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5 Historic Quotes About Patriotism That are Still Relevant

Some of the greatest minds of the past cautioned on the responsibilities of patriotism

Andrew Martin
3 min readSep 26, 2020


Battle lines are being drawn in the sand as the November 2020 Presidential election nears. Republicans and Democrats have rarely been so idealistically and amicably distant. The concept of patriotism from both sides of the aisle has also come to be diametrically defined. At this critical time in American history, it’s a perfect opportunity to reflect on the words of notable figures from the past to see how they viewed it.

Here are five quotes to inspire thought on the true meaning of patriotism.

Theodore Roosevelt:

“Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official, save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country. In either event, it is unpatriotic not to tell the truth, whether about the president or anyone else.”

The idea that country must come before person or party is a powerful one that particularly resonates with the current political climate. Questioning and protesting that which is seen as wrong is an American right and a tenet of democracy. There will always be political leaders but if they are seen as infallible, democracy ceases to exist.

Mark Twain:

“Loyalty to country ALWAYS. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.”

Government is only as good as the results it achieves for the people. Positive support of one’s country is an admirable cause that is never completed. Politicians can receive credit but must also be assigned…



Andrew Martin

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