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Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel. Samuel Johnson
Political criticism is our enemies' best friend. Bernard Kerik
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
I am not anti-American. But I am strongly pro-Canadian. John G. Diefenbaker
May God save the country, for it is evident that the people will not. Millard Fillmore
We do not consider patriotism desirable if it contradicts civilized behavior. Friedrich Durrenmatt
Truth made you a traitor as it often does in a time of scoundrels. Lillian Hellman
Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind. Albert Einstein
The love of one's country is a splendid thing. But why should love stop at the border? Pablo Casals
Patriotism is a kind of religion; it is the egg from which wars are hatched. Guy de Maupassant
Nationalism is power hunger tempered by self-deception. George Orwell
A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government. Edward Abbey
Nations whose nationalism is destroyed are subject to ruin. Muammar al-Gaddafi
Treason doth never prosper, what's the reason? For if it prosper, none dare call it Treason. John Harington
I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country. Nathan Hale
Patriotism is an ephemeral motive that scarcely ever outlasts the particular threat to society that aroused it. Denis Diderot
A real patriot is the fellow who gets a parking ticket and rejoices that the system works. Bill Vaughan
To make us love our country, our country ought to be lovely. Edmund Burke
One country, one constitution, one destiny. Daniel Webster
There are no points of the compass on the chart of true patriotism. Robert Charles Winthrop
Patriotism without criticism has no head; criticism without patriotism has no heart.. Allen C. Guelzo
We in South Carolina love our country, love our God, love our state, and we also love each other. Nikki Haley
Americans love America, but there was a time after World War II when Americans were in love with America. We were in love with the promises of America. Norman Lear
When France fell before the Nazi onslaught, in the midst of total war, Mr. Churchill offered union with England to the French. That was indeed a stroke of inspired statesmanship. But when it comes to India? Oh no! Constitutional changes in the midst of a war? Absolutely unthinkable ... The object this time is to free India before the Japanese can come and be ready to fight them if they come. They will round up the leaders, round up all. Then it will be the duty of every Indian to put forth his utmost effort—within non-violence. No source is to be left untapped; no weapon untried. This is going to be the opportunity of a lifetime. Vallabhbhai Patel
In the Middle East, a nation whose youngsters are not willing to kill and get killed for it is a nation on borrowed time. It will not last long. Ari Shavit
There was a patriotic fervor and the Administration used it so that if you challenged anything you were made to feel that there was something wrong with that.... And there was even almost a patriotism police which, you know, they'd be up there on the internet sort of picking anything a Christiane Amanpour, or somebody else would say as if it were disloyal... Especially right after 9/11. Especially when the war in Afghanistan is going on. Walter Isaacson
You Gentlemen in particular who have so cheerfully and unanimously embraced the Expedient of a Continental Congress and appealed to them for the Redress of your Grievances and the preservation of your Rights, will, we are confident, nobly disdain every sordid Advantage and temporary Convenience incompatible with a plan suggested by their united Councils. You will not hesitate to prefer to every other Consideration, the great purposes of rescuing Americans from the Chains of Despotism, and handing down to your posterity the inestimable Blessings which are only to be enjoyed in a free Government established on the Basis of Constitutional Liberty. Continental Congress
To maintain this Separation (from England) is to maintain the Religion, Liberty and Property of ourselves and our Posterity; to renounce it is to Sink into the lowest meanness and Slavery. May God remove every such thought from every American Breast! Welcome first the Life of the most uncivilized Savages! Welcome Death itself and everlasting Oblivion to our race! Continental Congress
For all we have and are, For all our children’s fate, Stand up and take the war. The Hun is at the gate! Rudyard Kipling
I don’t think there is anything wrong with singing it in Spanish. The point is it’s the United States national anthem and what people want is it to be sung in a way that respects the United States and our culture. At the same time, we are a nation of immigrants. We are a nation of many, many languages, because immigrants come and bring their languages. Laura Bush
Where the German soldier stands, no other shall put his foot. Adolf Hitler
The resources of Patriotism are inexhaustible. Jose de San Martin
General San Martin will never shed the blood of his compatriots, and he will unsheath his sword only against the enemies of the independence of South America. Jose de San Matín
Mexicans, I dies with honour, and not as a traitor. That stain I will not bequeath to my children and their posterity; I am not a traitor, no. Agustin I; Agustin de Iturbide
As it is for the good of all and the general well-being of the nation, I hereby consent; you may say to the people that I will remain. I will remain. Pedro I
Arise, ye noble citizens, cast out all fear for good or ill, for our brave breasts and arms, shall be the walls that guard Brazil. Pedro I
I love my country but fear my government. Nick Gillespie
Crete is our life. Our blood is its price. Anonymous
The safety of the fatherland and the happiness of the nation require above all that the world should be shown that our army is still the army that had planted its lance in the walls of Vienna. Kemal Ataturk
I swear in front of my mother’s grave and in the presence of God, that I shall not hesitate to join her if this be necessary for the defense of the sovereignty which the nation has won at the cost of so much blood. I deem it a debt of conscience and honor to give my life for the sake of national sovereignty. Kemal Ataturk
Copyright rewards originality, not effort. Sandra Day O'Connor
Mr. Lincoln is the next President. We must try to save the Union. I will go South. Stephen Douglas
I believe there is a conspiracy afoot to break up this Union. It is the duty of every good citizen to frustrate the scheme…if Lincoln is elected, he must be inaugurated. Stephen Douglas
Respect for the law is not an obligation which is exhausted or obliterated by willingness to accept the penalty for breaking it. George F. Kennan
War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things; the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse. A man who has nothing which he cares more about than he does about his personal safety is a miserable creature who has no chance at being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself. Paul Belien
Gentlemen have talked a great deal of patriotism. A venerable word, when duly practiced. But I am sorry to say that of late it has been so much hackneyed about that it is in danger of falling into disgrace. The very idea of true patriotism is lost, and the term has been prostituted to the very worst of purposes. Robert Walpole; 1st Earl of Oxford
He is a poor patriot whose patriotism does not enable him to understand how all men everywhere feel about their altars and their hearthstones, their flag and their fatherland. Harry Emerson Fosdick
Patriotism ... for rulers is nothing else than a tool for achieving their power-hungry and money-hungry goals, and for the ruled it means renouncing their human dignity, reason, conscience, and slavish submission to those in power. ... Patriotism is slavery. Leo Tolstoy
Men love their country, not because it is great, but because it is their own. Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Nationalism is not to be confused with patriotism. Both words are normally used in so vague a way that any definition is liable to be challenged, but one must draw a distinction between them, since two different and even opposing ideas are involved. By ‘patriotism’ I mean devotion to a particular place and a particular way of life, which one believes to be the best in the world but has no wish to force on other people. Patriotism is of its nature defensive, both militarily and culturally. Nationalism, on the other hand, is inseparable from the desire for power. The abiding purpose of every nationalist is to secure more power and more prestige, not for himself but for the nation or other unit in which he has chosen to sink his own individuality. George Orwell Blair
Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the President or any other public official. Theodore Roosevelt
You are, amongst the nations, what Hercules was amongst the heroes, nature has made you sturdy and powerful; your strength matches your virtue and your cause is that of the gods themselves. Maximilien Robespierre
This song is Copyrighted in U.S., under Seal of Copyright #154085, for a period of 28 years, and anybody caught singin' it without our permission, will be mighty good friends of ourn, cause we don't give a dern. Publish it. Write it. Sing it. Swing to it. Yodel it. We wrote it, that's all we wanted to do Woody Guthrie
and if the City falls and one survives he shall carry the City within on the roads of exile he shall be the City Zbigniew Herbert
I think people attack me because they are fearful that I will then say that you're not equally as patriotic if you're not a religious person. ... I've never said that. I've never acted like that. I think that's just the way it is. George W. Bush
I honour my God; I serve my Queen; I salute my flag Australia
The best results in the operation of a government wherein every citizen has a share largely depend upon a proper limitation of purely partisan zeal and effort and a correct appreciation of the time when the heat of the partisan should be merged in the patriotism of the citizen. Grover Cleveland
There is something behind the throne greater than the King himself. William Pitt the Younger
Now, when our nation to ruin's brink is verging, let us speak while there is time! Now, when the padlocks for our lips are forging. Silence is crime! John Greenleaf Whittier
No matter how big a nation is, it is no stronger than its weakest people… Marian Anderson
Anyone who offends with his words or in writing or in any way disrespects the President of the Republic … will be punished with prison of 6 to 30 months if the offense is serious and half that if it is light. The term will be increased by a third if the offense is made publicly. Venezuela
There is nothing more American than dissent. Nick Anderson
National patriotism, in other words, inevitably springs from the instinct to defend and preserve our own homes. Robert Menzies
Please address me correctly as Mrs. Nancy Johnson
I love my country too much to be a nationalist. Albert Camus
If one permits an infidel to continue in his role as a corrupter of the earth, his moral suffering will be all the worse. If one kills the infidel, and this stops him from perpetrating his misdeeds, his death will be a blessing to him. Ruhollah Khomeini
It is sweet and honourable to die for one’s country. Horace; Quintus Horatius Flaccus
What is it. That we can die but once to serve our country! Joseph Addison
Resolved, That the said James Christie is and ought to be considered as an enemy to America, and that no person trade, deal or barter with him hereafter …. That the said James Christie be expelled and banished this province forever … Maryland
There is but one task for all -- For each one life to give. Who stands if freedom fall? Who dies if England live? Rudyard Kipling
Nationalism is a silly cock crowing on its own dunghill. Richard Aldington
You have chosen me from low estate to be your queen and companion, far beyond my desert or desire; if, then, you found me worthy of such honor, good your grace, let not any light fancy or bad counsel of my enemies withdraw your princely favor from me; neither let that stain - that unworthy stain - of a disloyal heart towards your good grace ever cast so foul a blot on me, and on the infant princess your daughter Anne Boleyn
Americans are the pick of the more adventurous and people of all races. George S. Patton
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Fellow Soldiers and Citizens, that I find solid Ground to rely upon the Clemency of our Sovereign, and abundant Conviction that it is the generous Intention of Great Britain, not only to have the Rights and privileges of the Colonies unimpaired, together with their perpetual exemption from taxation, but to superadd such further benefits as may consist with the Common prosperity of the Empire. In short, I fought for much less than the Parent Country is as willing to grant to her Colonies, as they can be to receive or enjoy. Some may think I continued in the struggle of those unhappy days too long, and others that I quitted it too soon. Benedict Arnold
The people of America seem to have lost sight entirely of the noble principle which animated them at the commencement of it. That patriotic ardor which then inspired each breast, — that glorious, I had almost said godlike, enthusiasm, — has given place to avarice, and every rascally practice which tends to the gratification of that sordid and most disgraceful passion. I don't know as it would be too bold an assertion to say, that its depreciation is equal to that of the currency, — thirty for one. Samuel Shaw
As you watch the fire burn these un-German books, let it also burn into your hearts love of the fatherland. Anonymous
If not for patriotism, barren lands would be deserted. Anonymous
I with my beliefs and my weapons will sacrifice myself for my nation… Anonymous
With the use of religious and patriotic formulas, statesmen may sleep amidst the wreck of nations. Henry Adams
Think of your forefathers! Think of your posterity! John Quincy Adams
Our obligations to our country never cease but with our lives. John Adams
If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen. Samuel Adams
Unless our conception of patriotism is progressive, it cannot hope to embody the real affection and real interest of the nation. Jane Addams
What pity it is That we can die but once for our country! Joseph Addison
For God and Country, we associate ourselves together for the following purposes: To uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America; to maintain law and order; to foster and perpetuate a 100% Americanism. American Legion
A traitor to his country commits equal treason against mankind. John Albion Andrew
Let me die in my old uniform. God forgive me for ever putting on any other. Benedict Arnold
A traitor is a good fruit to hang from the boughs of the tree of liberty. Henry Ward Beecher
Ours is a country built more on people than on territory. David Ben-Gurion
There's an element of truth in every idea that lasts long enough to be corny. Irving Berlin
I'm a British patriot. What matters is what is in Britain's national interest? Tony Blair
The future of Canada, I believe, depends very largely upon the cultivation of a national spirit Edward Blake
I don't oppose my own death by firing squad. But that might be letting me off too lightly. Chopping off my head might be better. Chen Boda
Sic temper tyranis! The South is avenged! John Wilkes Booth
Any man who lends his money to the government at the present time will forfeit all claim to common honesty and common courtesy among all true friends to the country. Boston Gazette
Patriotism is a little like strength. If you've got it, you don't have to wear it on your sleeve. William W. Bradley
Patriotism is seen not only the last refuge of the scoundrel bus as the first bolt-hole of the hypocrite. Melvyn Bragg
I know of no more patriotic group than television journalists. Tom Brokaw
There is not the slightest doubt that Lewis is working and has worked during the past two years at least as an integral part of the pro-Nazi fifth column, aiming at a negotiated peace with Hitler, and at the Nazi subjugation of the United States itself.... This is treason. Earl Browder
I found it impossible to prevent two or three companies of the Federal troops from joining in the procession to-day, with the volunteers of the district, without giving serious offence to the tens of thousands people who have assembled to witness the parade.... The troops everywhere else join such processions in honor of the birthday of the Father of his Country, and it would be hard to assign a good reason why they should be excluded from the privilege of the capital founded by himself. They are here simply as a posse comitatus, to aid the civil authorities in case of need. Besides, the programme was published in the National Intelligencer of this morning, without my personal knowledge. James Buchanan
That which distinguishes this day from all others is that both orators and artillerymen shoot blank cartridges. John Burroughs
Though I love my country I do not love my countrymen. George Gordon Byron
You make men love their country by giving them the kind of government and the kind of country that inspire respect and love. Zechariah Chaffee Jr.
