I have to be honest with you, I resisted writing this post. I love my Country; and take pride in it because I take pride in myself, and I believe we are who we are because of our surroundings, our upbringing, our culture.
I think everyone should feel that way. But, I understand a lot of people don’t. A lot of people don’t love their country. They focus on mistakes, wrongdoings, transgressions and darkness.
I get that too. But, we are not meant to achieve perfection in this life. Rather, it is a state of being that we model ourselves after. If we can allow ourselves that freedom, shouldn’t we give it to others? Even the leaders of our country, who were, let’s face it…human?
Great things can be found in mistakes, even sins. Because from them grow understanding, sorrow, empathy, forgiveness, humility, and love. There is opposition in all things—humility comes from mistakes, love comes from error.
Antagonism. It is antagonism and divisiveness that fuels us now. We relate to others more now by how we are different, instead of what we share. I don’t think this is how life was intended to be.
If we could love ourselves, we could love others. If we can forgive ourselves, we can forgive others. Then we can grow together again, as citizens of a country I love, and human beings that have more in common than not.
So, in honor of 2020–a most unforgettable year–I have compiled 20 of my favorite Patriotic quotes. These quotes reflect Patriotism as it stands to me: without any semblance of Superiority, but instead an ability to derive strength from commonality, breed understanding, and perhaps even cultivate forgiveness and love.
Happy Independence Day!
One Nation, Under God
“If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.” Ronald Reagan
“Our national motto is ‘In God we Trust’, reminding us that faith in our Creator is the most important American value of all.” Marco Rubio
“I realize that patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred or bitterness towards anyone.” Edith Cavell
“True independence and freedom can only exist in doing what’s right.” Brigham Young
“True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else.” Clarence Darrow
Our Country’s Early Leaders
“When the American spirit was in its youth, the language of America was different: Liberty, sir, was the primary object.” Patrick Henry
“I tremble for my country when I hear of confidence expressed in me. I know too well my weakness, that our only hope is in God.” Robert E. Lee
“The patriot volunteer, fighting for country and his rights, makes the most reliable soldier on earth.” Stonewall Jackson
Looking in From Outside America
“It is the pride of my heart to have been one of the earliest adopted sons of America.” Marquis de Lafayette
“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
“America is not just a country, it’s an idea.” Bono
Presidents of the United States
“Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.” John F. Kennedy
“If we love our country, we should also love our countrymen.” Ronald Reagan
“My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth.” Abraham Lincoln
“I look forward to a great future for America—a future in which our country will match its military strength with our moral restraint, its wealth with our wisdom, its power with our purpose.” John F. Kennedy
“Patriotism is easy to understand in America. It means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country.” Calvin Coolidge
The American Dream
“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
“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 us is far stronger.” Charlie Dent
“Patriotism is voluntary. It is a feeling of loyalty and allegiance that is the result of knowledge and belief. A patriot shows their patriotism through actions, by their choice.” Jesse Ventura
“Patriotism is not a short and frenzied outburst of emotion but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.” Adlai Stevenson