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Bush, George W.
We are bound by ideals that move us beyond our backgrounds, lift us above our interests and teach us what it means to be citizens. Every child must be taught these principles. Every citizen must uphold them.

Jan. 20, 2001 - from his Inaugural Address
Cloud, Michael
Patriotism means loving our country, not the government.

Cobbett, William
From a very early age I had imbibed the opinion that it was every man's duty to do all that lay in his power to leave his country as good as he had found it.

Dec. 22, 1832 - from an essay in the Political Register, quoted in The MacMillan Dictionary of Quotations
Montesquieu, Baron de
Virtue in a republic is a most simple thing; it is love of the republic; it is a sensation, and not a consequence of acquired knowledge, a sensation that may be felt by the meanest as well as by the highest person in the state. When the common people adopt good maxims, they adhere to them more steadily than those whom we call gentlemen... The love of our country is favorable to a purity of morals, and the latter is again conducive to the former.

1748 - from The Spirit of the Laws
Ohmae, Kenichi
If patriotism is, as Dr. Johnson used to remark, the last refuge of the scoundrel, wrapping outdated industry in the mantle of national interest is the last refuge of the economically dispossessed. In economic terms, pleading national interest is the declining cottage industry of those who have been bypassed by the global economy.

Pearson, Lester B.  
What we need is a soldierly pride in Canada, that confident, passionate pride in Canada that men had who wore the uniform and put the maple leaf badge on it. What we also need is the patriotism that will put Canada ahead of its parts. We are all or should be Canadians -- and unhyphenated; with pride in our nation and its citizenship, pride in the symbols of that citizenship.

1964 - from the debate about changing the Canadian flag, quoted in Canada: Our Century by Kingwell and Moore
I had as comrades in my [World War I army] section men whose names were: Cameron, Kimora, English, Gleidenstein, de Chapin, O'Shaughnessy. We didn't fall in or fall out as Irish Canadians, French Canadians, Dutch Canadians, Japanese Canadians. We wore the same uniform, with the same maple leaf badge, and we were proud to be known as Canadians, to serve as Canadians and to die, if it had to be, as Canadians.

1964 - from the debate about changing the Canadian flag, quoted in Canada: Our Century by Kingwell and Moore
Solzhenitsyn, Alexander
Patriotism means unqualified and unwavering love for the nation, which implies not uncritical eagerness to serve, not support for unjust claims, but frank assessment of its vices and sins, and penitence for them.

from From Under the Rubble
Above everything, we are Canadian.

inscription on a statue of Sir George Etienne Cartier on Canada's Parliament Hill
Washington, George
We began a contest for liberty ill provided with the means for the war, relying on our patriotism to supply the deficiency.

1781 - urging troops not to lose heart at the battle of West Point in the American Revolutionary War