Patriot Day Quotes, Sayings for Patriot Day - Page 2

“I’d like to see a flag made not out of stars and stripes, but rather fingers and knuckles, so that it could really wave in the wind. It would be the most welcoming flag in all the world.”

– Jarod Kintz

“You’ll never have a quiet world till you knock the patriotism out of the human race.”

– George Bernard Shaw

“Patriots always talk of dying for their country but never of killing for their country.”

– Bertrand Russell

“A love for tradition has never weakened a nation, indeed it has strengthened nations in their hour of peril. ”

– Winston S. Churchill

“I love America more than any other country in the world and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.”

– James Baldwin

“In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American…There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag… We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language… and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.”

– Theodore Roosevelt

“Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official, save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country. In either event, it is unpatriotic not to tell the truth, whether about the president or anyone else.”

– Theodore Roosevelt

“He who joyfully marches to music rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would surely suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, senseless brutality, deplorable love-of-country stance and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be part of so base an action! It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.”

– Albert Einstein

“The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions, it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. … What country before ever existed a century and half without a rebellion? And what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.”

– Thomas Jefferson

Faith is the bird that sings when the dawn is still dark.

– Rabindranath Tagore

God gave burdens, also shoulders.

– Yiddish Proverb

God is closest to those with broken hearts.

– Jewish Saying

Sadness flies away on the wings of time.

– Jean de La Fontaine

We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.

– Kenji Miyazawa

All of us have wonders hidden in our breasts, only needing circumstances to evoke them.

– Charles Dickens

Some see a hopeless end, while others see an endless hope.

– Author Unknown

I think there is one higher office than president and I would call that patriot.

– Gary Hart

True courage is not the brutal force of vulgar heroes, but the firm resolve of virtue and reason.

– Alfred North Whitehead

God understands our prayers even when we can’t find the words to say them.

– Author Unknown

When you say a situation or a person is hopeless, you’re slamming the door in the face of God.

– Charles L. Allen