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Quotations on Country

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God grant, that not only the Love of Liberty, but a thorough Knowledge of the Rights of Man, may pervade all the Nations of the Earth, so that a Philosopher may set his foot anywhere on its Surface, and say, "This is my Country."

~ Benjamin Franklin

Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just.

~ Thomas Jefferson

- Notes on the State of Virginia, 1781-1785

I have no country to fight for: my country is the earth, and I am a citizen of the world.

~ Eugene V. Debs

There ought to be a system of manners in every nation which a well-formed mind would be disposed to relish. To make us love our country, our country ought to be lovely.

~ Edmund Burke

My kind of loyalty was loyalty to one's country, not to its institutions or its officeholders. The country is the real thing, the substantial thing, the eternal thing; it is the thing to watch over, and care for, and be loyal to institutions are extraneous, they are its mere clothing, and clothing can wear out, become ragged, cease to be comfortable, cease to protect the body from winter, disease, and death.

~ Mark Twain

"My country, right or wrong," is a thing that no patriot would think of saying except a desperate case. It is like saying, "My mother, drunk or sober."

~ G.K. Chesterton

Our country is the world - our countrymen are mankind.

~ William Lloyd Garrison

There is no such thing as a little country. The greatness of a people is no more determined by their number than the greatness of a man is determined by his height.

~ Victor Hugo

There is no greater sign of a general decay of virtue in a nation, than a want of zeal in its inhabitants for the good of their country.

~ Joseph Addison

Countries are well cultivated, not as they are fertile, but as they are free.

~ Baron de Montesquieu

I offer neither pay, nor quarters, nor provisions; I offer hunger, thirst, forced marches, battles and death. Let him who loves his country in his heart and not with his lips only, follow me.

~ Giuseppe Garibaldi

Let it be borne on the flag under which we rally in every exigency, that we have one country, one constitution, one destiny.

~ Daniel Webster

The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.

~ Thomas Paine

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