Within a week he reversed himself and told me to get President Thieu to go to the Paris Peace Talks. How could he do that to a friend? Anna Chan Chennault
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 K. Chesterton
Disasters impel a nation to rise Chinese Proverb
The best way to unite the country is to have a good national government. Jean Chretien
With all her faults she is my country still. Charles Churchill
Our country is wherever we are well off. Marcus Tulliuis Cicero
I must remind you, Senators, that extreme patriotism in the defense of freedom is no crime and let me respectfully remind you that pusillanimity in the pursuit of justice is no virtue. Marcus Tulliuis Cicero
Every effort to confine Americanism to a single pattern, to constrain it to a single formula, is disloyalty to everything that is valid in Americanism. Henry Steele Commager
Patriotism is easy to understand in America. It means looking out for yourself while looking out for your country. Calvin Coolidge
That one day this country of ours, which we love so much, will find dignity and greatness and peace again. Noel Coward
England, with all thy faults, I love thee still – My country! William Cowper
We believe it is patriotic to protect and save lives ... Worn with pride, country-wide. Jay Critchley
I hope to find my country in the right: however, I will stand by her, right or wrong. John J. Crittendon
It is bad to be oppressed by a minority, but it is worse to be oppressed by a majority.... From the absolute will of an entire people there is no appeal, no redemption, no refuge but treason. John Emerich Edward Dalberg; Lord Acton
Patriotism is in political life what faith is in religion. John Emerich Edward Dalberg; Lord Acton
The man who prefers his country before any other duty shows the same spirit as the man who surrenders every right to the state. They both deny that right is superior over authority. John Emerich Edward Dalberg; Lord Acton
I'm not afraid to make a patriotic speech. There should be more of them. Richard Joseph Daley
Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first; nationalism is when hate for people other than your own comes first. Charles de Gaulle
Our country! In her intercourse with foreign nations may she always be in the right; but our country, right or wrong. Stephen Decatur
God is an Englishman R. F. Delderfield
Our country should be all Canadian and all British. John G. Diefenbaker
Fascism in America will attempt to advance under the banner of Americanism and anti-Fascism. Georgi Dimitrov
The heart of America is right. Everett Dirksen
Our Union must he preserved. Partisan feeling must yield to patriotism. I am with you, Mr. President, and God bless you. Stephen Douglas
There can be no neutrals in this war [the Civil War]—only patriots or traitors. Stephen Douglas
Treason is not own'd when 'tis decried; Successful crimes alone are justified. John Dryden
This House has heard discord and rebellion encouraged and avowed from more than one quarter. William P. Duvall
… all that loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism. Albert Einstein
Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism—how passionately I hate them! Albert Einstein
No man can have society upon his own terms. If he seeks it, he must serve it too. Ralph Waldo Emerson
No political leader deserves the allegiance of what he never created. I can only give my allegiance to the one God. So when my President calls I don’t jump. If his call is not in accordance with the call of God, I do not answer. Louis Farrakhan Walcott
I feel sorry for those who measure their patriotism by how often and how viciously they can criticize our government. John Glenn
He has no right to his life when his duty calls him to resign it. Other men are bound ... to deprive him of life or liberty, if that should appear in any case to be indispensably necessary to prevent a greater evil. William Godwin
I love my country and I am fighting for my country, but if this war [the Civil War] ever ends, I'll be dad-burned if I ever love another country. John Brown Gordon
You believe you are dying for the fatherland—you die for some industrialist. Anatole France; Jacques Anatole Francois Thibault
All are not hunters who blow the [hunting] horn. French Proverb
Nationalism is our form of incest, is our idolatry, is our insanity. Patriotism is its cult. Erich Fromm
I offer neither pay, nor quarters, nor provisions; I offer hunger, thirst, forced marches, battles and death. Let him who loves his country in his heart and not with his lips only, follow me. Guiseppe Garibaldi
Our country is the world—our countrymen are all mankind. William Lloyd Garrison
Where is the black man's Government? Where is his King and his Kingdom? Where is his President, his country, and his ambassador, his army, his navy, his men of big affairs? I could not find them, and then I declared, "I will help to make them. Marcus Garvey
That kind of patriotism which consists in hating all other nations. Elizabeth Gaskell
I desire what is good. Therefore, everyone who does not agree with me is a traitor. George III
It is in vain that we [Jews] are good patriots, even in some countries extreme patriots. Theodor Herzl
Deutschland uber alles. [Germany over all.] August Hoffman
We have seen more than once that the public welfare may call upon the best citizens for their lives. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
Prevent the rise of a "messiah" who could unify, and electrify the militant black nationalist movement. J. Edgar Hoover
It is a sweet and glorious thing to die for one's country. Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori. Horace; Quintus Horatius Flaccus
Saving souls was once the most popular work; but now saving the country takes the lead. Edgar Watson Howe
One of the great attractions of patriotism—it fulfills our worst wishes. In the person of our nation we are able, vicariously, to bully and cheat. Bully and cheat, what’s more, with a feeling that we are profoundly virtuous. Aldous Huxley
As a matter of fact, it is the fascist minded men of America who are the real enemies of our institutions.... It is these men who, pretending that they would save us from communism, would superimpose upon America an equally dreaded fascism. Harold L. Ickes
Political rights have been preserved by traitors. Robert G. Ingersoll
Disunion by armed force is treason. Andrew Jackson
A nation united can never be conquered. Thomas Jefferson
The unsuccessful strugglers against tyranny have been the chief martyrs of treason laws in all countries. Thomas Jefferson
I think it fortunate for the United States to have become the asylum for so many virtuous patriots of different denominations. Thomas Jefferson
Robbery is a crime; rape is a crime; murder is a crime; treason is a crime and crime must be punished. The law provides for it, and the courts are open. Treason must be made infamous and traitors must be impoverished. Andrew Johnson
My course is clear. A British subject I was born, and a British subject I will die. John A. MacDonald
Newfangled and artificial treasons have been the great engines by which violent factions, the natural offspring of free government, have usually wreaked their alternate malignity on each other. James Madison
Together, hand in hand, with our matches and our necklaces, we shall liberate this country. Winnie Mandela
Those are most desirous of honor and glory who cry out the loudest of its abuse and the vanity of the world. Baruch Spinoza
There is no room in the government of the United States for any who prefer the Communistic system. Joseph W. Martin Jr.
A country soon tires of the glories it has wrought. Andre Maurois
[Beware of those] who aim at popularity under the disguise of patriotism. Jonathan Mayhew
The issue between the Republicans and the Democrats is clearly drawn. It has been deliberately drawn by those who have been in charge of twenty years of treason. Joseph R. McCarthy
No solid South, no solid North, save when solid for the flag and the Union. William McKinley
They who have tried to serve their country, no matter how weak the efforts may have been, are sure to receive the thanks and blessings of its people. Thomas Francis Meagher
Brave men, and worthy patriots, dear to God, and famous to all ages. John Milton
In today’s day, patience is a new form of patriotism. Norman Y. Mineta
If someone wants to know which is my homeland, he will not have to look for it. He will have to fight for it. Pedro Mir
The only methods we shall employ will be English ones. The good old English fist. Oswald Mosley
Jihad [Holy War] is your duty under any ruler, be he devout or tyrannical. Muhammad
Pacifism is patriotism. Fiorello H. La Guardia
Canada first, Canada last, and Canada always. Wilfrid Laurier
True patriotism sometimes requires of men to act exactly contrary, at one period, to that which it does at another. Robert E. Lee
If it is decreed that I should go down because of this speech, then let me go down linked to the truth—let me die in the advocacy of what is just and right. Abraham Lincoln
Gold is good in its place, but living, brave, patriotic men are better than Gold. Abraham Lincoln
It is not merely for today, but for all time to come that we should perpetuate for our children's children this great and free government, which we have enjoyed all our lives. I beg you to remember this, not merely for my sake, but for yours. I happen to occupy temporarily this big White House. I am a living witness that any one of your children may look to come here as my father's child has. It is in order that each one of you may have, through this free government which we have enjoyed, an open field and a fair chance for your industry, enterprise and intelligence: that you may all have equal privileges in the race of life, with all its desirable human aspirations. It is for this the struggle should be maintained, that we may not lose our birthright. The nation is worth fighting for, to secure such an inestimable jewel. Abraham Lincoln
Hope is the mainspring of patriotism. David Lloyd George
To me Americanism means not only an opportunity to do better, but an imperative duty to be nobler than the rest of the world. Meyer London
Let us abandon this narrow conception of patriotism, which consists of the doctrine, "My country right or wrong." There is a nobler doctrine, ... "My country must always be right. Meyer London
There can be no such thing as offending national honor. One may offend national pride or injure national interest. Meyer London
There is but one task for all— For each one life to give. Who stands if freedom fall? Who dies if England live? Rudyard Kipling
One Hundred Percent Americanism Ku Klux Klan
This nation has never lived without independence. We cannot and shall not live without it. Either independence or death. Kemal Ataturk
