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The union of hearts, the union of hands, and the flag of our Union forever.
      - George Pope Morris

Liberty, equality, fraternity.
  [Fr., Liberte, egalite, fraternite.]
      - Motto, Watchword of French Revolution,
        the motto of France

Patriotism is often an arbitrary veneration of real estate above principles.
      - George Jean Nathan

No government is safe unless it is protected by the good will of the people.
      - Cornelius Nepos

Patriotism is usually stronger than class hatred, and always stronger than internationalism.
      - George Orwell (pseudonym of Eric Blair)

The love of country is more powerful than reason itself.
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)

Our native land charms us with inexpressible sweetness, and never never allows us to forget that we belong to it.
  [Lat., Nescio qua natale solum dulcedine captos
    Ducit, et immemores non sinit esse sui.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso),
        Epistoloe Ex Ponto (I, 3, 35)

The whole earth is the brave man's country.
  [Lat., Omne solum forti patria est.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Fasti
         (I, 501)

Our country is the world, and my religion is to do good.
      - Thomas Paine

My country is the world, and my religion to do good.
      - Thomas Paine, Rights of Man (ch. V)

I die content, I die for the liberty of my country.
  [Fr., Je meurs content, je meurs pour la liberte de mon pays.]
      - attributed to Claude le Pelletier (Peletier)

They know no country, own no lord,
  Their home the camp, their law the sword.
      - Silvio Pellico, Enfernio de Messina
         (act V, sc. 2),
        a free rendering of a passage

Millions for defence, but not one cent for tribute.
      - attributed to Charles Cotesworth Pinckney,
        denied by him, also attributed to Robert Goodloe Harper, of South Carolina

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!
      - William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham,
        in a speech

Socrates said he was not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.
      - Plutarch, On Banishment

A brave man's country is wherever he chooses his abode.
  [Lat., Patria est ubicumque vir fortis sedem elegerit.]
      - Quintus Curtius Rufus (Curtis Rufus Quintus),
        De Rebus Gestis Alexandri Magni
         (VI, 4, 13)

To me, it seems a dreadful indignity to have a soul controlled by geography.
      - George Santayana

Our country, right or wrong! When right, to be kept right; when wrong, to be put right!
      - Carl (Karl) Schurz,
        Speech in the U.S. Senate

Where's the coward that would not dare
  To fight for such a land?
      - Sir Walter Scott, Marmion
         (canto IV, st. 30)

To preserve the life of citizens, is the greatest virtue in the father of his country.
  [Lat., Servare cives, major est virtus patriae patri.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca), Octavia

Be just and fear not:
  Let all the ends thou aim'st at be thy country's,
    Thy God's, and truth's.
      - William Shakespeare

I love my country's good, with a respect more tender, more holy and profound, than my own life.
      - William Shakespeare

Hear me profess sincerely: had I a dozen sons, each in my love alike, and none less dear than thine and my good Marcius, I had rather have eleven die nobly for their country than one
  voluptuously surfeit out of action.
      - William Shakespeare, Coriolanus
         (Volumnia at I, iii)

I do love
  My country's good with a respect more tender,
    More holy and profound, then mine own life,
      My dear wife's estimate, her womb increase,
        And treasure of my loins.
      - William Shakespeare, Coriolanus
         (Cominius at III, iii)

Patriotism is a pernicious, psychopathic form of idiocy.
      - George Bernard Shaw

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