Without free, self-respecting, and autonomous citizens there can be no free and independent nations. Without internal peace, that is, peace among citizens and between the citizens and the state, there can be no guarantee of external peace.
Author: Vaclav Havel (1936)
Profession: Czech Playwright, President
The true courage of civilized nations is readiness for sacrifice in the service of the state, so that the individual counts as only one amongst many. The important thing here is not personal mettle but aligning oneself with the universal.
Author: Georg Hegel (1770-1831)
Profession: German Philosopher
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.
Author: Andrew Jackson (1767-1845)
Profession: Seventh President of the USA
It is not the function of our Government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the Government from falling into error.
Author: Robert H. Jackson (1892-1954)
Profession: American Supreme Court Justice
A strict observance of the written laws is doubtless one of the high virtues of a good citizen, but it is not the highest. The laws of necessity, of self-preservation, of saving our country when in danger, are of higher obligation.
Author: Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)
Profession: Third President of the USA
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.
Author: Thomas Paine (1737-1809)
Profession: Anglo-American Political Theorist, Writer
Whatever makes men good Christians, makes them good citizens.
Author: Daniel Webster (1782-1852)
Profession: American Lawyer, Statesman