer ancestors had exhibited. John Bodnar
Like other ideals, patriotism varies from a noble devotion to a moral lunacy. William Ralph Inge
There are always giants out there trying to strangle the innovator and steal his innovation. Harold Evans
Africanity is foisted upon the migrants the moment they arrive in the West. On the continent, most people in the rural areas live under ethnic categories like Kikuyu, Ibo, Hausa and Acholi. Some educated, middle-class and/or urban dwellers may see themselves as members of a nation like South Africa, Kenya or Tanzania. In some countries like South Africa, which has recently emerged from the crucible of apartheid, national consciousness is still strong. For most, however, "national" consciousness emerges only occasionally during Independence Day celebrations, international soccer matches or at election time. "African" consciousness, however, is a rarity Francis N. Njubi
Those who would measure confidence in this country in the future must look first to the average citizen. . . . Franklin D. Roosevelt
Arise Americans. Your country and liberty are in danger. Anonymous
If it had depended on me, you should have enjoyed this blessing which you so earnestly desire, the blessing of peace ; but it must be procured by new efforts; the immense sacrifices I have offered are of no avail; I can perfectly sympathize with all that my faithful subjects must endure, but I am persuaded they would themselves recoil from conditions of peace as repugnant to justice as to the honor of the French name. Louis XIV
Church and King Anonymous
All European monarchs ought to be the first servant of the state. Frederick II
When Fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the American flag and carrying a cross. Sinclair Lewis
The primary duty of Englishmen abroad and in the colonies is to attend at all times, the Service and Defense of their King and Native Country Charles I
To give the like liberty and privilege to foreigners, that English-men have, might be a means to undo the natives; for foreigners by their Correspondents abroad, and industry at home, will gain all the trade to themselves, and also by purchasing of estates, will make our land much the dearer. Samuel Fortrey
[Describing England:] In the year 1796, the alarm of an apprehended French invasion reached a great height. The [government cabinet] ministers were suspected, and not without reason, of fomenting this alarm, for the sake of strengthening their popularity, and keeping up the national frenzy against the French republicans, which was now beginning to flag. Richard Hildreth
The Civil war made us a nation rather then an association of states. James McPherson
There may be malevolent people at home and abroad who will wish to deprive you of this treasure [the Republic]. If some day you are compelled to defend your independence and your Republic, you must not tarry to weigh the possibilities and circumstances of the situation before taking up your duty … those who hold power within the country may be in error, misguided and may even be traitors. Furthermore, they may identify their personal interests with the political designs of the invaders. The country may be impoverished, ruined and exhausted. Even in such circumstances it is your duty to save the Turkish Independence and Republic. The strength you need is already imbedded in your noble blood. Kemal Ataturk
A man does not cease to be a citizen for being excommunicated. Michel de L'Hopital
In patriotism, loyalty, and combat, there are no moderates. Edwin A. Walker
A dangerous idea is gaining currency within a segment of the American populace. If a person does not support the United States-British bombing expedition in Afghanistan, it means that he or she backs Osama bin Laden and the Al-Qaeda Chandra Muzaffar
The major contributing factor to the success of European nationalism has been its projection as disinterested internationalism Marimba Ani
Every citizen has, under the law, a sacred and inviolable right to personal liberty and to the possession of his goods France Blois
I can find nothing in the Constitution which … deprives of their citizenship any class of persons who were citizens of the United States at the time of its adoption, or who should be native-born citizens of any State after its adoption; nor any power enabling Congress to disfranchise persons born on the soil of any State, and entitled to citizenship of such State by its Constitution and laws. And my opinion is, that, under the Constitution of the United States, every free person born on the soil of a State, who is a citizen of that State by force of its Constitution or laws, is also a citizen of the United States. Benjamin Curtis
I wished to procure for my country the guarantee which Washington procured for America. To procure an aid, which, by its example, would be as important as its valor, disciplined. gallant, pregnant with science and experience; which would perceive the good and polish the rough points of our character Robert Emmet
The citizen must be also a soldier and armed. The system of civil society is never safe from revolution and the shocks of sudden conspiracies, unless associated with and fortified by an equally vigorous discipline of its physical power. William Gilpin
Do you remember that night when you gave your country a free trade and with your hands opened all harbors. That night when you gave her a free constitution and broke her chains of slavery while England stood eclipsed by your glory, and your island arose as it were from it and got nearer the sun. Henry Grattan
That the Kingdom of Ireland is a distinct kingdom with a parliament of her own, the sole legislature thereof, that there is no body of men competent to make laws to bind the nation but the king, lords, and commons of Ireland, nor any Parliament which hath any authority or power or any sort whatever in this country, save only the Parliament of Ireland, to assure his Majesty that we humbly conceive that in this right the very essence of our liberty exists, a right which we, on the part of the people of Ireland do claim as their birthright, and which we cannot yield but with our lives Henry Grattan
A citizen cannot renounce his allegiance to the United States without the permission of government, to be declared by law; James Kent
O, my brothers, love your Country! Our country is our Home, a house God has given us, placing therein a numerous family that loves us, and whom we love; a family with whom we sympathize more readily and whom we understand more quickly than we do others Giuseppe Mazzini
So long as you are ready to die for Humanity, the life of your country will be immortal Giuseppe Mazzini
For what is life but deadly strife / Which knows no truce or pause ? / And what is death but want of breath / To curse their alien laws ? D'Arcy McGee
The American citizen has the right to come to the seat of government to assert any claim he may have upon that government, to transact any business he may have with it, to seek its protection, to share its offices, to engage in administering its functions. He has the right of free access to its seaports, through which all operations of foreign commerce are conducted, to the sub-treasuries, land offices, and courts of justice in the several States. Samuel Freeman Miller
There is a citizenship of the United States, and a citizenship of a State, which are distinct from each other, and which depend upon different characteristics or circumstances in the individual. Samuel Freeman Miller
Amidst all their wrongs the Irish people have hitherto held fast to one sacred right which, though often menaced, has never been betrayed their right to that which has been their sword and shield in doubt, in trouble, and in danger ; their right to that one social blessing that has brightened their past and cheers their future history; their right to that leadership and political guidance through which they have obtained all their rights, and through which—with the blessing of God—they are resolved to maintain them, their right to the free voice and unfettered patriotism of their clergy- a right which they have bought with their blood, and which they will never permit to be sold…to place an interdict upon the clergy- in their efforts to vindicate the social and religious rights of their people- would be the most wicked because the most subtle and dangerous of all the penal laws by which it has been sought to damn and degrade us. George Henry Moore
…for the liberation of Ireland by force of arms Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa
Those of us who shout the loudest about Americanism in making character assassinations are all too frequently those who, by our own words and acts, ignore some of the basic principles of Americanism Margaret Chase Smith
Whether on the scaffold high Or on the battle-field we die, Oh, what matter, when for Erin dear we fall. Timothy Daniel Sullivan
Now on life's dreary plain. We must wait, like the Stoic, Brave, enduring, and strong, Till the soul's strength heroic Bend the fetters of wrong Jane Francesca Wilde; Speranza
Before the gathered people; face to face, That like God's thunder might my words of power Roll down the cry of freedom to its base! Oh ! that my voice, a storm above all storms, Could cleave earth, air, and ocean, rend the sky With the fierce earthquake shout, To arms ! to arms ! For truth, fame, freedom, vengeance, victory ! Jane Francesca Wilde; Speranza
Every citizen of Canada has the right to enter, remain in, and leave Canada. Canada
There should be constitutional liberty of speech and freedom of thought, which is the elementary right of every citizen under any civilized form of Government Muhammad Ali Jinnah
Show me a man who respects the rights of all countries, but is ready to defend his own against them all, and I will show you a man who is both a nationalist and an internationalist. Andrew Fletcher
Nationalism, from the point of view of the Islamic Resistance Movement, is part of the religious creed. Nothing in nationalism is more significant or deeper than in the case when an enemy should tread Moslem land. Resisting and quelling the enemy become the individual duty of every Moslem, male or female. A woman can go out to fight the enemy without her husband's permission, and so does the slave: without his master's permission. Hamas
It is time to break the bad habit of expecting something for nothing, from our government or from each other. Bill Clinton
The American dream does not come to those who fall asleep. Richard Nixon
We cannot learn from one another until we stop shouting at one another Richard Nixon
Citizenship is a lifetime job. Bill Clinton
O people of America. The destinies of your country are in your own hands. They are committed to your own keeping. It is for you to say which ye will have, liberty or slavery, knowledge or ignorance, happiness or misery. Zelotes Fuller
The most patriotic and American thing you can do is to distrust your government Penn Jillette
Public before private and country before family. Chinese Proverb
I am a Muslim first and I am a Muslim last. I have a British passport, but we are defined by our beliefs…. Wherever I am, I will propagate Islam. Anjem Choudary
Mexicans now established in territories previously belonging to Mexico, and which remain for the future within the limits of the United States, as defined by the present treaty, shall be free to continue where they now reside, or to remove at any time to the Mexican Republic, retaining the property which they possess in the said territories, or disposing thereof, and removing the proceeds wherever they please, without their being subjected, on this account, to any contribution, tax, or charge whatever. Those who shall prefer to remain in the said territories may either retain the title and rights of Mexican citizens, or acquire those of citizens of the United States. But they shall be under the obligation to make their election within one year from the date of the exchange of ratifications of this treaty; and those who shall remain in the said territories after the expiration of that year, without having declared their intention to retain the character of Mexicans, shall be considered to have elected to become citizens of the United States. Mexico; United States
Hereafter no State court or court of the United States shall admit Chinese to citizenship; and all laws in conflict with this act are hereby repealed. United States Congress
I will call any American who criticizes the administration time of war ‘a BAD American.’ Bill O'Reilly
Citizenship is basic to all other claims which individuals make on the state, or the state makes upon them. Linda K. Kerber
Why do we not celebrate the 4th of July? The Declaration of Independence is just as precious to me today as it was twenty years ago! Has it not the same validity that it had in 1776? Brigham Young
I felt that the last drop of my patriotism had leaked out from the end of my shoes. Jack London; John Griffith London
There were patriots who supported this war and patriots who opposed it. Barack Obama
The American public, not the timeless nature of war, has changed. We no longer easily accept human imperfections. We care less about correcting problems, than in assessing blame. In post-modern America it is defeat that has a thousand fathers and the notion of victory is an orphan. Victor Davis Hanson
A good subject makes it his rule to prefer the public welfare to everything else, bravely to sacrifice his fortune, and his private interests, and even his life, for the preservation of the state; and to employ all his abilities and his industry to advance the honor, and to procure the advantage of his native country. Jean-Jacques Burlamaqui
Nationalism … may be regarded as the greatest obstacle to mutual understanding between peoples. Albert Schweitzer
