Patriotism Quotes

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Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.
Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.
Totalitarianism is patriotism institutionalized.
Patriotism is in political life what faith is in religion.


Patriotism is a kind of religion; it is the egg from which wars are hatched. the only way in which a man can become famous without ability.


Like other idealisms, patriotism varies, from a noble devotion to a moral lunacy.
A true patriot is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins.
You'll never have a quiet world till you knock the patriotism out of the human race.
The love of one's country is a splendid thing. But why should love stop at the border?


No wonder scoundrels find refuge in patriotism; it offers them immunity from criticism.


Patriotism, as I see it, is often an arbitrary veneration of real estate above principles.
My kind of loyalty was loyalty to one's country, not to its institutions or its office-holders.


Americans rightly think their patriotism is a sort of religion strengthened by practical service.


Patriotism, n.  Combustible rubbish ready to the torch of any one ambitious to illuminate his name.
Patriotism is not so much protecting the land of our fathers as preserving the land of our children.
Patriotism is a lively sense of collective responsibility.  Nationalism is a silly cock crowing on its own dunghill.


Heroism by order, senseless violence, and all the pestilent nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism—how I hate them!
Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first; nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first.


Patriotism, when it wants to make itself felt in the domain of learning, is a dirty fellow who should be thrown out of doors.
Patriot, n.  One to whom the interests of a part seem superior to those of a whole.  The dupe of statesman and the tool of conquerors.
No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels.  Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

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


In every age it has been the tyrant, the oppressor, and the exploiter who has wrapped himself in the cloak of patriotism, or religion, or both to deceive and overawe the People.

religion and politics

If ever the time should come when vain & aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin.
There are three kinds of patriots, two bad, one good.  The bad ones are the uncritical lovers and the loveless critics.  Good patriots carry on a lover's quarrel with their country.
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.


Nationalism at the expense of another nation, is just as wicked as racism at the expense of another race.  In other word, good patriots are not nationalists.  A nationalist is a bad patriot.


Of all ennobling sentiments, patriotism may be the most easily manipulated. On the one hand, it gives powerful expression to what is best in a nation's character: a commitment to principle, a willingness to sacrifice, a devotion to the community by the choice of the individual. But among its toxic fruits are intolerance, belligerence, and blind obedience, perhaps because it blooms most luxuriantly during times of war.
How does one hate a country, or love one? Tibe talks about it; I lack the trick of it. I know people, I know towns, farms, hills and rivers and rocks, I know how the sun at sunset in autumn falls on the side of a certain plowland in the hills; but what is the sense of giving a boundary to all that, of giving it a name and ceasing to love where the name ceases to apply? What is love of one's country; is it hate of one's uncountry?

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