This America

Sunday, June 24, 2018 – This America

We will make America strong again. We will make America proud again. We will make America safe again. And we will make America great again. ~ Donald Trump

Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance. ~ Theodore Roosevelt

I do not mean to exclude altogether the idea of patriotism. I know it exists, and I know it has done much in the present contest. But I will venture to assert, that a great and lasting war can never be supported on this principle alone. It must be aided by a prospect of interest, or some reward. ~ George Washington

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

America’s present need is not heroics but healing; not nostrums but normalcy; not revolution but restoration. ~ Warren G. Harding

America was indebted to immigration for her settlement and prosperity. That part of America, which had encouraged them the most, had advanced most rapidly in population, agriculture and the arts. ~ James Madison

All the perplexities, confusion and distress in America arise, not from defects in their Constitution or Confederation, not from want of honor or virtue, so much as from the downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit and circulation. ~ John Adams

America does not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy. ~ John Quincy Adams

It is lamentable, that to be a good patriot one must become the enemy of the rest of mankind. ~ Voltaire, Philosophical Dictionary

Patriotism is often an arbitrary veneration of real estate above principles. ~ George Jean Nathan

When a whole nation is roaring Patriotism at the top of its voice, I am fain to explore the cleanness of its hands and the purity of its heart. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson, Journals, 1824

I would remind my countrymen that they are to be men first and Americans only at a late and convenient hour. ~ Henry David Thoreau, Slavery in Massachusetts

The nation is divided, half patriots and half traitors, and no man can tell which from which. ~ Mark Twain

Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons. ~ Bertrand Russell

Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious. ~ Oscar Wilde

The time is fast approaching when to call a man a patriot will be the deepest insult you can offer him. Patriotism now means advocating plunder in the interest of the privileged classes of the particular State system into which we have happened to be born. ~ Leo Tolstoy

Patriotism is as fierce as a fever, pitiless as the grave, blind as a stone, and irrational as a headless hen. ~ Ambrose Bierce

Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first; nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first. ~ Charles de Gaulle

He is a poor patriot whose patriotism does not enable him to understand how all men everywhere feel about their altars and their hearthstones, their flag and their fatherland. ~ Harry Emerson Fosdick

My country is the world, and my religion is to do good. ~ Thomas Paine, The Rights of Man

Intellectually I know that America is no better than any other country; emotionally I know she is better than every other country. ~ Sinclair Lewis

We are determined that before the sun sets on this terrible struggle our flag will be recognized throughout the world as a symbol of freedom on the one hand and of overwhelming force on the other. ~ General George Marshall

He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would fully suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, senseless brutality, 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

To me, it seems a dreadful indignity to have a soul controlled by geography. ~ George Santayana

The notion that a radical is one who hates his country is naïve and usually idiotic. He is, more likely, one who likes his country more than the rest of us, and is thus more disturbed than the rest of us when he sees it debauched. He is not a bad citizen turning to crime; he is a good citizen driven to despair. ~ H. L. Mencken

The greatness of America lies not in being more enlightened than any other nation, but rather in her ability to repair her faults. ~ Alexis de Tocqueville

When you’re born you get a ticket to the freak show. When you’re born in America, you get a front row seat. ~ George Carlin

The fact is Canadians understand that immigration, that people fleeing for their lives, that people wanting to build a better life for themselves and their kids is what created Canada, it’s what created North America. ~ Justin Trudeau

Every country is like a particular type of person. America is like a belligerent, adolescent boy; Canada is like an intelligent, thirty-five-year-old woman. Australia is like Jack Nicholson. It comes right up to you and laughs very hard in your face in a highly threatening and engaging manner. ~ Douglas Adams

Laughter is America’s most important export. ~ Walt Disney

I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually. ~ James Baldwin (in Paris)

I have walked into the palaces of kings and queens and into the houses of presidents – and much more. But I could not walk into a hotel in America and get a cup of coffee, and that made me mad. ~ Josephine Baker

The proper means of increasing the love we bear our native country is to reside some time in a foreign one. ~ William Shenstone

America is dumb. It’s like a dumb puppy that has big teeth that can bite and hurt you – aggressive. My daughter is four; my boy is one. I’d like them to see America as a toy – a broken toy. Investigate it a little, check it out, get this feeling, and then get out. ~ Johnny Depp

America… just a nation of two hundred million used car salesmen with all the money we need to buy guns and no qualms about killing anybody else in the world who tries to make us uncomfortable.~ Hunter S. Thompson

America is the most grandiose experiment the world has seen, but, I am afraid, it is not going to be a success. ~ Sigmund Freud

Las Vegas is the expression, in glitter and concrete, of America’s brittle and mutating id. ~ John Burdett

The thing that impresses me most about America is the way parents obey their children. ~ Edward VIII

The fortunes of the entire world may well ride on the ability of young Americans to face the responsibilities of an old America gone mad. ~ Phil Ochs

I love America the way I love my family. I was born into it. And there’s no escape out of it. ~ Ta-Nehisi Coates

America had often been discovered before Columbus, but it had always been hushed up. ~ Oscar Wilde

There is a Providence that protects idiots, drunkards, children and the United States of America. ~ Otto von Bismarck

There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people. ~ Howard Zinn

They wrote in the old days that it is sweet and fitting to die for one’s country. But in modern war there is nothing sweet or fitting in your dying. You will die like a dog for no good reason. ~ Ernest Hemingway

“My country, right or wrong,” is a thing that no patriot would think of saying except in a desperate case. It is like saying, “My mother, drunk or sober.” ~ G. K. Chesterton

All wars are civil wars because all men are brothers. Each one owes infinitely more to the human race than to the particular country in which he was born. ~ François Fénelon

Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel. ~ Samuel Johnson

I should like to be able to love my country and still love justice. ~ Albert Camus

One question in my mind, which I hardly dare mention in public, is whether patriotism has, overall, been a force for good or evil in the world. Patriotism is rampant in war and there are some good things about it. Just as self-respect and pride bring out the best in an individual, pride in family, pride in teammates, pride in hometown, brings out the best in groups of people. War brings out the kind of pride in country that encourages its citizens in the direction of excellence and it encourages them to be ready to die for it. At no time do people work so well together to achieve the same goal as they do in wartime. Maybe that’s enough to make patriotism eligible to be considered a virtue. If only I could get out of my mind the most patriotic people who ever lived, the Nazi Germans. ~ Andy Rooney, My War

The great thing about being a government is you can wage nonsensical wars, and people will line up to give their lives in exchange for small paychecks and being called patriots. ~ Jarod Kintz

One of the greatest necessities in America is to discover creative solitude. ~ Carl Sandburg

The loneliest ebb of my life came on that Christmas Eve, only one day after my arrival in New York. The abyss of loneliness. I ate a solitary dinner in a small cafe, and the very food tasted bitter with my unshed tears. One doesn’t dare cry in America. It is unmanly here. ~ Rudolph Valentino

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