July 04, 2008

Mark Twain on Patriotism

My kind of loyalty was loyalty to one's country, not to its institutions or its officeholders. The country is the real thing, the substantial thing, the eternal thing; it is the thing to watch over, and care for, and be loyal to; institutions are extraneous, they are its mere clothing, and clothing can wear out, become ragged, cease to be comfortable, cease to protect the body from winter, disease, and death.
- A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

Happy Independence Day!

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2 Comments:

Blogger The Sojourner said...

First, I love the quote. Mark Twain is one of those very quotable authors.

Second, I tagged the lot of you in a meme, because I needed six people--so y'all are 1, 2, and 3.

July 21, 2008 5:03 PM  
Blogger Immortal Philosopher said...

I totally call being 1...

July 22, 2008 10:51 AM  

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