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Patriotism quotes and quotations

The single best augury is to fight for one's country.
Homer

How beautiful is death, when earn'd by virtue!
Who would not be that youth? What pity is it
That we can die but once to serve our country!
Joseph Addison

You're not to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.
Malcolm X

I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.
Nathan Hale

When a whole nation is roaring Patriotism at the top of its voice, I am fain to explore the cleanness of its hands and purity of its heart.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.
Samuel Johnson

When I am abroad, I always make it a rule never to criticize or attack the government of my own country. I make up for lost time when I come home.
Sir Winston Churchill

The flag is the embodiment, not of sentiment, but of history.
Woodrow Wilson

I have ten thousand for defense, but none to surrender; if you want our weapons come and get them.
Author Unknown

We join ourselves to no party that does not carry the flag and I keep step to the music of the Union.
Rufus Choate

Be Briton still to Britain true, Among oursel's united; For never but by British hands Maun British wrangs be righted.
Robert Burns

The die was now cast; I had passed the Rubicon. Swim or sink, live or die, survive or perish with my country was my unalterable determination.
John Quincy Adams

Who would not be that youth? What pity is it That we can die but once to save our country!
Joseph Addison

Our ships were British oak, And hearts of oak our men.
Samuel James Arnold

Our country, however bounded.
Author Unknown

From distant climes, o'er wide-spread seas we come, Though not with much eclat or beat of drum; True patriots all; for be it understood We left our country for our country's good. No private views disgraced our generous zeal, What urged our travels was our country's weal.
George Barrington

The unbought grace of life, the cheap defence of nations, the nurse of manly sentiment and heroic enterprise, is gone!
Edmund Burke

Our country is the common parent of all.
Cicero

For what were all these country patriots born? To hunt, and vote, and raise the price of corn?
Lord Byron

Again to the battle, Achaians! Our hearts bid the tyrants defiance! Our land, the first garden of liberty's tree-- It has been, and shall yet be, the land of the free.
Thomas Campbell

Our country is wherever we are well off.
Cicero

I realize that patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred toward any one.
Edith Louisa Cavell

A man who won't die for something is not fit to live.
Juvenal

Our land, the first garden of liberty's tree-- It has been, and shall be, the land of the free.
Thomas Campbell

"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."
Gilbert Keith Chesterton

I have heard something said about allegiance to the South: I know no South, no North, no East, no West, to which I owe any allegiance.
Henry Clay

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

I hope to find my country in the right: however I will stand by her, right or wrong.
John Jordan Crittenden

And for our country 'tis a bliss to die.
Homer

Liberty, equality, fraternity.
Motto

There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured with what is right in America.
Henry Clay

'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

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

Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.
Samuel Johnson

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

Our country! In her intercourse with foreign nations, may she always be in the right; but our country, right or wrong.
Stephen Decatur

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?
Homer

Our federal Union: it must be preserved.
Andrew Jackson

Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism - how passionately I hate them!
Stephen Decatur

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

'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

Father of his country.
Juvenal

And bold and hard adventures t' undertake, Leaving his country for his country's sake.
Charles Fitzgeffrey

Our country is the world--our countrymen are all mankind.
William Lloyd Garrison

Such is the patriot's boast, where'er we roam, His first best country ever is at home.
Oliver Goldsmith

Strike--for your altars and your fires; Strike--for the green graves of your sires. God--and your native land!
Fitz-Greene Halleck

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

He serves his party best who serves the country best.
Rutherford Birchard Hayes

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

I am not a Virginian but an American.
Patrick Henry

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."
Marcus Valerius Martial

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

Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.
Juvenal

I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!
Patrick Henry

One flag, one land, one heart, one hand, One Nation evermore! - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.,
Oliver Wendell Holmes

oHe serves me most who serves his country best.
Homer

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