Patriotism is a noble feeling insofar as it approaches that which is purely human, but the very reverse the further it is removed therefrom. Klas Pontus Arnoldson
These antipatriotic prejudices are the abortions of folly impregnated by faction. Samuel Johnson
Yet she's only as rich as the poorest of the poor Only as free as a padlocked prison door Only as strong as our love for this land Only as tall as we stand! Phil Ochs
The glory of the nation you love is a desirable end,-but generally to be obtained at your neighbor's expense. John Maynard Keynes
I am no longer a Virginian. I am an American. Patrick Henry
Staying aloof is not a solution; it is a cowardly evasion. Eleanor Roosevelt
What are we here for, save to help each other, to love each other, to uplift each other? Annie Besant
Citizenship is not a transaction where you put your taxes in and take your services out. It is a relationship. David Cameron
It is high time that we awaken from the romantic self-renunciation which made us admire all sorts of other nationalities while we ourselves languished in shameful bondage, trampled on by all the world; it is high time that we awaken to a healthy national egoism which, to put it frankly, places the welfare and honour of the fatherland above everything else. Wilhelm Jordan
Liberty and Nationality are mere lyrics to them of which they understand nothing. Bertalan Szemere
More than two million German soldiers went to their death for the fatherland before me. I follow now my sons - all for Germany. Wilhelm Keitel
There is but one task for all— One life for each to give. What stands if Freedom fall? Who dies if England live? Rudyard Kipling
The men who create power make an indispensable contribution to the Nation's greatness, but the men who question power make a contribution just as indispensable, especially when that questioning is disinterested, for they determine whether we use power or power uses us John F. Kennedy
You don't have to be born in New York City to be a New Yorker. You have to live here for six months. And if at the end of the six months you walk faster, you talk faster, you think faster, you're a New Yorker. Edward I. Koch
The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members. Coretta Scott King
A wise man’s country is the world. Aristippus
We offer them Roman citizenship in order to make them more desirous of living in the city and to induce others to do so. Julius Caesar
One man can make a difference and every man should try. Jacqueline Kennedy
We should all do something to right the wrongs that we see and not just complain about them. Jacqueline Kennedy
We are on the cusp of this time where I can say, "I speak as a citizen of the world" without others saying, "God, what a nut. Lawrence Lessig
It must be laid down as a primary position and the basis of our system, that every citizen who enjoys the protection of free government, owes not only a portion of his property, but even of his service to the defense of it. George Washington
For citizens to always be ready to defend and to maintain American ideals of public justice and liberty would add to the self respect of the people. It will teach the people to think of their government as a unified and exalted power for good in the world—humane, unselfish, and aspiring. Charles W. Eliot
Monarchy is a species of government fit only for a people too much corrupted by luxury, avarice, and a passion for pleasure, to have any love for their country, and whose vices the fear of punishment alone is able to restrain. Mercy Otis Warren
These People Shew a Spirit and Conduct against us, they never shewed against the French, and every body had Judged of them from their former Appearance, and behaviour . . . which has led many into great mistakes. Thomas Gage
We are to die so that the motherland may live; for while we live the motherland is dying. Casimir Pulaski
The distinctions between Virginians, Pennsylvanians, New Yorkers and New Englanders are no more. I am not a Virginian; I am an American.... All distinctions are thrown down; all America is one mass. Patrick Henry
As if they could foresee the unforeseeable, the founding fathers laid down principles that have served to prevent the transformation of individual to manipulable quantity, of citizen to subject. Mark Helprin
There exists only one single German way of life. It is that which is rooted in the enduring core of the people and in a way of work freely offered to the will of the State, a way whose enrichment is being shaped in the National Socialist Revolution. Martin Heidegger
A politician will do anything to keep his job—even become a patriot. William Randolph Hearst
There is one higher office than President, and I would call that patriot. Gary Hart
I think there is one higher office than President and I would call that—patriot. Gary Hart
Have you not learned that not stocks or bonds or stately houses, or products of the mill or field are our country? It is a spiritual thought that is in our minds. Benjamin Harrison
Let us exalt patriotism and moderate our party contentions. Let those who would die for the flag on the field of battle give a better proof of their patriotism and a higher glory to their country by promoting fraternity and justice. Benjamin Harrison
Unlike many other peoples less happy, we give our devotion to a Government, to its Constitution, to its flag, and not to men. Benjamin Harrison
Treason doth never prosper: what's the reason? Why, if it prosper, none dare call it treason. James Harrington
I have never felt like a second-class citizen. I consider myself a U.S. citizen. I appreciate and treasure my U.S. citizenship. I would never renounce or consider losing that citizenship. I want my children and their children to always have it. Sila María Calderon
In the great fulfillment, we must have a citizenship less concerned about what the government can do for it, and more anxious about what it can do for the nation. Warren G. Harding
I am determined to be a first class citizen. Fannie Lou Hamer
Do your duty and leave the rest to God. Pierre Corneille
The dictates of a high duty oblige me solemnly to announce that you cannot succeed. The laws of the United States must be executed. I have no discretionary power on the subject--my duty is emphatically pronounced in the Constitution. Those who told you that you might peaceably prevent their execution, deceived you-they could not have been deceived themselves. They know that a forcible opposition could alone prevent the execution of the laws, and they know that such opposition must be repelled. Their object is disunion, hut be not deceived by names; disunion, by armed force, is TREASON. Are you really ready to incur its guilt? If you are, on the head of the instigators of the act be the dreadful consequences-on their heads be the dishonor, but on yours may fall the punishment-on your unhappy State will inevitably fall all the evils of the conflict you force upon the government of your country. It cannot accede to the mad project of disunion, of which you would be the first victims-its first magistrate cannot, if he would, avoid the performance of his duty-the consequence must be fearful for you, distressing to your fellow-citizens here, and to the friends of good government throughout the world. Andrew Jackson
An American is one who will sacrifice property, ease and security in order that he and his children may retain the right of free men. Harold L. Ickes
Our patriotism is neither sectional nor sectarian. We may differ in our political and religious beliefs, but we are united for country. Loyalty to the government is our national creed. William McKinley
I am glad to be at the home of the martyred President. His name is an inspiration, and a holy one, to all lovers of liberty the world over. He saved the Union. He liberated a race a race which he once said ought to be free because there might come a time when these black men could help keep the jewel of liberty within the family of freedom. If any vindication of that act or of that prophecy were needed, it was found when these brave black men ascended the hill of San Juan in Cuba and charged the enemy at El Caney. They vindicated their own title to liberty on that field, and, with our other brave soldiers, gave the priceless gift of liberty to another suffering race. William McKinley
The people have borne the additional taxation made necessary by the war with the same degree of patriotism that characterized the soldiers who enlisted to fight the country’s battles. William McKinley
… there is no North, no South, no East, no West, but all Americans forever. William McKinley
Responsible citizenship comes from direct participation in the conduct of the government, and imposes equal responsibility upon every citizen. If we could quicken and increase appreciation of this responsibility, and every citizen were made to feel its weight and importance, it would go far toward improving our political and national life. William McKinley
We gain by intelligent discussion of public questions carried on, … not from a standpoint of partisanship, but of good citizenship. William McKinley
That means nigger citizenship!!! John Wilkes Booth
All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the states in which they reside. United States
Yes, I am a Muslim. But first I am an Indonesian Nationalist. Sukarno
In Belgium there are Walloons and Flemings. Jules Destree
From an English perspective King Richard the Lionhearted was not even English. He was French. He grew up in the court of Eleanor of Aquitaine. He spoke no English. James Reston
Our flag is the symbol of America. I want you to grasp what America really is. It is more than marks on a map. It is more than buildings and land. America is a living structure of human lives, of all the American lives that ever were and ever will be. Richard McKenna
No free government was ever founded, or ever preserved its liberty, without uniting the characters of the citizen and soldier in those destined for the defense of the state...such area well-regulated militia, composed of the freeholders, citizen and husbandman, who take up arms to preserve their property, as individuals, and their rights as freemen... Richard Henry Lee
... no one possesses the less because everyone possesses the whole of it. He who receives an idea from me receives it without lessening me, as he who lights his candle at mine receives light without darkening me. Thomas Jefferson
In the industrial age natural, history and cultural artifacts had more utilitarian functions such as the development of industry and the promotion of patriotism. Miriam R. Levin
You think you are dying for your country; you die for the industrialists. Anatole France; Jacques Anatole Francois
Duty largely consists of pretending that the trivial is critical John Fowles
To whom nothing is given, of him can nothing be required. Henry Fielding
When I was here before, the President gave me my country, and I put my stake down in a good place, and there I want to stay.... You speak of another country, but it is not my country; it does not concern me, and I want nothing to do with it. I was not born there.... If it is such a good country, you ought to send the white men now in our country there and let us alone... Spotted Tail
Treason must be stopped by fair means of foul. Harald Hardrada
A Pole must accept everything Polish, both good and bad,.. Roman Dmowski
The country is told that British subjects in foreign lands are entitled — for that is the meaning of the resolution — to nothing but the protection of the laws and the tribunals of the land in which they happen to reside. The country is told that British subjects abroad must not look to their own country for protection, but must trust to that indifferent justice which they may happen to receive at the hands of the Government and tribunals of the country in which they may be…. a British subject, in whatever land he may be, shall feel confident that the watchful eye and the strong arm of England, will protect him against injustice and wrong. Henry John Temple
Yes Sir, I think that I’ll make it, but I hope to God that I never love another country. Anonymous
Every Latter-day Saint should sustain, honor, and obey the constitutional law of the land in which he lives. Spencer W. Kimball
The South may well wish that there had never been a slave trade, that Yankee skippers had never brought people from Africa to this country. But they did, and the South prospered greatly from the work of these people. The colored,, built the prosperity of the South. And now, when everywhere in the world slavery is acknowledged to be wrong and full citizenship has been granted to all of our people, we should do it not only in words but in actual deeds and with our hearts. Eleanor Roosevelt
I am committing high treason with all my might and means... Claus von Stauffenberg
Every meeting for radical reform is an overt act of treasonable conspiracy against the King and his government England
Patriotism is the trump card of a scoundrel. Thomas Chandler Haliburton
Alien ownership of land should be prohibited…. all lands now owned by aliens should be reclaimed by the government and held for actual settlers Ignatius Donnelly
We should not be forced to give up our children's U.S. citizenship so that we can get a fuller measure of self-government. Aníbal Salvador Acevedo Vila
Patriotism comes from the heart. Patriotism is voluntary. It is a feeling of loyalty and allegiance that is the result of knowledge and belief. A patriot shows their patriotism through their actions, by their choice ... Our government should not dictate actions. The United States of America exists because people wanted to be free to choose. All of us should have free choice when it comes to patriotic displays... a government wisely acting within its bounds will earn loyalty and respect from its citizens. A government dare not demand the same. There is much more to being a patriot and a citizen than reciting the pledge or raising a flag. Patriots serve. Patriots vote. Patriots attend meetings in their community. Patriots pay attention to the actions of government and speak out when needed. Patriots teach their children about our history, our precious democracy and about citizenship. Being an active, engaged citizen means being a patriotic American every day. No law will make a citizen a patriot. Jesse Ventura
