Memorial Day, Explained Better Than I Could

“Memorial day quotes” is a thing. People are seriously seeking inspiration and meaning on this holiday. I thought it would be difficult to find a few good, powerful, slightly subversive and yet unarguably patriotic quotes from respectable famous people. But no: this was easy, and fun, and thought-provoking. Here’s some strong words, and images to accompany:

“Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.“ Theodore Roosevelt

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“Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them.” Franklin D. Roosevelt

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“People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.“ George Orwell


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“A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom.” Bob Dylan

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“The magic of America is that we’re a free and open society with a mixed population. Part of our security is our freedom.” Madeline Albright

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“My country owes me nothing. It gave me, as it gives every boy and girl, a chance. It gave me schooling, independence of action, opportunity for service and honor.“ Herbert Hoover

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“The essence of America — that which really unites us — is not ethnicity, or nationality or religion — it is an idea — and what an idea it is: That you can come from humble circumstances and do great things.” Condoleeza Rice

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“A constitution, as important as it is, will mean nothing unless the people are yearning for liberty and freedom.” Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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“Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official.“ Theodore Roosevelt

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“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.“ Mark Twain

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“In the face of impossible odds, people who love this country can change it.“ Barack Obama

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