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Patriotic Quotations:
United States of America

Note:  Not all these authors are from the U.S.A.; however, the sentiments can be applied to patriotism here and all around the globe.  —ღ Terri

America is not a formula. America is not statistics... A great nation cannot be made, cannot be discovered, and then be laid coldly together like a census. America is a Tune. It must be sung together. ~Gerald Stanley Lee, Crowds: A Moving-Picture of Democracy, 1913

May the glory of America never cease to shine. ~"Toasts and Sentiments," Collier's Cyclopedia of Commercial and Social Information and Treasury of Useful and Entertaining Knowledge, compiled by Nugent Robinson, 1882

May the growth of the American union never be prevented by party spirit. ~Every Body's Toast Book and Convivial Companion, by An Adept, 1851

Americans in unity, and unity in Americans! ~Every Body's Toast Book and Convivial Companion, by An Adept, 1851

With hearts and with glasses brim full,
Let's drink to America, our Mother.
~Every Body's Toast Book and Convivial Companion, by An Adept, 1851

Ambition, enterprise, effort and success are largely states of mind; happiness is the United States. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1904, George Horace Lorimer, editor

I venture to suggest that what we mean is a sense of national responsibility which will enable America to remain master of her power — to walk with it in serenity and wisdom, with self-respect and the respect of all mankind; a patriotism that puts country ahead of self; a patriotism which is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime... These are words that are easy to utter, but this is a mighty assignment. For it is often easier to fight for principles than to live up to them... ~Adlai Stevenson, 1952

May Peace o'er America spread her wing,
And Commerce fill her ports with gold;
May Arts and Science comfort bring,
And Liberty, her sons enfold.
~Every Body's Toast Book and Convivial Companion, by An Adept, 1851  [This toast is earlier found "May peace o'er Britain spread her wing," in The Toastmaster: or, Treasury of Sentiment (London), 1836. —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

Patriotism, or the peculiar relation of an individual to his country, is like the family instinct. In the child it is a blind devotion; in the man an intelligent love. ~George William Curtis, "Patriotism," an oration delivered before the graduating class at Union College, Schenectady, New York, 1857

Thus, gentlemen, we see that a man's country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle: a patriotism is loyalty to that principle. ~George William Curtis, "Patriotism," an oration delivered before the graduating class at Union College, Schenectady, New York, 1857

When an American says that he loves his country, he means not only that he loves the New England hills, the prairies glistening in the sun, the wide and rising plains, the great mountains, and the sea. He means that he loves an inner air, an inner light in which freedom lives and in which a man can draw the breath of self-respect. ~Adlai Stevenson, 1952

Love your country. Your country is the land where your parents sleep, where is spoken that language in which the chosen of your heart, blushing, whispered the first word of love; it is the home that God has given you, that by striving to perfect yourselves therein, you may prepare to ascend to him. ~Giuseppe Mazzini, 1848

There are those, I know, who will reply that the liberation of humanity, the freedom of man and mind, is nothing but a dream. They are right. It is the American Dream. ~Archibald MacLeish, in LIFE, "Eloquent Guides to America's National Purpose," 1960

National honor is national property of the highest value. ~James Monroe, 1817

It waves for you and it waves for me,
In all its splendid majesty:
This olden, golden flag that holds
Our hearts and faith within its folds,—
Long live the Stars and Stripes!
~W. Dayton Wegefarth (1885–1973), "Our Flag," Rainbow Verse: A Book of Helpful Sunny Philosophy, 1919

...may the sun in his course visit no land more free, more happy, more lovely, than this our own Country! ~Daniel Webster, 1832

What is the essence of America? Finding and maintaining that perfect, delicate balance between freedom "to" and freedom "from." ~Marilyn vos Savant

How often we fail to realize our good fortune in living in a country where happiness is more than a lack of tragedy. ~Paul Sweeney

Yet America is a poem in our eyes; its ample geography dazzles the imagination, and it will not wait long for metres. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, "The Poet"

And I'm proud to be an American, where at least I know I'm free
And I won't forget the men who died, who gave that right to me
~Lee Greenwood, "God Bless the U.S.A.," 1983 ♫

The cement of this union is in the heart blood of every American. I do not believe there is on earth a government established on so immovable a basis. ~Thomas Jefferson, 1815

America is much more than a geographical fact. It is a political and a moral fact — the first community in which men set out in principle to institutionalize freedom, responsible government, and human equality. And we love it for this audacity! ~Adlai Stevenson

My country 't is 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...
~Samuel F. Smith, 1832

A real patriot is one who is willing to do more for the Government than he expects the Government to do for him. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1904, George Horace Lorimer, editor

