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"Heartbreak is the national anthem. We sing it proudly." - Taylor Swift

"At school my nickname is the National Anthem girl." - Diana DeGarmo

"The dead soldier's silence sings our national anthem." - Aaron Kilbourn

"I like traditions, and the national anthem is important." - Kate Mara

"They'll nail anyone who ever scratched his ass during the national anthem." - Humphrey Bogart

"The national anthem of hell is, "I Did It My Way."" - Peter Kreeft

"The only thing I can cheer for in Philadelphia is the national anthem." - Bill Belichick

"The closest thing to Roseanne Barr's singing the national anthem was my cat being neutered." - Johnny Carson

"I sing the National Anthem, while I'm standing, over your body, hold you like a python." - Lana Del Rey

"I don't listen to the national anthem ironically. It's a beautiful song. I love it!" - Samantha Bee

"Bobby Orr was a star when they played the National Anthem in his first game." - Harry Sinden

"I sang the National Anthem at Dodger Stadium - at a baseball game - which was crazy; there was, like, 60,000 people there, which is a huge deal in America - singing the National Anthem." - Adam Devine

"On the House Un-American Activities Committee: They'll nail anyone who ever scratched his ass during the National Anthem." - Humphrey Bogart

"The only way you can check Gretzky is to hit him when he is standing still singing the national anthem." - Harry Sinden

"I will never stand for a national anthem again. I will turn my back and I will raise a fist." - Jesse Ventura

"The national anthem blows. Are you kidding me? Do any of you have it on your iPod?" - Daniel Tosh

"I've never been more nervous in my life than singing the national anthem at the Super Bowl." - Kelly Clarkson

"Colin Kaepernick is the latest professional athlete to spark a national debate about the meaning behind the American flag and the national anthem." - Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf

"If you think the last four words to the national anthem are " gentleman, start your engines", You might be a redneck." - Jeff Foxworthy

"There shall be a National Anthem containing incomprehensible words and a high note that normal humans cannot hit without risk of hernia." - Dave Barry

"If you forget the words to your own song, you can always claim artistic license. Forget the words to the national anthem and you're screwed." - Lyle Lovett

"You might be a redneck if you have started a petition to change the National Anthem to Georgia on My Mind." - Jeff Foxworthy

"The national anthem belongs to the eighteenth century. In it you find us ordering God about to do our political dirty work." - George Bernard Shaw

"It doesn't take much to get me up for baseball. Once the National Anthem plays, I get chills. I even know the words to it now." - Pete Rose

"The crudest thing I've done as a teacher was to require students to write a national anthem for their country and sing it themselves." - Chris Van Allsburg

"You will be pleased to know I stand obediently for the national anthem, though of course I would defend your right to remain seated should you so decide." - Ira Glasser

"If you forget the words to your own song, you can always claim artistic license. Forget the words to the national anthem, and you're screwed." - Lyle Lovett

"National isolation breeds national neurosis." - Hubert Humphrey

"National isolation breeds national neurosis." - Hubert H Humphrey

"I'm very excited to once again perform the National Anthem at Michigan International Speedway for the GFS Marketplace 400. The fans at MIS have always been great to me and it is always an honor to perform for them, whether it's a concert or the National Anthem." - Julie Roberts

"I had lots of breaks. I guess the one that got my foot in the door was singing the National Anthem at the National Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma City in '74." - Reba Mcentire

"... The Anarchists' [national] anthem is an international anthem that consists of 365 raspberries blown in very quick succession to the tune of Camptown Races. Nobody has to stand up for it, nobody has to listen to it, and, even better, nobody has to play it." - Mike Harding

"I knew we were in for a long season when we lined up for the national anthem on opening day and one of my players said, 'Every time I hear that song I have a bad game.'" - Jim Leyland

"You take a bunch of people who don't seem any different from you and me, but when you add them all together you get this sort of huge raving maniac with national borders and an anthem." - Terry Pratchett

"At the beginning of the World Series of 1947, I experienced a completely new emotion when the National Anthem was played. This time, I thought, it is being played for me, as much as for anyone else." - Jackie Robinson

"When I first heard the song Don't worry - be happy I realized it was exactly the kind of mindless philosophy that Americans would respond to. It would make a great national anthem along with Me first." - George Carlin

"I was in the De Witt Clinton Hight School marching band. One of the worst bands ever formed. When we played the national anthem, people from every country stood - except Americans." - Robert Klein

"Some write that I'm a genius, others say that I'm disrespectful towards their country... If you remember in 1993 I squatted to tie my shoe during the French national anthem." - Hristo Stoichkov