Greece expects you not merely to die for her, for that is little, indeed; she expects you to conquer. That is why each one of you, even in dying, should be possessed by one thought alone – how to conserve your strength to the last so that those who survive may conquer. Eleftherios Venizelos
So it's home again, and home again, America for me! My heart is turning home again, and there I long to be, In the land of youth and freedom beyond the ocean bars, Where the air is full of sunlight and the flag is full of stars! Henry Van Dyke
You never can say too much in praise of your country and its inhabitants. Two nations in Europe are really almost ridiculous in their own exaggerated praises of themselves; these are the English and the French. Leopold II
Dissidents are despicable parasites Raul Castro
In the name of God We, Muslims and Christians, Pledge that united we shall remain to the end of time to better defend our Lebanon Gebran Tueni
The spirit of nationalism springs from the deepest of human emotions. It rises from the yearning of men to be free of foreign domination, to govern themselves. It springs from a thousand rills of race, of history, of sacrifice and pride in national achievement. Herbert Hoover
There's nothing noble about dying. Not even if you die for honor. Not even if you die the greatest hero the world ever saw. Not even if you're so great your name will never be forgotten and who's that great? The most important thing is your life, little guys. You're worth nothing dead except for speeches. There's nothing noble about dying. Not even if you die for honor. Not even if you die the greatest hero the world ever saw. Not even if you're so great your name will never be forgotten and who's that great? The most important thing is your life, little guys. You're worth nothing dead except for speeches. Dalton Trumbo
I've seen a lot of patriots and they all died just like anybody else if it hurt bad enough and once they were dead their patriotism was only good for legends; … If you are going to be a great patriot, i.e., loyal to any existing order of government (not one who wishes to destroy the existing for something better), you want to be killed early if your life .... Ernest Hemingway
They wrote in the old days that it is sweet and fitting to die for ones country. But in modern war there is nothing sweet nor fitting in your dying. You will die like a dog for no good reason. Ernest Hemingway
I doubt whether patriotism can stand the ware and tear and temptation of the front benches in the House of Commons. Anthony Trollope
To a reluctant admission of the necessity for State action, we join a burning belief in duty. Arnold J. Toynbee
Henceforth, I shall never serve any government anywhere. Leo Tolstoy
[In America] No natural boundary seems to be set to the efforts of man; and what is not yet done is only what he has not yet attempted to do. Alexis de Tocqueville
With much care and skill power has been broken into fragments in the American township, so that the maximum possible number of people have some concern with public affairs. Alexis de Tocqueville
To speak practically and as a citizen, unlike those who call themselves no-government men, I ask for, not at once no government, but at once a better government. Let every man make known what kind of government would command his respect, and that will be one step toward obtaining it. Henry David Thoreau
The idea of India is not based on language, not on geography, not on ethnicity and not on religion. The idea of India is of one land embracing many. You can be many things and one thing: you can be a good Keralite, a good Muslim and a good Indian all at once. Shashi Tharoor
Like many foreign students when they go abroad, I was instantly thrust into a position of having to explain and defend my country. That is a very common predicament. Shashi Tharoor
I believe that the influence of woman will save the country before every other power. Lucy Stone
This grant of citizenship to U.S.-born offspring is one of several factors that make illegal immigration attractive. The primary draw, of course, is the availability of jobs, but there is evidence that at least some illegal immigration is for the purpose of gaining citizenship. Anthony Beilenson
I am not a U. S. company and I don’t make decisions on what is good for the United States. Lee R. Raymond
Constantly bear in mind that not with politicians, not with Presidents, not with office-seekers, but with you, is the question, Shall the Union and shall the liberties of this country be preserved to the latest generations? Abraham Lincoln
The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield, and patriot grave, to every living heart and hearthstone, all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature. Abraham Lincoln
We live with contradictions all the time. The South in the 1960s were among the most patriotic in the country, yet at the same time it was they who thwarted the Federal Government and resisted the law of the land. Sheldon Hackney
Every good citizen makes his country's honor his own, and cherishes it not only as precious but as sacred. Andrew Jackson
Citizen participation is a device whereby public officials induce nonpublic individuals to act in a way the public officials desire. Daniel P. Moynihan
All intellectual property rights are just licenses granted by society because it was thought, rightly or wrongly, that society as a whole would benefit by granting them. But in any particular situation, we have to ask: are we really better off granting such license? What kind of act are we licensing a person to do? Richard Stallman
Everyone has an interest in the economy: in how it functions, how well it functions, and in whose interests it functions. Jim Stanford
The landed men are the true owners of our political vessel, the moneyed men are no more than passengers in it. Henry St. John
The object of Socialism is not to render the individual capable of living on his personal resources. That is the theory of radical individualism. Its object is to create in him a greater and greater sense of his dependence upon the state, and, at the same time, to inculcate in him the conviction that he is a part of it and that he has a duty and responsibility toward the state; and that only in so far as he fulfills this duty can he benefit by the advantages of a complete personal and social life. Philip Snowden Ickornshaw
A merchant, it has been said very properly, is not necessarily the citizen of any particular country. Adam Smith
Nobody really loves America more than black Americans, because black Americans loved America even when America didn’t love us back Jamal Simmons
The man who in times of popular excitement boldly and unflinchingly resists hot-tempered clamor for an unnecessary war, and thus exposes himself to the opprobrious imputation of a lack of patriotism or of courage, to the end of saving his country from a great calamity, is, as to "loving and faithfully serving his country," at least as good a patriot as the hero of the most daring feat of arms, and a far better one than those who, with an ostentatious pretense of superior patriotism, cry for war before it is needed, especially if then they let others do the fighting. Carl Schurz
The cheapest form of pride however is national pride. For it reveals in the one thus afflicted the lack of individual qualities of which he could be proud, while he would not otherwise reach for what he shares with so many millions. He who possesses significant personal merits will rather recognize the defects of his own nation, as he has them constantly before his eyes, most clearly. But that poor blighter who has nothing in the world of which he can be proud, latches onto the last means of being proud, the nation to which he belongs to. Thus he recovers and is now in gratitude ready to defend with hands and feet all errors and follies which are its own. Arthur Schopenhauer
The real damage is done by those millions who want to "survive." The honest men who just want to be left in peace. Those who don't want their little lives disturbed by anything bigger than themselves. Those with no sides and no causes. Those who won't take measure of their own strength, for fear of antagonizing their own weakness. Those who don't like to make waves — or enemies. Those for whom freedom, honor, truth, and principles are only literature. Sophia Magdalena Scholl
We are citizens of an age, as well as of a State; and if it is held to be unseemly, or even inadmissible, for a man to cut himself off from the customs and manners of the circle in which he lives, why should it be less of a duty, in the choice of his activity, to submit his decision to the needs and the taste of his century? Johann Friedrich von Schiller
Who is not patriotic cannot be considered Portuguese. Antonio de Oliveira Salazar
The first duty of man is the seeking after and the investigation of truth. Marcus Tulliuis Cicero
You would think that the makers of men’s suits would make a suit for politicians with the American flag already built into the lapel. Andy Rooney
The traditional definition of patriotism was more associated with the military. Now we have broadened the definition to not only service to one’s country, but service to all mankind. John McCain
If you are unhappy with the United States. pick a better country and go live there. Ken Hamblin
I had rather take my chances that some traitors will escape detection than spread abroad a spirit of general suspicion and distrust, which accepts rumor and gossip in place of undismayed and unintimidated inquiry. Learned Hand
I like people in the cities, in the States and in the Nation to ask themselves now and then: 'What can I do for my city?' not 'How much can I get out of my city?' I like people to speak now and then in the same devotion to State and Nation. Warren G. Harding
Our most dangerous tendency is to expect too much of government, and at the same time do for it too little. Warren G. Harding
The Jews are, in truth, singularly adapted by natural disposition to agriculture, their skill in which once made Palestine a garden.  At the present moment the attention of benevolent and public-spirited Jews is directed to the return of their people to agricultural pursuits, and the scene of the first experiment is Palestine itself.  There are now thirteen thousand Israelites in that country, nine thousand of whom live in or near Jerusalem; James Parton
Patriotism, as the South understood it, meant devotion to one's State, and only a secondary and consequential devotion to the Union, existing as a result of the State's action in making itself a part of the Union, and terminable at any time by the State's withdrawal. George Cary Eggleston
Patriotism, love of country, and pride in the flag which symbolizes country may be feelings which the race will at some period outgrow, but at present they are very real and strong, and the man who lacks them is a useless creature, a mere encumbrance to the land. Theodore Roosevelt
He simply wishes to make it possible for a man to be both a Negro and an American without being cursed and spit upon by his fellows, without losing the opportunity of self-development. W. E. B. Du Bois
Independence is my happiness, and I view things as they are, without regard to place or person; my country is the world, and my religion is to do good. Thomas Paine
The stronger we make our country the more she will give back Martin Joseph O'Malley
Patriotism ... is a superstition artificially created and maintained through a network of lies and falsehoods; a superstition that robs man of his self-respect and dignity, and increases his arrogance and conceit. Emma Goldman
True patriotism springs from a belief in the dignity of the individual, freedom and equality not only for Americans but for all people on earth, universal brotherhood and good will, and a constant and earnest striving toward the principles and ideals on which this country was founded. Eleanor Roosevelt
I don't know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered patriots. This is one nation under God. George W. Bush
To me, the democratic system represents man's best and brightest hope of self-fulfillment, of a life rich in promise and free from fear; the one hope, perhaps, for the complete development of the whole man. But I know, and learn more clearly every day, that we cannot keep our system strong and free by neglect, by taking it for granted, by giving it our second-best attention. We must be prepared, like the suitor in The Merchant of Venice - and, I might point out, the successful suitor - to give and hazard all we have. Eleanor Roosevelt
In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot. Mark Twain
...the true patriotism, the only rational patriotism, is loyalty to the Nation ALL the time, loyalty to the Government when it deserves it. Mark Twain
... a man's first duty is to his own conscience and honor; the party and country come second to that, and never first. Mark Twain
… patriotism is usually the refuge of the scoundrel. He is the man who talks the loudest. Mark Twain
Citizenship should be placed above everything else, even learning. Mark Twain
Citizenship is what makes a republic; monarchies can get along without it. Mark Twain
Duty, recognizing an individual's subordination to community welfare, is as important as rights . . . Lewis F. Powell Jr.
