Our true nationality is mankind.
Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all other countries because you were born in it.
Nationalism is our form of incest, is our idolatry, is our insanity. "Patriotism" is its cult.
A nation is a society united by a delusion about its ancestry and a common fear of its neighbors.
Born in iniquity and conceived in sin, the spirit of nationalism has never ceased to bend human institutions to the service of dissension and distress.
There is a higher form of patriotism than nationalism, and that higher form is not limited by the boundaries of one's country; but by a duty to mankind to safeguard the trust of civilization.
Nationalism ... is like cheap alcohol. First it makes you drunk, then it makes you blind, then it kills you.
Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind.
Nationalist pride, like other variants of pride, can be a substitute for self-respect.
Blind patriotism has been kept intact by rewriting history to provide people with moral consolation and a psychological basis for denial.
Religion and nationalism, as well as any custom and any belief however absurd and degrading, if it only connects the individual with others, are refuges from what man most dreads: isolation.
Our best destiny, as planetary cohabitants, is the development of what has been called "species consciousness" something over and above nationalisms, blocs, religions, ethnicities. During this week of incredulous misery, I have been trying to apply such a consciousness, and such a sensibility. Thinking of the victims, the perpetrators, and the near future, I felt species grief, then species shame, then species fear.
Nationalism is power hunger tempered by self-deception.
Nationalism is a silly cock crowing on his own dunghill.
Altogether national hatred is something peculiar. You will always find it strongest and most violent where there is the lowest degree of culture.
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