"I mean, sometimes we do do that, The National Anthem was a caustic satire and sometimes that's the way to go with the story rather than me being particularly misanthropic." - Charlie Brooker

"It is well to remember that a Martian observing his first baseball game would be quite correct in concluding that the last two words of the National Anthem are: PLAY BALL!" - Herbert H. Paper

"The Constitution of the United States of America, Article V, Section 1: There shall be a National Anthem containing incomprehensible words and a high note that normal humans cannot hit without risk of hernia." - Dave Barry

"Now the country is in a terrible state and you've blamed it on a number of things - unemployment rate, the value of the pound, and all that. It's actually because the national anthem is boring." - Billy Connolly

"The white cracker who wrote the National Anthem knew what he was doing. He set the word "free" to a note so high nobody could reach it. That was deliberate." - Tony Kushner

"It is remarkable how fast and how effectively you can construct a nationality with a flag , a few speeches, and a national anthem; to this day I avoid the label "Lebanese," preferring the less restrictive "Levantine" designation." - Nassim Nicholas Taleb

"I had a gig in Sweden. There were thousands of people there, and when I launched into 'I'm Yours,' they were all singing along. It was as if I was singing the Swedish national anthem. I was stunned." - Jason Mraz

"...Skyscraper National Park" - Kurt Vonnegut

"(Imitating a Belarus citizen commenting on their national flag) Stupid National Anthem....Look at this flag; Two bears fighting over a pineapple. What kind of message does that send to the world? Come to Belarus, where wild animals will steal your fruit" - Bill Bailey

"High national emotions are permissible when a soccer team is playing precisely because they are impermissible at most other times. There aren't, simply, many other places where you can sing your national anthem until you lose your voice without causing a riot. In the context of soccer, flag-waving nationalism - even chauvinistic, anti-foreigner, flag-waving nationalism - is acceptable in Britain." - Anne Applebaum

"A national language is a band of national union." - Noah Webster

"These are national problems that require national solutions." - Thomas Menino

"National honor is the national property of the highest value." - James Monroe

"Mitt Romney's rally in Mansfield, Ohio, on Monday began the way every political event begins. 'Please stand for the Pledge of Allegiance and our country's national anthem.' This is always an uncomfortable moment for me. While I sat at my laptop, most of the reporters around me stood and put their hands over their hearts. This time instead of just sitting and working, I tweeted what I was feeling: 'Ari_Shapiro: As a reporter I'm torn about joining in the pledge of allegiance/national anthem at rallies. I'm a rally observer, not a participant.'" - Ari Shapiro

"Baseball is our national game." - Calvin Coolidge

"National Socialism is applied biology," - Hans Schemm

"The national pastime is juiced," - Jose Canseco

"Vote in a national election." - Bill Vaughan

"Immigration security is national security." - Kellyanne Conway

"The national pastime is juiced." - Jose Canseco

"The new national campfire - radio." - Linda Ellerbee

"Medicine also disregards national boundaries." - Irving Langmuir

"Bullying is a national epidemic." - Macklemore

"Are not couturiers the poets who, from year to year, from strophe to strophe, write the anthem of the feminine body?" - Roland Barthes

"National education to be truly national must reflect the national condition for the time being." - Mahatma Gandhi

"Twenty centuries of 'progress' have brought the average citizen a vote, a national anthem, a Ford, a bank account, and a high opinion of himself, but not the capacity to live in high density without befouling and denuding his environment, nor a conviction that such capacity, rather than such density, is the true test of whether he is civilized." - Aldo Leopold

"So . . . middle school? Awkward.Having a hobby that's different from everyone else's? Awkward. Singing the national anthem on weekends instead of going to sleepovers? More awkward. Braces? Awkward. Gain a lot of weight before you hit the growth spurt? Awkward. Frizzy hair, don't embrace the curls yet? Awkward. Try to straighten it? Awkward!So many phases!" - Taylor Swift

"There is no greater honor than the one received by athletes the moment they see the raised flag of their country at the highest level, and when they hear their national anthem inundating every corner of the stadium and reaching the ends of the earth." - Voula Patoulidou

"If America is destroyed, it may be by Americans who salute the flag, sing the national anthem, march in patriotic parades, cheer Fourth of July speakers - normally good Americans, but Americans who fail to comprehend what is required to keep our country strong and free, Americans who have been lulled away into a false security." - Ezra Taft Benson

"All of us ... should remember that no amount of flag-waving, pledging allegiance, or fervent singing of the national anthem is evidence that we are patriotic in the real sense of the word. ... Outward behavior, while important, is not the real measure of a man's patriotism." - Eleanor Roosevelt