… all experience tended to show that a man must die; and whether he died of a miserable old age in his own country, or prematurely of damp in the bottom of a foreign mine, was surely of little consequence, provided that by a change in his mode of life he benefited the British Empire. John Galsworthy
A hero. You want to be one of those rare human beings who make history, rather than merely watch it flow around them like water around a rock. Dan Simmons
Un-American activity cannot be prevented or routed out by employing un-American methods; to preserve freedom we must use the tools that freedom provides. Dwight D. Eisenhower
We may have to accept some form of that dual citizenship which meets with so much articulate horror among us. Dual citizenship we may have to recognize as the rudimentary form of that international citizenship to which, if our words mean anything, we aspire. We have assumed unquestioningly that mere participation in the political life of the United States must cut the new citizen off from all sympathy with his old allegiance. Anything but a bodily transfer of devotion from one sovereignty to another has been viewed as a sort of moral treason against the Republic. Randolph Bourne
The early colonists came over with motives no less colonial than the later. They did not come to be assimilated in an American melting pot. They did not come to adopt the culture of the American Indian. They had not the smallest intention of 'giving themselves without reservation' to the new country. They came to get freedom to live as they wanted to. They came to escape from the stifling air and chaos of the old world; they came to make their fortune in a new land. Randolph Bourne
The question whether nationalism, patriotism, the love of the homeland, is beneficial either to the individual or to the human race as a whole is open to discussion. It might be a much better world if this instinct were eradicated. On the other hand, it might be worse. The fact is that the instinct exists, and that, far from losing its grip on us, on all of us, it is becoming constantly more intense, more exacting, more all-embracing…. Nationalism as we know it may pass, but for the moment it is more powerful than any other idea or even than any religion. Raoul de Roussy de Sales
To become an American is a process which resembles a conversion. It is not so much a new country that one adopts as a new creed. Raoul de Roussy de Sales
Education, then, as universally diffused as the elements of God, is the life-blood of our body politic. The intelligence of the people is the one great fact of our civilization and our prosperity, — it is the beating heart of our age and of our land. It is education alone which makes equality possible without anarchy, and liberty without license. Charles Francis Adams II
I am proud to have lied. Lying under torture is not easy. In the face of torture, a person with dignity lies. Enduring torture is very difficult ... The pain is unbearable; you can not imagine how. I am proud to have lied, because I saved my comrades from the same torture and from death. Dilma Rousseff
It cannot be too often repeated that in this country, in the long run, we all of us tend to go up or go down together. Theodore Roosevelt
There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism…. The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities. Theodore Roosevelt
… patriotism is liberty. Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero
The glory of saving a country is not for him who has contributed to its ruin. Jose Rizal
Patriotic smugglers in the War of Independence become unpatriotic smugglers after the revolution. Richard Snyder
Anyone who fights for the future, lives in it today. Ayn Rand
If you think of yourself as Chinese, Malays, Indians and Sri Lankans, then Singapore will collapse. You must think of Singapore: 'This is my country.' I fight and die for Singapore if necessary Sinnathamby Rajaratnam
I was born an American; I will live an American; I shall die an American! Daniel Webster
Let our object be, our country, our whole country, and nothing but our country. Daniel Webster
We have an American religion; we do believe in a lot of things together. Christopher Matthews
What most charms me [in America] is, that all the citizens are brethren. Marquis de Lafayette; Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier
A wise man’s country is the world. Aristippus
Duty is one and invariable; it requires no impossibilities, nor can it ever be disregarded with impunity; so far as it exists, it is binding, so as on no account to be neglected. Henry David Thoreau
The most important thing Spartans must learn is to know how to govern, and to be governed Agis II
I would rather have a man that knows and loves what he fights for... than a man which you call a "gentleman". Oliver Cromwell
Liberty Cabbage Anonymous
It is impossible to say with any certainty to which human race we belong. We all differ visibly in the color of our skin. Simon Bolivar
There is only one class in the state, the Volk, (the people), and the king belongs to this class as well as the peasant Johann Gottfried von Herder
Before man made us citizens, great Nature made us men. James Russell Lowell
Every Spaniard who does not conspire with the most active and effective means possible against the tyranny in favour of our just cause will be held as an enemy and a traitor to the fatherland; and in consequence will be inexorably put to the knife. On the other hand, an absolute and general indulgence will be granted to those who pass to our army with or without their arms...Spaniards who render conspicuous service to the State will be treated as Americans...Spaniards and men of the Canary Islands, if you are lukewarm and do not work actively for America’s freedom, you may be certain of death. Americans, even if you have done wrong, you may be certain of life. Simon Bolivar
I am about to die, God calls me... I have scarcely strength enough to support the last days that remain of my miserable life... I see no salvation for the country. I believe everything is lost forever. If there were a single sacrifice I could make - my life, my happiness or my honour – believe me, I would not hesitate; but I am convinced the sacrifice would be useless. Since I am unable to secure the happiness of my country, I refuse to rule it. Further, the tyrants have taken my native land from me and therefore I have no longer any country for which to make a sacrifice Simon Bolivar
Fearing that I am regarded as an obstacle to establishing the Republic on a firm base of happiness, I remove myself from the high office to which you were good enough to elevate me... My one desire has been to contribute to your liberty... The Republic will be happy if, accepting my resignation, you name a president beloved of all the nation... Hear my prayers. Save the Republic. Save my glory, which is Columbia’s. Simon Bolivar
An actual residence of such a length of time as would give a man an opportunity of esteeming the Government from knowing its intrinsic value, was essentially necessary to assure us of a man’s becoming a good citizen. Thomas Hartley
Man, as a social animal, has a claim upon the society which gave him birth. This claim is his right to live as long as he is willing to perform his share of the labor necessary to his own maintenance and the maintenance of society at large. This claim involves, in the first place, the right of free access to the means of life; in the second place, the duty of contributing to the support of the weaker members of the community. James Connolly
We are not put into the world to sit still and know, we are put in it to act. Woodrow Wilson
It's time to put country ahead of party. It's time to put the next generation ahead of the next election. Barack Obama
It’s almost impossible to love your country and hate your government. Mark Shields
… a repressed society needs a motivated populace if it is to become politically vibrant again. To be more precise, it needs patriotism, historical consciousness, education, ambition, optimism and, especially, patience. The destruction wrought by totalitarian governments always takes decades even generations to repair. Anne Applebaum
Beyond independence, Americans had no consensus on what being an American meant. Joseph J. Ellis
Whistleblowing by government employees is an act if courage and patriotism. Barack Obama
A man's mere property status, without more, cannot be used by a state to test, qualify or limit his rights as a citizen of the United States. Robert Houghwout Jackson
The power of citizenship as a shield against oppression was widely known from the example of Paul's Roman citizenship, which sent the centurion scurrying to his higher-ups with the message: "Take heed what thou doest; for this man is a Roman. Robert Houghwout Jackson
To believe that patriotism will not flourish if patriotic ceremonies are voluntary and spontaneous instead of a compulsory routine is to make an unflattering estimate of the appeal of our institutions to free minds. Robert Houghwout Jackson
The absence of shared sacrifice in this country shames us. David Broder
Jolt a country’s pride and even the reformers will support the nation Mohamed El Baradei
The struggle is my life Nelson Mandela
There is no one left to fix the nation, none but all of us. Samuel Sidney McClure
This need of a symbol, something to look up to, to trust, to rely on, is a very deep need in human nature. On it in the past has been built every theory of government. Kings grew out of it; dictators grow out of it today; and the real test of Democracy is whether we can feel this way about our leaders and yet keep enough reliance in ourselves to preserve the individual responsibility that must exist in every citizen if democracies are to endure. Eleanor Roosevelt
To have a meaningful life, you have to be of service … Herb Alpert
There are two kinds of people in America: Patriots and Traitors Samuel M. Ralston
Sometimes the mere assumption that you have the right to go, will get you there! Eleanor Roosevelt
Must we always do our duty? If so, how are we always to know what is our duty? Eleanor Roosevelt
They act like they don’t love their country No, what is it is they found out their country don’t love them Lucille Clifton
The vast majority of Americans—about 96 percent—benefit from some kind of government social program. Kimberly J. Morgan
I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in in Greek exceptionalism. Barack Obama
I believe in American Exceptionalism Barack Obama
Whoever can, should. Michael Walzer
The very essence of modern life is the opportunity for people everywhere to speak, hear, persuade, change their minds, know what others are thinking, and think for themselves. Lee C. Bollinger
All Soviet People were trying to do something to help the nation. Mikhail Kalashnikov
Two great duties which every citizen of proper age owes the republic: a wise and virtuous exercise of the right of suffrage; and a prompt and brave defense of the country in the hours of danger. John C. Calhoun
The citizen who criticizes his country is paying it an implied tribute.... It means that he has not given up hope for his country, that he still has hope for it ... I do not think it is "selling America short" when we ask a great deal of her; on the contrary, it is those who ask nothing, those who see no fault, who are really selling America short! J. William Fulbright
The citizen who criticizes his country is paying it an indirect tribute. J. William Fulbright
… the cause for which we fought was higher; our thought wider... That thought was our power Joshua Chamberlain
I don’t know what is happening in Vietnam because the only news sources I have are North Vietnamese. But whatever the position of my government is, I believe in it, I support it, and I will support it as long as I live. Jeremiah A. Denton Jr.
