70+ Best Citizenship Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Inspirational citizenship quotes will get you through anything when the going gets tough and help you succeed in every aspect of life.

Famous Citizenship Quotes

I am a citizen of the world. – Sylvia Beach

We can never get a re-creation of community and heal our society without giving our citizens a sense of belonging. – Patch Adams

Strengthening our identity is one way or reinforcing people’s confidence and sense of citizenship and well being. – David Blunkett

If we, citizens, do not support our artists, then we sacrifice our imagination on the altar of crude reality and we end up believing in nothing and having worthless dreams. – Yann Martel

Strengthening our identity is one way or reinforcing people’s confidence and sense of citizenship and well-being. – David Blunkett

No one is born a good citizen; no nation is born a democracy. Rather, both are processes that continue to evolve over a lifetime. Young people must be included from birth. A society that cuts off from its youth severs its lifeline. – Kofi Annan

The American ideal is not that we all agree with each other, or even like each other, every minute of the day. It is rather that we will respect each other’s rights, especially the right to be different, and that, at the end of the day, we will understand that we are one people, one country, and one community, and that our well-being is inextricably bound up with the well-being of each and every one of our fellow citizens. – C. Everett Koop

Everything can be explained to the people, on the single condition that you want them to understand. – Frantz Fanon

A citizenship of wholesale delegation and abdication to public and private power systems, such as prevails now, makes such periodic checks as elections little more than rituals. – Ralph Nader

It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen. – Aristotle

The most important thing an institution does is not to prepare a student for a career but for a life as a citizen. – Frank Newman

It’s not unpatriotic to denounce an injustice committed on our behalf, perhaps it’s the most patriotic thing we can do. – E.A. Bucchianeri

Citizenship is an attitude, a state of mind, an emotional conviction that the whole is greater than the part. and that the part should be humbly proud to sacrifice itself that the whole may live. – Robert A. Heinlein

…ordinary men and women may often feel unmotivated to exert their citizenship, either because they cannot tell the difference between the different alternatives, or because they have lost faith in the political classes, or because they feel that the really important issues are not in their power to decide. – Patricio Aylwin Azócar

Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history. – Abraham Lincoln

As soon as any man says of the affairs of the State “What does it matter to me?” the State may be given up for lost. – Jean-Jacques Rousseau

The test of good citizenship is loyalty to country. – Bainbridge Colby

Man is at the bottom an animal, midway, a citizen, and at the top, divine. But the climate of this world is such that few ripen at the top. – Henry Ward Beecher

There are thousands who are in opinion opposed to slavery and to the war, who yet in effect do nothing to put an end to them; who, esteeming themselves children of Washington and Franklin, sit down with their hands in their pockets, and say that they know not what to do, and do nothing…. – Henry David Thoreau

Citizenship is a tough occupation which obliges the citizen to make his own informed opinion and stand by it. – Martha Gellhorn

Democracy is not just a question of having a vote. It consists of strengthening each citizen’s possibility and capacity to participate in the deliberations involved in life in society. – Fernando Cardoso

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. – Margaret Mead

If a policy is wrongheaded feckless and corrupt I take it personally and consider it a moral obligation to sound off and not shut up until it’s fixed. – David Hackworth

The first requisite of a good citizen in this republic of ours is that he shall be able and willing to pull his own weight. – Theodore Roosevelt

I honestly feel like it’s our responsibility as citizens of the world to ground ourselves in selflessness and all do our part. – Solange Knowles

In a republican nation, whose citizens are to be led by reason and persuasion and not by force, the art of reasoning becomes of first importance – Thomas Jefferson

There can be no daily democracy without daily citizenship. – Ralph Nader

Literacy is not a luxury, it is a right and a responsibility. If our world is to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century we must harness the energy and creativity of all our citizens. – President Bill Clinton

Citizenship comes first today in our crowded world. No man can enjoy the privileges of education and thereafter with a clear conscience break his contract with society. To respect that contract is to be mature, to strengthen it is to be a good citizen, to do more than your share under it is noble. – Isaiah Bowman

I didn’t flee a dictator or swim an ocean to be an American like some do. I just thought long and hard about it. – Craig Ferguson

Citizenship means every four years you put a mark somewhere and you go home and let other guys run the world. It’s a very destructive ideology. – Noam Chomsky

The old emphasis upon superficial differences that separate peoples must give way to education for citizenship in the human community. – Norman Cousins

Citizenship is the chance to make a difference to the place where you belong. – Charles Handy

