Quotes About the American Flag

Throughout our Nation’s great history, many people have shared their views on Old Glory. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite quotes to about the American Flag to inspire your patriotism.

“When we honor our flag we honor what we stand for as a Nation — freedom, equality, justice, and hope.” ~Ronald Reagan

“A thoughtful mind, when it sees a Nation’s flag, sees not the flag only, but the Nation itself; and whatever may be its symbols, its insignia, he reads chiefly in the flag the Government, the principles, the truths, the history which belongs to the Nation that sets it forth.” ~Henry Ward Beecher

“It is the flag just as much of the man who was naturalized yesterday as of the men whose people have been here many generations.” ~Henry Cabot Lodge

“I stand for peace, honor, truth and justice. I stand for freedom. I am confident. I am arrogant. I am proud.” ~ Howard Schnauber

“This flag, which we honor and under which we serve, is the emblem of our unity, our power, our thought and purpose as a nation. It has no other character than that which we give it from generation to generation. The choices are ours. It floats in majestic silence above the hosts that execute those choices, whether in peace or in war. And yet, though silent, it speaks to us — speaks to us of the past, or the men and women who went before us, and of the records they wrote upon it.” ~ Woodrow Wilson

“There are many flags in many lands, There are flags of many hue, But there is no flag however grand, Like our own red, white and blue. Say hurrah for our flag, Our country’s flag, It’s stripes and it’s bright stars too. But there is no flag however grand, Like our own red, white and blue.” ~ Unknown

“Americans revere their flag as a symbol of the Nation. Indeed, it is because of that reverence that the amendment is under consideration. Few countries in the world would think of amending their Constitution for the purpose of protecting such a symbol…. If they are destroying a flag that belongs to someone else, that’s a prosecutable crime. If it is a flag they own, I really don’t want to amend the Constitution to prosecute someone for foolishly desecrating their own property. We should condemn them and pity them instead.” ~ General Colin Powell

“Our flag is our national ensign, pure and simple, behold it! Listen to it! Every star has a tongue, every stripe is articulate.” ~ Robert C. Winthrop