165 American Patriotism Quotes To Inspire You

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The Most Famous American Patriotism Quotes (Best in 2024)

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

Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all others because you were born in it. — George Bernard Shaw

It seems that American patriotism measures itself against an outcast group. The right Americans are the right Americans because they're not like the wrong Americans, who are not really Americans. — Eric Hobsbawm

It seems that American patriotism measures itself against an outcast group. The right Americans are the right Americans because they're not like the wrong Americans, who are not really Americans. — E. J. Hobsbawm

Americanism is a question of principle, of idealism, of character. It is not a matter of birthplace, or creed, or line of descent. — Theodore Roosevelt

Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons. — Bertrand Russell

I won't trade humanity for patriotism. — Immortal Technique

True patriotism doesn't exclude an understanding of the patriotism of others. — Queen Elizabeth II

Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president. — Theodore Roosevelt

Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious. — Oscar Wilde

Short American Patriotism Quotes

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  • We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it. — William Faulkner
  • Of the people, by the people, for the people. — Sun Yat-sen
  • There! His Majesty can now read my name without glasses. And he can double the reward on my head! — John Hancock
  • Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom. — John Adams
  • Ev'ry heart beats true 'neath the Red, White and Blue — George M. Cohan
  • My heart trembles when I reflect that God is just — Thomas Jefferson
  • America is a tune. It must be sung together. — Gerald Stanley Lee
  • It is the love of country that has lighted and that keeps glowing the holy fire of patriotism. — J. Horace McFarland
  • I will make such a wonderful India that all Americans will stand in line to get a visa for India — Narendra Modi
  • Liberty, once lost, is lost forever. — John Adams
American patriotism quote Loyalty to the country always. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.
Loyalty to the country always. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.

The American Flag Patriotism Quotes

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Sure I wave the American flag. Do you know a better flag to wave? Sure I love my country with all her faults. I'm not ashamed of that, never have been, never will be. — John Wayne

Yonder are the Hessians. They were bought for seven pounds and tenpence a man. Are you worth more? Prove it. Tonight the American flag floats from yonder hill or Molly Stark sleeps a widow! — John Stark

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

American patriotism quote Love your country, but never trust its government.
Love your country, but never trust its government.

Sure I wave the American flag. Do you know a better flag to wave? — John Wayne

A thoughtful mind, when it sees a nation's flag, sees not the flag, but the nation itself. — Henry Ward Beecher

A thoughtful mind, when it sees a Nation's flag, sees not the flag only, but the Nation itself; and whatever may be its symbols, its insignia, he reads chiefly in the flag the Government, the principles, the truths, the history which belongs to the Nation that sets it forth. — Henry Ward Beecher

American patriotism quote The duty of a true patriot is to protect his country from government.
The duty of a true patriot is to protect his country from government.

Tonight the American flag floats from yonder hill or Molly Stark sleeps a widow. — John Stark

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. — Henry Cuyler Bunner

Our great modern Republic. May those who seek the blessings of its institutions and the protection of its flag remember the obligations they impose. — Ulysses S. Grant

Yes, I'm a patriotic person. For these people who disgrace the American way and burn our flag and do all of these things... I say, don't live here and disgrace my country. Go live in the Middle East and see how you like it. — Payne Stewart

What Is An American Quotes

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The New Deal is plainly an attempt to achieve a working socialism and avert a social collapse in America; it is extraordinarily parallel to the successive 'policies' and 'Plans' of the Russian experiment. Americans shirk the word 'socialism', but what else can one call it? — H. G. Wells

Fighters find it hard to give up doing what they do best - fighting for a living. — Evander Holyfield

Then, I realized that there is an indigenous presence in the Solar System. It's us. So, then, I got to wondering what would happen if a more technologically advanced society moved next door to us, the way we moved next door to the American Indians. — Sarah Zettel

American patriotism quote The duty of a true Patriot is to protect his country from its government.
The duty of a true Patriot is to protect his country from its government.

What we see today is an American economy that has boomed because of policies and developments of the 1950s and '60s: the interstate-highway system, massive funding for science and technology, a public-education system that was the envy of the world and generous immigration policies. — Fareed Zakaria

Baseball, to me, is still the national pastime because it is a summer game. I feel that almost all Americans are summer people, that summer is what they think of when they think of their childhood. I think it stirs up an incredible emotion within people. — Steve Busby

What an exciting super-tomorrow it will be! Americans are today making the greatest scientific developments in our history. That is a promise of new levels of employment, industrial activity and human happiness. — Clarence Francis

American patriotism quote Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country.
Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country.

