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Pocket Patriot

Quotes from American Heroes

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Pocket Patriot
Quotes from American Heroes
Edited by Kelly Nickell
Writer's Digest Books, 2005
ISBN 1-58297-370-9
$7.99 paperback, 256 pages

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About the Book

Embrace your patriotic spirit with inspirational quotes from more than 200 men and women who have and continue to shape the course of this great nation!

We are Americans first, Americans last, Americans always.
John McCain

Patriotism is our obligation to those who have gone before us, to those who will follow us, and to those who have died for us.
George W. Bush

He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.
Mohammed Ali

Heroism feels and never reasons and therefore is always right.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace.
Amelia Earhart

The vitality of our democracy depends on the active participation of each generation of citizens.
John Glenn

The sharpest criticism often goes hand in hand with the deepest idealism and love of country.
Robert F. Kennedy

Where there is no struggle, there is no strength.
Oprah Winfrey

If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all.
Noam Chomsky

In an American election, there are no losers, because whether or not our candidates are successful, the next morning, we all wake up as Americans.
John Kerry

Where liberty dwells, there is my country.
Benjamin Franklin

Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.
Thomas Paine

The future doesn’t belong to the fainthearted; it belongs to the brave.
Ronald Reagan

Remember that a government big enough to give you everything you want is also big enough to take away everything you have.
Davy Crockett

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

When will our conscience grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?
Eleanor Roosevelt

I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.
Nathan Hale

No country is more loved by its people.
Herbert Hoover

Whenever you have a chance, say something good about our country.
Jimmy Carter

Our goal is not the victory of might, but the vindication of right—not peace at the expense of freedom.
John F. Kennedy

In your hands, my fellow citizens, more than mine, will rest the final success or failure of our course.
John F. Kennedy

We all do better when we work together. Our differences do matter but our common humanity matters more.
Bill Clinton

The real and lasting victories are those of peace and not of war.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Politics is war, without bullets and shells—usually.
Colin Powell

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