Selected Quotes about Patriotism

Our obligations to our country never cease but with our lives. -- John Adams

How beautiful is death, when earn'd by virtue! Who would not be that youth? What pity is it That we can die but once to serve our country! -- Joseph Addison

Love of country is like love of woman -- he loves her best who seeks to bestow on her the highest good. -- Felix Adler

It is not for him to pride himself who loveth his own country, but rather for him who loveth the whole world. The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens. -- Baha'u'llah

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. -- James Baldwin

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. -- James Baldwin

Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong. -- James Bryce

The love of one's country is a splendid thing. But why should love stop at the border? -- Pablo Casals

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

Executed (shot) for helping allied soldiers to escape from Brussels to neutral territory in Holland during World War I. http://www.edithcavell.org.uk/ -- 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." -- G. K. Chesterton

"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." -- G. K. Chesterton

When I am abroad, I always make it a rule never to criticize or attack the government of my own country. I make up for lost time when I come home. -- Sir Winston Churchill

Men in authority will always think that criticism of their policies is dangerous. They will always equate their policies with patriotism, and find criticism subversive. -- Henry Steele Commager

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. -- George William Curtis

Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us. -- William O. Douglas

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

How I wish that somewhere there existed an island for those who are wise and of goodwill! In such a place even I would be an ardent patriot. -- 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

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

Even if I died in the service of the nation, I would be proud of it. Every drop of my blood... will contribute to the growth of this nation and to make it strong and dynamic. -- Indira Gandhi

What do the nationalists say about killers punishing murderers and thieves sentencing looters? -- Kahlil Gibran

Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country. -- Hermann Goering

Patriotism ruins history. -- Goethe

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

I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country. -- Nathan Hale

I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country. -- Nathan Hale

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

It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace--but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death! -- Patrick Henry

It is not unseemly for a man to die fighting in defense of his country. -- Homer

The single best augury is to fight for one's country. -- Homer

The heights of popularity and patriotism are still the beaten road to power and tyranny; flattery to treachery; standing armies to arbitrary government; and the glory of God to the temporal interest of the clergy. -- David Hume

Every good citizen makes his country's honor his own, and cherishes it not only as precious but as sacred. He is willing to risk his life in its defense and its conscious that he gains protection while he gives it. -- Andrew Jackson

Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel. -- Samuel Johnson

Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel. -- Samuel Johnson

Patriotism does not oblige us to acquiesce in the destruction of liberty. Patriotism obliges us to question it, at least. -- Wendy Kaminer

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

Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country. -- John F. Kennedy

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

Nationalism is the love which ties me to the blockheads of my country, to the insultors of my way of life, and to the desecrators of my language. -- Karl Kraus

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

The notion that a radical is one who hates his country is nave and usually idiotic. He is, more likely, one who likes his country more than the rest of us, and is thus more disturbed than the rest of us when he sees it debauched. He is not a bad citizen turning to crime; he is a good citizen driven to despair. -- H. L. Mencken

We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. When the loyal opposition dies, I think the soul of America dies with it. -- Edward R. Murrow

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

A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends, and when the sound of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance. -- Jawaharial Nehru

Don't be a fool and die for your country. Let the other sonofabitch die for his. -- George S. Patton

To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. -- Theodore Roosevelt

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

My Country! When right keep it right; when wrong, set it right! -- Carl Schurz

The peace and welfare of this and coming generations of Americans will be secure only as we cling to the watchword of true patriotism: "Our country -- when right to be kept right; when wrong to be put right." -- Carl Schurz

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 your conviction that this country is superior to all others because you were born in it. -- George Bernard Shaw

Some men see things as they are and say, "Why?" I dream of things that never were and say, "Why not?" -- George Bernard Shaw

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

Moral cowardice that keeps us from speaking our minds is as dangerous to this country as irresponsible talk. The right way is not always the popular and easy way. Standing for right when it is unpopular is a true test of moral character. -- Margaret Chase Smith

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

If you want a symbolic gesture, don't burn the flag; wash it. -- Norman Thomas

During times of war, hatred becomes quite respectable, even though it has to masquerade often under the guise of patriotism. -- Howard Thurman

Each man must for himself alone decide what is right and what is wrong, which course is patriotic and which isn't. You cannot shirk this and be a man. To decide against your conviction is to be an unqualified and excusable traitor, both to yourself and to your country, let me label you as they may. -- Mark Twain

The government is merely a servant -- merely a temporary servant; it cannot be its prerogative to determine what is right and what is wrong, and decide who is a patriot and who isn't. Its function is to obey orders, not originate them. -- Mark Twain

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

I was born an American; I will live an American; I shall die an American! -- Daniel Webster

The flag is the embodiment, not of sentiment, but of history. -- Woodrow Wilson

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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