Patriotism Quotes


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"It is lamentable, that to be a good patriot one must become the enemy of the rest of mankind"
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"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?"
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"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"
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"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"
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"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"
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"Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism"
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"I distinguish, between nationalism and patriotism"
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"There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured with what is right in America"
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"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"
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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"
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"The tree of liberty needs to be watered from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants"
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"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"
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"Dissent is the highest form of patriotism"
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"A real patriot is the fellow who gets a parking ticket and rejoices that the system works"
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"The most tragic paradox of our time is to be found in the failure of nation-states to recognize the imperatives of internationalism"
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"It was patriotism, not communism, that inspired me"
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"Each nation feels superior to other nations. That breeds patriotism - and wars"
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"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"
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"The love of one's country is a splendid thing. But why should love stop at the border?"
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"It is the patriotic duty of every man to lie for his country"
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"A nation is a society united by a delusion about its ancestry and by common hatred of its neighbours"
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"I have no country to fight for; my country is the earth, and I am a citizen of the world"
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"Patriotism is a kind of religion; it is the egg from which wars are hatched"
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"Patriot: the person who can holler the loudest without knowing what he is hollering about"
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"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"
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"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"
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"The patriot blood of my father was warm in my veins"
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"The proper means of increasing the love we bear our native country is to reside some time in a foreign one"
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"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!"
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"Gentlemen have talked a great deal of patriotism. A venerable word, when duly practiced"