40 Best Patriotic Quotes

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Patriotic Quotes


“It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen.” » Aristotle


“How often we fail to realize our good fortune in living in a country where happiness is more than a lack of tragedy.” » Paul Sweeney


“We can’t all be Washingtons, but we can all be patriots.” » Charles F. Browne


“I do this real moron thing, and it’s called thinking. And apparently I’m not a very good American because I like to form my own opinions.”


“Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country” » John F. Kennedy


“Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all other countries because you were born in it” » George Bernard Shaw


“May the sun in his course visit no land more free, more happy, more lovely, than this our own country!” » Daniel Webster


“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 F. Kerry


“Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.” » Theodore Roosevelt


“Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first; nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first” » Charles de Gaulle


“You’ll never have a quiet world till you knock the patriotism out of the human race.” » George Bernard Shaw


“Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but the democrats believe every day is April 15.” » Ronald Reagan


“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


“I am an American; free born and free bred, where I acknowledge no man as my superior, except for his own worth, or as my inferior, except for his own demerit.” » Theodore Roosevelt


“People who enjoy waving flags don’t deserve to have one.” » Banksy


“What is the essence of America? Finding and maintaining that perfect, delicate balance between freedom “to” and freedom “from.” » Marilyn vos Savant


“The hand that gives is among the hand that takes. Money has no fatherland, financiers are without patriotism and without decency, their sole object is gain.” » Napoléon Bonaparte


“He who joyfully marches to music rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would surely suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, senseless brutality, deplorable love-of-country stance and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be part of so base an action! It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.” » Albert Einstein


“They wrote in the old days that it is sweet and fitting to die for one’s 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


“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


“Patriots always talk of dying for their country but never of killing for their country.” » Bertrand Russell


“A politician will do anything to keep his job — even become a patriot” » William Randolph Hearst


“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


“I love America more than any other country in the world and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.”


“When an American says that he loves his country, he means not only that he loves the New England hills, the prairies glistening in the sun, the wide and rising plains, the great mountains, and the sea. He means that he loves an inner air, an inner light in which freedom lives and in which a man can draw the breath of self-respect.” » Adlai Stevenson


“Love your country. Your country is the land where your parents sleep, where is spoken that language in which the chosen of your heart, blushing, whispered the first word of love; it is the home that God has given you that by striving to perfect yourselves therein you may prepare to ascend to him.” » Giuseppe Mazzini


“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.” » G.K. Chesterton


“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


“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time and your government when it deserves it.” » Mark Twain


“All wars are civil wars because all men are brothers… Each one owes infinitely more to the human race than to the particular country in which he was born.” » François Fénelon


“The greatest patriotism is to tell your country when it is behaving dishonorably, foolishly, viciously.” » Julian Barnes, Flaubert’s Parrot


“A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.” » Edward Abbey


“Patriotism is easy to understand in America; it means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country” » Calvin Coolidge


“America is a tune. It must be sung together.” » Gerald Stanley Lee


“Patriotism… is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.” » Adlai Stevenson


“The stern hand of fate has scourged us to an elevation where we can see the great everlasting things that matter for a nation; the great peaks of honour we had forgotten – duty and patriotism, clad in glittering white; the great pinnacle of sacrifice pointing like a rugged finger to heaven.” » David Lloyd George


“A man’s feet must be planted in his country, but his eyes should survey the world” » George Santayana


“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


“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants” » Thomas Jefferson


“I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.” » Abraham Lincoln


“If our country is worth dying for in time of war let us resolve that it is truly worth living for in time of peace.” » Hamilton Fis


“Loyalty to country ALWAYS. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.” » Mark Twain


“There are those, I know, who will say that the liberation of humanity, the freedom of man and mind, is nothing but a dream. They are right. It is the American dream.” » Archibald MacLeish


“In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American…There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag… We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language… and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.” » Theodore Roosevelt


“Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.” » Oscar Wilde


“A steady patriot of the world alone, The friend of every country but his own” » George Canning


“Patriotism is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime” » Adlai Stevenson


“In the face of impossible odds, people who love this country can change it.” » Barack Obama


“The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions, it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. … What country before ever existed a century and half without a rebellion? And what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.” » Thomas Jefferson


“Yet America is a poem in our eyes; its ample geography dazzles the imagination, and it will not wait long for metres.” » Ralph Waldo Emerson


“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” » Elmer Davis


“I think patriotism is like charity — it begins at home” » Henry James


“The patriot volunteer, fighting for country and his rights, makes the most reliable soldier on earth” » Stonewall Jackson


“There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.” » Howard Zinn


“Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.” » Samuel Johnson


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