Education is not the means of showing people how to get what they want. Education is an exercise by means of which enough men, it is hoped, will learn to want what is worth having. — Ronald Reagan

As you know, I'm an immigrant. I came over here as an immigrant, and what gave me the opportunities, what made me to be here today, is the open arms of Americans. I have been received. I have been adopted by America. — Arnold Schwarzenegger

What Americans don't want to admit ... is that not only is there not a contradiction between state regulation and freedom, but in order for us to actually be free in our social interactions, there must be an extremely elaborated network of health, law, institutions, moral rules and so on. — Slavoj Žižek

I suppose, in a way, this has become part of my soul. It is a symbol of my life. Whatever I have done that really matters, I've done wearing it. When the time comes, it will be in this that I journey forth. What greater honor could come to an American, and a soldier? — Douglas MacArthur

Patriotism In America Quotes

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If we accept and acquiesce in the face of discrimination, we accept the responsibility ourselves. We should, therefore, protest openly everything ... that smacks of discrimination or slander. — Mary Mcleod Bethune

If ever a time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin. — Samuel Adams

The Constitution be never construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the press, or the rights of conscience; or to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their own arms. — Samuel Adams

American patriotism quote Defiance, not obedience, is the American's answer to overbearing authority.
Defiance, not obedience, is the American's answer to overbearing authority.

He’s for real. If you look up the definition of patriotism in the dictionary, his picture is there. — Bill Miller

The United States is the only country with a known birthday. — James G. Blaine

Some Americans need hyphens in their names, because only part of them has come over; but when the whole man has come over, heart and thought and all, the hyphen drops of its own weight out of his name. — Woodrow Wilson

American patriotism quote Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it
Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.

I believe in the strength of US institutions and democracy. Peaceful transition of power is at the core. Joe Biden won the election. — Ursula von der Leyen

We have enjoyed so much freedom for so long that we are perhaps in danger of forgetting how much blood it cost to establish the Bill of Rights. — Felix Frankfurter

I believe in America because we have great dreams, and because we have the opportunity to make those dreams come true. — Wendell Willkie

God bless America, land that I love. — Irving Berlin

Patriotism Quotes

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

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It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit. — Harry S. Truman

We are all Malaysians. This is the bond that unites us. Let us always remember that unity is our fundamental strength as a people and as a nation. — Tunku Abdul Rahman

American patriotism quote What if the American people woke up and understood that the official reasons for
What if the American people woke up and understood that the official reasons for going to war are almost always based on lies and promoted by war propaganda in order to serve special interests.

There are seasons in every country when noise and impudence pass current for worth; and in popular commotions especially, the clamors of interested and factious men are often mistaken for patriotism. — Alexander Hamilton

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The duty of a patriot is to protect his country from its government. — Edward Abbey

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Without patriotic political education, a soldier is only a potential criminal. — Thomas Sankara

Do not let anyone claim tribute of American patriotism if they even attempt to remove religion from politics. — George Washington

The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders...tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. — Hermann Goring

Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are. — Benjamin Franklin

This country will not be a good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a good place for all of us to live in. — Theodore Roosevelt

True Patriotism Quotes

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True patriotism springs from a belief in the dignity of the individual, freedom and equality not only for Americans but for all people on earth, universal brotherhood and good will, and a constant and earnest striving toward the principles and ideals on which this country was founded. — Eleanor Roosevelt

True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else. — Clarence Darrow

I am naturally fond of adventure, a little ambitious, and a good deal romantic - but patriotism was the true secret of my success. — Sarah Emma Edmonds

True patriotism sometimes requires of men to act exactly contrary, at one period, to that which it does at another, and the motive which impels them the desire to do right is precisely the same. — Robert E. Lee

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots. — Barbara Ehrenreich

No one understood better than Stalin that the true object of propaganda is neither to convince nor even to persuade, but to produce a uniform pattern of public utterance in which the first trace of unorthodox thought immediately reveals itself as a jarring dissonance. — Alan Bullock

The modern patriotism, the true patriotism, the only rational patriotism is loyalty to the Nation all the time, loyalty to the Government when it deserves it. — Mark Twain

The duty of a true patriot is to protect his country from government. — Thomas Paine

There are no points of the compass on the chart of true patriotism. — Robert Charles Winthrop

I know no better way to show true patriotism and love for one's country, than investing to create wealth and employment. — Strive Masiyiwa

Usa Patriotic Quotes

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We are expected to believe that anyone who objects to the Department of Homeland Security or the USA Patriot Act is a terrorist, and that the only way to preserve our freedom is to hand it over to the government for safekeeping. — L. Neil Smith

I love my country, not my government. — Jesse Ventura

I want to be proud of this country [the USA], but when aspects of our policy don't align with my ethics, I want to protest them and try to change them. Being complicit because it's the home team is nationalism, not patriotism. — Shepard Fairey

You cannot spill a drop of American blood without spilling the blood of the whole world.... We are not a nation, so much as a world. — Herman Melville