So long as my voice can be heard on this or the other side of the Atlantic, I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. Frederick Douglass
I've come to the conclusion that roughly 50 percent of the adults in this country are simply too ignorant and functionally incompetent to be living in a free society. Neal Boortz
The question really isn't whether I'm American, Russian, Iranian, Azerbaijani, or anything else. I've been shaped by all these people and cultures and I feel quite comfortable among all of them Lotfali Askar Zadeh
The dissident does not operate in the realm of genuine power at all. He is not seeking power. He has no desire for office and does not gather votes. He does not attempt to charm the public, he offers nothing and promises nothing. He can offer, if anything, only his own skin — and he offers it solely because he has no other way of affirming the truth he stands for. His actions simply articulate his dignity as a citizen, regardless of the cost. Vaclav Havel
The less justified a man is in claiming excellence for his own self, the more ready he is to claim all excellence for his nation, his religion, his race or his holy cause. Eric Hoffer
They went to Phebus Oracle, which willed them to go unto theyr moother countrey and the coastes theyr stocke came from Ovid
If you love your country you’ll find ways somehow to speak out to do what you think is right. Pete Seeger
To all those who think being British depends on your skin color, wake up and smell the curry! David Cameron
God is an American Patriot Anonymous
The inhabitants of our frontiers are composed generally of such as have been transported hither as servants, and being out of their time, settle themselves where land is to be taken up and will produce the Necessities of Life with little Labour. Alexander Spotswood
The role of German women in Hitler’s war can no longer be understood as their mobilization and victimization on the home front. Hitler’s Germany produced another kind of female character at war, an expression if female activism and patriotism of the most violent and perverse kind. Wendy Lower
Obedience to government is every man's duty, because it is every man's interest; but it is particularly incumbent on Christians, because (in addition to its moral fitness) it is enjoined by the positive commands of God; and, therefore, when Christians are disobedient to human ordinances, they are also disobedient to God. If the form of government under which the good providence of God has been pleased to place us be mild and free, it is our duty to enjoy it with gratitude and with thankfulness and, in particular, to be careful not to abuse it by licentiousness. If it be less indulgent and less liberal than in reason it ought to be, still it is our duty not to disturb and destroy the peace of the community by becoming refractory and rebellious subjects and resisting the ordinances of God. Jonathan Boucher
… by consenting with others to make one body-politic under government, a man puts himself under an obligation to every one of that society to submit to the determination of the majority, and to be concluded by it. John Locke
We propose a legal unit of $25,000 a year on family and individual incomes for the war's duration, in return for which union workers would accept non-negotiable Defense Bonds in lieu of all overtime pay for more than forty hours a week United Automobile Workers Union
The King will tolerate no one in his kingdom who is not Catholic Third Council of Toledo
I feel that a period of service to the nation would be good for all of us, though I hope it will not be a purely military period. I have a great appreciation for the need for discipline and basic training in military methods, but above all, I believe we must develop the realization of every individual's responsibility in a democracy for his government. To me any period of training should stress this very clearly and should include service to the community. I believe both boys and girls should receive such training. Eleanor Roosevelt
If we are going to live in a world ruled by true democracy, then it is essential that every human being receives the kind of education that will best develop his faculties. In addition, each and every one of us must become conscious of the fact that we have an obligation to think for ourselves so that we may function as citizens. Eleanor Roosevelt
I am only one. But I am one. I cannot do everything. But I can do something. What I can do I ought to do. What I ought to do I will do Interdependence Council
We must return to the French the pride of being French. Jean-Pierre Chevenement
People have to cooperate. Many people and traders here try to evade tax. They don’t want to pay tax so they smuggle goods and services into this country to make more money—as much as possible. The also manipulate the foreign currency market. Ghanbar Naderi
A child is a Japanese if his or her father is a Japanese at the time of his or her birth. Japan
A Japanese alien, even if he has lived here for forty years, cannot become a citizen if he wants to. But a Japanese child born here becomes one whether he wishes to or not. Obviously, it is absurd to deny citizenship to Japanese aliens on the ground of race when we force it upon their children. Raymond Leslie Buell
A Japanese cannot become naturalized in this country as can a European. Congress has never passed a law expressly barring Japanese from naturalization, as it has done in the case of the Chinese; it has merely limited that privilege to "free white persons" and to negroes. But in November, 1922, the Supreme Court definitely ruled that free white persons meant only Caucasians, that the Japanese were not Caucasians …. The Japanese are now confronted with the unpalatable fact, laid down in unmistakable terms by the highest court in the land, that we consider them unfit to become Americans. Raymond Leslie Buell
Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted, the indifference of those who should have known better, the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most, that has made it possible for evil to triumph. Haile Selassie
If you are going to solve America’s problem, you have to go against your best political judgment. Tom Coburn
A government is invigorated when each of us is willing to participate in shaping the future of this nation Barbara Jordan
The Forgotten Man... works, he votes, generally he prays—but he always pays—yes, above all, he pays. He does not want an office; his name never gets into the newspaper except when he gets married or dies. He keeps production going on.... He does not frequent the grocery or talk politics at the tavern. Consequently, he is forgotten.... All the burdens fall on him, or on her, for it is time to remember that the Forgotten Man is not seldom a woman. William Graham Sumner
… disagreement with the policies of the government is not evidence of lack of patriotism. George J. Mitchell
We do not say that a man who takes no interest in politics is a man who minds his own business; we say that he has no business here at all. Pericles
I think everybody who has a brain should get involved in politics. Working within. Not criticizing it from the outside. Become an active participant, no matter how feeble you think the effort is. Cass Elliot
People reserve their best thinking for their professional specialties and, next in line, for serious matters confronting the alert citizen—economics, politics, the disposal of nuclear waste, etc. The day's work done, they want to be entertained. Saul Bellow
Patriots always talk of dying for their country, and never of killing for their country. Bertrand Russell
Everything I did, I did for my country Pol Pot
Even amidst the violent attacks launched against us for months past, we call upon the sons of the Arab people dwelling in Israel to keep the peace and to play their part in building the State on the basis of full and equal citizenship and due representation in all its institutions, provisional and permanent. David Ben-Gurion
In Cavan, Monaghan and Fermanagh they found the people very poor and unacquainted with the laws of good government, having been long subject to oppression and tyranny, as they shall ever be unless some men of more civility and understanding be seated among them, both to instruct and defend them; for it is death to the great lords that their followers should understand more than brute beasts. Arthur Chichester
Freedom requires civil responsibility. Ralph Nader
The basic principle that governs the relation between a state and its people --a total and unconditional subordination and submission of individuals and classes to the state… Roberto Cantalupo
The longevity of the Fascist regime can well be measured by the stability and consistency of the norm which has become its central idea: that is, the negation of classes and of class struggles, even the negation of political parties, because every human being and every spiritual force in the country must be entirely subservient to the nation-state, which in its turn is interpreted exclusively by Fascism. Carlo Sforza
That all history shows the necessity, in order to the preservation of liberty, of every subjects having a watchful eye on the conduct of Kings, Ministers, and Parliament. James Burgh
The Declaration of Rights in March of 1795 was intended to embrace all men, not just Christians. Rutger Jan Schimmelpenninck
If I hated the United States, I would have left it long ago. Pete Seeger
Did Lincoln hate America when he voted against the Mexican War? Did Mark Twain hate America when he made speeches against the Spanish American War? If you love your country you will find ways to speak out … Pete Seeger
No one can be a good citizen unless he fulfills those domestic duties which are incumbent on his social station and unless he honors all his obligations to society. Holland
Italy should be great, respected, and feared. Benito Mussolini
The Serb kingdom, after varying fortunes culminating in the magnificence of Tsar Stephen Dushan, crowned in 1346 as "Emperor of the Serbs and Greeks" with territories stretching from the Danube to Thessaly and from the Adriatic well into what is today Bulgaria, went down at last before the Turkish invasion; the fatal blow was received on the Field of the Blackbirds on the 15th of June, 1389, a day remembered by the Serbs each year through five centuries as a day of mourning--now the national holiday. Hamilton Fish Armstrong
If you know a better place to live right now than this country, get a ticket and try to get there. Ray Lyman Wilbur
Our country is the world — our countrymen are all mankind William Lloyd Garrison
A final argument for broad freedom of expression is its effect on the character of individuals in a society. Citizens in a free society must have courage — the courage to hear not only unwelcome political speech but novel and shocking ideas in science and the arts. Anthony Lewis
Treason is a strong word but not too strong, rather too weak, to characterize the situation in which the Senate is the eager, resourceful. Indefatigable agent of interests as hostile to the American people as any invading army could be, and vastly more dangerous interests that manipulate the prosperity produced by all, so that it heaps up riches for a few. . David Graham Phillips
A little citizenship ought to be taught at the mother’s knee and in the nursery. Citizenship is what makes a republic; monarchies can get along without it. Mark Twain
I am troubled by American corporations that are willing to give up on this country and move their headquarters for a tax break. Richard Durbin
Our definition of patriotism is often too narrow. Shall the lover of his country measure his loyalty only by his service as a soldier? No! Patriotism calls for the faithful and conscientious performance of all of the duties of citizenship, in small matters as well as great, at home as well as upon the tented field William Jennings Bryan
The humblest citizen in all the land, when clad in the armor of a righteous cause, is stronger than all the hosts of error. William Jennings Bryan
It must be assumed that members of Congress are just as patriotic as we [the military] are. George C. Marshall
It is always convenient for a self-consciously nationalistic government to cry out against “outside interference” when anything goes wrong. Dwight D. Eisenhower
May we know unity without conformity. Dwight D. Eisenhower
Patriotism means equipped forces and a prepared citizenry. Dwight D. Eisenhower
There is no way we can go forward except together and no way anybody can win except by serving the people’s urgent needs. We cannot stand still or slip backwards. We must go forward now together. Gerald R. Ford
The job of a citizen is to keep his mouth open Gunter Grass
The American Government will be what we all make of it. Megan Smith
The United States of America and the Empress of China cordially recognize the inherent and inalienable right of man to change his allegiance and also the mutual advantage of the free migration and emigration of their citizens from the one country to the other. Anson Burlingame
The religion of Hell is patriotism. James Branch Cabell
He [Bismarck] left a nation totally without political education … totally beret of political will. It had grown accustomed to submit patiently and fatalistically to whatever was decided for it in the name of monarchical government. Max Weber
The American Dream means giving it your all, trying your hardest, accomplishing something. And then I'd add to that, giving something back. No definition of a successful life can do anything but include serving others. George W. Bush
You're not supposed to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it Malcolm X
I question the Americanism of Henry Ford for accepting a citation [medal] from the biggest gangster in the world…. Doesn’t he realize that the German newspapers, reporting the citation, said all Americans were behind Nazism? Whose side is Mr. Ford on? Eddie Cantor
