They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.
You're not supposed to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who says it.
Our country is not the only thing to which we owe our allegiance. It is also owed to justice and to humanity.
Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism - how passionately I hate them!
Loyalty to the country always. Loyalty to the government when it deserves it.
The government is merely a servant―merely a temporary servant; it cannot be its prerogative to determine what is right and what is wrong, and decide who is a patriot and who isn't. Its function is to obey orders, not originate them.
The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.
The love of one's country is a splendid thing. But why should love stop at the border?
America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.
We shall pay any price, bear any burden, to assure the survival and the success of liberty.
When a whole nation is roaring patriotism at the top of its voice, I am fain to explore the cleanness of its hands and the purity of its heart.
Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong.
Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.
Ask not what I can do for you. Ask what you can do for me
I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.
I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.
But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.
It is not for him to pride himself who loveth his own country, but rather for him who loveth the whole world.
My heart trembles when I reflect that God is just
Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons.
One of the great attractions of patriotism - it fulfills our worst wishes. In the person of our nation we are able, vicariously, to bully and cheat. Bully and cheat, what's more, with a feeling that we are profoundly virtuous.
One day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.
I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.
Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.
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