Note: Not all these authors are from the U.S.A.; however, the sentiments can be applied to patriotism all around the globe.
I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him. ~Abraham Lincoln
America is a tune. It must be sung together. ~Gerald Stanley Lee, Crowds
We can't all be Washingtons, but we can all be patriots. ~Charles F. Browne
What is the essence of America? Finding and maintaining that perfect, delicate balance between freedom "to" and freedom "from." ~Marilyn vos Savant, in Parade
[P]atriotism... is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime. ~Adlai Stevenson
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. ~George William Curtis
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
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
There are those, I know, who will say 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
National honor is national property of the highest value. ~James Monroe, first inaugural address, 4 March 1817
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
May the sun in his course visit no land more free, more happy, more lovely, than this our own country! ~Daniel Webster
This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave. ~Elmer Davis
The stern hand of fate has scourged us to an elevation where we can see the great everlasting things that matter for a nation; the great peaks of honour we had forgotten - duty and patriotism, clad in glittering white; the great pinnacle of sacrifice pointing like a rugged finger to heaven. ~David Lloyd George
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," Essays, Second Series, 1844
If our country is worth dying for in time of war let us resolve that it is truly worth living for in time of peace. ~Hamilton Fish
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.
The cement of this union is the heart-blood of every American. ~Thomas Jefferson
America is much more than a geographical fact. It is a political and moral fact - the first community in which men set out in principle to institutionalize freedom, responsible government, and human equality. ~Adlai Stevenson
From every mountain side
Let Freedom ring.
~Samuel F. Smith, "America"
Ours is the only country deliberately founded on a good idea. ~John Gunther
America is a passionate idea or it is nothing. America is a human brotherhood or it is chaos. ~Max Lerner, Actions and Passions, 1949
Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all!
By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall.
If you are ashamed to stand by your colors, you had better seek another flag. ~Author Unknown
Where liberty dwells, there is my country. ~Benjamin Franklin
Liberty and Union, now and forever, one and inseparable! ~Daniel Webster...
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