Wednesday, April 01, 2020

All The Duties

No government can long endure unless its citizens are willing to make some sacrifice for its existence.  In this, our land, we are called upon to give but little in return for the advantages which we receive.  Shall we give that little grudgingly?  Our definition of patriotism is often too narrow.  Shall the lover of his country measure his loyalty only by his service as a soldier?  No!  Patriotism calls for the faithful and conscientious performance of all of the duties of citizenship, in small matters as well as great, at home as well as upon the tented field.

-- William Jennings Bryan (1860 - 1925), American lawyer, statesman, and politician, "The Jury System", delivered in response to a toast at a bar association banquet in Lincoln, Nebraska (February 1890)

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