Quotes About Citizenship

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Sylvia Beach
“I am a citizen of the world.”
Sylvia Beach

Yann Martel
“If we, citizens, do not support our artists, then we sacrifice our imagination on the altar of crude reality and we end up believing in nothing and having worthless dreams.”
Yann Martel, Life of Pi

Bill Maher
“[F]reedom isn't free. It shouldn't be a bragging point that "Oh, I don't get involved in politics," as if that makes you somehow cleaner. No, that makes you derelict of duty in a republic. Liars and panderers in government would have a much harder time of it if so many people didn't insist on their right to remain ignorant and blindly agreeable.”
Bill Maher, When You Ride Alone You Ride With Bin Laden: What the Government Should Be Telling Us to Help Fight the War on Terrorism

Frantz Fanon
“Everything can be explained to the people, on the single condition that you want them to understand.”
Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth

John  Adams
“You go on, I presume, with your latin Exercises: and I wish to hear of your beginning upon Sallust who is one of the most polished and perfect of the Roman Historians, every Period of whom, and I had almost said every Syllable and every Letter is worth Studying.

In Company with Sallust, Cicero, Tacitus and Livy, you will learn Wisdom and Virtue. You will see them represented, with all the Charms which Language and Imagination can exhibit, and Vice and Folly painted in all their Deformity and Horror.

You will ever remember that all the End of study is to make you a good Man and a useful Citizen.—This will ever be the Sum total of the Advice of your affectionate Father,

John Adams”
John Adams, The Letters of John and Abigail Adams

E.A. Bucchianeri
“It’s not unpatriotic to denounce an injustice committed on our behalf, perhaps it’s the most patriotic thing we can do.”
E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly

Jean-Jacques Rousseau
“As soon as any man says of the affairs of the State "What does it matter to me?" the State may be given up for lost.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contract

Tariq Ali
“If every single Jew born anywhere in the world has the right to become an Israeli citizen, then all the Palestinians who were chucked out of Palestine by the Zionist Government should have the same right, very simple.”
Tariq Ali

Ezra Taft Benson
“The Declaration of Independence . . . is much more than a political document. It constitutes a spiritual manifesto—revelation, if you will—declaring not for this nation only, but for all nations, the source of man's rights. Nephi, a Book of Mormon prophet, foresaw over 2,300 years ago that this event would transpire. The colonies he saw would break with Great Britain and that 'the power of the Lord was with [the colonists],' that they 'were delivered by the power of God out of the hands of all other nations' (1 Nephi 13:16, 19). "The Declaration of Independence was to set forth the moral justification of a rebellion against a long-recognized political tradition—the divine right of kings. At issue was the fundamental question of whether men's rights were God-given or whether these rights were to be dispensed by governments to their subjects. This document proclaimed that all men have certain inalienable rights. In other words, these rights came from God.”
Ezra Taft Benson

David H. Hackworth
“If a policy is wrongheaded feckless and corrupt I take it personally and consider it a moral obligation to sound off and not shut up until it's fixed.”
David H. Hackworth

Paul Collier
“You are a citizen, and citizenship carries responsibilities.”
Paul Collier, The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries Are Failing and What Can Be Done About It

Thomas Jefferson
“In a republican nation, whose citizens are to be led by reason and persuasion and not by force, the art of reasoning becomes of first importance”
Thomas Jefferson

Melissa V. Harris-Perry
“Citizenship is more than an individual exchange of freedoms for rights; it is also membership in a body politic, a nation, and a community. To be deemed fair, a system must offer its citizens equal opportunities for public recognition, and groups cannot systematically suffer from misrecognition in the form of stereotype and stigma.”
Melissa V. Harris-Perry, Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America

Craig Ferguson
“I didn't flee a dictator or swim an ocean to be an American like some do. I just thought long and hard about it.”
Craig Ferguson, American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot

