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Quotations: Patriotism

To be a good patriot, a man must consider his countrymen as God's creatures, and himself as accountable for his acting towards them.
Bishop George Berkeley

Patriotism is as fierce as a fever, pitiless as the grave, blind as a stone, and irrational as a headless hen.
Ambrose Bierce

Patriotism is the religion of hell
James Branch Cabell

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

I realize that patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred toward any one.
Edith Louisa Cavell

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

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.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton

All true patriots will meet in heaven.
Charlotte Corday

Patriotism is the vital condition of national permanence.
George William Curtis

Our country! In her intercourse with foreign nations, may she always be in the right; but our country, right or wrong.
Stephen Decatur

Patriotism depends as much on mutual suffering as on mutual success; and it is by that experience of all fortunes and all feelings that a great national character is created.
Benjamin Disraeli

Never was patriot yet, but was a fool.
John Dryden

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

Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism - how passionately I hate them!
Albert Einstein

When a whole nation is roaring Patriotism at the top of its voice, I am fain to explore the cleanness of its hands and purity of its heart.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The people can always be brought to the bidding of their leaders. All you have to do is tell them that they are in danger of being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger.
Herman Goering

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

Patriotism varies, from a noble devotion to a moral lunacy
W. R. Inge

Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.
Samuel Johnson

Patriotism having become one of our topicks, Johnson suddenly uttered, in a strong determined tone, an apophthegm, at which many will start: Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel. But let it be considered that he did not mean a real and generous love of our country, but that pretended patriotism which so many, in all ages and countries, have made a cloak of self- interest.
Samuel Johnson

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

Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Speculations and loans in foreign fields are likely to bring us into war... The war-for-profit group has counterfeited patriotism.
Charles Lindberg

Our heroes are those... who... act above and beyond the call of duty and in so doing give definition to patriotism and elevate all of us.... America is the land of the free because we are the home of the brave.
David Mahoney

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

There seems no reason why patriotism and narrowness should go together, or why intellectual fairmindedness should be confounded with political trimming, or why serviceable truth should keep cloistered because not partisan
Herman Melville

In the United States, doing good has come to be, like patriotism, a favorite device of persons with something to sell.
H. L. Mencken

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

If I were an American, as I am an Englishman, while a foreign troop was landed in my country, I never would lay down my arms--never, never, never.
William Pitt

Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president.
Theodore Roosevelt

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

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

You'll never have a quiet world till you knock the patriotism out of the human race.
George Bernard Shaw

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

In peace patriotism really consists only in this--that every one sweeps before his own door, minds his own business, also learns his own lesson, that it may be well with him in his own house.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I know patriotism exists, and I know it has done much in the present contest. But 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

Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.
Oscar Wilde

You're not 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

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