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  • Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen!

    Samuel Adams' Speech delivered at the State House in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, August 1, 1776.
  • Before this address to my countrymen is closed, I beg leave to observe, that as a new century has dawned upon us, the mind is naturally led ot contemplate the great events that have run parallel with and have just closed the last.

    Running   Mind   Events  
  • The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.

    Life   Wisdom   Men  
    1599 Antony. Julius Caesar, act 3, sc.2, l.74-86.
  • Sheep are not the docile, pleasant creatures of the pastoral idyll. Any countryman will tell you that. They are sly, occasionally vicious, pathologically stupid. The lenient shepherd may find his flock unruly, definant. I cannot afford to be lenient.

    Stupid   Sheep   May  
    Joanne Harris (2000). “Chocolat”, p.17, Penguin
  • One way of getting an idea of our fellow-countrymen's miseries is to go and look at their pleasures.

    Ideas   Looks   Way  
    George Eliot (1869). “Felix Holt: The Radical”, p.158
  • There are some things, but not too many, toward which the countryman knows he must be properly respectful if he would avoid pain, sickness and injury. Nature is neither punitive nor solicitous, but she has thorns and fangs as wells as bowers and grassy banks.

    Nature   Pain   Thorns  
  • A writer should not run around with a mirror for his countrymen; he should tell his society and his times things no one ever thought before.

  • My countrymen have the right to shake my hand and talk to me if they so wish. Don't forget that their support and their reading of my works is what brought me the Nobel prize.

    Book   Reading   Hands  
  • The untruthful soldier trifles with the lives of his countrymen and the honor and safety of his country.

  • I - and there are hundreds of thousands of Irishmen who felt on this subject as I do - have always liked my Celtic countrymen and disliked the English nation; it is a national trait of character, and I cannot help it.

  • Being a patriot doesn’t mean prioritizing service to government above all else. Being a patriot means knowing when to protect your country, knowing when to protect your Constitution, knowing when to protect your countrymen, from the violations of and encroachments of adversaries. And those adversaries don’t have to be foreign countries.

    "Edward Snowden's interview: 10 things we learned" by Catherine E. Shoichet, May 29, 2014.
  • Our neighbors shake their heads And take their valuables inside While my countrymen piss in the fountains To express their national pride.

  • The ‘absorbent mind’ welcomes everything, puts its hope in everything, accepts poverty equally with wealth, adopts any religion and the prejudices and habits of its countrymen, incarnating all in itself. This is the child!

  • All the poets are indebted more or less to those who have gone before them; even Homer's originality has been questioned, and Virgil owes almost as much to Theocritus, in his Pastorals, as to Homer, in his Heroics; and if our own countryman, Milton, has soared above both Homer and Virgil, it is because he has stolen some feathers from their wings.

  • If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animated contest of freedom - go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen!

    Love   Peace   Freedom  
    Samuel Adams' Speech delivered at the State House in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, August 1, 1776.
  • Comrades ! You have voluntarily accepted a mission that is the noblest that the human mind can conceive of. For the fulfillment of such a mission no sacrifice is too great, not even the sacrifice of one's life. You are today the custodians of India's national honour and the embodiment of India's hopes and aspirations. So conduct yourself that your countrymen may bless you and posterity may be proud of you.

    Army   Sacrifice   Mind  
    Subhas Chandra Bose, Netaji Subhas Ashram (Suisa, India), Indian National Army (2004*). “Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and 21st century India: a special number on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose”
  • Real social progress is always a widening of the circle of concern and protection. It's respect and empathy overtaking blindness and indifference. It's understanding that by the true measure, we are all neighbors and countrymen, call to each one of us to know what is right and kind and just and to go and do likewise.

    Real   Circles   Empathy  
  • There still remains one effort of magnanimity, one sacrifice of prejudice and passion, to be made by the individuals throughout the nation who have heretofore followed the standards of political party. It is that of discarding every remnant of rancor against each other, of embracing as countrymen and friends, and of yielding to talents and virtue alone that confidence which in times of contention for principle was bestowed only upon those who bore the badge of party communion.

  • I write to please myself—of course, that is a given. But beyond this reach for pleasure, I know that I write for my countrymen, that they may be lifted from apathy and ignorance. I write because of a compulsion to make something out of the nothing that is my own life.

  • I would remind my countrymen, that they are to be men first, and Americans only at a late and convenient hour. No matter how valuable law may be to protect your property, even to keep soul and body together, if it do not keep you and humanity together.

    Henry David Thoreau (2013). “Delphi Complete Works of Henry David Thoreau (Illustrated)”, p.1151, Delphi Classics
  • Surely with as good reason as had Archimedes to have the cylinder, cone and sphere engraved on his tombstone might our distinguished countrymen leave testamentary directions for the cubic eikosiheptagram to be engraved on theirs. Spirit of the Universe! wither are we drifting, and when, where, and how is all this to end?

    James Joseph Sylvester (1973). “1854-1973”
  • While I am deeply sensible to the high compliment of a re-election; and duly grateful, as I trust, to Almighty God for having directed my countrymen to a right conclusion, as I think, for their own good, it adds nothing to my satisfaction that any other man may be disappointed or pained by the result.

    Abraham Lincoln (2012). “The Complete Papers And Writings Of Abraham Lincoln (Biographically Annotated Edition)”, p.63, Jazzybee Verlag
  • You aren't a true internationalist until you've supplied weapons to kill your own countrymen.

  • Let us show our fellow countrymen and the entire world what the Germans can do when they work for peace.

    Peace   World   Shows  
  • "It astonishes me to find... [that so many] of our countrymen... should be contented to live under a system which leaves to their governors the power of taking from them the trial by jury in civil cases, freedom of religion, freedom of the press, freedom of commerce, the habeas corpus laws, and of yoking them with a standing army. This is a degeneracy in the principles of liberty... which I [would not have expected for at least] four centuries."

    Army   Law   Liberty  
  • Thierry had no idea why they were called French doors. His native countrymen weren't stupid enough to put them in their homes.

    Stupid   Home   Doors  
    Lynn Viehl (2005). “Private Demon: A Novel of the Darkyn”, p.80, Penguin
  • Why, of all places in Johannesburg, the Indian location should be chosen for dumping down all kaffirs of the town, passes my comprehension. Of course, under my suggestion, the Town Council must withdraw the Kaffirs from the Location. About this mixing of the Kaffirs with the Indians I must confess I feel most strongly. I think it is very unfair to the Indian population, and it is an undue tax on even the proverbial patience of my countrymen.

    Letter to Dr. Porter, Medical Officer of Health for Johannesburg, February 15, 1905.
  • Let our countrymen know that the people alone can protect us against these evils of misgovernment.

    People   Evil   Protect  
    Thomas Jefferson, Andrew M. Allison (1983). “The Real Thomas Jefferson”, Natl Center for Constitutional
  • I was only one woman alone, and had no power to move to action full-fed, sleek- coated, ease-loving, pleasure-seeking, well-paid,and well-placed countrymen in this war- trampled, dead, old land, each one afraid that he should be called upon to do something.

  • The most satisfactory thing in all this earthly life is to be able to serve our fellow-beings-first, those who are bound to us by ties of love, then the wider circle of fellow-townsmen, fellow-countrymen, or fellow-men. To be of service is a solid foundation for contentment in this world.

    Charles William Eliot (1926). “Charles W. Eliot: the man and his beliefs”
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