The maintenance of a spirit of mutual self-help through voluntary giving, through the responsibility of local government, is of infinite importance to the future of America. Everyone who aids to the full extent of his ability is giving support to the very foundations of our democracy.
I want a military funeral when I die—the bugler, the flag on the casket, the ceremonial firing squad, the hallowed ground.
Men love their country, not because it is great, but because it is their own.
My kind of loyalty was to one’s country, not to it’s institutions or to its office holders. The country is the real thing, the substantial thing, the eternal thing; it is the thing to watch over, and care for, and be loyal to.
You’ll never have a quiet world till you knock the patriotism out of the human race.
The Gospel of the Monarchical Patriotism is: “The King can do no wrong.” We have adopted it with all its servility, with an unimportant change in the wording: “Our Country, right or wrong!”
The proper means of increasing the love we bear to our native country is to reside some time in a foreign one.
We have thrown away the most valuable asset we have – the individual right to oppose both flag and country when he (just he by himself) believes them to be in the wrong. We have thrown it all away: and with it, all that was really respectable about that grotesque and laughable word, Patriotism.
Go, tell the Spartans, thou who passeth by: Carrying out their orders, here we lie. (in Honor of the Spartan Defenders of Thermopylae)
Each of you, for himself, by himself and on his own responsibility, must speak. And it is a solemn and weighty responsibility, and not lightly to be flung aside at the bullying of pulpit, press, government, or the empty catch phrases of politicians. Each must for himself alone decide what is right and what is […]