America is a passionate idea or it is nothing. America is a human brotherhood or it is chaos. — Max Lerner

If you take advantage of everything that America has to offer, there's nothing you can't accomplish. — Geraldine Ferraro

Decisive action has been taken on the home front with passage of the USA Patriot Act, which has strengthened the hand of law enforcement agencies to stop terrorists before they can act. — Roger Wicker

One of the first items of Congressional business in 2006 will be an effort to renew the USA Patriot Act. — Roger Wicker

What we need are critical lovers of America - patriots who express their faith in their country by working to improve it. — Hubert H. Humphrey

He loves his country best who strives to make it best. — Robert Green Ingersoll

Patriotism And Freedom Quotes

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But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever. — John Adams

For no People will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can they easily be subdued, where Knowledge is diffusd and Virtue preservd . On the Contrary, when People are universally ignorant and debauched in their Manners, they will sink under their own Weight, without the Aid of foreign Invaders. — Samuel Adams

Nil desperandum, -- Never Despair. That is a motto for you and me. All are not dead; and where there is a spark of patriotic fire, we will rekindle it. — Samuel Adams

Over the years, the United States has sent many of its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return is enough to bury those that did not return. — Colin Powell

To achieve world government, it is necessary to remove from the minds of men, their individualism, loyalty to family traditions, national patriotism and religious dogmas. — Brock Chisholm

We come here with no peaceful intent, but ready for battle, determined to avenge our wrongs and set our country free. — William Wallace

We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal. — Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom. — Albert Einstein

We will glorify war-the world's only hygiene, milliterism, patriotism , the destructive gesture of freedom-bringers, beautiful ideas worth dying for, and scorn for woman — Filippo Tommaso Marinetti

137 years later, Memorial Day remains one of America's most cherished patriotic observances. The spirit of this day has not changed - it remains a day to honor those who died defending our freedom and democracy. — Doc Hastings

Patriotism And Nationalism Quotes

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The essence of America - that which really unites us - is not ethnicity, or nationality or religion - it is an idea - and what an idea it is: That you can come from humble circumstances and do great things. — Condoleezza Rice

If we are to have another contest in the near future of our national existence, I predict that the dividing line will not be Mason and Dixon's but between patriotism and intelligence on the one side, and superstition, ambition and ignorance on the other. — Ulysses S. Grant

The nation is divided, half patriots and half traitors, and no man can tell which from which. — Mark Twain

The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war. — Sydney J. Harris

Under this flag may our youth find new inspiration for loyalty to Canada; for a patriotism based not on any mean or narrow nationalism, but on the deep and equal pride that all Canadians will feel for every part of this good land. — Lester B. Pearson

It is not for him to pride himself who loveth his own country, but rather for him who loveth the whole world. — Bahá'u'lláh

"Every national border in Europe," El Eswad added ironically, "marks the place where two gangs of bandits got too exhausted to kill each other anymore and signed a treaty. Patriotism is the delusion that one of these gangs of bandits is better than all the others." — Robert Anton Wilson

These fallen heroes represent the character of a nation who has a long history of patriotism and honor - and a nation who has fought many battles to keep our country free from threats of terror. — Michael N. Castle

Patriotism can flourish only where racism and nationalism are given no quarter. We should never mistake patriotism for nationalism. A patriot is one who loves his homeland. A nationalist is one who scorns the homelands of others. — Johannes Rau

Patriotism means unqualified and unwavering love for the nation, which implies not uncritical eagerness to serve, not support for unjust claims, but frank assessment of its vices and sins, and penitence for them. — Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Inspirational Patriotic Quotes

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There is no negro problem. The problem is whether the American people have loyalty enough, honor enough, patriotism enough, to live up to their own constitution — Frederick Douglass

When I die, I desire no better winding sheet than the Stars and Stripes, and no softer pillow than the Constitution of my country. — Andrew Johnson

The great enemy of the salvation of man, in my opinion, never invented a more effective means of limiting Christianity from the world than by persuading mankind that it was improper to read the Bible at schools. — Benjamin Rush

Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones. — Theodore Roosevelt

I do not believe that the Constitution was the offspring of inspiration, but I am as satisfied that it is as much the work of a Divine Providence as any of the miracles recorded in the Old and New Testament. — Benjamin Rush

In a chariot of light from the region of the day, the Goddess of Liberty came. She brought in her hand as a pledge of her love, the plant she named Liberty Tree. — Thomas Paine

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the assessment that something else is more important than fear. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

We need real and dedicated fighters and champions in the UFC. It’s simply the best organization in the world. — Joanna Jedrzejczyk

The whole inspiration of our civilization springs from the teachings of Christ and the lessons of the prophets. To read the Bible for these fundamentals is a necessity of American life. — Herbert Hoover

