As individuals die every moment, how insensitive and fabricated a love it is to set aside a day from selfish routine in prideful, patriotic commemoration of tragedy. Just as God is provoked by those who tithe simply because they feel that they must tithe, I am provoked by those who commemorate simply because they feel that they must commemorate.
The effects of loss are acute, and unique to each individual. Not everyone mourns in the same way, but everyone mourns.
The average American is nothing if not patriotic.
My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.
Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.
Man is a military animal, glories in gunpowder, and loves parade.