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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1307
AUTHOR: Robert Edward Lee (1807–70)
QUOTATION: True patriotism sometimes requires of men to act exactly contrary, at one period, to that which it does at another, and the motive which impels them—the desire to do right—is precisely the same.
ATTRIBUTION: ROBERT E. LEE, letter to General P. G. T. Beauregard, October 3, 1865.—John William Jones, Life and Letters of Robert Edward Lee, Soldier and Man, p. 390 (1906).
SUBJECTS: Patriotism