35 Patriotic Quotes to Honor America
You'll be filled with American pride after reading these patriotic quotes.
What patriotism means
It’s been an incredibly difficult year for America, and many of us have a heavier heart than usual going into Memorial Day. While you take a moment to acknowledge the history of Memorial Day, take a look at these patriotic quotes to provide a little hope, as well as these Memorial Day quotes. These powerful quotes are all about what it really means to be patriotic, and how we can all help make this country a better place. When the holiday rolls around and you’re ready to celebrate, here are some Memorial Day activities for the whole family.
“Patriotism is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.” —Adlai Stevenson, former governor of Illinois. Here are 15 patriotic movies to watch on the Fourth of July (or all year round).
Land of liberty
“Where liberty dwells, there is my country.” —Benjamin Franklin, politician, philosopher, and writer. Do you know about the difference between the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution?
“Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” —John F. Kennedy, 35th president of the United States. What’s a list of patriotic quotes without this one? Here are more JFK quotes that will make you want to be a better person.
Patriotism vs. nationalism
“Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first; nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first.” —Charles de Gaulle, French statesman. Sure, Charles de Gaulle was French, not American, but he still has some solid patriotic quotes! All Americans should also know the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day.
Patriotism is international
“True patriotism springs from a belief in the dignity of the individual, freedom and equality not only for Americans but for all people on earth.” —Eleanor Roosevelt, former First Lady. In addition to these patriotic quotes, here are 50 uplifting quotes that will stay with you.
Freedom: Don’t waste it
“Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.” —Albert Camus, author and philosopher. In this powerful story, one doctor reveals how America stands for freedom to her immigrant patients.
“It’s important that we establish that we are a country that has open arms and not closed borders for people. It’s important because we let people know why America is what it is. It’s about an ideal and that ideal is freedom for everybody.” —Oprah Winfrey, talk show host, producer, and actress. Speaking of freedom, this is what the First Amendment really means.
More than a flag
“Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong.” —James Bryce, former British Ambassador to the United States. If you love displaying the flag’s colors, check out these gorgeous red, white, and blue desserts you can make for any patriotic holiday,
Out of many, one
“One flag, one land, one heart, one hand, one nation evermore!” —Oliver Wendell Holmes, poet. These are the American flag facts you never knew.
Something bigger than yourself
“National pride is to countries what self-respect is to individuals: a necessary condition for self-improvement.” —Richard Rorty, philosopher. We bet you never knew these fascinating facts about America.
More than a place
“A man’s country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle and patriotism is loyalty to that principle.” —George William Curtis, writer. But the land is pretty incredible—check out these beautiful vintage photos of America’s national parks.
“I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.” —Nathan Hale, Revolutionary War soldier. Here are some unforgettable Memorial Day BBQ recipes.
“You cannot separate peace and freedom. Because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.” —Malcolm X, activist and minister. Here are more powerful quotes that speak volumes in the fight against racism.
Equal playing field
“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.” —Theodore Roosevelt, 26th president of the United States. If you’re thrilled that America now has a Black, Southeast Asian, and female vice president, you’ll love these inspiring Kamala Harris quotes.
What the flag stands for
“I believe our flag is more than just cloth and ink. It is a universally recognized symbol that stands for liberty, and freedom. It is the history of our nation, and it’s marked by the blood of those who died defending it.” —John Thune, South Dakota senator. Did you know that there are American flag etiquette rules that you’ve probably been breaking?
“America is a tune. It must be sung together.” —Gerald Stanley Lee, clergyman and writer. Here’s where to see America’s most spectacular Fourth of July fireworks.
“Americans never quit. We never surrender. We never hide from history. We make history.” —John McCain, former Senator and Navy officer
Something to lose
“I have long believed that sacrifice is the pinnacle of patriotism.” —Bob Riley, former governor of Alabama. Here are the Memorial Day facts you never learned in school.
“The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous.” —Frederick Douglass, abolitionist, orator, and writer. Read 30 motivational quotes from eternal optimists.
Dissent is patriotic
“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.”—Mark Twain, author. If you like these patriotic quotes, you’ll love these comically candid cartoons about politics and money.
Duty to country
“What I can do for my country, I am willing to do.” —Christopher Gadsden, Continental Congress delegate and soldier. Check out our competition to find the nicest place in America for 2021.
“I love America more than any other country in this world and exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.” —James Baldwin, novelist
Three hallowed words
“Duty, honor, country. Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be.” —Douglas MacArthur, American general. Along with these patriotic quotes, these quotes about nature will help you celebrate America the beautiful.
“And they who for their country die shall fill an honored grave, for glory lights the soldier’s tomb, and beauty weeps the brave.” —Joseph Rodman Drake, poet
Strive for the goal
“I say to you that our goal is freedom, and I believe we are going to get there because however much she strays away from it, the goal of America is freedom.” —Martin Luther King, Jr., reverend and civil rights leader. Here are 28 more of the best Martin Luther King, Jr. quotes.
A twist on classic words
“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” —Elmer Davis, news reporter and author
Freedom is responsibility
“May we think of freedom, not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right.” —Peter Marshall, TV personality
“America is hope. It is compassion. It is excellence. It is valor.” —Paul Tsongas, former Massachusetts Congressman. Here are more hope quotes that will instantly lift you up.
“No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation.” —Douglas MacArthur, American general
No act is too small
“Heroism doesn’t always happen in a burst of glory. Sometimes small triumphs and large hearts change the course of history.” —Mary Roach, author. These powerful kindness quotes will stay with you.
Make positive change
“In the face of impossible odds, people who love this country can change it.” —Barack Obama, 44th president of the United States. Here are 35 more life-changing quotes you won’t forget.
Change is possible
“Change often seems impossible until it is inevitable. Just as we must own our lives, we must own our country. For, we, the people, are ultimately in control of America’s story.” —Valerie Jarrett, businesswoman and former presidential assistant. After reading these patriotic quotes, check out these gorgeous American flag pictures that will instantly make you feel proud.