"in the newspapers I read a biography about an American. He left his whole huge fortune to factories and for the positive sciences, his skeleton to the students at the academy there, and his skin to make a drum so as to have the American national anthem drummed on it day and night." - Fyodor Dostoevsky

"I actually had that conversation with [Channel 4 Chief Creative Officer] Jay Hunt. We were at a bit of a crisis point. I'd written a totally different script - about war, basically - that got rejected at the last minute for various reasons. The whole of the series was in doubt. I said, "Well, there is one other idea [ "National Anthem"]."" - Charlie Brooker

"[A] world in which it is wrong to murder an individual civilian and right to drop a thousand tons of high explosive on a residential area does sometimes make me wonder whether this earth of ours is not a loony bin made use of by some other planet. Not to have a national anthem would be logical." - George Orwell

"The most scared I'd ever been was the first time I sang at a rugby match, Australia versus New Zealand, in front of one hundred thousand people. I had a panic attack the night before because people have been booed off and never worked again... just singing one song, the national anthem." - Hugh Jackman

"New England clam chowder, made as it should be, is a dish to preach about, to chant praises and sing hymns and burn incense before. [...] It is as American as the Stars and Stripes, as patriotic as the national Anthem. It is Yankee Doodle in a kettle." - Joseph C Lincoln

"There is really a je ne sais quoi about turkey cooking - the air of festivity, the family squabbles, the constant basting - that does not apply to the turkey breast, which is, really, a convenience of food... A turkey without seasonal angst is like a baseball game without a national anthem, a winter without snow, a birthday party without candles." - Laurie Colwin

"My dad was the district attorney of New Orleans for about 30 years. And when he opened his campaign headquarters back in the early '70s, when I was 5 years old, my mother wanted me to play the national anthem. And they got an upright piano on the back of a flatbed truck and I played it." - Harry Connick Jr

"I think as a Canadian hockey player, you go through it in your mind so many times, being able to stand on that blue line and hear your national anthem play and being a gold medal champion, you dream of that. And then to be able to accomplish that and actually win a gold medal and represent your country its an amazing feeling." - Sidney Crosby

"The Olympic Gold medal in 1968 was definitely the highest moment of my career. It was a dream come true. I was a 19-year-old boy, and it was just amazing to be standing on top of the podium and hearing the National Anthem in the background." - George Foreman

"For President Obama, 'home of the brave' are not just the last words of our national anthem, but also a call to action. This is why the president's policies and our platform include incentives to train and hire our troops returning home. Not only because of our moral responsibility, but because it makes for a stronger, more secure American economy." - Cory Booker

"My dad was the district attorney of New Orleans for about 30 years. And when he opened his campaign headquarters back in the early '70s, when I was 5 years old, my mother wanted me to play the national anthem. And they got an upright piano on the back of a flatbed truck and I played it." - Harry Connick, Jr.

"When I'm dead, somebody can write my biography. I wrote a national hymn, an anthem, which I don't want to present to that country. But I have a deal with my wife - when I'm dead, she should offer it, because then I'm safe." - Giorgio Moroder

"Maybe we like our politicians to appear like bumbling oafs. It certainly never did Ronald Reagan or George Bush any harm. The Italians still seem enamoured of Silvio Berlusconi - a man whose entry into a room is less likely to be greeted with the Italian national anthem than by the Benny Hill theme tune." - Rory Bremner

"The happy ending is our national belief." - Mary Mccarthy

"Religion is no more national than conscience." - Victor de Riqueti, marquis de Mirabeau

"War is the national industry of Prussia." - Honore Gabriel Riqueti, comte de Mirabeau

"The National Party is a dying party." - Tony Windsor

"National enthusiasm is the nursery of genius." - Henry Tuckerman

"The National League is baseball to me." - Kerry Wood

"It has become an ongoing national joke." - Charles Thomson

"It has become an ongoing national joke." - Billy Childish

"Overcriminalization has become a national plague." - George Will

"No one can undermine national unity." - Ivica Dacic

"The national team comes before everything." - Lorrie Fair

"I'm doing comedy development at National Lampoon." - Kato Kaelin

"I brought several national projects to Katihar." - Tariq Anwar

"The Internet knows no national borders." - Alan Dershowitz

"I've been proud to be national champion." - David Millar

"The national deficit is not rising." - Ed Balls

"Every war is a national misfortune." - Helmuth James Graf von Moltke

"Gross National Product is our Holy Grail." - Stewart Udall

"National enthusiasm is the nursery of genius." - Henry Theodore Tuckerman

"I watch a lot of 'National Geographic.'" - Ridley Scott

"Global terror does not respect national boundaries." - Vikas Swarup

"I'm doing comedy development at National Lampoon." - Kato

"Our national flower is the concrete cloverleaf." - Lewis Mumford

"It's time for a new National Anthem. America is divided into two definite divisions. The easy thing to cop out with is sayin' black and white. You can see a black person. But now to get down to the nitty-gritty, it's getting' to be old and young - not the age, but the way of thinking. Old and new, actually... because there's so many even older people that took half their lives to reach a certain point that little kids understand now." - Jimi Hendrix

