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President John F. Kennedy.
Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.
John F. Kennedy, Inaugural address, January 20, 1961
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Martin Luther King, Jr. delivering his speech at the DC Civil Rights March.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."
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Patrick Henry's "Treason" speech before the House of Burgesses in an 1851 painting by Peter F. Rothermel
I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me Liberty, or give me Death!
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Franklin D. Roosevelt
This great Nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
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Thomas Jefferson
When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
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George Washington
I hold the maxim no less applicable to public than to private affairs, that honesty is always the best policy.
George Washington, The Farewell Address, September 17, 1796
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Abraham Lincoln
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.
Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address, November 19, 1863
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Francis Scott Key
O say, does that star spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free, and the home of the brave?
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Benjamin Franklin
We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.
Benjamin Franklin, at the signing of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776
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Emma Lazarus
Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!
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Oscar Wilde
We have really everything in common with America nowadays, except, of course, language.
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Bill Clinton
Our democracy must be not only the envy of the world but the engine of our own renewal. There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America.
Bill Clinton, First inaugural address, Washington, D.C. (January 20, 1993)
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Ronald Reagan
General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!
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Theodore Roosevelt
I have always been fond of the West African proverb "Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far."
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Barack Obama
There is not a liberal America and a conservative America — there is the United States of America. There is not a Black America and a White America and Latino America and Asian America — there's the United States of America.
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Students swearing the Pledge on Flag Day in 1899
I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
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Jimmy Carter
America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense, it is the other way round. Human rights invented America.
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A mounted slowscan TV camera shows Armstrong as he climbs down the ladder to surface.
That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.
Neil Armstrong, First Moon walk (July 20, 1969)
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Katherine Lee Bates
O beautiful for spacious skies, For amber waves of grain, For purple mountain majesties Above the fruited plain!

America! America! God shed His grace on thee, And crown thy good with brotherhood From sea to shining sea!

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E Pluribus Unum included in the Seal of the United States, being one of the nation's mottos at the time of the seal's creation
E Pluribus Unum — Out of many, one
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Nominations[edit]

Feel free to add quotes about the United States or from notable Americans to the above list. Other quotes may be nominated here.