I have finally learned that I am as much a part of this country as those villagers. Whether they like it or not, my umbilical cord is buried in the earth of Vietnam just like theirs. – Sherry Garland

It is the duty of every citizen according to his best capacities to give validity to his convictions in political affairs. – Albert Einstein

…we all have an obligation as citizens of this earth to leave the world a healthier, cleaner, and better place for our children and future generations. – Blythe Danner

When a civil servant or politician acts out of self-interest, it’s called corruption, but when a citizen does it, it’s called public interest. – Abhijit Naskar

Active citizenship begins with an envisioning of the desired outcome and a conscious application of spiritual principles. – Dennis Kucinich

I have no country to fight for: my country is the earth, and I am a citizen of the world. – Eugene V. Debs

Citizenship consists in the service of the country. – Jawaharlal Nehru

Encouraging Robert E. Lee to take a job as college president, “You might be presenting to the world in such a position an example of quiet usefulness and gentle patriotism. – William Nelson Pendleton

We can never get a re-creation of community and heal our society without giving our citizens a sense of belonging. – Patch Adams

I see religion as a powerful positive healing force for this nation and the world. But that force is blunted, weakened, compromised inestimably, if we turn religion into a tool for advancing political strategy; if we make it a matter of how to win political office; if we treat it as anything other than a sacred part of life from which we ought to draw sustenance and values and strength for living courageously as good citizens. – C. Welton Gaddy

The best principles of our republic secure to all its citizens a perfect equality of rights. – Thomas Jefferson

For 100 years, governments of every colour were committed to enlarging the language of citizenship. Now Mrs. Thatcher’s government is committed to closing it. – Jonathan Raban

We are citizens of the world. The tragedy of our times is that we do not know this. – Woodrow Wilson

Good government is no substitute for self-government. – Mohandas K. Gandhi

Education is the process by which the individual relates himself to the universe, give himself citizenship in the changing world, shares the race’s mind and enfranchises his own soul. – John Finley

After receiving USA citizenship, I have a hard time identifying as a citizen because the USA has an established history of mistreating me. – Steven Magee

It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen. – Aristotle

My country is the world;my countrymen are mankind. – William Lloyd Garrison

Every good citizen makes his country’s honor his own, and cherishes it not only as precious but as sacred. He is willing to risk his life in its defense and its conscious that he gains protection while he gives it. – Andrew Jackson

Active citizenship begins with an envisioning of the desired outcome and a conscious application of spiritual principles. – Dennis Kucinich

We are not born to accommodate tyranny over our hearts, minds, bodies, or souls. We are here to confirm an abundance of love-inspired possibilities greater than such restrictions. – Aberjhani

Citizenship comes first today in our crowded world. No man can enjoy the privileges of education and thereafter with a clear conscience break his contract with society. To respect that contract is to be mature, to strengthen it is to be a good citizen, to do more than your share under it is noble. – Isaiah Bowman

Without free, self-respecting, and autonomous citizens there can be no free and independent nations. Without internal peace, that is, peace among citizens and between the citizens and the state, there can be no guarantee of external peace. – Vaclav Havel

Citizenship is an attitude, a state of mind, an emotional conviction that the whole is greater than the part and that the part should be humbly proud to sacrifice itself that the whole may live. – Robert A. Heinlein

Reject anything advice, which does not lead to your personal progress. – Lailah Gifty Akita

Citizenship is what makes a republic; monarchies can get along without it – Mark Twain

Full democracy requires the full participation of women. Your voices are vital. The word ‘vital’ means necessary for life. A democracy, to be fully alive, must include all its citizens. – Swanee Hunt

The first requisite of a good citizen in this republic of ours is that he shall be able and willing to pull his own weight. – Theodore Roosevelt

They’re being good citizens without the right to citizenship. – Hector Flores

Since an informed citizenry is the basis for a healthy democracy, independent, non-corporate media are more crucial today than ever before – Dahr Jamail

We are citizens of the world. The tragedy of our times is that we do not know this. – Woodrow Wilson

Our citizenship is in eternity; history is our temporary residence. – Erwin McManus

A nation, as a society, forms a moral person, and every member of it is personally responsible for his society.” – Thomas Jefferson

Achievement was worthy of praise and honor, but excessive achievement was pernicious and a threat to the state. However great a citizen might become, however great he might wish to become, the truest greatness of all still belonged to the Roman Republic itself – Tom Holland

No one is born a good citizen; no nation is born a democracy. Rather, both are processes that continue to evolve over a lifetime. Young people must be included from birth. A society that cuts off from its youth severs its lifeline. – Kofi Annan

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