"The average American is nothing if not patriotic."
"My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country."Herbert Croly on John F. Kennedy
"Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it."Herbert Croly on Mark Twain
"Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism."Herbert Croly on George Washington
"I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually."Herbert Croly on James A. Baldwin
"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."Herbert Croly on George William Curtis
"The American economic, political, and social organization has given to its citizens the benefits of material prosperity, political liberty, and a wholesome natural equality and this achievement is a gain, not only to Americans, but to the world and to civilization."
"Of course, Americans have no monopoly of patriotic enthusiasm and good faith."
"The Constitution was the expression not only of a political faith, but also of political fears. It was wrought both as the organ of the national interest and as the bulwark of certain individual and local rights."
"Our country was thereby saved from the consequences of its distracting individualistic conception of democracy, and its merely legal conception of nationality. It was because the followers of Jackson and Douglas did fight for it, that the Union was preserved."
"The higher American patriotism, on the other hand, combines loyalty to historical tradition and precedent with the imaginative projection of an ideal national Promise."