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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
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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