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C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.

Country (Love of)

He who loves not his country can love nothing.


There’s no glory like his who saves his country.


  • They love their land because it is their own,
  • And scorn to give aught other reason why.
  • Halleck.

    The accent of our native country dwells in the heart and mind, as well as on the tongue.

    La Rochefoucauld.

  • Oh, Christ! it is a goodly sight to see
  • What Heaven hath done for this delicious land!
  • Byron.

  • Land of my sires! what mortal hand
  • Can e’er untie the filial band
  • That knits me to thy rugged strand!
  • Scott.

    I fancy the proper means of increasing the love we bear our native country is to reside some time in a foreign one.


    The infant, on first opening his eyes, ought to see his country, and to the hour of his death never to lose sight of it.


  • Thou, O my country hast thy foolish ways!
  • Too apt to purr at every stranger’s praise,
  • But if the stranger touch thy modes or laws,
  • Off goes the velvet and out come the claws.
  • Holmes.

  • Breathes there the man with soul so dead,
  • Who never to himself hath said,
  • This is my own, my native land!
  • Whose heart hath ne’er within him burn’d,
  • As home his footsteps he hath turn’d,
  • From wandering on a foreign strand!
  • Scott.

  • O beautiful and grand,
  • My own, my native land!
  • Of thee I boast:
  • Great empire of the west,
  • The dearest and the best,
  • Made up of all the rest,
  • I love thee most.
  • Abraham Coles.

    There ought to be a system of manners in every nation which a well-informed mind would be disposed to relish. To make us love our country, our country ought to be lovely.


  • Our hearts, our hopes, are all with thee,
  • Our hearts, our hopes, our prayers, our tears,
  • Our faith triumphant o’er our fears,
  • Are all with thee,—are all with thee!
  • Longfellow.

    Had I a dozen sons, each in my love alike, I had rather have eleven die nobly for their country, than one voluptuously surfeit out of action.


  • Stand
  • Firm for your country, and become a man
  • Honour’d and lov’d: It were a noble life,
  • To be found dead, embracing her.
  • Johnson.

    Our country! in her intercourse with foreign nations, may she always be in the right; but our country, right or wrong.

    Stephen Decatur.