(Eva Luoma, Progressive Farmer Archives, colorized by Barry Falkner)

Cornerstones highlights thought-provoking quotes from notable folks.

I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.
Nathan Hale

Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.
John F. Kennedy

Where liberty dwells, there is my country.
Benjamin Franklin

When I was growing up, I don't remember being told that America was created so that everyone could get rich. I remember being told it was about opportunity and the pursuit of happiness.
Martin Scorsese

America is another name for opportunity.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Duty, honor, country. Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be.
Douglas MacArthur

I say to you that our goal is freedom, and I believe we are going to get there, because however much she strays away from it, the goal of America is freedom.
Martin Luther King Jr.

Patriotism is easy to understand in America; it means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country.
Calvin Coolidge

A man's country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers and woods, but it is a principle, and patriotism is loyalty to that principle.
George William Curtis

For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.
Hebrews 11:14 (KJV)

The essence of America -- that which really unites us -- is not ethnicity, or nationality or religion -- it is an idea -- and what an idea it is: That you can come from humble circumstances and do great things.
Condoleezza Rice

It is not what we have that will make us a great nation; it is the way in which we use it.
Theodore Roosevelt

America without her soldiers would be like God without his angels.
Claudia Pemberton

For love of country they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts, and made immortal their patriotism and their virtue.
James A. Garfield

In the face of impossible odds, people who love this country can change it.
Barack Obama