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Patriotism Quotes
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Patriotism is often an arbitrary veneration of real estate above principles.
- George Jean Nathan

The greater the state, the more wrong and cruel its patriotism,
and the greater is the sum of suffering upon which its power is founded.
- Leo Tolstoy

Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons.
- Bertrand Russell

We do not consider patriotism desirable if it contradicts civilized behavior.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt

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No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels.
Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain
the true duty of patriots.
- Barbara Ehrenreich

I have long believed that sacrifice is the pinnacle of patriotism.
- Bob Riley

The highest patriotism is not a blind acceptance of official policy,
but a love of one's country deep enough to call her to a higher plain.
- George McGovern


 

The very idea of true patriotism is lost,
and the term has been prostituted to the very worst of purposes.
A patriot, sir!
Why, patriots spring up like mushrooms!
- Robert Walpole

Each nation feels superior to other nations.
That breeds patriotism - and wars.
- Dale Carnegie

Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.
- Howard Zinn

I realize that patriotism is not enough.
I must have no hatred or bitterness towards anyone.
- Edith Cavell

True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else.
- Clarence Darrow

Gentlemen have talked a great deal of patriotism.
A venerable word, when duly practised.
- Robert Walpole

Patriotism consists not in waving the flag,
but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong.
- James Bryce

I'm an advocate of the great Dr. Johnson, the English
man of letters who said that patriotism was the last refuge of the scoundrel.
- George Galloway

Patriotism is an instant reaction that fades away when the war starts.
- Mick Jagger

Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first;
nationalism,
when hate for people other than your own comes first.
- Charles de Gaulle

Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.
- George Washington

I distinguish, between nationalism and patriotism.
- Michael Ignatieff

Patriotism is a kind of religion; it is the egg from which wars are hatched.
- Guy de Maupassant

Patriotism is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion,
but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

A man's country is not a certain area of land,
of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle
and patriotism is loyalty to that principle.
- George William Curtis

It was patriotism, not communism, that inspired me.
- Ho Chi Minh

Patriotism is easy to understand in America.
It means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country.
- Calvin Coolidge

The love of one's country is a splendid thing.
But why should love stop at the border?
- Pablo Casals

To me, it seems a dreadful indignity to have a soul controlled by geography.
- George Santayana

I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.
- Diogenes

The patriot blood of my father was warm in my veins.
- Clara Barton

Nationalism is a silly cock crowing on his own dunghill.
- Richard Aldington

I have no country to fight for; my country is the earth,
and I am a citizen of the world.
- Eugene V. Debs

They are patriotic in time of war because it is to their interest to be so,
but in time of peace they follow power and the dollar wherever they may lead.
- Henry A. Wallace

It is lamentable, that to be a good patriot one must
become the enemy of the rest of mankind.
- Voltaire

The tree of liberty needs to be watered from time to
time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
- Lyn Nofziger

The proper means of increasing the love we bear our
native country is to reside some time in a foreign one.
- William Shenstone

I love America more than any other country in this world,
and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right
to criticize her perpetually.
- James A. Baldwin

On what rests the hope of the republic? One country,
one language, one flag!
- Alexander Henry

I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.
- Nathan Hale

A real patriot is the fellow who gets a parking ticket
and rejoices that the system works.
- Bill Vaughan

A nation is a society united by a delusion about its
ancestry and by common hatred of its neighbours.
- William Ralph Inge

It is the patriotic duty of every man to lie for his country.
- Alfred Adler

The average American is nothing if not patriotic.
- Herbert Croly

The most tragic paradox of our time is to be found
in the failure of nation-states to recognize the imperatives of internationalism.
- Earl Warren

We'll try to cooperate fully with the IRS,
because, as citizens, we feel a strong patriotic duty not to go to jail.
- Dave Barry

It is not easy to see how the more extreme forms of
nationalism can long survive when men have seen the
Earth in its true perspective as a single small globe against the stars.
- Arthur C. Clarke

Can anything be stupider than that a man has the right
to kill me because he lives on the other side of a
river and his ruler has a quarrel with mine,
though I have not quarrelled with him?
- Blaise Pascal

137 years later, Memorial Day remains one of America's
most cherished patriotic observances.
The spirit of this day has not changed -
it remains a day to honor those who died defending
our freedom and democracy.
- Doc Hastings

I define nothing.
Not beauty, not patriotism.
I take each thing as it is, without prior rules about what it should be.
- Bob Dylan

If you are tired of partisanship over patriotism,
you need to vote for a change in direction.
- Jennifer Granholm

True patriotism isn't cheap.
It's about taking on a fair share of the burden of keeping America going.
- Robert Reich

Men in authority will always think that criticism of
their policies is dangerous.
They will always equate their policies with patriotism,
and find criticism subversive.
- Henry Steele Commager

The higher American patriotism, on the other hand,
combines loyalty to historical tradition and precedent
with the imaginative projection of an ideal national Promise.
- Herbert Croly

Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.
- Oscar Wilde

It is our conduct, our patriotism and belief in our American way of life,
our courage that will win the final battle.
- Prescott Bush

Patriotism is strong nationalistic feeling for a country
whose borders and whose legitimacy and whose ethnic
composition is taken for granted.
- Michael Ignatieff

When a dog barks at the moon, then it is religion;
but when he barks at strangers,
it is patriotism!
- David Starr Jordan

You're not supposed to be so blind with patriotism
that you can't face reality.
Wrong is wrong, no matter who says it.
- Malcolm X

Unless our conception of patriotism is progressive,
it cannot hope to embody the real affection and the
real interest of the nation.
- Jane Addams

Unfortunately, our history has abundant examples of
patriotism being used to hurt those who express views
in disagreement with that of the majority.
- Vic Snyder

Patriotism is not a short and frenzied outburst of
emotion but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.
- Adlai Stevenson

To believe that patriotism will not flourish if patriotic
ceremonies are voluntary...
is to make an unflattering estimate of the appeal of
our institutions to free minds.
- Robert Jackson

America's state religion, is patriotism,
a phenomenon which has convinced many of the citizenry
that "treason" is morally worse than murder or rape.
- William Blum

Unfortunately, religion, like patriotism,
is easy to misuse for political purposes.
- Kjell Magne Bondevik

I believe patriotism comes from the heart.
Patriotism is voluntary.
It is a feeling of loyalty and allegiance that is the
result of knowledge and belief.
- Jesse Ventura

The mobilisation which Bush has been able to perform
since 11 September 2001 has to be fought -
at least by Americans -
in the name of a wise,
honourable and democratic patriotism.
- Todd Gitlin

Love and business and family and religion and art and
patriotism are nothing but shadows of words when a man's starving!
- O. Henry

Our young people have come to look upon war as a kind of beneficent deity,
which not only adds to the national honor but uplifts
a nation and develops patriotism and courage.
- Rebecca H. Davis

I saw courage both in the Vietnam War and in the struggle to stop it.
I learned that patriotism includes protest,
not just military service.
- John F. Kerry

Totalitarianism is patriotism institutionalized.
- Steve Allen

But presidential approval also became a surrogate measure
of national unity and patriotism.
- Thomas E. Mann

The sight of nature fascinates, the family tie has
a sweet enchantment and patriotism gives the religious
spirit a fiery devotion to the powers that it reveres.
- Bruno Bauer

The heights of popularity and patriotism are still
the beaten road to power and tyranny.
- David Hume


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