A primary object should be the education of our youth in the science of government. In a republic, what species of knowledge can be equally important? And what duty more pressing than communicating it to those who are to be the future guardians of the liberties of the country? — George Washington

Unpatriotic Quotes

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U.S. journalists I don't think are very courageous. They tend to go along with the government's policy domestically and internationally. To question is seen as being unpatriotic, or potentially subversive. — Robert Fisk

Global warming alarmists are unpatriotic racists knowingly misleading for their own ends. — Sayings

It must never be unpatriotic to support your country against your government. It must always be unpatriotic to support your government against your country. — Steven T. Byington

Before the war is ended, the war party assumes the divine right to denounce and silence all opposition to war as unpatriotic and cowardly. — Robert M. La Follette, Sr.

Specific protection must be granted to human rights defenders and whistleblowers who have in some contexts been accused of being unpatriotic, whereas they perform, in reality, a democratic service to their countries and to the enjoyment of human rights of their compatriots. — Alfred-Maurice de Zayas

Millions of citizens are deeply disturbed that the military-industrial complex too often shapes national policy, but they do not want to be considered unpatriotic. — Martin Luther King, Jr.

I don't think the average American understands what patriotism truthfully is. That's why when I attack our country or attack the government, it's sometimes looked at as unpatriotic. It's not. — Patti Smith

There comes a time, there comes a time in the history of nations when fear and complacency allow power to accumulate and liberty and privacy to suffer. That time is now and I will not let the Patriot Act, the most unpatriotic of acts go unchallenged. — Rand Paul

Being critical of the nation is a far cry from being unpatriotic or anti-American. In fact, most social criticism . . . is based on a love of America's ideals and a concern we're not living up to them. — Robert Reich

Congress shall have Power . . . to promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Time to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries. — James Madison

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More American Patriotism Quotes

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America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand. — Harry S. Truman

Our country is the world, our countrymen are all mankind. We love the land of our nativity, only as we love all other lands. The interests, rights, and liberties of American citizens are no more dear to us than are those of the whole human race. Hence we can allow no appeal to patriotism, to revenge any national insult or injury. — William Lloyd Garrison

I think on-stage nudity is disgusting, shameful and damaging to all things American. But if I were 22 with a great body, it would be artistic, tasteful, patriotic, and a progressive religious experience. — Shelley Winters

I think on-stage nudity is disgusting, shameful and damaging to all things American. But if I were 22 with a great body, it would be artistic, tasteful, patriotic and a progressive religious experience. — Shelley Winters

For an American to be patriotic is to be loyal to the principles of our Constitution, and the First Amendment. The truth is that the policies of the government is sometimes in conflict with that. In our country, patriotism should not be defined as obedience to an authority. — Daniel Ellsberg

American people stopped to remember the third anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq war. We thought first and foremost of the selflessness, patriotism and heroism by our troops, our National Guard and Reserves. — Rosa DeLauro

This big dog will fight when you rattle his cage And you'll be sorry that you messed with The U.S. of A. 'Cause we'll put a boot in your ass It's the American way. — Toby Keith

When the American people find out how their government has secretly interpreted the Patriot Act, they will be stunned and they will be angry. — Ron Wyden

Beer commercials are so patriotic: Made the American Way. What does that have to do with America? Is that what America stands for? Feeling sluggish and urinating frequently? — Evelyn Waugh

I do this real moron thing, and it's called thinking. And apparently I'm not a very good American because I like to form my own opinions. — George Carlin

American Girls and American Guys We'll always stand up and salute We'll always recognize When we see Old Glory Flying There's a lot of men dead So we can sleep in peace at night When we lay down our head. — Toby Keith

Americanism means the virtues of courage, honor, justice, truth, sincerity, and hardihood - the virtues that made America. — Theodore Roosevelt

That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves. — Henry David Thoreau

The original American patriots were those individuals brave enough to resist with force the oppressive power of King George... Patriotism is more closely linked to dissent than it is to conformity and a blind desire for safety and security. — Ron Paul

From Gandhi to Mandela, from the American patriot to the Polish shipbuilders, the makers of revolutions have not come from the top. — Gary Hamel

The soldier does not wish to appear a coward, disloyal, or un-American. The situation has been so defined that he can see himself as patriotic, courageous, and manly only through compliance. — Stanley Milgram

It should be the highest ambition of every American to extend his views beyond himself, and to bear in mind that his conduct will not only affect himself, his country, and his immediate posterity; but that its influence may be co-extensive with the world, and stamp political happiness or misery on ages yet unborn. — George Washington

My early childhood memories center around this typical American country store and life in a small American town, including 4th of July celebrations marked by fireworks and patriotic music played from a pavilion bandstand. — Frederick Reines

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