"The higher American patriotism, on the other hand, combines loyalty to historical tradition and precedent with the imaginative projection of an ideal national Promise."
"If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under."Herbert Croly on Ronald Reagan
"Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind."Herbert Croly on Albert Einstein
"Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty."Herbert Croly on John F. Kennedy
"Patriot: the person who can holler the loudest without knowing what he is hollering about."Herbert Croly on Mark Twain
"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."Herbert Croly on John F. Kennedy
"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 average American is nothing if not patriotic."