The politics of Nazi Germany should not be considered the business of the management of General Motors. We must conduct ourselves [in Germany] as a German organization. We have no right to shut down the plant. Alfred P. Sloan
Do not keep silent when your own ideas and values are being attacked. If a dictatorship ever comes to this country, it will be by the default of those who keep silent. We are still free enough to speak. Do we have time? No one can tell. Ayn Rand
To fight evil one must also recognize one's own responsibility. The values for which we stand must be expressed in the way we think of, and how we deal with, our fellow humans. Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard
I was born in America and have lived a long time in England. I wish prosperity to both. Benjamin Franklin
Individual freedom does not allow one to call into question the major civilizational choices France has made. Marine Le Pen
Something has been lost, a special feeling of patriotism, of belonging, is vanishing. Walid Batrawi
Patriotism... bought and paid for is not patriotism. Calvin Coolidge
I'm scared about every dollar that comes into my business. I'm scared about what that means in Obamacare, in taxes. Every single thing that is happening to me is out of my control. Casey Voss
They are having babies and the babies are becoming citizens and we have to take care of them. Donald Trump
As in the days of Edward I, the citizenry may be called upon to enforce the justice of the state, not faintly and with lagging steps but honestly and bravely and with whatever implements and facilities are convenient and at hand. Benjamin N. Cardozo
When You Open Your Heart To Patriotism, There Is No Room For Prejudice. Donald Trump
For those things which were done either by our fathers or ancestors, and in which we ourselves had no share, I can scarcely call our own. Ovid
In America, our origins matter less than our destinations and that is what democracy is all about. Ronald Reagan
The real heroes of WWII never came home. Robert H. Michel
The politicians are not the only people who are in their own silos. Many of our citizens only watch or listen to the news that they want to hear, and if there is anything else, they turn it off. We all need to listen to the people who are on the other side. John Kasich
I suport every President. John Kasich
I doubt if most native born Americans could pass the Citizenship test required of immigrants without a lot of hard study. David Rubenstein
There is no Americano dream. There is only the American dream created by an Anglo-Protestant society. Mexican-Americans will share in that dream and in that society only if they dream in English. Samuel P. Huntington
… [now football] players want to be politicians and use their fame to lecture other Americans, the parsons of the press corps want to make them moral spokesmen… Wall Street Journal
Nationalism is not to be confused with patriotism. Both words are normally used in so vague a way that any definition is liable to be challenged, but one must draw a distinction between them, since two different and even opposing ideas are involved. By ‘patriotism’ I mean devotion to a particular place and a particular way of life, which one believes to be the best in the world but has no wish to force on other people. Patriotism is of its nature defensive, both militarily and culturally. Nationalism, on the other hand, is inseparable from the desire for power. The abiding purpose of every nationalist is to secure more power and more prestige, not for himself but for the nation or other unit in which he has chosen to sink his own individuality. George Orwell
Whether we come from poverty or wealth; whether we are Afro-American or Irish-American; Christian or Jewish, from big cities or small towns, we are all equal in the eyes of God. But as Americans, that is not enough, we must be equal in the eyes of each other. We can no longer judge each other on the basis of what we are, but must, instead, start finding out who we are. In America, our origins matter less than our destinations and that is what democracy is all about. Ronald Reagan
Let's give some substance to patriotism. It may take a generation. Richard Dreyfuss
Patriotism is voluntary. It is a feeling of loyalty and allegiance that is the result of knowledge and belief. A patriot shows their their patriotism through their actions, by their choice. Jesse Ventura
I don't want to see the military falling. I want to see the military rising to dignified heights of professionalism and true patriotism. Aung San Suu Kyi
I know it is very hard to rise above the influences of party prejudice. Often, it almost drowns the sentiment of patriotism. Party rancor and party hatred are the last serpents which the genius of patriotism can crush. Joseph P. Bradley
I do think the patriotic thing to do is to critique my country. How else do you make a country better but by pointing out its flaws? Bill Maher
I am willing to serve my country, but do not wish to sacrifice the brave men under my command. John Buford
One, if you attack my integrity, I will defend myself. If you attack my patriotism, I will defend myself. If you come after my family, I will counter-attack viciously, I will destroy you. Scott Ritter
There are those who wrap themselves in flags and blow the tinny trumpet of patriotism as a means of fooling the people. George Galloway
The American flag is the symbol of our freedom, national pride and history. Mike Fitzpatrick
When a dog barks at the moon, then it is religion; but when he barks at strangers, it is patriotism! David Starr Jordan
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. Thomas Jefferson
Obama has been attacked repeatedly for not wearing a flag pin, with Republicans claiming that his patriotism is in question. It's all a bit silly. Will Thomas
A nation is a society united by a delusion about its ancestry and by common hatred of its neighbours. William Ralph Inge
The concept of patriotism is not incompatible with that of humanity; on the contrary, let me state emphatically that he who best serves pacifism serves patriotism best. The nation is and can be no more than the vital basic unit of any international league. Leon Bourgeois
Dissent is the highest form of patriotism. Howard Zinn
To believe that patriotism will not flourish if patriotic ceremonies are voluntary... is to make an unflattering estimate of the appeal of our institutions to free minds. Robert Jackson
The highest patriotism is not a blind acceptance of official policy, but a love of one's country deep enough to call her to a higher plain. George McGovern
The American patriots of today continue the tradition of the long line of patriots before them, by helping to promote liberty and freedom around the world. John Linder
Every presidential candidate highlights patriotism, but Mr. Romney's is backed by the Mormon belief that the United States was chosen by God to play a special role in history, its Constitution divinely inspired. Jodi Kantor
Patriotism demands of us sustained sacrifice. Chiang Kai-shek
The mobilisation which Bush has been able to perform since 11 September 2001 has to be fought - at least by Americans - in the name of a wise, honourable and democratic patriotism. Todd Gitlin
Patriotism is the secret resource of a successful society. Michael Ignatieff
We need a type of patriotism that recognizes the virtues of those who are opposed to us. Francis John McConnell
If I have to lay an egg for my country, I'll do it. Bob Hope
I have a great belief in the future of my people and my country. Marian Anderson
Look, I think Hispanic community - the values that resonate in our community are fundamentally conservative. They are faith, family and patriotism. Ted Cruz
I was only the servant of my country and had I, at any moment, failed to express her unflinching resolve to fight and conquer, I should at once have been rightly cast aside. Winston Churchill
When a nation is filled with strife, then do patriots flourish. Lao Tzu
A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon. Napoleon Bonaparte
I don't have heroes, exactly, but I do have people I hold in high respect. Ronald Reagan, for example, stood for ideals that I value: integrity, patriotism and a fundamental belief in goodness and capabilities of mankind. Diane Hendricks
I think I'm one of the most patriotic people that I've ever encountered in America. I consider myself a bedrock patriot. I participate very actively in local politics, because my voice might be worthwhile. I participate in a meaningful way - not by donations; I work at it. Hunter S. Thompson
Our platform calls for a balanced deficit reduction plan where the wealthy pay their fair share. And when your country is in a costly war, with our soldiers sacrificing abroad and our nation facing a debt crisis at home, being asked to pay your fair share isn't class warfare - it's patriotism. Cory Booker
I'd like to be more patient! I just want everything now. I've tried to meditate, but it's really hard for me to stay still. I'd like to try to force myself to do it, because everybody says how wonderful meditation is for you, but I can't shut my mind up. So patience and learning is the key. Ellen DeGeneres
There is a fuzzy but real distinction that can and I believe should be made, between patriotism, which is attachment to a way of life, and nationalism, which is the insistence that your way of life deserves to rule over other ways of life. Todd Gitlin
Unless our conception of patriotism is progressive, it cannot hope to embody the real affection and the real interest of the nation. Jane Addams
There is no patriotic obligation to help advance the career of a politician who is otherwise pursuing interests that are fundamentally antithetical to your values. That's not the call of patriotism. John Bolton
Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons. Bertrand Russell
I think English film is very embarrassed by patriotism, generally. Tom Hooper
Saving petrol is saving India's money. This is a sense of patriotism. The country can be energy-independent by energy conservation. I appeal to the other ministers also to do this. Veerappa Moily
Growing up in New York City, I was always encouraged to question authority, and I think I confused patriotism with jingoism. Claire Danes
But my patriotism goes for something beyond what we have. We don't have something that I want to die for - anymore. Jack Bowman
A nation is the same people living in the same place. James Joyce
Unfortunately, our history has abundant examples of patriotism being used to hurt those who express views in disagreement with that of the majority. Vic Snyder
The sight of nature fascinates, the family tie has a sweet enchantment and patriotism gives the religious spirit a fiery devotion to the powers that it reveres. Bruno Bauer
If I were an American, as I am an Englishman, while a foreign troop was landed in my country, I never would lay down my arms never never never! William Pitt the Younger
Americans admire a people who can scratch a desert and produce a garden. The Israelis have shown qualities that Americans identify with: guts, patriotism, idealism, a passion for freedom. I have seen it. I know. I believe that. Richard Nixon
Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men. It is the spirit of men who follow and of the man who leads that gains the victory. George S. Patton
It is the patriotic duty of every man to lie for his country. Alfred Adler
Patriotism demands the ability to feel shame as much as to feel pride. Anne-Marie Slaughter
There is a real patriotism underneath the best of my music but it is a critical, questioning and often angry patriotism. Bruce Springsteen
I have suffered my self to be politically sacrificed to save my country from ruin and disgrace and if I am never a gain elected I will have the gratification to know that I have done my duty. David Crockett
Patriotism is not a short and frenzied outburst of emotion but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime. Adlai Stevenson
It is our conduct, our patriotism and belief in our American way of life, our courage that will win the final battle. Prescott Bush
Patriotism is usually stronger than class hatred, and always stronger than internationalism. George Orwell
Jews have had to carry around their own sense of self in a carpet bag and I think perhaps too much emphasis might be being put on nationality and on the other hand patriotism, that sort of thing. Janet Suzman
We are a big country, with lots of advantages and history. We are proud to be French. We have to call on patriotism at this time... to ask for an effort in the battle against debt. Francois Hollande
It's almost worth having been in the army for the joy your freedom gives you. John Dos Passos
One tell-tale sign of a Wingnut: they always confuse partisanship with patriotism. John Avlon
It's my firm conviction that when Uncle Sam calls, by God we go, and we do the best that we can. R. Lee Ermey
It was my duty to shoot the enemy, and I don't regret it. My regrets are for the people I couldn't save: Marines, soldiers, buddies. I'm not naive, and I don't romanticize war. The worst moments of my life have come as a SEAL. But I can stand before God with a clear conscience about doing my job. Chris Kyle
I think the Hispanic community, the values that resonate in our community, are fundamentally conservative. They are faith, family, patriotism. Ted Cruz
The values, the programs, the formula, the determination, and the patriotism responsible for America's past success are still here to be tapped. Michael Mandelbaum
Patriotism is best exemplified through auto-critique. When you're willing to stand up within the group and say, 'It is wrong for Black people to be anti-Semitic,' or 'It is wrong for America to discriminate against persons of African descent and made them slaves and based its wealth upon free labor,' it's crucial to say that. Henry Louis Gates Jr.
