Patriotism Quotes

Patriotism in its simplest, clearest and most indubitable signification is nothing else but a means of obtaining for the rulers their ambitions and covetous desires, and for the ruled the abdication of human dignity, reason, conscience, and a slavish enthrallment to those in power.

Leo Toystoy

Patriotism is a superstition artificially created and maintained through a web of lies and falsehoods, robbing us of our dignity and increasing our arrogance and conceit.

Emma Goldman

You’ll never have a quiet world until you knock the patriotism out of the human race.

George Bernard Shaw

Patriotism is a superstition, one far more injurious, brutal and inhumane than religion.

Gustave Herve

Blind patriotism has been kept intact by rewriting history to provide people with moral consolation and a psychological basis for denial.

William H. Boyer

I saw courage both in the Vietnam War and in the struggle to stop it. I learned that patriotism includes protest, not just military service.

John F. Kerry

Priests are no more necessary to religion than politicians to patriotism

John Haynes Holmes

Patriotism ruins history.

Goethe

Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.

Oscar Wilde

Patriotism is the religion of hell

James Branch Cabell

Patriotism means unqualified and unwavering love for the nation, which implies not uncritical eagerness to serve, not support for unjust claims, but frank assessment of its vices and sins, and penitence for them

Alexander Solzhenitsyn

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

David Starr Jordan

Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.

George Washington

Patriotism in the female sex is the most disinterested of all virtues. Excluded from honors and from offices, we cannot attach ourselves to the State or Government from having held a place of eminence. Even in the freest countries our property is subject to the control and disposal of our partners, to whom the laws have given a sovereign authority. Deprived of a voice in legislation, obliged to submit to those laws which are imposed upon us, is it not sufficient to make us indifferent to the public welfare? Yet all history and every age exhibit instances of patriotic virtue in the female sex; which considering our situation equals the most heroic of yours.

Abigail Adams

The fact that men are naturally quarrelsome is presumed to be an argument against such institutions as the League. But it is precisely the fact of the natural pugnacity of man that makes such institutions necessary. If men were naturally and easily capable of being their own judges, always able to see the other's case, never got into panics, never lost their heads, never lost their tempers and called it patriotism why, then we should not want a League. But neither should we want in that case most of our national apparatus of government either parliaments, congresses, courts, police, ten commandments. These are all means by which we deal with the unruly element in human nature.

Sir Norman Angell

In most poetic expressions of patriotism, it is impossible to distinguish what is one of the greatest human virtues from the worst human vice, collective egotism. The virtue of patriotism has been extolled most loudly and publicly by nations that are in the process of conquering others, by the Roman, for example, in the first century B.C., the French in the 1790s, the English in the nineteenth century, and the Germans in the first half of the twentieth. To such people, love of one's country involves denying the right of others, of the Gauls, the Italians, the Indians, the Poles, to love theirs.

Wystan Hugh Auden
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