John Adams

letter to Benjamin Rush — 1808
Category: Patriotism
Our obligations to our country never cease but with our lives.

Thomas Jefferson

letter to Thomas Jefferson Smith — 1825
Category: Patriotism
Love your neighbor as yourself and your country more than yourself.

James Madison

letter to James Monroe — 1824
Category: Patriotism
The eyes of the world being thus on our Country, it is put the more on its good behavior, and under the greater obligation also, to do justice to the Tree of Liberty by an exhibition of the fine fruits we gather from it.

Benjamin Rush

letter to His Fellow Contrymen: On Patriotism — 1773
Category: Patriotism
Patriotism is as much a virtue as justice, and is as necessary for the support of societies as natural affection is for the support of families.

Joseph Warren

Boston Massacre Oration — 1775
Category: Patriotism
Our country is in danger, but not to be despaired of. Our enemies are numerous and powerful; but we have many friends, determining to be free, and heaven and earth will aid the resolution. On you depend the fortunes of America. You are to decide the important question, on which rest the happiness and liberty of millions yet unborn. Act worthy of yourselves.

George Washington

upon fumbling for his glasses before delivering the Newburgh Address — 1783
Category: Patriotism
Gentlemen, you will permit me to put on my spectacles, for I have grown not only gray, but almost blind in the service of my country.

George Washington

Farewell Address — 1796
Category: Patriotism
The name of American, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of Patriotism, more than any appellation derived from local discriminations.

George Washington

General Orders — 1776
Category: Patriotism
Our own Country's Honor, all call upon us for a vigorous and manly exertion, and if we now shamefully fail, we shall become infamous to the whole world. Let us therefore rely upon the goodness of the Cause, and the aid of the supreme Being, in whose hands Victory is, to animate and encourage us to great and noble Actions - The Eyes of all our Countrymen are now upon us, and we shall have their blessings, and praises, if happily we are the instruments of saving them from the Tyranny mediated against them. Let us therefore animate and encourage each other, and shew the whole world, that a Freeman contending for Liberty on his own ground is superior to any slavish mercenary on earth.

George Washington

Farewell Address — 1796
Category: Patriotism
Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.

George Washington

General Orders — 1776
Category: Patriotism
The hour is fast approaching, on which the Honor and Success of this army, and the safety of our bleeding Country depend. Remember officers and Soldiers, that you are Freemen, fighting for the blessings of Liberty - that slavery will be your portion, and that of your posterity, if you do not acquit yourselves like men.

George Washington

letter to the Legislature of Pennsylvania — 1789
Category: Patriotism
It should be the highest ambition of every American to extend his views beyond himself, and to bear in mind that his conduct will not only affect himself, his country, and his immediate posterity; but that its influence may be co-extensive with the world, and stamp political happiness or misery on ages yet unborn.