Carl Schurz quotes

  • Ideals are like the stars: we never reach them, but like the mariners of the sea, we chart our course by them.
    -- Carl Schurz

    #Life #Stars #Character

  • Ideals are like stars; you will not succeed in touching them with your hands. But like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them you will reach your destiny.
    -- Carl Schurz

    #Change #Stars #Destiny

  • From the equality of rights springs identity of our highest interests; you cannot subvert your neighbor's rights without striking a dangerous blow at your own.
    -- Carl Schurz

    #Freedom #Spring #Blow

  • When the life of the nation was attempted, when the cause of liberty and human rights called for their aid, they rushed forth to rally under the banner they loved, with grand singleness of purpose and heroic devotion--leaving all behind them, to meet toil and danger, hunger, sickness, wounds, and death, for nothing but the sublime satisfaction of doing their duty to their country and to mankind.
    -- Carl Schurz

    #Country #Rights #Leaving

  • I confidently trust that the American people will prove themselves ... too wise not to detect the false pride or the dangerous ambitions or the selfish schemes which so often hide themselves under that deceptive cry of mock patriotism: "Our country, right or wrong!" They will not fail to recognize that our dignity, our free institutions and the peace and welfare of this and coming generations of Americans will be secure only as we cling to the watchword of true patriotism: "Our country - when right to be kept right; when wrong to be put right.
    -- Carl Schurz

    #Wise #Country #Selfish

  • I have always been in favor of a healthy Americanization, but that does not mean a complete disavowal of our German heritage. It means that our character should take on the best of that which is American, and combine it with the best of that which is German. By doing this, we can best serve the American people and their civilization.
    -- Carl Schurz

    #Character #Mean #Civilization

  • The Senator from Wisconsin cannot frighten me by exclaiming, My country, right or wrong. In one sense I say so too. My country; and my country is the great American Republic. My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right.
    -- Carl Schurz

    #Country #Republic #Wisconsin

  • Consider: if you incorporate those tropical countries with the Republic of the United States, you will have to incorporate their people too.
    -- Carl Schurz

    #Country #People #United States

  • I will make a prophecy that may now sound peculiar. In fifty years Lincoln's name will be inscribed close to Washington's on this Republic's roll of honor.
    -- Carl Schurz

    #Years #Names #Honor

  • We have come to a point where it is loyalty to resist, and treason to submit.
    -- Carl Schurz

    #Loyalty #Treason #Submit

  • Our ideals resemble the stars, which illumintate the night. No one will ever be able to touch them. But the men who, like the sailors on the ocean, take them for guides, will undoubtedly reach their goal.
    -- Carl Schurz

    #Stars #Ocean #Night

  • Tis not, 'my country right or wrong'; tis, 'my country, that which is right to be kept right, that which is wrong to be set right'
    -- Carl Schurz

    #Country #War

  • Our country ... when right, to be kept right. When wrong, to be put right.
    -- Carl Schurz

    #Country

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