I am guilty of no crime save that of being an Italian like yourself. I have risked my life for Italy, and your duty is to do good to those who have suffered for her Ugo Bassi
In this state there are 200 thousand able intelligent, honorable negroes, not an inferior race, mind you, who are ready to protect their liberty. The matter is in your own hands. Martin Delany
Will President Polk accept one or more regiments of colored soldiers for the great Southern War? Surely, according to Southern doctrine, they are the only persons adapted to that climate? We should like to have an answer from some of the President's friends, we care not of what politics. Martin Delany
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
Those who speak the same language are joined to each other by a multitude of invisible bonds by nature herself, long before any human art begins; they understand each other and have the power of continuing to make themselves understood more and more clearly; they belong together and are by nature one and an inseparable whole Johann Gottlieb Fichte
There is a collapse of public spirit; the victories reported by the Army of Italy have not produced the enthusiasm that the national honor naturally inspires in Frenchmen. Gazette Francaise
We must reconquer Spain … We must give Spain a new unity, a new spirit, a totalitarian polity. … It is necessary to defeat socialism inexorably. We must found a new state, purge the fatherland of judaising Freemasons. … What does it matter if we have to shed blood! … We need full power, and that is what we demand Jose Maria Gil Robles
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
Very thinly-veiled self glorification. Chris Hedges
As against the false doctrine of national patriotism, we uphold the ideal of international working class solidarity. Morris Hillquit; Socialist Party
So, having no hope of reconciliation, and finding no other remedy, we have, agreeable to the law of nature in our own defense, and for maintaining the rights, privileges, and liberties of our countrymen, wives, and children, and latest posterity from being enslaved by the Spaniards, been constrained to renounce allegiance to the King of Spain, and pursue such methods as appear to us most likely to secure our ancient liberties and privileges. Know all men by these presents that being reduced to the last extremity, as above mentioned, we have unanimously and deliberately declared, and do by these presents declare, that the King of Spain has forfeited, ipso jure, all hereditary right to the sovereignty of those countries Holland
The Catholics, so far as I know, whether of native or foreign birth, are willing to fight to the death for the support of the constitution, the Government and the laws of the country. But if it should be understood that, with or without knowing it, they are to fight for the abolition of slavery, then, indeed, they will turn away in disgust from the discharge of what would otherwise be a patriotic duty. John Hughes
We are not able to give approval to those views which, in their collective sense, are called by some "Americanism." But if by this name are to be understood certain endowments of mind which belong to the American people, just as other characteristics belong to various other nations, and if, moreover, by it is designated your political condition and the laws and customs by which you are governed, there is no reason to take exception to the name. But if this is to be so understood that the doctrines which have been adverted to above are not only indicated, but exalted, there can be no manner of doubt that our venerable brethren, the bishops of America, would be the first to repudiate and condemn it as being most injurious to themselves and to their country. For it would give rise to the suspicion that there are among you some who conceive and would have the Church in America to be different from what it is in the rest of the world. Leo XIII
A Zeal for our Country is glorious, but a Spirit of Faction infamous William Livingston
If I go into exile, hope remains with me, because I will preserve my people’s affection, which will live in my people’s hearts forever until my last breath. Francis Rakoczi II
Blind submission to the Administration of the government is not devotion to the country or the Constitution. The administration is not the government. Edward G. Ryan
It is far better to die on the battlefield than live as a slave. Haile Selassie
For 18 months after September 11, it was unpatriotic to criticize the President. That is how he was able to lead us into the War in Iraq. In normal times the proposed war would never have withstood the criticism. George Soros
Here will be preserved all . . . the records that bind State to State and the hearts of all our people in an indissoluble union. Herbert Hoover
Expel the barbarians, and so calm the indignation of the Mikado's divine ancestry. Komei
Honor the Mikado and expel the barbarians! Ilirano Jiro
Japan is not a land where men need pray / For 'tis itself divine Kakinomoto no Hitomaro
My love of country admits of no limitations, makes no concessions…It is …blind, prejudiced and passionate. Alfred Duff Cooper; 1st Viscount Norwich
It is the honor and soul of England which is at stake! Alfred Duff Cooper; 1st Viscount Norwich
Nationalism springs, as often as not, from a wounded or outraged sense of human dignity, the desire for recognition. Isaiah Berlin
The Czechoslovak conception gives the Slovaks an all-State, more universal consciousness. This conception makes us a 10-million strong nation and not a mere 2-million fraction. How is it possible that there should be Slovaks who do not understand this Ivan Derer
To build socialism means not only building gigantic factories and flour mills. This is essential but not enough for building socialism. People must grow in mind and heart. Nadezhda K. Krupskaya
Every man has an idea, of course, that the State from which he comes possesses peculiar merit Romulus Whitaker Zachariah Linney
God puts no nation in supreme place which will not do supreme duty. God keeps no nation in supreme place which will not perform its supreme duty … William McKinley
Awaken a feeling that our ancient buildings are not mere ecclesiastical toys, but sacred monuments of the nation's growth and hope. William Morris
Away with national pride that only raises national hatred August Palm
Soon the princely Marko reached the Moslems, From the sheath he drew his trusty saber, Drove that arm'd vizier, and all his warriors--- Drove them from him---o'er the desert scatters, As the vulture drives a flock of sparrows. Marko soon o'ertakes the flying warriors, From his neck their chieftain's head he sever'd; And the dozen youths his trusty saber Into four-and-twenty halves divided. Anonymous
We have a great nation to help govern. We who are citizens of this great republic are favored children, yet we are all the time complaining; but that is one of the inalienable privileges of an American to complain about his neighbor and government-always crying for a change. But, with all of its faults, this is the best government for man on the face of the earth Benjamin William Arnett
Union or death! Dragutin Dimitrijevic
The object assigned to the work to be done by the people of every class is the preparation for war in all forms of national work, corresponding to the requirements of the present day. This is to be effected through strengthening of the national consciousness, bodily exercises, increase of material and bodily well-being, cultural improvements, etc Narodna Odbrana
Today steady, fanatical, tireless work and again work is required to fulfill the tasks and duties to which we have drawn attention by way of present preparation for the fight with gun and cannon which will come Narodna Odbrana
The relations of our two countries rest on traditional bases, quite other than those with other nations, and are of commanding influence on the whole of the world! Wilhelm II
National sentiments can cause such sinful phenomena as aggressive nationalism, xenophobia, national exclusiveness and inter-ethnic enmity. At their extremes, these phenomena often lead to the restriction of the rights of individuals and nations, wars and other manifestations of violence Russian Orthodox Church
If you avoid dying for the honour and freedom of the Fatherland, you will die a criminal or a slave; die for the faith and the Fatherland and you will be granted life and a crown in heaven Philaret of Moscow
Patriotism is a sham when it lets out the howl that the people of another nation are a pack of beasts and criminals, unrelated to the human family Emanuel Haldeman-Julius
We love our native country, much as it has wronged us; and in the peaceable exercise of our inalienable rights, we will cling to it Robert Purvis
The time has gone by for colored people to talk of patriotism: . . . He used to be proud that his grandfather … fought for liberty in the Revolutionary War. But that time had passed by. Charles Lenox Remond
Don’t get too wrapped up in the flag because every flag is superseded by the cross. Cornel West
I am absolutely certain that George W. Bush did what he believed he had to do, in order to protect his country from the world of evil… The sad thing is that he was so deeply, deeply wrong. Vincente Fox
A Inaugural Address should attempt to unite the nation. Patrick Anderson
Patriotism must not be stored in closets and brought forth for airing only on holidays and special occasions. Patriotism is a living quality that must be nurtured and examined to ensure positive growth. Once matured, it must be strong enough to survive the challenges of criticism, conflict, imprisonment, or personal sacrifice. James A. Burkholder Jr.
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
Sustain the government of the nation wherever you are, and speak well of it, for this is right, and the government has a right to expect it of you, so long as that government sustains you in your civil and religious liberty, in those rights which inherently belong to every person born on the earth and if you are persecuted in your native land, and denied the privilege of worshipping the true God in spirit and in truth, flee to the land of Zion, to America—to the United States, where constitutional rights and freedoms are not surpassed by any nation—where God saw fit, in these last days, to renew the dispensation of salvation, by revelations from the heavens, and where all, by the constitution and laws of the land, when executed in righteousness, are protected in all the civil and religious freedom that man is capable of enjoying on earth Brigham Young
No honest man can doubt for a moment, but the glory of American Liberty, is on the wane Joseph Smith, Jr.
