Citizenship Quotes

Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history-Abraham Lincoln


The job of a citizen is to keep his mouth open.-Gunter Grass


America is my country and Paris is my hometown.-Gertrude Stein


Citizenship consists in the service of the country-Jawaharlal Nehru


Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote.George Jean Nathan


I am a citizen, not of Athens or Greece, but of the world-Socrates


It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen.-Aristotle


A passive and ignorant citizenry will never create a sustainable world.-Andrew Gaines


Citizenship is what makes a republic; monarchies can get along without it-Mark Twain


The best principles of our republic secure to all its citizens a perfect equality of rights.-Thomas Jefferson


Diogenes, when asked from what country he came, replied, "I am a citizen of the world-Diogenes


We're all citizens of the womb, before we subdivide into sexes and shades- this side, that side.-Ani Difranco


If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem.-Abraham Lincoln


The citizen's job is to be rude - to pierce the comfort of professional intercourse by boorish expressions of doubt-John Ralston Saul


Every citizen should be a soldier. This was the case with the Greeks and Romans, and must be that of every free state.-Thomas Jefferson


The first requisite of a good citizen in this republic of ours is that he shall be able and willing to pull his own weight.-Theodore Roosevelt


In any country there must be people who have to die. They are the sacrifices any nation has to make to achieve law and order.-Idi Amin Dada


As citizens of this democracy, you are the rulers and the ruled, the law-givers and the law-abiding, the beginning and the end.-Adlai E. Stevenson


Every citizen will be able, in his productive years when he is earning, to insure himself against the ravages of illness in his old age.-Lyndon B. Johnson


For citizens who think themselves puppets in the hands of their rulers, nothing is more satisfying than having rulers as puppets in their hands.-Pico Iyer


No, I don't know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered as patriots. This is one nation under God.-George Bush


I feel that I am a citizen of the American dream and that the revolutionary struggle of which I am a part is a struggle against the American nightmare.-Eldridge Cleaver


I think if the people of this country can be reached with the truth, their judgment will be in favor of the many, as against the privileged few-Eleanor Roosevelt


Every citizen or subject of another country, while domiciled here, is within the allegiance and the protection, and consequently subject to the jurisdiction, of the United States-Horace Gray


If I knew something that would serve my country but would harm mankind, I would never reveal it; for I am a citizen of humanity first and by necessity, and a citizen of France second, and only by accident-Charles de Montesquieu


Gardens, scholars say, are the first sign of commitment to a community. When people plant corn they are saying, let's stay here. And by their connection to the land, they are connected to one another.-Anne Raver


Every good citizen makes his country's honor his own, and cherishes it not only as precious but as sacred. He is willing to risk his life in its defence and is conscious that he gains protection while he gives it.-Andrew Jackson


This Nation was founded by men of many nations and backgrounds. It was founded on the principle that all men are created equal, and that the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.-John Fitzgerald Kennedy


Almighty God, we make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt keep the United States in Thy holy protection; that Thou wilt incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government-George Washington


No one is born a good citizen; no nation is born a democracy. Rather, both are processes that continue to evolve over a lifetime. Young people must be included from birth. A society that cuts off from its youth severs its lifeline.-Kofi Annan


It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens; nor yet we, the male citizens; but we, the whole people, who formed the Union... Men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less.-Susan B. Anthony


Citizens have the natural right and the common sense duty to protect themselves, their families, their communities, and their property...guns are the equalizing tools of self-protection, utopian lamentations notwithstanding.-Edgar A. Suter


I always say, as you know, that if my fellow citizens want to go to Hell I will help them. Its my job. - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.


Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship, in the kingdom of the well and in the kingdom of the sick. Although we all prefer to use only the good passport, sooner or later each of us is obliged, at least for a spell, to identify ourselves as citizens of that other place. - Susan Sontag


All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin. And therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words 'Ich bin ein Berliner! - John Fitzgerald Kennedy


That politician who curries favour with the citizens and indulges them and fawns upon them and has a presentiment of their wishes, and is skilful in gratifying them, he is esteemed a great statesman. - Plato


May the state fence in the harmless mentally ill solely to save its citizens from exposure to those whose ways are different? One might as well ask if the state, to avoid public unease, could incarcerate all who are physically unattractive or socially eccentric. - Potter Stewart


For to me every sort of peace with the citizens seemed to be of more service than civil war. [La., Mihi enim omnis pax cum civibus bello civili utilior videbatur] - Cicero [Marcus Tullius Cicero]


If the Government is going to intrude upon the sacred ground of the First Amendment and tell its citizens that their exercise of protected speech could land them in jail, the law imposing such a penalty must clearly define the prohibited speech not only for the potential offender but also for the potential enforcer. - Ronald L. Buckwalter


There is nothing wrong with America that the faith, love of freedom, intelligence, and energy of her citizens can not cure. - Dwight David Eisenhower

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