What our country means to figures throughout American history

In honor of the July 4th, we put together some of our favorite words from our favorite people throughout United States history. Whether you need extra words of encouragement or simply want to be inspired, read on as you enjoy the sunshine, popsicles and BBQ this Independence Day:

Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and the government when it deserves it.

– Mark Twain


This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.

– Elmer Davis


We live in a time of conflict – external and internal – when we sometimes concentrate too much on what divides us. Today, fly the Stars and Stripes with pride and confidence that what unites is far stronger.

– Charlie Dent


Real patriotism is a willingness to challenge the government when it’s wrong.

– Ron Paul


Growing up in New York City, I was always encouraged to question authority, and I think I confused patriotism with jingoism.

– Claire Danes


Let the living give thanks to our honored dead who have paid the ultimate sacrifice that the Constitution of the United States remains our guiding light.

– Bob Latta


The fight for freedom must go on until it is won; until our country is free and happy and peaceful as part of the community of man, we cannot rest.

– Oliver Tambo


From my father’s point of view, without a thought for self, a true patriot stands up against the stones of condemnation and speaks for those who are given no real voice in the halls of justice or the halls of government.

– Thomas Steinbeck


For what were all these country patriots born? To hunt, and vote, and raise the price of corn?

– Lord Byron


I want to tell you that if the Great Spirit had chosen anyone to be the chief of this country, it is myself.

– Sitting Bull


When a nation is filled with strife, then do patriots flourish.

– Lao Tzu


I gave my heart to the Americans and thought of nothing else but raising my banner and adding my colors to theirs.

– Marquis de Lafayette


Next to the love of God, the love of country is the best preventative of crime.

– George Borrow


Most Italians who came to this country are very patriotic. There was this exciting possibility that if you worked real hard, and you loved something, you could become successful.

– Francis Ford Coppola


Patriotism is the secret resource of a successful society.

– Michael Ignatieff


America is the spirit of human exploration distilled.

– Elon Musk


I have no sense of patriotism, but I do have a sense of community.

– Chrissie Hynde


To work hard. To open new doors for our kids, for our grandkids. To renew our spirit. That’s what America is about.

– Joseph M. Kyrillos



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