Read These Patriotic Quotes for an Extra Dose of American Pride
Being patriotic starts with a sense of pride for your country. It's no wonder why holidays like Independence Day and Memorial Day hold so much meaning — they honor our American freedom and those who've sacrificed their lives fighting for it! While celebrating these holidays with 4th of July cookouts and patriotic activities is definitely fun, it's important to take a step back and reflect on why we even have that ability in the first place. That's exactly why we rounded up these patriotic quotes to remind us of America's roots!
Here, you'll find a quote for just about every mood and occasion, including simple one-liners (Benjamin Franklin's words come to mind: "Where liberty dwells, there is my country") and longer verses with a little more to unpack (like James Bryce's words about patriotism:"[It] is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime"). Thrown into the mix are a few unexpected Fourth of July quotes and Memorial Day quotes about patriotism by household names, like these words from Bob Dylan: "I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom."
Whether you're on the hunt for a patriotic Instagram caption or a pride-filled message to text to a friend who you're proud of, you're bound to find it here.
“America. It is the only place where miracles not only happen, but where they happen all the time.”
“Freedom is the oxygen of the soul.”
“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like me, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.”
“We hold our heads high, despite the price we have paid because freedom is priceless.”
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
“America is known as a country that welcomes people to its shores. All kinds of people.”
John Philip Sousa
“The red and white and starry blue is freedom's shield and hope.”
“All we use or know -- this our fathers bought for us long ago.”
Harry Emerson Fosdick
“Liberty is always dangerous, but it is the safest thing we have.”
“We shall go wild with fireworks... and they will plunge into the sky and shatter the darkness.”
“America, for me, has been the pursuit and catching of happiness.”
“In America, nobody says you have to keep the circumstances somebody else gives you.”
“The American flag is the symbol of our freedom, national pride and history.”
“There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America.”
Louis D. Brandeis
“Those who won our independence believed liberty to be the secret of happiness.”
“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time and your government when it deserves it.”
“Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.”
“I’d like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free and wanted other people to be also free.”
“With freedom comes responsibility.”
“The patriot's blood is the seed of freedom's tree.”
“America is hope. It is compassion. It is excellence. It is valor.”
“For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
“From every mountainside, let freedom ring.”
“That is the truly beautiful and encouraging aspect of freedom; no one struggles for it just for himself.”
“Dreams are the foundation of America.”
“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.”
“All great change in America begins at the dinner table.”
Gen. George S. Patton
“It's better to fight for something in life than to die for nothing.”
George Bernard Shaw
“Liberty is the breath of life to nations.”
“I think patriotism is like charity— it begins at home.”
Jessi Lane Adams
“I love my freedom. I love my America.”
"Our responsibility as citizens is to address the inequalities and injustices that linger, and we must secure our birthright freedoms for all people."
"Where liberty dwells, there is my country."
A. Philip Randolph
"Freedom is never given; it is won."
"The legacy of heroes—the memory of a great name, and the inheritance of a great example."
John F. Kennedy
“Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.”
"Patriotism is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime."
"Freedom lies in being bold."
"Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong."
"America without her soldiers would be like God without his angels."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
"America is another name for opportunity."
“Freedom is one of the deepest and noblest aspirations of the human spirit.”
"I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom."
"Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better."
Sgt. Major Bill Paxton
"May we never forget our fallen comrades. Freedom isn't free."
Oliver Wendell Holmes
"One flag, one land, one heart, one hand, one nation evermore!"
"I am an American; free born and free bred, where I acknowledge no man as my superior, except for his own worth, or as my inferior, except for his own demerit."
Gen. Douglas Macarthur
"Duty, honor, country. Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be."
Harry S. Truman
"America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination, and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand."
Gerald Stanley Lee
"America is a tune. It must be sung together."
"We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it."
"America, to me, is freedom."
Franklin D. Roosevelt
"In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved."
"The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous."
"Dreams can grow wild born inside an American child."
“In the face of impossible odds, people who love this country can change it.”
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