Sherry Garland
“I have finally learned that I am as much a part of this country as those villagers. Whether they like it or not, my umbilical cord is buried in the earth of Vietnam just like theirs.”
Sherry Garland, Song of the Buffalo Boy

“[T]he success of democracy depends, in the end, on the reliability of the judgments we citizens make, and hence upon our capacity and determination to weigh arguments and evidence rationally.”
Irving M. Copi

“Encouraging Robert E. Lee to take a job as college president, "You might be presenting to the world in such a position an example of quiet usefulness and gentle patriotism.”
William Nelson Pendleton

E.B. White
“The United States, almost alone today, offers the liberties and the privileges and the tools of freedom. In this land the citizens are still invited to write their plays and books, to paint their pictures, to meet for discussion, to dissent as well as to agree, to mount soapboxes in the public square, to enjoy education in all subjects without censorship, to hold court and judge one another, to compose music, to talk politics with their neighbors without wondering whether the secret police are listening, to exchange ideas as well as goods, to kid the government when it needs kidding, and to read real news of real events instead of phony news manufactured by a paid agent of the state. This is a fact and should give every person pause.”
E.B. White, One Man's Meat

“It is particularly important to note that, in a democracy, education has never been concerned only with supplying the needs of the economy or ensuring effective socialisation; it also has strong traditions of preparing for citizenship, extending possibilities for learning and promoting social progress.”
Gaby Weiner, Feminisms in Education: An Introduction

Colleen Mariotti
“The first step in becoming a global citizen is stripping away the preconceptions of how things should be in order to see things for what they are.”
Colleen Mariotti, Livology: A Global Guide to a Deliberate Life

“A man should construct meaningful ideas at his own will if he wants to take citizenship responsibilty by helping others pursue their happiness.”
Saaif Alam

“The recognition that modern societies are no longer monolithic, that the
imaginary social space has mushroomed into a multitude of identities has
propelled us into a realization that we are in an era where interculturality,
transculturalism and the eventual prospect of identifying a cosmopolitan
citizenship can become a reality. However we still remain circumscribed by
our Little Italies, our China Towns etc., which beyond the pleasures of
experiencing culinary delights, nevertheless create a self illusion that we
have attained a level of cultural awareness of the other.”
Donald Cuccioletta

“...many countries now allow dual citizenship-a status that Teddy Roosevelt once likened to polygamy.”
Atossa Araxia Abrahamian, The Cosmopolites: The Coming of the Global Citizen

Lailah Gifty Akita
“Change can only take place if we desire the change.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

“When justice is prioritized by any leader at any level then to give justice to the citizenry will always be at the back of the mind of such a leader.”
Sunday Adelaja, The Mountain of Ignorance

“If there is any society where the leaders lack the knowledge and the importance of justice, then oppression will be a common neighbor of the citizens.”
Sunday Adelaja, The Mountain of Ignorance

“Until there is equal and fair portion of opportunities apportioned for every citizen, the power structure may need to be restructured.”
Sunday Adelaja, The Mountain of Ignorance

“The sale of citizenship is interesting not because it is scandalous or even morally reprehensible, but because it speaks to the very arbitrariness of the concept of belonging to a nation to begin with.”
Atossa Araxia Abrahamian, The Cosmopolites: The Coming of the Global Citizen

Tom Holland
“Achievement was worthy of praise and honor, but excessive achievement was pernicious and a threat to the state. However great a citizen might become, however great he might wish to become, the truest greatness of all still belonged to the Roman Republic itself”
Tom Holland, Rubicon: The Last Years of the Roman Republic

Hannah Arendt
“Nationalism always preserved this initial intimate loyalty to the government and never quite lost its function of preserving a precarious balance between nation and state on one hand, between the nationals of an atomized society on the other. Native citizens of a nation-state frequently looked down upon naturalized citizens, those who had received their rights by law and not by birth, from the state and not from the nation....”
Hannah Arendt

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