“Let us be honest with ourselves. If our nation was built too much upon sentiment, and if the rules of patriotism and benignity that were followed in the construction have proved too impractical, let us frankly admit it. But if love of country, equal opportunity and genuine brotherhood in citizenship are worth the pains and trials that gave them birth, and if we still believe them to be worth preservation and that they have the inherent vigor and beneficence to make our republic lasting and our people happy, let us strongly hold them in love and devotion.”

 

– Grover Cleveland from Good Citizenship
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Image: Grover Cleveland around the time he wrote Good Citizenship c. 1903 via NYPL Digital Collections, no known restrictions