Mark Twain Quotes on Countries (13 Quotes)


    What a lie it is to call this a free country, where none but the unworthy and undeserving may swear.

    India has 2,000,000 gods, and worships them all. In religion other countries are paupers India is the only millionaire.

    Each man must for himself alone decide what is right and what is wrong, which course is patriotic and which isn't. You cannot shirk this and be a man. To decide against your conviction is to be an unqualified and excusable traitor, both to yourself and to your country, let them label you as they may.

    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. . . .

    Statistics show that we lose more fools on this day than on all other days of the year put together. This proves, by the numbers left in stock, that one Fourth of July per year is now inadequate, the country has grown so.


    God was left out of the Constitution but was furnished a front seat on the coins of the country.

    It is agreed, in this country, that if a man can arrange his religion so that it perfectly satisfies his conscience, it is not incumbent on him to care whether the arrangement is satisfactory to anyone else or not

    My kind of loyalty was loyalty to one's country, not to... its office holders.

    France has neither winter nor summer nor morals -- apart from these drawbacks it is a fine country.

    It is by the fortune of God that, in this country, we have three benefits freedom of speech, freedom of thought, and the wisdom never to use either.

    There was never a century nor a country that was short of experts who knew the Deity's mind and were willing to reveal it.

    Loyalty to the country always. Loyalty to the government when it deserves it.

    Each of you, for himself, by himself and on his own responsibility, must speak. And it is a solemn and weighty responsibility, and not lightly to be flung aside at the bullying of pulpit, press, government, or the empty catchphrases of politicians. Each must for himself alone decide what is right and what is wrong, and which course is patriotic and which isn't. You cannot shirk this and be a man. To decide against your convictions is to be an unqualified and inexcusable traitor, both to yourself and to your country, let man label you as they may. If you alone of all the nation shall decide one way, and that way be the right way according to your convictions of the right, you have done your duty by yourself and by your country- hold up your head You have nothing to be ashamed of.


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