Make my skin into drumheads for the Bohemian cause. Jan Zizka
I do not personally regard the whole of the remaining cities of Germany as worth the bones of one British Grenadier. Arthur Travis Harris
No nation is fit to sit in judgment upon any other nation. Woodrow Wilson
Nationalism ... is like cheap alcohol. First it makes you drunk, then it makes you blind, then it kills you. Daniel Fried
Arab nationalism is not a theory but the source of all theories Michel Aflaq
Nationalism is spiritual and all-embracing, in the sense that it opens its arms to and spreads its wings over all those who have shared with the Arabs their history and have lived in the environment of their language and culture for generations, so that they have become Arab in thought and feeling. There is no fear that nationalism will clash with religion, for, like religion, it flows from the heart and issues from the will of God; they walk arm in arm, supporting each other, especially when religion represents the genius of the nationality and is in harmony with its nature. Michel Aflaq
A day will come when the nationalists will find themselves the only defenders of Islam. They will have to give a special meaning to it if they want the Arab nation to have a good reason for survival. Michel Aflaq
The truth is that we want nothing so much as to be American. I for one would rather that we chucked it all and joined the United States and stop defying the law of politics and geography…. The reality is that Canadians are Americans already without many of the advantages. Mordecai Richler
Being an American is not easy. It is hard. We are required to keep some serious promises. We are judged by a high standard, ones we crafted for ourselves in the founding documents of the republic, the ones that talk about the equality of all people, the ones that tell us that government is of the people, by the people and for the people. We need to live by this, at home and abroad, and it is just about the only thing we can do to face the hatred of those who want to destroy us. Our best defense is to stay true to who we are. Our best defense is to refuse to live in fear, of them, of ourselves, of anyone. Michael Ignatieff
The feeling of patriotism --- It is an immoral feeling because, instead of confessing himself a son of God . . . or even a free man guided by his own reason, each man under the influence of patriotism confesses himself the son of his fatherland and the slave of his government, and commits actions contrary to his reason and conscience Leo Tolstoy
The interests, rights, and liberties of American citizens are no more dear to us than are those of the whole human race. Hence we can allow no appeal to patriotism, to revenge any national insult or injury William Lloyd Garrison
In order to rally people, governments need enemies. They want us to be afraid, to hate, so we will rally behind them. And if they do not have a real enemy, they will invent one in order to mobilize us. Thich Nhat Hanh
Like other ideals, patriotism varies from a noble devotion to a moral lunacy. William Ralph Inge
There are always giants out there trying to strangle the innovator and steal his innovation. Harold Evans
Africanity is foisted upon the migrants the moment they arrive in the West. On the continent, most people in the rural areas live under ethnic categories like Kikuyu, Ibo, Hausa and Acholi. Some educated, middle-class and/or urban dwellers may see themselves as members of a nation like South Africa, Kenya or Tanzania. In some countries like South Africa, which has recently emerged from the crucible of apartheid, national consciousness is still strong. For most, however, "national" consciousness emerges only occasionally during Independence Day celebrations, international soccer matches or at election time. "African" consciousness, however, is a rarity Francis N. Njubi
Arise Americans. Your country and liberty are in danger. Anonymous
If it had depended on me, you should have enjoyed this blessing which you so earnestly desire, the blessing of peace ; but it must be procured by new efforts; the immense sacrifices I have offered are of no avail; I can perfectly sympathize with all that my faithful subjects must endure, but I am persuaded they would themselves recoil from conditions of peace as repugnant to justice as to the honor of the French name. Louis XIV
Church and King Anonymous
All European monarchs ought to be the first servant of the state. Frederick II
When Fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the American flag and carrying a cross. Sinclair Lewis
The primary duty of Englishmen abroad and in the colonies is to attend at all times, the Service and Defense of their King and Native Country Charles I
[Describing England:] In the year 1796, the alarm of an apprehended French invasion reached a great height. The [government cabinet] ministers were suspected, and not without reason, of fomenting this alarm, for the sake of strengthening their popularity, and keeping up the national frenzy against the French republicans, which was now beginning to flag. Richard Hildreth
The Civil war made us a nation rather then an association of states. James McPherson
In patriotism, loyalty, and combat, there are no moderates. Edwin A. Walker
A dangerous idea is gaining currency within a segment of the American populace. If a person does not support the United States-British bombing expedition in Afghanistan, it means that he or she backs Osama bin Laden and the Al-Qaeda Chandra Muzaffar
The major contributing factor to the success of European nationalism has been its projection as disinterested internationalism Marimba Ani
I wished to procure for my country the guarantee which Washington procured for America. To procure an aid, which, by its example, would be as important as its valor, disciplined. gallant, pregnant with science and experience; which would perceive the good and polish the rough points of our character Robert Emmet
Do you remember that night when you gave your country a free trade and with your hands opened all harbors. That night when you gave her a free constitution and broke her chains of slavery while England stood eclipsed by your glory, and your island arose as it were from it and got nearer the sun. Henry Grattan
That the Kingdom of Ireland is a distinct kingdom with a parliament of her own, the sole legislature thereof, that there is no body of men competent to make laws to bind the nation but the king, lords, and commons of Ireland, nor any Parliament which hath any authority or power or any sort whatever in this country, save only the Parliament of Ireland, to assure his Majesty that we humbly conceive that in this right the very essence of our liberty exists, a right which we, on the part of the people of Ireland do claim as their birthright, and which we cannot yield but with our lives Henry Grattan
O, my brothers, love your Country! Our country is our Home, a house God has given us, placing therein a numerous family that loves us, and whom we love; a family with whom we sympathize more readily and whom we understand more quickly than we do others Giuseppe Mazzini
So long as you are ready to die for Humanity, the life of your country will be immortal Giuseppe Mazzini
For what is life but deadly strife / Which knows no truce or pause ? / And what is death but want of breath / To curse their alien laws ? D'Arcy McGee
Amidst all their wrongs the Irish people have hitherto held fast to one sacred right which, though often menaced, has never been betrayed their right to that which has been their sword and shield in doubt, in trouble, and in danger ; their right to that one social blessing that has brightened their past and cheers their future history; their right to that leadership and political guidance through which they have obtained all their rights, and through which—with the blessing of God—they are resolved to maintain them, their right to the free voice and unfettered patriotism of their clergy- a right which they have bought with their blood, and which they will never permit to be sold…to place an interdict upon the clergy- in their efforts to vindicate the social and religious rights of their people- would be the most wicked because the most subtle and dangerous of all the penal laws by which it has been sought to damn and degrade us. George Henry Moore
…for the liberation of Ireland by force of arms Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa
Those of us who shout the loudest about Americanism in making character assassinations are all too frequently those who, by our own words and acts, ignore some of the basic principles of Americanism Margaret Chase Smith
Whether on the scaffold high Or on the battle-field we die, Oh, what matter, when for Erin dear we fall. Timothy Daniel Sullivan
Now on life's dreary plain. We must wait, like the Stoic, Brave, enduring, and strong, Till the soul's strength heroic Bend the fetters of wrong Jane Francesca Wilde; Speranza
Before the gathered people; face to face, That like God's thunder might my words of power Roll down the cry of freedom to its base! Oh ! that my voice, a storm above all storms, Could cleave earth, air, and ocean, rend the sky With the fierce earthquake shout, To arms ! to arms ! For truth, fame, freedom, vengeance, victory ! Jane Francesca Wilde; Speranza
Show me a man who respects the rights of all countries, but is ready to defend his own against them all, and I will show you a man who is both a nationalist and an internationalist. Andrew Fletcher
Nationalism, from the point of view of the Islamic Resistance Movement, is part of the religious creed. Nothing in nationalism is more significant or deeper than in the case when an enemy should tread Moslem land. Resisting and quelling the enemy become the individual duty of every Moslem, male or female. A woman can go out to fight the enemy without her husband's permission, and so does the slave: without his master's permission. Hamas
The most patriotic and American thing you can do is to distrust your government Penn Jillette
Public before private and country before family. Chinese Proverb
I will call any American who criticizes the administration time of war ‘a BAD American.’ Bill O'Reilly
