Flag Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old flag quotes, flag sayings, and flag proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Pain plants the flag of truth within a rebel fortress.     

C. S. Lewis

People who enjoy waving flags don't deserve to have one.     

Banksy

The man who is always waving the flag usually waives what it stands for.     

Laurence J. Peter

There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.     

Howard Zinn

If you're passionate about something, then you should pick up your flag and run with it.     

Bette Midler

A thoughtful mind, when it sees a Nation's flag, sees not the flag only, but the Nation itself.     

Henry Ward Beecher

We have but one flag, one country; let us stand together. We may differ in color, but not in sentiment. Many things have been said about me which are wrong, and which white and black persons here, who stood by me through the war, can contradict.     

Nathan Bedford Forrest

We are far more concerned about the desecration of the flag than we are about the desecration of our land.     

Wendell Berry

Not another flag has such an errand, carrying everywhere, the world around, such hope for freedom such glorious tidings.     

Henry Ward Beecher

Flags are bits of colored cloth that governments use first to shrink-wrap people’s minds & then as ceremonial shrouds to bury the dead.     

Arundhati Roy

The man who tries to make the flag an object of a single party is a greater traitor to that flag than any man who fires at it.     

David Lloyd George

We do not consecrate the flag by punishing its desecration, for in doing so, we dilute the freedom this cherished emblem represents.     

William J. Brennan

Our flag is a proud flag, and it stands for liberty and civilization. Where it has once floated, there must be no return to tyranny.     

Theodore Roosevelt

A regime that wraps itself in the flag of truth fears truth most of all, for if its story is falsified to the slightest degree, its authority is gone.     

Orson Scott Card

If the flag needs protection at all, it needs protection from members of Congress who value the symbol more than the freedoms that the flag represents.     

Jerrold Nadler

In uniform patriotism can salute one flag only, embrace but the first circle of life—one's own land and tribe. In war that is necessary, in peace it is not enough.     

BILL MOYERS

Unquestionably we do stand by our national flag as stoutly as any people in the world; and I myself have felt the heart-throb at sight of it, as sensibly as other men     

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Nowhere else in history has there ever been a flag that stands for the right to burn itself. This is the fractal of our flag. It stands for the right to destroy itself.     

Ken Kesey

The flag is the embodiment, not of sentiment, but of history.     

Woodrow Wilson

Only one flag Flies above all the rest:The flag of universal oneness.     

Sri Chinmoy

Plant your flag, respectfully stand for truth, justice, and freedom for all.      

LM Fields

A flag doesn't cause someone to sit in a prayer meeting for an hour, and then stand up and shoot people.     

Rich Lowry

Our flag is not just one of many political points of view. Rather, the flag is a symbol of our national unity.     

Adrian Cronauer

Flag desecration is not a constitutional issue for the courts. It is a political one that belongs to the people.     

Larry Craig

Anyone who says the Confederate Flag is a symbol of hate should be required to go to sensitivity training classes.     

Ezola B. Foster