Quotes of Citizenship

“ 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

“ One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years. ”

- Thomas Wolfe

“ I think I've been a great citizen. ”

- O. J. Simpson

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

- Diogenes

“ It's something that you never take off the table; that would be sort of a demonstration of poor citizenship. The answer is I don't know and the truth is that I don't want to do it. ”

- Warren Beatty

“ If ever there was a doubt about the importance of exercising the most fundamental right of citizenship, it was clearly answered by the first presidential election of the 21st century. ”

- Bill Clinton

“ The most important change in how one defines the public interest that I have witnessed . . . over the last twenty years has been a deepening concern for the development of character in the citizenry. ”

- James Q. Wilson

“ There can be no daily democracy without daily citizenship. ”

- Ralph Nader

“ Perfect freedom is as necessary to the health and vigor of commerce as it is to the health and vigor of citizenship. ”

- Patrick Henry

“ You must be afraid, my son. That is how one becomes an honest citizen. ”

- Jean Paul Sartre

“ 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 defense and its conscious that he gains protection while he gives it. ”

- Andrew Jackson

“ 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. ”

- Susan B. Anthony

“ Citizenship is what makes a republic; monarchies can get along without it. ”

- Mark Twain

“ It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen. ”

- Aristotle

“ The best principles of our republic secure to all its citizens a perfect equality of rights. ”

- Thomas Jefferson

“ Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history. ”

- Abraham Lincoln

“ Citizenship consists in the service of the country. ”

- Jawaharlal Nehru

“ Our citizenship in the United States is our national character. Our citizenship in any particular state is only our local distinction. By the latter we are known at home, by the former to the world. Our great title is AMERICANS — our inferior one varies with the place. ”

- Thomas Paine

“ 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

“ These are the kinds of companies that want all the benefits of American citizenship and all the benefits from doing business with the federal government, but they don't want to bare the burden of the responsibilities of paying taxes to our government. ”

- Byron Dorgan

“ I just think that all of us in this room should have a voice in how the USA is represented. And he don't allow us our voice, that's all I'm saying. ”

- Eddie Vedder

“ If there are dreams about a beautiful South Africa, there are also roads that lead to their goal. Two of these roads could be named Goodness and Forgiveness. ”

- Nelson Mandela

“ Illness is the night-side of life, a more onerous citizenship. Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship, in the kingdom of the well and in the kingdom of the sick. ”

- Susan Sontag

“ 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

“ Citizenship is a tough occupation which obliges the citizen to make his own informed opinion and stand by it. ”

- Martha Gellhorn

“ 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

“ Let us at all times remember that all American citizens are brothers of a common country, and should dwell together in bonds of fraternal feeling. ”

- Abraham Lincoln

“ Voting is the most precious right of every citizen, and we have a moral obligation to ensure the integrity of our voting process. ”

- Hillary Clinton

“ The real breeders of discontent and alien doctrines of government and philosophies subversive of good citizenship are such as these who take the law into their own hands. ”

- John L. Lewis

“ A vote is like a rifle; its usefulness depends upon the character of the user. ”

- Theodore Roosevelt
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