Ideals are like stars; you will not succeed in touching them with your hands. But like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them you will reach your destiny.

— Carl Schurz

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Ideals are like the stars: we never reach them, but like the mariners of the sea, we chart our course by them.


Consider: if you incorporate those tropical countries with the Republic of the United States, you will have to incorporate their people too.


From the equality of rights springs identity of our highest interests;

you cannot subvert your neighbor's rights without striking a dangerous blow at your own.


We have come to a point where it is loyalty to resist, and treason to submit.


My country right or wrong; when right, to keep her right; when wrong, to put her right.


I will make a prophecy that may now sound peculiar.

In fifty years Lincoln's name will be inscribed close to Washington's on this Republic's roll of honor.


The Senator from Wisconsin cannot frighten me by exclaiming, My country, right or wrong. In one sense I say so too. My country; and my country is the great American Republic. My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right.


Our ideals resemble the stars, which illumintate the night.

No one will ever be able to touch them. But the men who, like the sailors on the ocean, take them for guides, will undoubtedly reach their goal.


When the life of the nation was attempted, when the cause of liberty and human rights called for their aid, they rushed forth to rally under the banner they loved, with grand singleness of purpose and heroic devotion--leaving all behind them, to meet toil and danger, hunger, sickness, wounds, and death, for nothing but the sublime satisfaction of doing their duty to their country and to mankind.


Our country, right or wrong. When right, to be kept right; when wrong, to be put right.


Tis not, 'my country right or wrong';

tis, 'my country, that which is right to be kept right, that which is wrong to be set right'


I have always been in favor of a healthy Americanization, but that does not mean a complete disavowal of our German heritage. It means that our character should take on the best of that which is American, and combine it with the best of that which is German. By doing this, we can best serve the American people and their civilization.


About Carl Schurz

Quotes 13 sayings
Nationality German
Profession Revolutionary
Birthday October 16
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