Citizen Quotes

A wise prince must devise ways by which his citizens are always and in all circumstances dependent on him and his authority; and then they will always be faithful to him.

Let us at all times remember that all American citizens are brothers of a common country, and should dwell together in bonds of fraternal feeling.

Before Man made us citizens, great Nature made us men.

Citizenship consists in the service of the country.

Voting is the least arduous of a citizen’s duties. He has the prior and harder duty of making up his mind.

Socrates… said he was not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.

The first requisite of a good citizen in this Republic of ours is that he shall be able and willing to pull his weight. That he shall not be a mere passenger.

The line of cleavage between good and bad citizenship lies, not between the man of wealth who acts squarely by his fellow and the man who seeks each day’s wage by that day’s work, wronging no one… On the contrary, it separates the rich man who does well from the rich man who does ill, […]

Every man among us is more fit to meet the duties and responsibilities of citizenship because of the perils over which, in the past, the nation has triumphed; because of the blood and sweat and tears, the labor and the anguish, through which, in the days that have gone, our forefathers moved on to triumph.

Any training school for free citizens must begin by teaching distrust, not trust. It must teach questioning, not acceptance of stock answers.