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I have ten thousand for defense, but none to surrender; if you want our weapons come and get them.
      - Unattributed Author,
        a response of an ancient general

Our country, however bounded.
      - Unattributed Author,
        toast founded on the speech of Winthrop

A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.
      - Edward Abbey

He who loathes war, and will do everything in his power to avert it, but who will, in the last extremity, encounter its perils, from love of country and of home--who is willing to sacrifice himself and all that is dear to him in life, to promote the well-being of his fellow-man, will ever receive a worthy homage.
      - John S.C. (Stevens Cabot) Abbott,
        Napoleon Bonaparte

The die was now cast; I had passed the Rubicon. Swim or sink, live or die, survive or perish with my country was my unalterable determination.
      - John Quincy Adams, Works (vol. IV, p. 8),
        in a conversation with Jonathan Sewell

Who would not be that youth? What pity is it
  That we can die but once to save our country!
      - Joseph Addison, Cato (act IV, sc. 4)

Our ships were British oak,
  And hearts of oak our men.
      - Samuel James Arnold, Death of Nelson

From distant climes, o'er wide-spread seas we come,
  Though not with much eclat or beat of drum;
    True patriots all; for be it understood
      We left our country for our country's good.
        No private views disgraced our generous zeal,
          What urged our travels was our country's weal.
      - George Barrington (formerly Waldron),
        Prologue for the Opening of the Playhouse at Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

To be a good patriot, a man must consider his countrymen as God's creatures, and himself as accountable for his acting towards them.
      - Bishop George Berkeley

Patriotism is as fierce as a fever, pitiless as the grave, blind as a stone, and irrational as a headless hen.
      - Ambrose Bierce

They'll nail anyone who ever scratched his ass during the national anthem.
      - Humphrey Bogart

The unbought grace of life, the cheap defence of nations, the nurse of manly sentiment and heroic enterprise, is gone!
      - Edmund Burke,
        Reflections on the Revolution in France
         (vol. III, p. 331)

Be Briton still to Britain true,
  Among oursel's united;
    For never but by British hands
      Maun British wrangs be righted.
      - Robert Burns, Dumfries Volunteers

For what were all these country patriots born?
  To hunt, and vote, and raise the price of corn?
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        The Age of Bronze

Again to the battle, Achaians!
  Our hearts bid the tyrants defiance!
    Our land, the first garden of liberty's tree--
      It has been, and shall yet be, the land of the free.
      - Thomas Campbell, Song of the Greeks

Our land, the first garden of liberty's tree--
  It has been, and shall be, the land of the free.
      - Thomas Campbell, Song of the Greeks

I realize that patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred toward any one.
      - Edith Louisa Cavell,
        quoted by the newspapers as before being shot by Germans in Brussels, Oct. 15, 1915

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.
      - 1st Earl of Chatham, William Pitt

"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 Keith Chesterton, The Defendant

We join ourselves to no party that does not carry the flag and I keep step to the music of the Union.
      - Rufus Choate,
        in a letter to a Worcester Whig Convention

Our country is the common parent of all.
  [Lat., Patria est communis omnium parens.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        Orationes in Catilinam (I, 7)

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

I have heard something said about allegiance to the South: I know no South, no North, no East, no West, to which I owe any allegiance.
      - Henry Clay, In the U.S. Senate

There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured with what is right in America.
      - William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton

All true patriots will meet in heaven.
      - Charlotte Corday (Marie Anne Charlotte Corday d'Armont)

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