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It is sweet and glorious to die for one's country.
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

Patriotism varies, from a noble devotion to a moral lunacy.
      - William Ralph Inge

Who fears to speak of Ninety-Eight?
  Who blushes at the name?
    When cowards mock the patriot's fate,
      Who hangs his head for shame?
      - John Kells Ingram vol. II, p. 339,
        in "The Dublin Nation"

Our federal Union: it must be preserved.
      - Andrew Jackson,
        toast given at the Jefferson Birthday celebration in 1830

That man is little to be envied, whose patriotism would not gain force upon the plain of Marathon, or whose piety would not grow warmer among the runs of Iona.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        A Journey to the Western Islands--Inch Kenneth

Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        Boswell's Life of Johnson

Father of his country.
  [Lat., Pater pariae.]
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal), Satires
         (VIII, 244),
        title bestowed on Cicero (64 BC) after his consulship

Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.
      - John Fitzgerald Kennedy,
        inaugural address, January 20, 1961

A man who won't die for something is not fit to live.
      - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Love of country produces among men such examples as Cincinnatus, Alfred, Washington--pure, unselfish, symmetrical; among women, Vittoria Colonna, Madame Roland, Charlotte Corday, Jeanne Darc--romantic, devoted, marvelous.
      - Alphonse de Lamartine

Gold is good in its place but living, brave, patriotic men are better than gold.
      - Abraham Lincoln

I am not accustomed to the language of eulogy; I have never studied the art of paying compliments to women; but I must say that if all that has been said by orators and poets, since the creation of the world, in praise of woman, was applied to the women of America, it would not do them justice for their conduct during this war.
      - Abraham Lincoln

The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.
      - Abraham Lincoln,
        in his first inaugural address

This nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom--and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
      - Abraham Lincoln

Is it an offence, is it a mistake, is it a crime to take a hopeful view of the prospects of your own country? Why should it be? Why should patriotism and pessimism be identical? Hope is the mainspring of patriotism.
      - David Lloyd George,
        in the House of Commons

fearful odds,
  For the ashes of his fathers
    And the temple of his gods?
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay

And how can man die better
  Than facing fearful odds,
    For the ashes of his fathers
      And the temples of his gods?
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay,
        Horatius keeps the Bridge

There are many different voice and languages; but there is but one voice of the peoples when you are declared to be the true "Father of your country."
  [Lat., Vox diversa sonat: populorum est vox tamen una,
    Cum verus Patriae diceris esse Pater.]
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis),
        De Spectaculis (III, 11)

We shall always be a small minority in the world, but, when a small nation accomplishes something with its limited means, what it achieves has an immense and exceptional value, like the widow's mite. . . . It is a deliberate and discerning love of a nation that appeals to me, not the indiscriminate love that assumes everything to be right because it bears a national label. . . . Love of one's own nation should not entail non-love of other nations. . . . Institutions by themselves are not enough.
      - Tomas Garrigue Masaryk

We, that would be known
  The father of our people, in our study,
    And vigilance for their safety, must not change
      Their ploughshares into swords, and force them from
        The secure shade of their own vines, to be
          Scorched with the flames of war.
      - Philip Massinger, The Maid of Honour
         (act I, 1)

The highest patriotism is not a blind acceptance of official policy, but a love of one's country deep enough to call her to a higher plain.
      - George McGovern

Our spirit is . . . to show ourselves eager to work for, and if need be, to die for the Irish Republic. Facing our enemy we must declare an attitude simply. . . . We ask for no mercy and we will make no compromise.
      - Terence Joseph McSwiney, M.P.,
        from a document in his possession when he was sentenced in Aug., 1920

'Twere sweet to sink in death for Truth and Freedom!
  Yes, who would hesitate, for who could bear
    The living degradation we may know
      If we do dread death for a sacred cause?
      - Terence Joseph McSwiney, M.P.,
        lines written when a boy, in the "Nation", Nov. 3, 1920

There seems no reason why patriotism and narrowness should go together, or why intellectual fairmindedness should be confounded with political trimming, or why serviceable truth should keep cloistered because not partisan.
      - Herman Melville

That grounded maxim, so rife and celebrated in the mouths of wisest men, that to the public good private respects must yield.
      - John Milton

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