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PATRIOTISM
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[ Also see America Citizenship Decoration Day Democracy Duty Flags Freedom Glory Government Heroes Heroism Independence Liberty Love Love of Country Loyalty Nation Nationalism Navy Peace Politics Right Rights Sacrifice Soldiers Treason War Washington, George ]

I hope to find my country in the right: however I will stand by her, right or wrong.
      - John Jordan Crittenden,
        in Congress when President Polk sent a message after Gen. Scott's win over Mexican army

Patriotism is the vital condition of national permanence.
      - George William Curtis

Our country! In her intercourse with foreign nations, may she always be in the right; but our country, right or wrong.
      - Stephen Decatur, Toast given at Norfolk,
        see Mackenzie's "Life of Stephen Decatur"

Patriotism depends as much on mutual suffering as on mutual success; and it is by that experience of all fortunes and all feelings that a great national character is created.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

Never was patriot yet, but was a fool.
      - John Dryden

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 wish I was in de land ob cotton,
  Ole times dar am not forgotten,
    Look-a-way! Look-a-way! Look-a-way, Dixie Land!
      . . . .
        Den I wish I was in Dixie, Hooray! Hooray!
          In Dixie Land I'll take my stand
            To lib and die in Dixie.
      - Daniel Decatur Emmett, Dixie Land

'Twas for the good of my country that I should be abroad. Anything for the good of one's country--I'm a Roman for that.
      - George Farquhar, The Beaux's Stratagem
         (act III, sc. 2, l. 89)

And bold and hard adventures t' undertake,
  Leaving his country for his country's sake.
      - Charles Fitzgeffrey (Fitzjeffrey),
        Life and Death of Sir Francis Drake
         (st. 213)

Our country is the world--our countrymen are all mankind.
      - William Lloyd Garrison,
        motto of the "Liberator" (1837-39)

It should be the work of a genuine and noble patriotism to raise the life of the nation to the level of its privileges; to harmonize its general practice with its abstract principles; to reduce to actual facts the ideals of its institutions; to elevate instruction into knowledge; to deepen knowledge into wisdom; to render knowledge and wisdom complete in righteousness; and to make the love of country perfect in the love of man.
      - Henry Giles

In peace patriotism really consists only in this--that every one sweeps before his own door, minds his own business, also learns his own lesson, that it may be well with him in his own house.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Such is the patriot's boast, where'er we roam,
  His first best country ever is at home.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, The Traveller (l. 73)

I, for one, know of no sweeter sight for a man's eyes than his own country.
      - John Gunther

I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.
      - Nathan Hale, his last words

Patriotism is a blind and irrational impulse unless it is founded on a knowledge of the blessings we are called to secure and the privileges we propose to defend.
      - Robert Hall

Strike--for your altars and your fires;
  Strike--for the green graves of your sires.
    God--and your native land!
      - Fitz-Greene Halleck, Marco Bozzaris

And have they fixed the where, and when?
  And shall Trelawny die?
    Here's thirty thousand Cornish men
      Will know the reason why!
      - Robert Stephen Hawker,
        Song of the Western Men,
        he asserts he wrote this ballad in 1825

He serves his party best who serves the country best.
      - Rutherford Birchard Hayes,
        in his inaugural address

I am not a Virginian but an American.
      - Patrick Henry, in the Continental Congress

I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!
      - Patrick Henry

The man who loves home best, and loves it most unselfishly, loves his country best.
      - Josiah Gilbert Holland (used pseudonym Timothy Titcomb)

One flag, one land, one heart, one hand,
  One Nation evermore!
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.,
        Voyage of the Good Ship Union--Poems of the Class of '29

He serves me most who serves his country best.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Iliad
         (bk. X, l. 206), (Pope's translation)

And for our country 'tis a bliss to die.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Iliad
         (bk. XV, l. 583), (Pope's translation)


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