My definition, the definition that I've always believed in, is that esprit de corps means love for one's own military legion - in my case, the United States Marine Corps. It means more than self-preservation, religion, or patriotism. I've also learned that this loyalty to one's corps travels both ways: up and down. Chesty Puller
Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism - how passionately I hate them! Albert Einstein
I've certainly thought a lot more about things like tyranny and patriotism and violence. I think I found some kind of clarity - definitely a thicker understanding. Phil Klay
If I were to live my life over again, I would be an American. I would steep myself in America, I would know no other land. Henry James
America beats on you so hard the whole time. You are constantly being pummeled by other people's rights and their sense of patriotism. Richard Ford
What is it that unites, on the left of British politics, George Orwell, Billy Bragg, Gordon Brown and myself? An understanding that identity and a sense of belonging need to be linked to our commitment to nationhood and a modern form of patriotism. David Blunkett
The very idea of true patriotism is lost, and the term has been prostituted to the very worst of purposes. A patriot, sir! Why, patriots spring up like mushrooms! Robert Walpole
Patriotism is strong nationalistic feeling for a country whose borders and whose legitimacy and whose ethnic composition is taken for granted. Michael Ignatieff
They are patriotic in time of war because it is to their interest to be so, but in time of peace they follow power and the dollar wherever they may lead. Henry A. Wallace
If terror groups are to be defeated, it is national governments that will have to do so. In nations like India, governments will have to call on the patriotism of citizens to fight the terrorists. In a nation like Pakistan, the government will have to be persuaded to deal with those in their midst who are complicit. Bill Kristol
To me, it seems a dreadful indignity to have a soul controlled by geography. George Santayana
Some versions of patriotism come close to the tribal, which we all want to surpass, and some don't. Todd Gitlin
To me, patriotism is about working ethically and wholeheartedly in our chosen field. N. R. Narayana Murthy
I distinguish, between nationalism and patriotism. Michael Ignatieff
I think that economic patriotism is the very foundation of a European vision. Dominique de Villepin
I am unable to watch the Olympics due to the blustering jingoism that drenches the event. Has England ever been quite so foul with patriotism? The 'dazzling royals' have, quite naturally, hi-jacked the Olympics for their own empirical needs, and no oppositional voice is allowed in the free press. Steven Patrick Morrissey
Across the country military families are facing dire financial circumstances due to longer than expected tours of duties. They are being penalized for their patriotism - no one should have to choose between doing right by their country and doing right by their families. Evan Bayh
My position is that it isn't government's job to mandate patriotism. To me, mandating a pledge of allegiance to a government is something Saddam Hussein would do. Jesse Ventura
Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death! Patrick Henry
The same ambition can destroy or save, and make a patriot as it makes a knave. Alexander Pope
Every year in late June, Custer's Last Stand is reenacted on the high plains of Montana. When Custer led out the 7th Cavalry in 2003 - the year I witnessed it - the audience stood and cheered with turbo-charged patriotism. Clive Sinclair
Most Italians who came to this country are very patriotic. There was this exciting possibility that if you worked real hard, and you loved something, you could become successful. Francis Ford Coppola
True patriotism isn't cheap. It's about taking on a fair share of the burden of keeping America going. Robert Reich
Democrats are so spineless, so afraid to go against the tide... but dissension is the greatest form of patriotism. Jesse Ventura
The sole and basic source of our strength is the solidarity of workers, peasants and the intelligentsia, the solidarity of the nation, the solidarity of people who seek to live in dignity, truth, and in harmony with their conscience. Lech Walesa
I have no sense of patriotism, but I do have a sense of community. Chrissie Hynde
It was patriotism, not communism, that inspired me. Ho Chi Minh
Although the war in which you fought took place more than half-a-century ago, your courage, your sacrifice and your patriotism reaches through the decades and inspires us today. Mike Ferguson
I am a loyal American, and I love my country. Steven Hatfill
Totalitarianism is patriotism institutionalized. Steve Allen
I define nothing. Not beauty, not patriotism. I take each thing as it is, without prior rules about what it should be. Bob Dylan
I wake up every morning singing 'The Star-Spangled Banner.' Terry McAuliffe
Legislation is the only lasting solution for the men and women brought to this country through no fault of their own who want to perform the ultimate act of patriotism in defending America. Jeff Denham
Patriotism is easy to understand in America. It means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country. Calvin Coolidge
The proper means of increasing the love we bear our native country is to reside some time in a foreign one. William Shenstone
I was weaned not on television or Wild West sagas but on stories of nationalism and patriotism. I would sit at my mother's feet by the hour and drink in these exciting tales of the freedom fighters in our family. Sukarno
I believe patriotism comes from the heart. Patriotism is voluntary. It is a feeling of loyalty and allegiance that is the result of knowledge and belief. Jesse Ventura
My early childhood memories center around this typical American country store and life in a small American town, including 4th of July celebrations marked by fireworks and patriotic music played from a pavilion bandstand. Frederick Reines
It was by a Maryland colonel in the year 1777 that the British received, in the gallant defense of an important fort, one of the first lessons of what they were to expect from American valor and patriotism. Marquis de Lafayette
Let no American imagine that Zionism is inconsistent with patriotism. Multiple loyalties are objectionable only if they are inconsistent. Louis D. Brandeis
War isn't just about bravery and courage and jingoism and patriotism. It's also fundamentally about grief. And the people that go and do the fighting and the dying are never the people who actually benefit from the fighting and the dying. Russell Crowe
Let the living give thanks to our honored dead who have paid the ultimate sacrifice that the Constitution of the United States remains our guiding light. Bob Latta
Patriotism is often an arbitrary veneration of real estate above principles. George Jean Nathan
I tremble for my country when I hear of confidence expressed in me. I know too well my weakness, that our only hope is in God. Robert E. Lee
I want to tell you that if the Great Spirit had chosen anyone to be the chief of this country, it is myself. Sitting Bull
The patriot's blood is the seed of Freedom's tree. Thomas Campbell
Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first; nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first. Charles de Gaulle
1 month ago the American people stopped to remember the third anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq war. We thought first and foremost of the selflessness, patriotism and heroism by our troops, our National Guard and Reserves. Rosa DeLauro
Next to the love of God, the love of country is the best preventive of crime. George Borrow
Gentlemen have talked a great deal of patriotism. A venerable word, when duly practiced. Robert Walpole
During times of war, hatred becomes quite respectable even though it has to masquerade often under the guise of patriotism. Howard Thurman
From my father's point of view, without a thought for self, a true patriot stands up against the stones of condemnation and speaks for those who are given no real voice in the halls of justice or the halls of government. Thomas Steinbeck
But this Veterans Day, I believe we should do more than sing the praises of the bravery and patriotism that our veterans have embodied in the past. We should take this opportunity to re-evaluate how we are treating our veterans in the present. Nick Lampson
Patriotism. Combustible rubbish ready to the torch of any one ambitious to illuminate his name. Ambrose Bierce
It is not easy to see how the more extreme forms of nationalism can long survive when men have seen the Earth in its true perspective as a single small globe against the stars. Arthur C. Clarke
All the evils of France have been produced less by the perversity of the wicked and the violence of fools than by the hesitation of the weak, the compromises of conscience, and the tardiness of patriotism. Let every deputy, every Frenchman show what he feels, what he thinks, and we are saved! Marquis de Lafayette
Patriotism is an instant reaction that fades away when the war starts. Mick Jagger
Patriotism was a living fire of unquestioned belief and purpose. Frank Knox
My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth. Abraham Lincoln
I'm an advocate of the great Dr. Johnson, the English man of letters who said that patriotism was the last refuge of the scoundrel. George Galloway
If you are tired of partisanship over patriotism, you need to vote for a change in direction. Jennifer Granholm
Our young people have come to look upon war as a kind of beneficent deity, which not only adds to the national honor but uplifts a nation and develops patriotism and courage. Rebecca Harding Davis
Patriots don't let their nation default. Gary Ackerman
My commitment to the Republican movement was pure and simply patriotism, a love of Australia... a desire or passion that all of our national symbols should be unequivocally and unambiguously Australian. Malcolm Turnbull
The aspects of patriotism that hush dissent, encourage going along, and sanction comfortable distancing and compliance with what is indecent and unacceptable... those aspects are too fundamental to ignore or gloss over. Bernadine Dohrn
The greater the state, the more wrong and cruel its patriotism, and the greater is the sum of suffering upon which its power is founded. Leo Tolstoy
Intellectually I know that America is no better than any other country; emotionally I know she is better than every other country. Sinclair Lewis
Patriotism must be founded on great principals and supported by great virtue. Henry Bolingbroke
Our flag honors those who have fought to protect it, and is a reminder of the sacrifice of our nation's founders and heroes. As the ultimate icon of America's storied history, the Stars and Stripes represents the very best of this nation. Joe Barton
Our national motto is 'In God we Trust,' reminding us that faith in our Creator is the most important American value of all. Marco Rubio
When I was a kid, back in the '40s, I was a voracious comic book reader. And at that time, there was a lot of patriotism in the comics. They were called things like 'All-American Comics' or 'Star-Spangled Comics' or things like that. I decided to do a logo that was a parody of those comics, with 'American' as the first word. Harvey Pekar
I hate patriotism... I can't stand it. It's a round world last time I checked. Bill Hicks
No man can be a patriot on an empty stomach. William Cowper
Unfortunately, religion, like patriotism, is easy to misuse for political purposes. Kjell Magne Bondevik
Every year in China, Internet executives are officially rewarded for their 'patriotism.' Rebecca MacKinnon
I realize that patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred or bitterness towards anyone. Edith Cavell
It is lamentable, that to be a good patriot one must become the enemy of the rest of mankind. Voltaire
When the American spirit was in its youth, the language of America was different: Liberty, sir, was the primary object. Patrick Henry
Patriotism to your country is something that comes from your heart. It should be taught to you by your parents. Jesse Ventura
'My country, right or wrong' is a thing no patriot would ever think of saying except in a desperate case. It is like saying 'My mother, drunk or sober.' Gilbert K. Chesterton
Our government has kept us in a perpetual state of fear - kept us in a continuous stampede of patriotic fervor - with the cry of grave national emergency. Douglas MacArthur
Protection and patriotism are reciprocal. This is the way which has led nations to greatness. John C. Calhoun
There is much more to being a patriot and a citizen than reciting the pledge or raising a flag. Jesse Ventura
The history of American patriotism is figuring out ways that we can work together to move forward and knit together the common government. Taylor Branch
You'll never have a quiet world till you knock the patriotism out of the human race. George Bernard Shaw
Remember the Dreamers whose patriotism was praised when the Democratic House passed, and the Senate filibustered - the DREAM Act in 2010? Washington promised a path to citizenship, not just a roadblock to deportation. Christine Pelosi
To me a real patriot is like a real friend. Who's your real friend? It's the person who tells you the truth. That's who my real friends are. So, you know, I think as far as our country goes, we need more people who will do that. Bill Maher
Yes, I'm a patriotic person. For these people who disgrace the American way and burn our flag and do all of these things... I say, don't live here and disgrace my country. Go live in the Middle East and see how you like it. Payne Stewart
It is not the Government, the members of Parliament to whom the ultimate decision belongs, it is up to you to go forward sure of your sacred right of free opinion, sure of your patriotism. John Amery
You're not supposed to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who says it. Malcolm X
I do not have to look for credentials for my Polishness and for my patriotism. I'm a Pole. The chronicles of my family go back - as far back as the 13th century. Wojciech Jaruzelski
During 65 years, I have walked the path of duty and discipline... And today, looking back at that long path of service, my soldier's heart stirs and murmurs from deep within: Thank you. Thank you, my homeland. Augusto Pinochet
If we love our country, we should also love our countrymen. Ronald Reagan
But presidential approval also became a surrogate measure of national unity and patriotism. Thomas E. Mann
What I say is that, if a fellow really likes potatoes, he must be a pretty decent sort of fellow. A. A. Milne
Fighting corruption is not just good governance. It's self-defense. It's patriotism. Joe Biden
Patriotism in America, as I understand it, is a matter of suffering, when the country fails to live up to its promises, or actively betrays them. Greil Marcus
However British you may be, I am more British still. Henry James
I look forward to a great future for America - a future in which our country will match its military strength with our moral restraint, its wealth with our wisdom, its power with our purpose. John F. Kennedy
Whereas nationalism still seeks power, honour, and glory through means that endanger other countries, patriotism knows that a country's strength and honour can only be permanently safeguarded through concourse with other countries. And whereas nationalism scoffs at the idea of international laws and regulations, patriotism seeks to create such. Ellen Key
Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong. James Bryce
To work hard. To open new doors for our kids, for our grandkids. To renew our spirit. That's what America is about. Joseph M. Kyrillos
Patriotism is the religion of hell. James Branch Cabell
Liberals become indignant when you question their patriotism, but simultaneously work overtime to give terrorists a cushion for the next attack and laugh at dumb Americans who love their country and hate the enemy. Ann Coulter
Into the soul of every student I would have instilled the patriotic fervor of Patrick Henry. David O. McKay
The fight for freedom must go on until it is won; until our country is free and happy and peaceful as part of the community of man, we cannot rest. Oliver Tambo
I saw courage both in the Vietnam War and in the struggle to stop it. I learned that patriotism includes protest, not just military service. John Kerry
America is the spirit of human exploration distilled. Elon Musk
Like George Sand, the feminism of the present day asserts the right of free thought against the creed of authority in every field; the solidarity of mankind and the cause of peace against the patriotism of militarism; social reform against the existing relations of society. Ellen Key
I have long believed that sacrifice is the pinnacle of patriotism. Bob Riley
Affirming belief that America is an exceptional nation has become a test of patriotism in American politics. Michael Ignatieff
Real patriotism is a willingness to challenge the government when it's wrong. Ron Paul
Patriotism is an indispensable weapon in the defense of civilization against barbarism. Bill Kristol
There are seasons in every country when noise and impudence pass current for worth; and in popular commotions especially, the clamors of interested and factious men are often mistaken for patriotism. Alexander Hamilton
It seems that American patriotism measures itself against an outcast group. The right Americans are the right Americans because they're not like the wrong Americans, who are not really Americans. Eric Hobsbawm
Unfortunately, after Sept. 11, there was an outburst in America of intense suffering and patriotism, and the Bush administration was very shrewd and effective in painting anyone who disagreed with the policies as unpatriotic or even traitorous. Jimmy Carter
Nationalism is a silly cock crowing on his own dunghill. Richard Aldington
Patriotism is best exemplified through auto-critique. Henry Louis Gates Jr.
