Posts tagged ‘patriotism’

2012

attitude abroad

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.

Winston Churchill, a speech to the Houses of Parliament (1947)

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2012

a cause

War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.

John Stuart Mill, “The Contest in America,” Harper’s New Monthly Magazine (1862)

2012

the grateful

When our perils are past, shall our gratitude sleep?

George Canning, “The Pilot That Weathered the Storm” (1802)

2012

support

I support every president. Period.

Jack Nicholson, interview with AP Entertainment Press (2007)

2012

we go forward

In the face of great perils never before encountered, our strong purpose is to protect and to perpetuate the integrity of democracy. For this we muster the spirit of America, and the faith of America. We do not retreat. We are not content to stand still. As Americans, we go forward, in the service of our country, by the will of God.

Franklin D. Roosevelt, third inaugural address (1941)

2012

essential to victory

This great nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. In every dark hour of our national life a leadership of frankness and vigor has met with that understanding and support of the people themselves which is essential to victory. I am convinced that you will again give that support to leadership in these critical days.

Franklin D. Roosevelt, first inaugural address (1933)

2012

harmony and affection

Let us, then, fellow citizens, unite with one heart and one mind. Let us restore to social intercourse that harmony and affection without which liberty and even life itself are but dreary things.

Thomas Jefferson, first inaugural address (1801)

2012

stand it now

These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.

Thomas Paine, “The Crisis” (1776)

2012

the chorus of the Union

We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stre[t]ching from every battle-field, 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, first inaugural address (1861)

2012

fraternal affection

One of the expedients of party to acquire influence within particular districts is to misrepresent the opinions and aims of other districts. You cannot shield yourselves too much against the jealousies and heartburnings which spring from these misrepresentations; they tend to render alien to each other those who ought to be bound together by fraternal affection.

George Washington, “Farewell Address” (1796)

2012

brethren

Every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle. We have called by different names brethren of the same principle.

Thomas Jefferson, first inaugural address (1801)

2012

reborn

My fellow citizens, our nation is poised for greatness. We must do what is right and do it with all our might. Let history say of us, ‘Those were the golden years — when the American Revolution was reborn, when freedom gained new life, when America reached for her best.’

Ronald Reagan, second inaugural address (1985)

2012

so small a number

It may be doubted whether so small a number of men ever employed so short a space of time with greater and more lasting effects upon the history of the world.

George Otto Trevelyan, The American Revolution, vol. 2 (1905)*

*The three-volume set was published in 1905; Volume 2 may have been published earlier on its own.

2012

american women

If anyone asks me what I think the chief cause of the extraordinary prosperity and growing power of this nation, I should answer that it is due to the superiority of their women.

Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America (1840)

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