PATRIOTISM QUOTES

quotations about patriotism

Patriotism quote

Patriotism is a thing of the heart. A man is a patriot if his heart beats true to his country.

CHARLES E. JEFFERSON, "Ethical Aspects of Conscription and the War"

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Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.

SAMUEL JOHNSON, Boswell's Life of Dr. Johnson

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The essence of patriotism is the sacrifice of personal interest to public welfare.

WILLIAM H. BURNHAM, New Outlook, vol. 90

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What a strange development of patriotism that turns a thinking being into a loyal machine!

EMMA GOLDMAN, "Patriotism: A Menace to Liberty", Anarchism and Other Essays

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Patriotism is a lively sense of collective responsibility. Nationalism is a silly cock crowing on its own dunghill and calling for larger spurs and brighter beaks.

RICHARD ALDINGTON, The Colonel's Daughter

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Those who love their country never wish to rule it.

ABRAHAM MILLER, Unmoral Maxims

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While patriotism is often lauded as an unquestionable value, the status of patriotism is a problem for many thoughtful people. It is particularly troublesome for people who care about the common good but are alienated by the all too frequent use of patriotism and patriotic symbols to stifle debate, tarnish the images of rival candidates, or arouse popular support for aggressive military policies.

STEPHEN NATHANSON, introduction, Patriotism, Morality, and Peace

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We're being sold a brand new idea of patriotism. It never occurred to me that patriotism had to be advertised. Patriotism is something you deeply felt. You didn't have to wear it on your lapel or show it in your window or on a bumper sticker. That kind of patriotism does not appeal to me at all.

SAM SHEPARD, The Village Voice, November 12, 2004

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Patriotism is like religion--it is best when least ostentatious.

CHARLES E. JEFFERSON, "Ethical Aspects of Conscription and the War"

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Patriotism is not the same as nationalism, because love of country is not the same as worship of country.

JOHN CHANDLER, "Do you know the difference between being an American and being a Christian?", Baptist News, March 31, 2016

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Patriotism is a double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood and narrows the mind.

ANONYMOUS, often falsely attributed to Julius Caesar

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Patriotism: Your conviction that this country is superior to all other countries because you were born in it.

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, The Public: A Journal of Democracy, 1910

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Patriotism ... is a superstition artificially created and maintained through a network of lies and falsehoods; a superstition that robs man of his self-respect and dignity, and increases his arrogance and conceit.

EMMA GOLDMAN, Anarchism and Other Essays

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Such is the patriot's boast, where'er we roam,
His first, best country ever is, at home.

OLIVER GOLDSMITH, The Traveller

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Patriotism is one of the unalterable facts of man's nature. It is a virtue if you like it, and a vice if you don't like it.

MAX EASTMAN, "What Shall We Do With Patriotism?"

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

BERTRAND RUSSELL, attributed, The Bertrand Russell Society Quarterly

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

MALCOLM X, speech, January 7, 1965

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Patriotism is proud of a country's virtues and eager to correct its deficiencies; it also acknowledges the legitimate patriotism of other countries, with their own specific virtues. The pride of nationalism, however, trumpets its country's virtues and denies its deficiencies, while it is contemptuous toward the virtues of other countries. It wants to be, and proclaims itself to be, "the greatest," but greatness is not required of a country; only goodness is.

SYDNEY J. HARRIS, Pieces of Eight

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Patriotism is the admission that people who share a land, a place, and a history have a special obligation to that place and to each other.

DAVID EHRENFELD, Becoming Good Ancestors

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Patriotism is the opposite of selfish individualism.

DAVID EHRENFELD, Becoming Good Ancestors

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