If military movies were automatically successful we'd make nothing but military movies. But seriously, patriotism is one thing that all Americans have in common. Tommy Lee Jones
A man's country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle and patriotism is loyalty to that principle. George William Curtis
In 'The King's Speech,' patriotism is utterly contained within a historical moment, the third of September, 1939, where the aggressor is clear, the fight is clear, it hasn't become complicated over time. Tom Hooper
The Montreal Olympics were in July 1976, the bicentennial, at the height of patriotism. Caitlyn Jenner
I don't like the showy nationalism - a tattoo, wrapping yourself in a flag - that doesn't matter to me. The way to show your patriotism and commitment is to go and support or play for your team. Gary Speed
What this country needs what every country needs occasionally is a good hard bloody war to revive the vice of patriotism on which its existence as a nation depends. Ambrose Bierce
There are others who aim at popularity under the disguise of patriotism. Jonathan Mayhew
America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand. Harry S Truman
America is not static. America is striving. And sometimes, America requires critique. Jingoism is an avoidance of realism. You can simultaneously love and be disappointed in the object of your love, wanting it to be better than it is. In fact, that is a measure of love. Honest critique is a pillar of patriotism. Charles M. Blow
When I see someone in a military uniform I make it a point to approach them, shake their hand and say five words... 'thank you for your service.' 'Stars Earn Stripes' is a high energy, fun, action show, but at its heart it is all about those five words. Mark Burnett
I think the reaction to a World War II situation would be the same today as it was in 1942. Initially, people would question, but once patriotism got stirred up, the whole thing would gather momentum and we'd all pull together. Parker Stevenson
We live in a time of conflict - external and internal - when we sometimes concentrate too much on what divides us. Today, fly the Stars and Stripes with pride and confidence that what unites is far stronger. Charlie Dent
True patriotism is better than the wrong kind of piety. Abraham Lincoln
Well, the post office is probably not the place you want to go if you want to be infused with patriotism and a renewed sense of vigor. Adam Carolla
We'll try to cooperate fully with the IRS, because, as citizens, we feel a strong patriotic duty not to go to jail. Dave Barry
When I grew up, I only had two dreams. One was to be a cowboy and another was to be in the military. I grew up extremely patriotic and riding horses. Chris Kyle
This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave. Elmer Davis
The patriot blood of my father was warm in my veins. Clara Barton
Patriotism is considered to be an emotion a person ought to feel. But why? Why is it nobler to love your own country than to love someone else's? Wallace Shawn
I think Americans are very patriotic. Arnold Schwarzenegger
We, the People, recognize that we have responsibilities as well as rights; that our destinies are bound together; that a freedom which only asks what's in it for me, a freedom without a commitment to others, a freedom without love or charity or duty or patriotism, is unworthy of our founding ideals, and those who died in their defense. Barack Obama
America's state religion, is patriotism, a phenomenon which has convinced many of the citizenry that 'treason' is morally worse than murder or rape. William Blum
Let us form one body, one heart, and defend to the last warrior our country, our homes, our liberty, and the graves of our fathers. Tecumseh
There's intense national feeling in America that could be called patriotism. Michael Ignatieff
America's fighting men and women sacrifice much to ensure that our great nation stays free. We owe a debt of gratitude to the soldiers that have paid the ultimate price for this cause, as well as for those who are blessed enough to return from the battlefield unscathed. Allen Boyd
This year, as we celebrate the 230th anniversary of America's independence, please remember the symbols that are sacred to this country. Fly Old Glory high and show your respect and admiration for this great nation and the values we hold dear. Kenny Marchant
I believe our flag is more than just cloth and ink. It is a universally recognized symbol that stands for liberty, and freedom. It is the history of our nation, and it's marked by the blood of those who died defending it. John Thune
I ask the educational system, the parents, the church, and pillars of the community to help shape a new culture of honesty, patriotism, respect, discipline and service for young Filipinos. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
I want to light the lights of patriotism. Lech Walesa
I suppose I have become a sort of living monument in Portugal. But I come from a family with roots all over the world, so the idea of patriotism is not very strong in me. My country is the country of Chekhov, Beethoven, Velasquez - writers I like, painters and artists I admire. Antonio Lobo Antunes
The higher American patriotism, on the other hand, combines loyalty to historical tradition and precedent with the imaginative projection of an ideal national Promise. Herbert Croly
Patriot: the person who can holler the loudest without knowing what he is hollering about. Mark Twain
Growing up in New York with artist parents - a very liberal environment, where we were always encouraged to challenge the status quo - I think for a long time I confused jingoism with patriotism. And that is a mistake. Claire Danes
It is but refusing to gratify an unreasonable or an insolent demand, and up starts a patriot. Robert Walpole
During President George W. Bush's two terms, you couldn't drive far without seeing a particular bumper sticker: 'Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.' Monica Crowley
One of the great attractions of patriotism - it fulfills our worst wishes. In the person of our nation we are able, vicariously, to bully and cheat. Bully and cheat, what's more, with a feeling that we are profoundly virtuous. Aldous Huxley
Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all others because you were born in it. George Bernard Shaw
The commercial spirit is the spirit of profit, not patriotism; of credit, not honor; of individual gain, not national prosperity; of trade and dickering, not principle. Lincoln Steffens
Every American soldier wants as much public support as he can possibly have. That's the soldiers on duty in Iraq, and that's me, as well. We fight better knowing that our people back home support us, back us, and understand what we're doing. It's hugely important. John Abizaid
A steady patriot of the world alone, The friend of every country but his own. George Canning
Patriotism has served, at different times, as widely different ends as a razor, which ought to be used in keeping your face clean and yet may be used to cut your own throat or that of an innocent person. Charles Edward Montague
True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else. Clarence Darrow
Every man who has shown the world the way to beauty, to true culture, has been a rebel, a 'universal' without patriotism, without home, who has found his people everywhere. Chaim Potok
My stars and my stripes are your dream and your labors. Franklin Knight Lane
My country has been very good to me; I must be good to my country. Walter Annenberg
Here's how I see obesity: as a symptom. The larger problem is over-consumption. In a society that identifies consumption with patriotism, valorizes 'growth' above all else and assigns status according to how much you consume, we compete with each other to see who can consume the most. Emily Levine
To survive in peace and harmony, united and strong, we must have one people, one nation, one flag. Pauline Hanson
My father valued patriotism above all other social obligations, but he had his own particular interpretation of just how true patriotism was meant to function. Thomas Steinbeck
Each nation feels superior to other nations. That breeds patriotism - and wars. Dale Carnegie
When your country is in a costly war, with our soldiers sacrificing abroad and our nation facing a debt crisis at home, being asked to pay your fair share isn't class warfare - it's patriotism. Cory Booker
For you are the makers of the flag and it is well that you glory in the making. Franklin Knight Lane
If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under. Ronald Reagan
The most tragic paradox of our time is to be found in the failure of nation-states to recognize the imperatives of internationalism. Earl Warren
I've been working with Pat Robertson on Africa debt-relief, and we disagree on virtually everything except certain very specific, inalienable rights, and the truth is that morality and patriotism come in all shapes and sizes. George Clooney
Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism. George Washington
In all her history, from the formation of the federal government until the hour of secession, no year stands out more prominently than the year 1858 as evidencing the national patriotism of Virginia. John Sergeant Wise
If his presidency is to represent the full power of the idea that black Americans are just like everyone else - fully human and fully capable of intellect, courage and patriotism - then Barack Obama has to be subject to the same rough and tumble of political criticism experienced by his predecessors. Juan Williams
Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious. Oscar Wilde
I did what every American would have done. My neighbor would have done the same thing—Any Jewish, Christian, Sikh, Muslim…. I'm not a hero, the cops are the hero. Harinder Baines