S.A. Bent, comp. Familiar Short Sayings of Great Men. 1887.
[Born in London, Dec. 9, 1608; educated at Cambridge; wrote his first poems, 163237; travelled on the Continent; Latin secretary to the Council of State, 164849; published Paradise Lost, 1667; Paradise Regained, 1671; died November, 1674.]
Letter to P. Heinbach, Aug. 15, 1666; a translation of the Latin, Patria est, ubicunque est bene, quoted by Cicero (Tusculan Disputations, V. 37) from the poet Pacuvius, 220 B.C. The words ubi bene, ibi patria, serve as a refrain to Hückstädts song, Ueberall bin ich zu Hause. Aristophanes (Plutus) and Euripides (Fragmenta Incerta) express the idea in nearly similar terms. Philiskus said to Cicero (Dion Cassius, i. 171), Nowhere do countries confer fortune or misfortune: each man for himself makes his own country as well as his own fortune. Algernon Sidneys motto was, Where liberty is, there is my country.
Well may your hearts believe the truths I tell:
Tis virtue makes the bliss, whereer we dwell.
COLLINS: Eclogue I. 5.
But compare Goldsmith
Such is the patriots boast, whereer we roam,
His first, best country ever is at home.
Voltaire said, Our country is the spot to which our affections cling.
I do not call the sod under my feet my country, said Coleridge; but language, religion, laws, government, blood,identity in these makes men of one country.
Ovid, who bore with so little fortitude his banishment to Sarmatia, wrote during his exile (Fasti, I. 501): The whole earth is the brave mans country (Omne solum forti patria est). Nature, however, uttered a truer cry when she forced from him the confession of the indescribable attraction of ones native land, which no man can forget