Why do we not celebrate the 4th of July? The Declaration of Independence is just as precious to me today as it was twenty years ago! Has it not the same validity that it had in 1776? Brigham Young
I felt that the last drop of my patriotism had leaked out from the end of my shoes. Jack London; John Griffith London
There were patriots who supported this war and patriots who opposed it. Barack Obama
The American public, not the timeless nature of war, has changed. We no longer easily accept human imperfections. We care less about correcting problems, than in assessing blame. In post-modern America it is defeat that has a thousand fathers and the notion of victory is an orphan. Victor Davis Hanson
Nationalism … may be regarded as the greatest obstacle to mutual understanding between peoples. Albert Schweitzer
Patriotism is a noble feeling insofar as it approaches that which is purely human, but the very reverse the further it is removed therefrom. Klas Pontus Arnoldson
These antipatriotic prejudices are the abortions of folly impregnated by faction. Samuel Johnson
Yet she's only as rich as the poorest of the poor Only as free as a padlocked prison door Only as strong as our love for this land Only as tall as we stand! Phil Ochs
The glory of the nation you love is a desirable end,-but generally to be obtained at your neighbor's expense. John Maynard Keynes
I am no longer a Virginian. I am an American. Patrick Henry
It is high time that we awaken from the romantic self-renunciation which made us admire all sorts of other nationalities while we ourselves languished in shameful bondage, trampled on by all the world; it is high time that we awaken to a healthy national egoism which, to put it frankly, places the welfare and honour of the fatherland above everything else. Wilhelm Jordan
More than two million German soldiers went to their death for the fatherland before me. I follow now my sons - all for Germany. Wilhelm Keitel
There is but one task for all— One life for each to give. What stands if Freedom fall? Who dies if England live? Rudyard Kipling
For citizens to always be ready to defend and to maintain American ideals of public justice and liberty would add to the self respect of the people. It will teach the people to think of their government as a unified and exalted power for good in the world—humane, unselfish, and aspiring. Charles W. Eliot
Monarchy is a species of government fit only for a people too much corrupted by luxury, avarice, and a passion for pleasure, to have any love for their country, and whose vices the fear of punishment alone is able to restrain. Mercy Otis Warren
These People Shew a Spirit and Conduct against us, they never shewed against the French, and every body had Judged of them from their former Appearance, and behaviour . . . which has led many into great mistakes. Thomas Gage
We are to die so that the motherland may live; for while we live the motherland is dying. Casimir Pulaski
There exists only one single German way of life. It is that which is rooted in the enduring core of the people and in a way of work freely offered to the will of the State, a way whose enrichment is being shaped in the National Socialist Revolution. Martin Heidegger
A politician will do anything to keep his job—even become a patriot. William Randolph Hearst
There is one higher office than President, and I would call that patriot. Gary Hart
I think there is one higher office than President and I would call that—patriot. Gary Hart
Have you not learned that not stocks or bonds or stately houses, or products of the mill or field are our country? It is a spiritual thought that is in our minds. Benjamin Harrison
Let us exalt patriotism and moderate our party contentions. Let those who would die for the flag on the field of battle give a better proof of their patriotism and a higher glory to their country by promoting fraternity and justice. Benjamin Harrison
Treason doth never prosper: what's the reason? Why, if it prosper, none dare call it treason. James Harrington
The dictates of a high duty oblige me solemnly to announce that you cannot succeed. The laws of the United States must be executed. I have no discretionary power on the subject--my duty is emphatically pronounced in the Constitution. Those who told you that you might peaceably prevent their execution, deceived you-they could not have been deceived themselves. They know that a forcible opposition could alone prevent the execution of the laws, and they know that such opposition must be repelled. Their object is disunion, hut be not deceived by names; disunion, by armed force, is TREASON. Are you really ready to incur its guilt? If you are, on the head of the instigators of the act be the dreadful consequences-on their heads be the dishonor, but on yours may fall the punishment-on your unhappy State will inevitably fall all the evils of the conflict you force upon the government of your country. It cannot accede to the mad project of disunion, of which you would be the first victims-its first magistrate cannot, if he would, avoid the performance of his duty-the consequence must be fearful for you, distressing to your fellow-citizens here, and to the friends of good government throughout the world. Andrew Jackson
An American is one who will sacrifice property, ease and security in order that he and his children may retain the right of free men. Harold L. Ickes
Our patriotism is neither sectional nor sectarian. We may differ in our political and religious beliefs, but we are united for country. Loyalty to the government is our national creed. William McKinley
The people have borne the additional taxation made necessary by the war with the same degree of patriotism that characterized the soldiers who enlisted to fight the country’s battles. William McKinley
Our flag is the symbol of America. I want you to grasp what America really is. It is more than marks on a map. It is more than buildings and land. America is a living structure of human lives, of all the American lives that ever were and ever will be. Richard McKenna
... no one possesses the less because everyone possesses the whole of it. He who receives an idea from me receives it without lessening me, as he who lights his candle at mine receives light without darkening me. Thomas Jefferson
In the industrial age natural, history and cultural artifacts had more utilitarian functions such as the development of industry and the promotion of patriotism. Miriam R. Levin
You think you are dying for your country; you die for the industrialists. Anatole France; Jacques Anatole Francois
Duty largely consists of pretending that the trivial is critical John Fowles
Treason must be stopped by fair means of foul. Harald Hardrada
A Pole must accept everything Polish, both good and bad,.. Roman Dmowski
Yes Sir, I think that I’ll make it, but I hope to God that I never love another country. Anonymous
I am committing high treason with all my might and means... Claus von Stauffenberg
Every meeting for radical reform is an overt act of treasonable conspiracy against the King and his government England
Patriotism is the trump card of a scoundrel. Thomas Chandler Haliburton
Patriotism comes from the heart. Patriotism is voluntary. It is a feeling of loyalty and allegiance that is the result of knowledge and belief. A patriot shows their patriotism through their actions, by their choice ... Our government should not dictate actions. The United States of America exists because people wanted to be free to choose. All of us should have free choice when it comes to patriotic displays... a government wisely acting within its bounds will earn loyalty and respect from its citizens. A government dare not demand the same. There is much more to being a patriot and a citizen than reciting the pledge or raising a flag. Patriots serve. Patriots vote. Patriots attend meetings in their community. Patriots pay attention to the actions of government and speak out when needed. Patriots teach their children about our history, our precious democracy and about citizenship. Being an active, engaged citizen means being a patriotic American every day. No law will make a citizen a patriot. Jesse Ventura
Greece expects you not merely to die for her, for that is little, indeed; she expects you to conquer. That is why each one of you, even in dying, should be possessed by one thought alone – how to conserve your strength to the last so that those who survive may conquer. Eleftherios Venizelos
So it's home again, and home again, America for me! My heart is turning home again, and there I long to be, In the land of youth and freedom beyond the ocean bars, Where the air is full of sunlight and the flag is full of stars! Henry Van Dyke
You never can say too much in praise of your country and its inhabitants. Two nations in Europe are really almost ridiculous in their own exaggerated praises of themselves; these are the English and the French. Leopold II
Dissidents are despicable parasites Raul Castro
In the name of God We, Muslims and Christians, Pledge that united we shall remain to the end of time to better defend our Lebanon Gebran Tueni
There's nothing noble about dying. Not even if you die for honor. Not even if you die the greatest hero the world ever saw. Not even if you're so great your name will never be forgotten and who's that great? The most important thing is your life, little guys. You're worth nothing dead except for speeches. There's nothing noble about dying. Not even if you die for honor. Not even if you die the greatest hero the world ever saw. Not even if you're so great your name will never be forgotten and who's that great? The most important thing is your life, little guys. You're worth nothing dead except for speeches. Dalton Trumbo
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; … 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 .... Ernest Hemingway
They wrote in the old days that it is sweet and fitting to die for ones country. But in modern war there is nothing sweet nor fitting in your dying. You will die like a dog for no good reason. Ernest Hemingway
I doubt whether patriotism can stand the ware and tear and temptation of the front benches in the House of Commons. Anthony Trollope
