Who said this patriotic quote?

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We all know who said, "Give me liberty or give me death!" (Don't we?) But do you know who said these other patriotic quotes? Test your patriotic memory!

What author said, "Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it"?

We could say that Twain supported his country but was on the fence about his government. Twain wrote under several pseudonyms.

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Who said, "Give me liberty, or give me death!"

This quote was attributed to Henry during a 1775 speech. There is some debate at to whether or not Henry actually wrote the speech.

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What U.S. president said, "America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand"?

Harry S. Truman was the 33rd president. He saw the nation through the end of WWII.

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What U.S. president mused, "My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth"?

Lincoln was the 16th president. Bonus points if you remember his nickname was "Honest Abe."

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What American journalist said, "This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave"?

Elmer Davis was the first director of the United States Office of War Information. He was the recipient of three Peabody Awards.

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What U.S. president insisted, "If we love our country, we should also love our countrymen"?

Reagan was the governor of California before he became president. He served as the 40th U.S. president.

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What founding father is quoted as saying, "Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism"?

Washington was, of course, the nation's first president. He is known as the father of the country.

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Which assassinated U.S. president is credited with saying, "I look forward to a great future for America - a future in which our country will match its military strength with our moral restraint, its wealth with our wisdom, its power with our purpose"?

Kennedy was the 35th U.S. president. He was assassinated on November 22, 1963.

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What high-powered attorney said, "True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else"?

Clarence Darrow is considered one of the best criminal defense attorneys of all time. He also belonged to the American Civil Liberties Union.

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What U.S. V.P. said, "Patriotism is not a short and frenzied outburst of emotion but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime"?

Stevenson was Grover Cleveland's vice president. He also served as Assistant Postmaster General.

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What American author said, "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"?

Curtis was a champion of civil rights. He also advocated educational reform.

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What British leader is quoted as saying, "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few"?

Churchill led the British during WWII. He was also an aficionado of the arts.

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What British diplomat said, "Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong"?

James Bryce was born in Belfast, Ireland. He considered himself a liberal.

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What military leader said, "The patriot volunteer, fighting for country and his rights, makes the most reliable soldier on earth"?

Stonewall Jackson was a Confederate commander. He fought during the Civil War.

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Which founding father is credited with saying, "When the American spirit was in its youth, the language of America was different: Liberty, sir, was the primary object"?

Henry served twice as the governor of Virginia. He was not in favor of the U.S. Constitution.

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What author said, "Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious"?

Wilde spent time in prison for a homosexual affair. He died of cerebral meningitis.

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What Scottish poet said, "The patriot's blood is the seed of Freedom's tree"?

Campbell was born in Glasgow. He was a staunch proponent of education.

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What French writer mused, "It is lamentable, that to be a good patriot one must become the enemy of the rest of mankind"?

Voltaire was born Francois-Marie Arouet. He spent some time in the Bastille during the Enlightenment.

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What U.S. politician said, "I have long believed that sacrifice is the pinnacle of patriotism"?

Riley served as a governor of Alabama. He also served in the House of Representatives.

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What Vietnamese revolutionary is said to have mused, "It was patriotism, not communism, that inspired me"?

Ho Chi Minh was a Communist leader. He also served as prime minister and president.

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What Chinese soldier said, "Patriotism demands of us sustained sacrifice"?

Chiang Kai-shek was born under the name of Jiang Ruiyuan. He led the Chinese Nationalist government from 1928 to 1949, then continued to lead in exile in Taiwan.

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What British statesman said, "Gentlemen have talked a great deal of patriotism. A venerable word, when duly practiced"?

Robert Walpole, born in 1676 in Houghton, Norfolk, U.K., was a Whig.. He served as Prime Minister for two decades.

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What American politician said, "There are no points of the compass on the chart of true patriotism"?

Robert Charles Winthrop served as a U.S. Speaker of the House. He didn't consider himself to be either a Democrat or a Republican.

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What American Indian Chief said, "Let us form one body, one heart, and defend to the last warrior our country, our homes, our liberty, and the graves of our fathers"?

Tecumseh led the Shawnee tribe. He was allied with England during the War of 1812.

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What U.S. musician was quoted as saying, "I have a great belief in the future of my people and my country"?

Marian Anderson supported the rights of African American performers. She was also a U.S. Goodwill Ambassador.

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What French leader surmised, "A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon"?

Napoleon Bonaparte reigned as Emperor for a decade. He rose to fame during the French Revolution.

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What American activist said, "Unless our conception of patriotism is progressive, it cannot hope to embody the real affection and the real interest of the nation"?

Jane Addams pioneered social work reform. She also promoted women's suffrage.

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What English poet is said to have lamented, "No man can be a patriot on an empty stomach"?

William Cowper was declared insane in 1763. He believed he was damned to hell.

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What Scottish philosopher is credited with saying, "The heights of popularity and patriotism are still the beaten road to power and tyranny"?

David Hume was a philosophical empiricist. He believed that knowledge was a result of the senses.

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What U.S. soldier noted, "It's my firm conviction that when Uncle Sam calls, by God we go, and we do the best that we can"?

R. Lee Ermey was a U.S. Marine. He also starred in the movie "Full Metal Jacket."

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What Swiss author said, "We do not consider patriotism desirable if it contradicts civilized behavior"?

Friedrich Durrenmatt's work often highlighted the events of WWII. He was also a noted painter.

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What U.S. politician said, "Patriotism was a living fire of unquestioned belief and purpose"?

Knox was the Secretary of the Navy during WWII. He served under Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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What American politician noted, "Protection and patriotism are reciprocal. This is the way which has led nations to greatness"?

John C. Calhoun was Andrew Jackson's vice president. Bonus points if you know he also served as V.P. under John Quincy Adams.

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What Harvard professor is quoted as saying, "Patriotism is best exemplified through auto-critique"?

Henry Louis Gates hosts the PBS series, "Finding Your Roots." He is a proponent of African-American literature.

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What American author said, "If I were to live my life over again, I would be an American. I would steep myself in America, I would know no other land"?

Henry James was born in the U.S. but became a British citizen in 1915. He was nominated for a Nobel Prize four times.

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