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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 ]

Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all others because you were born in it.
      - George Bernard Shaw

A healthy nation is as unconscious of its nationality as a healthy man of his bones. But if you break a nation's nationality it will think of nothing else but getting it set again.
      - George Bernard Shaw,
        John Bull's Other Island (preface)

You'll never have a quiet world till you knock the patriotism out of the human race.
      - George Bernard Shaw, O'Flaherty, V.C.

The proper means of increasing the love we bear our native country is to reside some time in a foreign one.
      - William Shenstone

Where liberty is, there is my country.
      - Algernon Sidney (Sydney), Algernon,
        his motto

My county, 'tis of thee,
  Sweet land of liberty,--Of thee I sing;
    Land where my fathers died.
      Land of the Pilgrim's pride,
        From every mountain side
          Let freedom ring.
      - Rev. Samuel Francis Smith

That is a true sentiment which makes us feel that we do not love our country less, but more, because we have laid up in our minds the knowledge of other lands and other institutions and other races, and have had enkindled afresh within us the instinct of a common humanity, and of the universal beneficence of the Creator.
      - Dean Arthur Penrhyn Stanley

I venture to suggest that patriotism is not a short and frenzied outburst of emotion but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.
      - Adlai E. Stevenson

When a nation is filled with strife, then do patriots flourish.
      - Adlai E. Stevenson

Patriotism knows neither latitude nor longitude. It is not climatic.
      - Emery Alexander Storrs

He held it safer to be of the religion of the King or Queen that were in being, for he knew that he came raw into the world, and accounted it no point of wisdom to be broiled out of it.
      - John Taylor ("The Water Poet"),
        The Old, Old, Very Old Man, (Parr.)

A savior of the silver-coasted isle.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson,
        Ode on the Death of the Duke of Wellington
         (pt. VI)

This is a maxim which I have received by hereditary tradition, not only from my father, but also from my grandfather and his ancestors, that after what I owe to God, nothing should be more dear or more sacred than the love and respect I owe to my country.
      - Francois Auguste de Thou

A real patriot is the fellow who gets a parking ticket and rejoices that the system works.
      - Bill Vaughan

Patriotism is voluntary. It is a feeling of loyalty and allegiance that is the result of knowledge and belief. A patriot shows their their patriotism through their actions, by their choice.
      - Jesse Ventura,
        on vetoing a Minnesota state law requiring students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance

The noblest motive is the public good.
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil)

How dear is fatherland to all noble hearts!
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire)

Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.
      - George Washington

Put none but Americans on guard tonight.
      - attributed to George Washington

Hands across the sea,
  Feet on English ground,
    The old blood is bold blood, the wide world round.
      - Byron Webber, Hands Across the Sea

I was born an American; I live an American; I shall die an American!
      - Daniel Webster, in a speech

Let our object be, our country, our whole country, and nothing but our country.
      - Daniel Webster,
        in an address at the laying of the corner-stone of the Bunker Hill monument

Thank God, I--I also--am an American!
      - Daniel Webster,
        on the completion of the Bunker Hill monument

Patriotism has become a mere national self assertion, a sentimentality of flag-cheering with no constructive duties.
      - H.G. Wells (Herbert George Wells),
        Future in America

The line of red are lines of blood, nobly and unselfishly shed by men who loved the liberty of their fellowmen more than they loved their fellowmen more than they lover their own lives and fortunes. God forbid that we would have to use the blood of America to freshen the color of the flag. But if it should ever be necessary, that flag will be colored once more, and in being colored will be glorified and purified.
      - Thomas Woodrow Wilson, Flag Day Speech


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