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Teddy Roosevelt (Image via Wikipedia)

5 Historic Quotes About Patriotism That are Still Relevant

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

“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.”

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

“Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.”

“In every age it has been the tyrant, the oppressor and the exploiter who has wrapped himself in the cloak of patriotism, or religion, or both to deceive and overawe the People.”

“So, let us summon a new spirit of patriotism, of responsibility, where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look over not only ourselves, but each other.”

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