''My country, right or wrong'' is a thing that no patriot would think of saying except in a desperate case. It is like saying ''My mother, drunk or sober.''
… ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.
A man who is good enough to shed his blood for his country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards. More than that no man is entitled to, and less than that no man shall have.
A man's country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle; and patriotism is loyalty to that principle.
A man's feet must be planted in his country, but his eyes should survey the world.
A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.
Breathes there the man with soul so dead, Who never to himself hath said, This is my own, my native land!
Everyone loathes his own country and countrymen if he is any sort of artist.
God and Country are an unbeatable team; they break all records for oppression and bloodshed.
God has given you your country as cradle, and humanity as mother; you cannot rightly love your brethren of the cradle if you love not the common mother.
He was inordinately proud of England and he abused her incessantly.
How much longer are we going to think it necessary to be ''American'' before (or in contradistinction to) being cultivated, being enlightened, being humane, and having the same intellectual discipline as other civilized countries?
I do not mean to exclude altogether the idea of patriotism. I know it exists, and I know it has done much in the present contest. But I will venture to assert, that a great and lasting war can never be supported on this principle alone. It must be aided b
I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.
I realize that patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred or bitterness towards anyone.
I think patriotism is like charity — it begins at home.
I wonder that we Americans love our country at all, it having no limits and no oneness; and when you try to make it a matter of the heart, everything falls away except one's native State; –neither can you seize hold of that, unless you tear it out of the Union, bleeding and quivering.
I've seen a lot of patriots and they all died just like anybody else if it hurt bad enough and once they were dead their patriotism was only good for legends; it was bad for their prose and made them write bad poetry. If you are going to be a great patriot i.e. loyal to any existing order of government (not one who wishes to destroy the existing for something better) you want to be killed early if your life and works won't stink.
Intellectually I know that America is no better than any other country; emotionally I know she is better than every other country.
It is a sweet and seemly thing to die for one's country.