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LOVE OF COUNTRY
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[ Also see Emigration Flags Love Loyalty Patriotism Soldiers War ]

From the lone shielding on the misty island
  Mountains divide us, and the waste of seas--
    But still the blood is strong, the heart is Highland,
      And we in dreams behold the Hebrides.
      - Unattributed Author, Canadian Boat Song,
        first appeared in "Blackwood's Magazine" and attributed to various authors

There ought to be system of manners in every nation which a well-formed mind would be disposed to relish. To make us love our country, our country ought to be lovely.
      - Edmund Burke,
        Reflections on the Revolution in France
         (vol. III, p. 100)

My dear, my native soil!
  For whom my warmest wish to Heav'n is sent,
    Long may thy hardy sons of rustic toil
      Be blest with health, and peace, and sweet content!
      - Robert Burns, Cotter's Saturday Night
         (st. 20)

Yon Sun that sets upon the sea
  We follow in his flight;
    Farewell awhile to him and thee,
      My native land--Good Night!
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Childe Harold (canto I, st. 13)

Oh, Christ! it is a goodly sight to see
  What Heaven hath done for this delicious land!
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Childe Harold (canto I, st. 15)

I can't but say it is an awkward sight
  To see one's native land receding through
    The growing waters; it unmans one quite,
      Especially when life is rather new.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto II, st. 12)

There came to the beach a poor Exile of Erin,
  The dew on his thin robe was heavy and chill;
    For his country he sigh'd, when at twilight repairing.
      To wander along by the wind-beaten hill.
        But the day star attracted his eyes' sad devotion,
          For it rose o'er his own native isle of the ocean,
            Where once in the fire of his youthful emotion
              He sang the bold anthem of Erin-go-bragh.
      - Thomas Campbell, The Exile of Erin

Our country is wherever we are well off.
  [Lat., Patria est, ubicunque est bene.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        Tusculanarum Disputationum (V, 37),
        quoting Pacuvius

O, beautiful and grand,
  My own, my native land!
    Of thee I boast:
      Great empire of the west,
        The dearest and the best,
          Made up of all the rest,
            I love thee most.
      - Abraham Coles

And nobler is a limited command,
  Given by the love of all your native land,
    Than a successive title, long and dark,
      Drawn from the mouldy rolls of Noah's Ark.
      - John Dryden, Absalom and Achitophel
         (pt. I, l. 299)

He made all countries where he came his own.
      - John Dryden, Astroea Redux (l. 76)

So the loud torrent, and the whirlwind's roar,
  But bind him to his native mountains more.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, The Traveller (l. 207)

They love their land, because it is their own,
  And scorn to give aught other reason why;
    Would shake hands with a king upon his throne,
      And think it kindness to his majesty.
      - Fitz-Greene Halleck, Connecticut

To be really cosmopolitan a man must be at home even in his own country.
      - Thomas Wentworth Higginson,
        Short Studies of American Authors--Henry James, Jr.

Thou, O my country hast thy foolish ways!
  Too apt to purr at every stranger's praise,
    But if the stranger touch thy modes or laws,
      Off goes the velvet and out come the claws.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

What exile from his country is able to escape from himself?
  [Lat., Patriae quis exul se quoque fugit.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Carmina
         (II, 16, 19)

He who loves not his country can love nothing.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Stand
  Firm for your country, and become a man
    Honour'd and lov'd: It were a noble life,
      To be found dead, embracing her.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Our hearts, our hopes, are all with thee,
  Our hearts, our hopes, our prayers, our tears,
    Our faith triumphant o'er our fears,
      Are all with thee,--are all with thee!
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        The Building of the Ship

Whenever you hear a man speak of his love for his country it is a sign that he expects to be paid for it.
      - Henry Louis Mencken

Who dare to love their country, and be poor.
      - Alexander Pope,
        On his Grotto at Twickenham

The infant, on opening his eyes, ought to see his country, and to the hour of his death never lose sight of it.
  [Fr., Un enfant en ouvrant ses yeux doit voir la patrie, et jusqu'a la mort ne voir qu'elle.]
      - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

My foot is on my native heath, and my name is MacGregor.
      - Sir Walter Scott, Rob Roy (ch. XXXIV)

Breathes there the man with soul so dead,
  Who never to himself hath said,
    This is my own, my native land!
      Whose heart hath ne'er within him burn'd,
        As home his footsteps he hath turn'd,
          From wandering on a foreign strand!
      - Sir Walter Scott,
        The Lay of the Last Ministrel
         (canto VI, st. 1)

Land of my sires! what mortal hand
  Can e'er untie the filial band
    That knits me to thy rugged strand!
      - Sir Walter Scott,
        The Lay of the Last Minstrel
         (canto VI, st. 2)


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