Henceforth, I shall never serve any government anywhere. Leo Tolstoy
Like many foreign students when they go abroad, I was instantly thrust into a position of having to explain and defend my country. That is a very common predicament. Shashi Tharoor
I am not a U. S. company and I don’t make decisions on what is good for the United States. Lee R. Raymond
The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield, and patriot grave, to every living heart and hearthstone, all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature. Abraham Lincoln
We live with contradictions all the time. The South in the 1960s were among the most patriotic in the country, yet at the same time it was they who thwarted the Federal Government and resisted the law of the land. Sheldon Hackney
All intellectual property rights are just licenses granted by society because it was thought, rightly or wrongly, that society as a whole would benefit by granting them. But in any particular situation, we have to ask: are we really better off granting such license? What kind of act are we licensing a person to do? Richard Stallman
Nobody really loves America more than black Americans, because black Americans loved America even when America didn’t love us back Jamal Simmons
The man who in times of popular excitement boldly and unflinchingly resists hot-tempered clamor for an unnecessary war, and thus exposes himself to the opprobrious imputation of a lack of patriotism or of courage, to the end of saving his country from a great calamity, is, as to "loving and faithfully serving his country," at least as good a patriot as the hero of the most daring feat of arms, and a far better one than those who, with an ostentatious pretense of superior patriotism, cry for war before it is needed, especially if then they let others do the fighting. Carl Schurz
The cheapest form of pride however is national pride. For it reveals in the one thus afflicted the lack of individual qualities of which he could be proud, while he would not otherwise reach for what he shares with so many millions. He who possesses significant personal merits will rather recognize the defects of his own nation, as he has them constantly before his eyes, most clearly. But that poor blighter who has nothing in the world of which he can be proud, latches onto the last means of being proud, the nation to which he belongs to. Thus he recovers and is now in gratitude ready to defend with hands and feet all errors and follies which are its own. Arthur Schopenhauer
Who is not patriotic cannot be considered Portuguese. Antonio de Oliveira Salazar
You would think that the makers of men’s suits would make a suit for politicians with the American flag already built into the lapel. Andy Rooney
The traditional definition of patriotism was more associated with the military. Now we have broadened the definition to not only service to one’s country, but service to all mankind. John McCain
I had rather take my chances that some traitors will escape detection than spread abroad a spirit of general suspicion and distrust, which accepts rumor and gossip in place of undismayed and unintimidated inquiry. Learned Hand
Patriotism, as the South understood it, meant devotion to one's State, and only a secondary and consequential devotion to the Union, existing as a result of the State's action in making itself a part of the Union, and terminable at any time by the State's withdrawal. George Cary Eggleston
Patriotism, love of country, and pride in the flag which symbolizes country may be feelings which the race will at some period outgrow, but at present they are very real and strong, and the man who lacks them is a useless creature, a mere encumbrance to the land. Theodore Roosevelt
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
True patriotism springs from a belief in the dignity of the individual, freedom and equality not only for Americans but for all people on earth, universal brotherhood and good will, and a constant and earnest striving toward the principles and ideals on which this country was founded. Eleanor Roosevelt
In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot. Mark Twain
...the true patriotism, the only rational patriotism, is loyalty to the Nation ALL the time, loyalty to the Government when it deserves it. Mark Twain
… patriotism is usually the refuge of the scoundrel. He is the man who talks the loudest. Mark Twain
… all experience tended to show that a man must die; and whether he died of a miserable old age in his own country, or prematurely of damp in the bottom of a foreign mine, was surely of little consequence, provided that by a change in his mode of life he benefited the British Empire. John Galsworthy
Un-American activity cannot be prevented or routed out by employing un-American methods; to preserve freedom we must use the tools that freedom provides. Dwight D. Eisenhower
The question whether nationalism, patriotism, the love of the homeland, is beneficial either to the individual or to the human race as a whole is open to discussion. It might be a much better world if this instinct were eradicated. On the other hand, it might be worse. The fact is that the instinct exists, and that, far from losing its grip on us, on all of us, it is becoming constantly more intense, more exacting, more all-embracing…. Nationalism as we know it may pass, but for the moment it is more powerful than any other idea or even than any religion. Raoul de Roussy de Sales
I am proud to have lied. Lying under torture is not easy. In the face of torture, a person with dignity lies. Enduring torture is very difficult ... The pain is unbearable; you can not imagine how. I am proud to have lied, because I saved my comrades from the same torture and from death. Dilma Rousseff
… patriotism is liberty. Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero
The glory of saving a country is not for him who has contributed to its ruin. Jose Rizal
Patriotic smugglers in the War of Independence become unpatriotic smugglers after the revolution. Richard Snyder
If you think of yourself as Chinese, Malays, Indians and Sri Lankans, then Singapore will collapse. You must think of Singapore: 'This is my country.' I fight and die for Singapore if necessary Sinnathamby Rajaratnam
I was born an American; I will live an American; I shall die an American! Daniel Webster
Let our object be, our country, our whole country, and nothing but our country. Daniel Webster
We have an American religion; we do believe in a lot of things together. Christopher Matthews
I would rather have a man that knows and loves what he fights for... than a man which you call a "gentleman". Oliver Cromwell
Liberty Cabbage Anonymous
Every Spaniard who does not conspire with the most active and effective means possible against the tyranny in favour of our just cause will be held as an enemy and a traitor to the fatherland; and in consequence will be inexorably put to the knife. On the other hand, an absolute and general indulgence will be granted to those who pass to our army with or without their arms...Spaniards who render conspicuous service to the State will be treated as Americans...Spaniards and men of the Canary Islands, if you are lukewarm and do not work actively for America’s freedom, you may be certain of death. Americans, even if you have done wrong, you may be certain of life. Simon Bolivar
I am about to die, God calls me... I have scarcely strength enough to support the last days that remain of my miserable life... I see no salvation for the country. I believe everything is lost forever. If there were a single sacrifice I could make - my life, my happiness or my honour – believe me, I would not hesitate; but I am convinced the sacrifice would be useless. Since I am unable to secure the happiness of my country, I refuse to rule it. Further, the tyrants have taken my native land from me and therefore I have no longer any country for which to make a sacrifice Simon Bolivar
Fearing that I am regarded as an obstacle to establishing the Republic on a firm base of happiness, I remove myself from the high office to which you were good enough to elevate me... My one desire has been to contribute to your liberty... The Republic will be happy if, accepting my resignation, you name a president beloved of all the nation... Hear my prayers. Save the Republic. Save my glory, which is Columbia’s. Simon Bolivar
It's time to put country ahead of party. It's time to put the next generation ahead of the next election. Barack Obama
It’s almost impossible to love your country and hate your government. Mark Shields
… a repressed society needs a motivated populace if it is to become politically vibrant again. To be more precise, it needs patriotism, historical consciousness, education, ambition, optimism and, especially, patience. The destruction wrought by totalitarian governments always takes decades even generations to repair. Anne Applebaum
Whistleblowing by government employees is an act if courage and patriotism. Barack Obama
To believe that patriotism will not flourish if patriotic ceremonies are voluntary and spontaneous instead of a compulsory routine is to make an unflattering estimate of the appeal of our institutions to free minds. Robert Houghwout Jackson
Jolt a country’s pride and even the reformers will support the nation Mohamed El Baradei
The struggle is my life Nelson Mandela
There are two kinds of people in America: Patriots and Traitors Samuel M. Ralston
They act like they don’t love their country No, what is it is they found out their country don’t love them Lucille Clifton
I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in in Greek exceptionalism. Barack Obama
I believe in American Exceptionalism Barack Obama
All Soviet People were trying to do something to help the nation. Mikhail Kalashnikov
… the cause for which we fought was higher; our thought wider... That thought was our power Joshua Chamberlain
I don’t know what is happening in Vietnam because the only news sources I have are North Vietnamese. But whatever the position of my government is, I believe in it, I support it, and I will support it as long as I live. Jeremiah A. Denton Jr.