Here, beyond anything else on the whole earth, is a country blessed by an ideal geography and almost perfect natural frontiers, by incalculable bulk and wealth and variety and vitality, by a unique and indeed unexampled heritage in democratic ideas and principles — and a country deliberately founded on a good idea. ~John Gunther, Inside U.S.A., 1946

America does not ask of a man where he was born nor any other extraneous question, but only whether he is dedicated to fighting for humanist values according to his best lights... America is a passionate idea or it is nothing. America is a human brotherhood or it is a chaos. ~Max Lerner, "The United States as Exclusive Hotel," 1946

It is the flag just as much of the man who was naturalized yesterday as of the man whose people have been here generations. ~Henry Cabot Lodge, "What the Flag Means," 1915

Americans boast smiles of
star-spangled happiness
and banner waves of pride.
~Terri Guillemets, "Unfurl," 1992

I think there's one higher office than president, and I would call that patriot... ~Gary Hart

Each of you, for himself, by himself and on his own responsibility, must speak. And it is a solemn and weighty responsibility, and not lightly to be flung aside at the bullying of pulpit, press, government, or the empty catch-phrases of politicians. Each must for himself alone decide what is right and what is wrong, and which course is patriotic and which isn't. You cannot shirk this and be a man. To decide it against your convictions is to be an unqualified and inexcusable traitor, both to yourself and to your country, let men label you as they may. If you alone of all the nation shall decide on way, and that way be the right way according to your convictions of the right, you have done your duty by yourself and by your country — hold up your head. ~Mark Twain

Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all,—
By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall.
~John Dickinson, 1768

I... resolved to adopt the well Known Maxim “Where Liberty dwells, there is my country,” here every man who acknowledges the rights of a rational being, ought to bring his mite of Knowledge or experience, to encrease the rising Glory of this happy People. ~James Wallace, letter to Thomas Jefferson, 1803

Liberty and union, now and forever, one and inseparable! ~Daniel Webster

So it's home again, and home again, America for me!
My heart is turning home again, and there I long to be,
In the land of youth and freedom beyond the ocean bars,
Where the air is full of sunlight and the flag is full of stars.
~Henry Van Dyke, "Songs for America: An American in Europe"

Sometimes people call me an idealist. Well, that is the way I know I am an American. America, my fellow citizens — I do not say it in disparagement of any other great people — America is the only idealistic Nation in the world. ~Woodrow Wilson, 1919

This, then, is the state of the Union: Free and restless, growing and full of hope. So it was in the beginning. So it shall always be, while God is willing, and we are strong enough to keep the faith. ~Lyndon B. Johnson, 1965

Off with your hat as the flag goes by!
And let the heart have its say;
You're man enough for a tear in your eye
That you will not wipe away...
~H. C. Bunner, "The Old Flag," Airs from Arcady and Elsewhere, 1884

My god! How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy. ~Thomas Jefferson, letter to James Monroe, 1785

My favorite thing about the United States? Lots of Americans, one America. ~Terri Guillemets

We need a type of patriotism that recognizes the virtues of those who are opposed to us. We must get away from the idea that America is to be the leader of the world in everything. The old "manifest destiny" idea ought to be modified so that each nation has the manifest destiny to do the best it can — and that without cant, without the assumption of self-righteousness, and with a desire to learn to the uttermost from other nations. ~Francis J. McConnell, Memorial Day Address, 1926

I believe in America because in it we are free — free to choose our government, to speak our minds, to observe our different religions;
Because we are generous with our freedom — we share our rights with those who disagree with us;
Because we hate no people and covet no people's land;
Because we are blessed with a natural and varied abundance;
Because we set no limit to a man's achievement...
Because we have great dreams — and because we have the opportunity to make those dreams come true.
~Wendell L. Willkie, "Why I Believe in America," 1939

My heart beats red, white, and blue. ~Author unknown

Patriotism is easy to understand in America. It means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country. ~Calvin Coolidge, 1923

We dare not forget today that we are the heirs of that first revolution. ~John F. Kennedy, 1961

      There is a very great thrill to be had from the memories of the American Revolution, but the American Revolution was a beginning, not a consummation, and the duty laid upon us by that beginning is the duty of bringing the things then begun to a noble triumph of completion. For it seems to me that the peculiarity of patriotism in America is that it is not a mere sentiment. It is an active principle of conduct. It is something that was born into the world, not to please it but to regenerate it...
      The American Revolution was the birth of a nation; it was the creation of a great free republic based upon traditions of personal liberty which theretofore had been confined to a single little island, but which it was purposed should spread to all mankind. And the singular fascination of American history is that it has been a process of constant re-creation, of making over again in each generation the thing which was conceived at first. ~Woodrow Wilson, 1915

Intellectually I know America is no better than any other country; emotionally I know she is better than every other country. ~Sinclair Lewis

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