Quotation by Nathaniel Hawthorne

I wonder that we Americans love our country at all, it having no limits and no oneness; and when you try to make it a matter of the heart, everything falls away except one's native State;Mneither can you seize hold of that, unless you tear it out of the Union, bleeding and quivering.
Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804–1864), U.S. author. Italian Notebook, vol. 14, October 11, 1858, Works, ed. Thomas Woodson (1980).

"Yet," Hawthorne added, "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."
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