So long as my voice can be heard on this or the other side of the Atlantic, I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. Frederick Douglass
The less justified a man is in claiming excellence for his own self, the more ready he is to claim all excellence for his nation, his religion, his race or his holy cause. Eric Hoffer
If you love your country you’ll find ways somehow to speak out to do what you think is right. Pete Seeger
God is an American Patriot Anonymous
The role of German women in Hitler’s war can no longer be understood as their mobilization and victimization on the home front. Hitler’s Germany produced another kind of female character at war, an expression if female activism and patriotism of the most violent and perverse kind. Wendy Lower
We propose a legal unit of $25,000 a year on family and individual incomes for the war's duration, in return for which union workers would accept non-negotiable Defense Bonds in lieu of all overtime pay for more than forty hours a week United Automobile Workers Union
We must return to the French the pride of being French. Jean-Pierre Chevenement
If you are going to solve America’s problem, you have to go against your best political judgment. Tom Coburn
… disagreement with the policies of the government is not evidence of lack of patriotism. George J. Mitchell
Patriots always talk of dying for their country, and never of killing for their country. Bertrand Russell
Everything I did, I did for my country Pol Pot
Did Lincoln hate America when he voted against the Mexican War? Did Mark Twain hate America when he made speeches against the Spanish American War? If you love your country you will find ways to speak out … Pete Seeger
Italy should be great, respected, and feared. Benito Mussolini
The Serb kingdom, after varying fortunes culminating in the magnificence of Tsar Stephen Dushan, crowned in 1346 as "Emperor of the Serbs and Greeks" with territories stretching from the Danube to Thessaly and from the Adriatic well into what is today Bulgaria, went down at last before the Turkish invasion; the fatal blow was received on the Field of the Blackbirds on the 15th of June, 1389, a day remembered by the Serbs each year through five centuries as a day of mourning--now the national holiday. Hamilton Fish Armstrong
Treason is a strong word but not too strong, rather too weak, to characterize the situation in which the Senate is the eager, resourceful. Indefatigable agent of interests as hostile to the American people as any invading army could be, and vastly more dangerous interests that manipulate the prosperity produced by all, so that it heaps up riches for a few. . David Graham Phillips
I am troubled by American corporations that are willing to give up on this country and move their headquarters for a tax break. Richard Durbin
Our definition of patriotism is often too narrow. Shall the lover of his country measure his loyalty only by his service as a soldier? No! Patriotism calls for the faithful and conscientious performance of all of the duties of citizenship, in small matters as well as great, at home as well as upon the tented field William Jennings Bryan
It must be assumed that members of Congress are just as patriotic as we [the military] are. George C. Marshall
It is always convenient for a self-consciously nationalistic government to cry out against “outside interference” when anything goes wrong. Dwight D. Eisenhower
Patriotism means equipped forces and a prepared citizenry. Dwight D. Eisenhower
There is no way we can go forward except together and no way anybody can win except by serving the people’s urgent needs. We cannot stand still or slip backwards. We must go forward now together. Gerald R. Ford
The religion of Hell is patriotism. James Branch Cabell
You're not supposed 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
I question the Americanism of Henry Ford for accepting a citation [medal] from the biggest gangster in the world…. Doesn’t he realize that the German newspapers, reporting the citation, said all Americans were behind Nazism? Whose side is Mr. Ford on? Eddie Cantor
The politics of Nazi Germany should not be considered the business of the management of General Motors. We must conduct ourselves [in Germany] as a German organization. We have no right to shut down the plant. Alfred P. Sloan
The three most important groups who have been pressing this country toward war are the British, the Jewish, and the Roosevelt Administration. Their greatest danger to this country lies in their large ownership and influence in our motion pictures, our press, our radio and out government. Charles Lindbergh
There’s really no doubt this was a step beyond the normal political jockeying, to interfere in an active peace negotiation given the stakes with all the lives. Potentially, this is worse than anything he did in Watergate. John Aloysius Farrell
I know. Everett Dirksen
Many Americans have a traitor lurking somewhere in their family tree. Carlton F. W. Larson
No bolder seditionist ever moved amongst us as Senator Joseph McCarthy. Richard Rovere
First erected over 166 years after the founding of our city and 19 years after the end of the Civil War, the monuments that we took down were meant to rebrand the history of our city and the ideals of a defeated Confederacy. It is self-evident that these men did not fight for the United States of America, They fought against it. They may have been warriors, but in this cause they were not patriots. These statues are not just stone and metal. They are not just innocent remembrances of a benign history. These monuments purposefully celebrate a fictional, sanitized Confederacy; ignoring the death, ignoring the enslavement, and the terror that it actually stood for. After the Civil War, these statues were a part of that terrorism as much as a burning cross on someone’s lawn; they were erected purposefully to send a strong message to all who walked in their shadows about who was still in charge in this city. Mitch Landrieu
I hsve been called a traitor many times in my career, and it is a badge that I wear with great honor. Amos Oz
… [now football] players want to be politicians and use their fame to lecture other Americans, the parsons of the press corps want to make them moral spokesmen… Wall Street Journal
Trump has opened the door to nationalism in this country — not American nationalism but the white race. Once that door has fully swung open, you can’t close it. Richard Spencer
By "nationalism" I mean the habit of identifying oneself with a single nation or other unit, placing it beyond good and evil and recognising no other duty than that of advancing its interests. George Orwell
Nationalism is not to be confused with patriotism. Both words are normally used in so vague a way that any definition is liable to be challenged, but one must draw a distinction between them, since two different and even opposing ideas are involved. By ‘patriotism’ I mean devotion to a particular place and a particular way of life, which one believes to be the best in the world but has no wish to force on other people. Patriotism is of its nature defensive, both militarily and culturally. Nationalism, on the other hand, is inseparable from the desire for power. The abiding purpose of every nationalist is to secure more power and more prestige, not for himself but for the nation or other unit in which he has chosen to sink his own individuality. George Orwell
The nationalist does not go on the principle of simply ganging up with the strongest side. On the contrary, having picked his side, he persuades himself that it is the strongest, and is able to stick to his belief even when the facts are overwhelmingly against him. George Orwell
Ten or twenty years ago, the form of nationalism most closely corresponding to Communism today was political Catholicism. George Orwell
Indifference to Reality. All nationalists have the power of not seeing resemblances between similar sets of facts. A British Tory will defend self-determination in Europe and oppose it in India with no feeling of inconsistency. Actions are held to be good or bad, not on their own merits, but according to who does them, and there is almost no kind of outrage — torture, the use of hostages, forced labour, mass deportations, imprisonment without trial, forgery, assassination, the bombing of civilians — which does not change its moral colour when it is committed by ‘our’ side. George Orwell
As soon as fear, hatred, jealousy and power worship are involved, the sense of reality becomes unhinged. And ... the sense of right and wrong becomes unhinged also. There is no crime, absolutely none, that cannot be condoned when ‘our’ side commits it. Even if one does not deny that the crime has happened, even if one knows that it is exactly the same crime as one has condemned in some other case, even if one admits in an intellectual sense that it is unjustified — still one cannot feel that it is wrong. Loyalty is involved, and so pity ceases to function. George Orwell
I have a mesage from my boss: [Richard Nixon] ... to give personally to you, Hold on, we are going to win.... Please tell your boss to hold on [not attend the propsoed Paris Peace Talks] Anna Chan Chennault
Many of Israel's leaders are inundated with extreme ideology that is centered around a deep sense of victimhood. Ghosts from the past blind their eyes from seeing that anyone else could suffer from discrimination in our modern state. In fact, the definition of "traitor" nowadays is "peacenik" or even leftist. The Jewish values that inspired Israel's Declaration of Independence are too often less relevant to government policy than the dead sea scrolls. Anat Hoffman