30 Of The Greatest Patriotic American Quotes In US History

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Patriotism. It is one of the many characteristics that make America great. Citizens of this nation show their patriotism in many different ways, such as joining the armed forces, voting, entering public service, volunteering, or just celebrating the Fourth of July. But no matter how you show your patriotic spirit, we are all Americans. Throughout our nation’s history, there have been many patriotic quotes uttered by a number of well-known and not so well-known individuals. Whether spoken by Presidents, soldiers, philosophers, or regular citizens, all of these quotes are sources of inspiration and pride that we should all share. So, without further introduction, here are 30 of the top patriotic quotes in American history.

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1. “As Mankind becomes more liberal, they will be more apt to allow that all those who conduct themselves as worthy members of the community are equally entitled to the protections of civil government. I hope ever to see America among the foremost nations of justice and liberality.”
~George Washington

2. “Yesterday the greatest question was decided which ever was debated in America; and a greater perhaps never was, nor will be, decided among men. A resolution was passed without one dissenting colony, ”that these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States.””
~John Adams

3. “The cement of this union is the heart-blood of every American.”
~Thomas Jefferson

4. “Stability in government is essential to national character and to the advantages annexed to it, as well as to that repose and confidence in the minds of the people, which are among the chief blessings of civil society.”
~James Madison

5. “True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else.”
~Clarence Darrow

6. “I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”
~Patrick Henry

7. “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

8. “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.”
~Nathan Hale

9. “Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.”
~Robert Kennedy

10. “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal’.”
~Martin Luther King Jr

11. “We here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation shall have a new birth of freedom; and that this government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
~Abraham Lincoln

12. “And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.”
~John F. Kennedy

13. “We identify the flag with almost everything we hold dear on earth, peace, security, liberty, our family, our friends, our home. . .But when we look at our flag and behold it emblazoned with all our rights we must remember that it is equally a symbol of our duties. Every glory that we associate with it is the result of duty done.”
~Calvin Coolidge

14. “What we need are critical lovers of America – patriots who express their faith in their country by working to improve it.”
~Hubert Humphrey

15. “It is the flag just as much of the man who was naturalized yesterday as of the men whose people have been here many generations.”
~Henry Cabot Lodge

16. “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

17. “National honor is national property of the highest value.”
~James Monroe

18. “Our citizenship in the United States is our national character. Our citizenship in any particular state is only our local distinction. By the latter we are known at home, by the former to the world. Our great title is AMERICANS…”
~Thomas Paine

19. “America is much more than a geographical fact. It is a political and moral fact – the first community in which men set out in principle to institutionalize freedom, responsible government, and human equality.”
~Adlai E. Stevenson

20. “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

21. “The things that the flag stands for were created by the experiences of a great people. Everything that it stands for was written by their lives. The flag is the embodiment, not of sentiment, but of history.”
~Woodrow Wilson

22. “Every good citizen makes his country’s honor his own, and cherishes it not only as precious but as sacred. He is willing to risk his life in its defense and its conscious that he gains protection while he gives it.”
~Andrew Jackson

23. “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

24. “Freedom is never granted. It is earned by each generation… in the face of tyranny, cruelty, oppression, extremism, sometimes there is only one choice. When the world looks to America, America looks to you, and you never let her down.”
~Hillary Clinton

25. “Patriotism in the female sex is the most disinterested of all virtues. Excluded from honors and from offices, we cannot attach ourselves to the State or Government from having held a place of eminence. . . . Yet all history and every age exhibit instances of patriotic virtue in the female sex; which considering our situation equals the most heroic of yours.”
~Abigail Adams

26. “The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous.”
~Frederick Douglass

27. “America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.”
~Harry Truman

28. “We are called the nation of inventors. And we are. We could still claim that title and wear its loftiest honors if we had stopped with the first thing we ever invented, which was human liberty.”
~Mark Twain

29. “There is not a liberal America and a conservative America – there is the United States of America. There is not a black America and a white America and Latino America and Asian America … there’s the United States of America.”
~Barack Obama

30. “The country needs and, unless I mistake its temper, the country demands bold, persistent experimentation. It is common sense to take a method and try it: If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something. The millions who are in want will not stand by silently forever while the things to satisfy their needs are within easy reach. We need enthusiasm, imagination and the ability to face facts, even unpleasant ones, bravely. We need to correct, by drastic means if necessary, the faults in our economic system from which we now suffer. We need the courage of the young. Yours is not the task of making your way in the world, but the task of remaking the world which you will find before you. May every one of us be granted the courage, the faith and the vision to give the best that is in us to that remaking!”
~Franklin D. Roosevelt

Clearly, this list does not comprise of every great patriotism quote in American history. But what is does comprise is a short list of some of the very best patriotic and inspirational quotes that we should remember with our minds and keep close to our hearts. Patriotism is an American virtue that shouldn’t be celebrated just one day every year. Patriotism is something every American can practice every day by doing something useful to help the nation move forward, whether it’s writing, registering voters, community organizing, caring for our families, donating to charitable causes, or pushing for political and social change. We are all Americans and we should be doing something patriotic every single day. And maybe the spark we all need can be found in the multiple quotes presented here.

(If you know of a quote not featured here, please feel free to post it in the comments section.)