Inspirational and Inspiring Gifts

American - Patriotic Quotes

"I pledge allegiance to the flag
of the United States of America,
and to the Republic for which it stands.
One nation under God, indivisible,
with liberty and justice for all."
-- The Pledge of Allegiance

"You're a grand old flag,
You're a high flying flag
And forever in peace may you wave.
You're the emblem of, the land I love,
The home of the free and the brave.
Ev'ry heart beats true 'neath the Red, White and Blue,
Where there's never a boast or brag.
But should auld acquaintance be forgot,
Keep you eye on the grand old flag." -- George M. Cohan, You're A Grand Old Flag

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." -- The Declaration of Independence

"A thoughful mind, when it sees a Nation's flag, sees not the flag only, but the Nation itself; and whatever may be its symbols, its insignia, he reads chiefly in the flag the Government, the principles, the truths, the history which belongs to the Nation which belongs to the Nation that sets it forth." -- Henry Ward Beecher

"The right to freedom being the gift of God, it is not in the power of man to alienate this gift and voluntarily become a slave." -- Samuel Adams

"It is the duty of nations, as well as of men, to own their dependence on the overruling power of God... that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord." - Abraham Lincoln

If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." - 2 Chronicles 7:14

"Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord." -- Psalm 33:12

"I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal." -- Martin Luther King Jr.

"Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal." -- Abraham Lincoln

"America is a tune. It must be sung together." -- Gerald Stanley Lee

"Tomorrow will be better for as long as America keeps alive the ideals of freedom and a better life." -- Walt Disney

"Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it." -- Judge Learned Hand

"Carry the battle to them. Don't let them bring it to you. Put them on the defensive, and never apologize for anything." -- Harry S. Truman

"Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it." -- George Bernard Shaw

"Each nation feels superior to other nations. That breeds patriotism - and wars." -- Dale Carnegie

"God bless America, land that I love,
Stand beside her, and guide her,
Through the night, with the light from above,
From the mountains, to the prairies
To the oceans, white with foam
God bless America, my home sweet home,
God bless America! My Home Sweet Home!" -- Irving Berlin, God Bless America

"The whole art of government consists in the art of being honest." -- President Thomas Jefferson

"I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!" -- Patrick Henry

"Liberty is always dangerous, but it is the safest thing we have." -- Harry Emerson Fosdick

"Americans are overreachers; overreaching is the most admirable of the many American excesses." -- George F. Will

"Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want rain without thunder and lightning." -- Frederick Douglass

"The right to freedom being the gift of God, it is not in the power of man to alienate this gift and voluntarily become a slave." --Samuel Adams

"In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free - honorable alike in what we give and what we preserve." -- Abraham Lincoln

"Let freedom reign. The sun never set on so glorious a human achievement." -- Nelson Mandela

"The only freedom which deserves the name is that of pursuing our own good in our own way, so long as we do not attempt to deprive others of theirs, or impede their efforts to obtain it." -- J.S. Mill

"Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally." -- Abraham Lincoln

"Those who expect to reap the blessing of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it." -- Thomas Paine

"The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to protect its free expression should be our first object." -- Thomas Jefferson

"Soldier, rest! thy warfare o'er,
Sleep the sleep that knows not breaking:
Dream of battled fields no more,
Days of danger, nights of waking." -- Sir Walter Scott

"To live in the hearts of those you leave behind is never to die." -- Robert Orr

"The greatest glory of a free-born people is to transmit that freedom to their children." -- William Havard

"They shall grow not old... as we that are left grow old,
Age shall not weary them, nor the years contempt
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning,
we will remember them." -- Laurence Binyon (From the poem, "Lest we forget")

"To forget one's ancestors is to be a brook without a source, a tree without a root." -- Chinese proverb

"When we lose one we love, our bitterest tears are called forth by the memory of hours when we loved not enough." -- Maurice Maeterlinck, Wisdom and Destiny, 1898

"I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death." -- Patrick Henry

"Our reliance is in the love of liberty which God has planted in our bosoms. Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as the heritage of all men, in all lands, everywhere." -- Abraham Lincoln, 1858

"This hand, to tyrants ever sworn the foe,
For Freedom only deals the deadly blow;
Then sheathes in calm repose the vengeful blade,
For gentle peace in Freedom's hallowed shade." -- John Q. Adams

"Good men must die, but death cannot kill their names." -- Proverb

"We fear not death. That gloomy night, that pale-faced moon, and the affrighted stars that hurried through the sky, can witness that we fear not death." -- John Hancock

"To save your world you asked this man to die; Would this man, could he see you now, ask why?" -- W. H. Auden, "War and Peace"

"When you have to kill a man it costs nothing to be polite." -- Winston Churchill (on formal declarations of war)

"The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave." -- Patrick Henry, March 23, 1775

"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves." -- Abraham Lincoln

"And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country." -- John F. Kennedy