Quotations The Best Quotes About Patriotism  

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

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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 says it. Malcolm X

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I think patriotism is like charity -- it begins at home. Henry James

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

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And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what, together, we can do for the freedom of man. John F. Kennedy

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Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all other countries because you were born in it. George Bernard Shaw

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Let America first praise mediocrity even, in her children, before she praises... the best excellence in the children of any other land. Herman Melville

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Patriotism is an ephemeral motive that scarcely ever outlasts the particular threat to society that aroused it. Denis Diderot

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What do we mean by patriotism in the context of our times? I venture to suggest that what we mean is a sense of national responsibility... a patriotism which is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime. Adlai Stevenson I

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The citizen who criticizes his country is paying it an implied tribute. J. William Fulbright

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A man who is good enough to shed his blood for his country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards. More than that no man is entitled to, and less than that no man shall have. Theodore Roosevelt

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Nationalism is our form of incest, is our idolatry, is our insanity. Patriotism is its cult. It should hardly be necessary to say, that by patriotism I mean that attitude which puts the own nation above humanity, above the principles of truth and justice; not the loving interest in one's own nation, which is the concern with the nation's spiritual as much as with its material welfare --never with its power over other nations. Just as love for one individual which excludes the love for others is not love, love for one's country which is not part of one's love for humanity is not love, but idolatrous worship. Erich Fromm

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"Nation-building is never a 'done deal' confined to history already established." Aberjhani

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When a nation is filled with strife, then do patriots flourish. Laozi

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How much longer are we going to think it necessary to be American before (or in contradistinction to) being cultivated, being enlightened, being humane, and having the same intellectual discipline as other civilized countries? Edith Wharton

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O my Brothers! love your Country. Our Country is our home, the home which God has given us, placing therein a numerous family which we love and are loved by, and with which we have a more intimate and quicker communion of feeling and thought than with others; a family which by its concentration upon a given spot, and by the homogeneous nature of its elements, is destined for a special kind of activity. Giuseppe Mazzini

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He was inordinately proud of England and he abused her incessantly. H. G. Wells

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I do not mean to exclude altogether the idea of patriotism. I know it exists, and I know it has done much in the present contest. But I will venture to assert, that a great and lasting war can never be supported on this principle alone. It must be aided by a prospect of interest, or some reward. George Washington

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Patriotism, when it wants to make itself felt in the domain of learning, is a dirty fellow who should be thrown out of doors. Arthur Schopenhauer

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"When we vote we participate in the construction of a context..." Aberjhani

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You will never have a quiet world until you knock the patriotism out of the human race. George Bernard Shaw

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Patriotism is a pernicious, psychopathic form of idiocy. George Bernard Shaw

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Breathes there the man with soul so dead, Who never to himself hath said, This is my own, my native land! Walter Scott

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If I haven’t fought for my country at least I’ll paint for her. Eugène Delacroix

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My country, right or wrong is a thing that no patriot would think of saying except in a desperate case. It is like saying My mother, drunk or sober. G. K. Chesterton

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My country wrong or right, is like saying my mother, drunk or sober. G. K. Chesterton

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Though I love my country, I do not love my countrymen. George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Baron Byron

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To make us love our country, our country ought to be lovely. Edmund Burke

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God and Country are an unbeatable team; they break all records for oppression and bloodshed. Luis Buñuel

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Patriotism. Combustible rubbish ready to the torch of any one ambitious to illuminate his name. Ambrose Bierce

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Yippies, Hippies, Yahoos, Black Panthers, lions and tigers alike -- I would swap the whole damn zoo for the kind of young Americans I saw in Vietnam. Spiro Agnew

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

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I wonder that we Americans love our country at all, it having no limits and no oneness; and when you try to make it a matter of the heart, everything falls away except one's native State; --neither can you seize hold of that, unless you tear it out of the Union, bleeding and quivering. Nathaniel Hawthorne

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What pity is it That we can die, but once to serve our country. Joseph Addison

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I've seen a lot of patriots and they all died just like anybody else if it hurt bad enough and once they were dead their patriotism was only good for legends; it was bad for their prose and made them write bad poetry. If you are going to be a great patriot i.e. loyal to any existing order of government (not one who wishes to destroy the existing for something better) you want to be killed early if your life and works won't stink. Ernest Hemingway

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Without a sign, his sword the brave man draws, and asks no omen, but his country's cause. Homer

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It is a sweet and seemly thing to die for one's country. Horace

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

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Intellectually I know that America is no better than any other country; emotionally I know she is better than every other country. Sinclair Lewis

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Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel. Samuel Johnson

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A man's feet must be planted in his country, but his eyes should survey the world. George Santayana

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God has given you your country as cradle, and humanity as mother; you cannot rightly love your brethren of the cradle if you love not the common mother. Giuseppe Mazzini

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Whenever you hear a man speak of his love for his country, it is a sign that he expects to be paid for it. H. L. Mencken

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“September 11, 2001: Citizens of the U.S., besieged by terror’s sting, rose up, weeping glory, as if on eagles’ wings.--from the poem Angel of Remembrance: Candles for September 11, 2001 Aberjhani

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Yet some can be patriotic who have no self-respect, and sacrifice the greater to the less. They love the soil which makes their graves, but have no sympathy with the spirit which may still animate their clay. Patriotism is a maggot in their heads. Henry David Thoreau

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Who saves his country violates no law. Napoleon Bonaparte

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The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it NOW deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Thomas Paine

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Everyone loathes his own country and countrymen if he is any sort of artist. Lawrence Durrell

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Patriotism is a arbitrary veneration of real estate above principles. George Jean Nathan

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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