"And, you know, being able to wear the stars and stripes, when you step up on one of the blocks or, you know, when you step off of an airplane or when you hear the national anthem play, you know, it's one of the greatest feelings in the world because you know that there are people at home who are supporting you and watching you." - Michael Phelps

"In my head I actually think my songs are pop songs. I think, Damn, that's a pop song! I can practice in front of the mirror with my hairbrush for as long as I want to. But when it finally comes out, it sounds avant-garde to people. Right up until then, though, I think, "Of course everybody feels this way. This song's the same as the Greek national anthem."" - Mia

"Explain it as we may, a martial strain will urge a man into the front rank of battle sooner than an argument, and a fine anthem excite his devotion more certainly than a logical discourse." - Henry Tuckerman

"NDA not only stands for National Democratic Alliance but is also the National Development Alliance." - Narendra Modi

"National events determine our ideals, as much as our ideals determine national events." - Jane Addams

"The National Organization of Women is the national organization of witches." - Jerry Falwell

"Unemployment is bigger than a political party. It is a national danger and a national scandal." - Ellen Wilkinson

"Modest about our national pride - and inordinately proud of our national modesty." - Ian Hislop

"Mercury pollution from power plants is a national problem that requires a national response" - Tom Allen

"A national debt, if it is not excessive, will be to us a national blessing." - Alexander Hamilton

"Beer is the Danish national drink, and the Danish national weakness is another beer." - Clementine Paddleford

"Capital in the hands of a national government forms a part of the gross national capital." - Jean-Baptiste Say

"The Olympic Games are a national cause, and a national cause calls for a nationwide attitude." - Gianna Angelopoulosdaska

"Let no one ever think for a moment that national debate means national division." - Lyndon B Johnson

"The dissolution of the nation destroys the national religion, and dethrones the national deity." - William Robertson Smith

"Bottom line: A market approach to national defense would give us a lousy national defense." - Timothy Noah

"You can't get closer to the heart of national sovereignty than national security and intelligence services." - Gijs De Vries

"When you say 'state' you mean 'national.' National Socialism. That is what Mussolini and Hitler did. National Socialism. State Capitalism. They've changed the name." - Beck

"The revolution will survive. It does not rely solely on oil for its survival. There is a national will, there is a national idea, a national project." - Hugo Chavez

"I don't think there is a national pasttime. Watching TV is a national pasttime. Really. If there is a national pasttime, it is watching TV." - Michael Lewis

"Michael Jackson National African American Art Examiner Series" - Aberjhani

"We beseech [God] to pardon our national and other transgressions..." - George Washington

"Patriotism is the vital condition of national permanence." - George William Curtis

"The university is the last remaining platform for national dissent." - Leon Eisenberg

"Whoever wants to understand National Socialist Germany must know Wagner." - Adolf Hitler

"Stupidity is a personal achievement which transcends national boundaries." - Albert Einstein

"National security is the fig leaf against freedom of information." - Ralph Nader

"...the facility at Guantanamo Bay is necessary to national security." - Jeff Miller

"The biggest stories in 2005 were the national disasters" - Geraldo Rivera

"Glaciers are almost gone from Glacier National Park" - Donella Meadows

"Chinese national Internet policy is very simple: Block and clone." - Michael Anti

"I will open an era of grand national unity." - Park Geun-hye

"I am not a supporter of buying a national team." - Oliver Bierhoff

"National liberation is necessarily an act of culture" - Amilcar Cabral

"Bless the children, for the national debt is theirs." - Herbert Hoover

"I'm sorry I'm crying again on national television." - Kelly Clarkson

"Writer's make national literature, while translators make universal literature." - Jose Saramago

"I'd like to get into the National Guard." - Dan Quayle

"Peace is a national issue, not only government's responsibility." - Ashraf Ghani

"No sane society chooses to commit national suicide." - John F Kennedy

"We would rather starve than sell our national honor." - Indira Gandhi

"Laughter brings the swelling down on our national psyche." - Stephen Colbert

"The national park is the best idea America ever had." - James Bryce

"Cannon: An instrument used in the rectification of national boundaries." - Ambrose Bierce

"We now have a national reputation for corruption." - Chris Redfern



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