You can’t be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline. It helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer.
The proof of a poet is that his country absorbs him as affectionately as he has absorbed it.
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.
Men love their country, not because it is great, but because it is their own.
Ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.
A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.
A man’s country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle; and patriotism is loyalty to that principle.
Own only what you can always carry with you: know languages, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag.
Ask not what your country can force other people to do for you.
He worked like hell in the country so he could live in the city, where he worked like hell so he could live in the country.