Quotes tagged as "patriotism" (showing 1-30 of 464)

“Loyalty to country ALWAYS. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.” 
― Mark Twaintags: patriotismpolitics5296 likesLike

“There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.” 
― Howard Zinntags: nationalismpatriotismwar1233 likesLike

“I do this real moron thing, and it's called thinking. And apparently I'm not a very good American because I like to form my own opinions.” 
― George Carlintags: dissentfreedom-of-thoughthumorpatriotism1190 likesLike

“They wrote in the old days that it is sweet and fitting to die for one's 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 Hemingwaytags: patriotismwar542 likesLike

“I am an American; free born and free bred, where I acknowledge no man as my superior, except for his own worth, or as my inferior, except for his own demerit.” 
― Theodore Roosevelttags: americanismequalityfreedomindependenceindividualitylibertypatrioticpatriotismrespectself-respect414 likesLike

“Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children's children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.” 
― Theodore Roosevelttags: conservationenvironmentmoralsnationalismpatriotismpoliticsvalues403 likesLike

“The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions, it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. ... What country before ever existed a century and half without a rebellion? And what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.” 
― Thomas JeffersonLetters of Thomas Jeffersontags: patriotismrevolutionslogan383 likesLike

“He who joyfully marches to music rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would surely suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, senseless brutality, deplorable love-of-country stance and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be part of so base an action! It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.” 
― Albert Einsteintags: conformitymoralitymurderobediencepatriotismwar370 likesLike

“A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.” 
― Edward Abbeytags: activismdissentmoral-couragepatriotismprotest328 likesLike

“I love America more than any other country in the world and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.” 
― James Baldwintags: dissentpatriotismprotest300 likesLike

“It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen.” 
― AristotleSelected Writings From The Nicomachean Ethics And Politicstags: activismcivil-disobediencegoodpatriotismvaluevirtue284 likesLike

“Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but the democrats believe every day is April 15.” 
― Ronald Reagantags: patriotismtaxation260 likesLike

“In the face of impossible odds, people who love this country can change it.” 
― Barack Obamatags: challengechangecivic-responsibilitypatriotismtrial246 likesLike

“Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official, save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country. In either event, it is unpatriotic not to tell the truth, whether about the president or anyone else.” 
― Theodore Roosevelttags: civic-dutydissentpatriotismtruth-telling215 likesLike

“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time and your government when it deserves it.” 
― Mark Twaintags: patriotism215 likesLike

“Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious” 
― Oscar Wildetags: aggressionnationalismpatriotism207 likesLike

“The greatest patriotism is to tell your country when it is behaving dishonorably, foolishly, viciously.” 
― Julian BarnesFlaubert's Parrottags: governmentpatriotismpolitics200 likesLike

“A love for tradition has never weakened a nation, indeed it has strengthened nations in their hour of peril. ” 
― Winston S. Churchilltags: patriotismwar187 likesLike

“In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language... and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.” 
― Theodore Roosevelt

“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. ChestertonThe Defendant

“The notion that a radical is one who hates his country is naïve 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

“All wars are civil wars because all men are brothers... Each one owes infinitely more to the human race than to the particular country in which he was born.” 
― François Fénelon

“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

“You'll never have a quiet world till you knock the patriotism out of the human race.” 
― George Bernard ShawHeartbreak House

“Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.” 
― Samuel Johnson

“If we really saw war, what war does to young minds and bodies, it would be impossible to embrace the myth of war. If we had to stand over the mangled corpses of schoolchildren killed in Afghanistan and listen to the wails of their parents, we would not be able to repeat clichés we use to justify war. This is why war is carefully sanitized. This is why we are given war's perverse and dark thrill but are spared from seeing war's consequences. The mythic visions of war keep it heroic and entertaining…

The wounded, the crippled, and the dead are, in this great charade, swiftly carted offstage. They are war's refuse. We do not see them. We do not hear them. They are doomed, like wandering spirits, to float around the edges of our consciousness, ignored, even reviled. The message they tell is too painful for us to hear. We prefer to celebrate ourselves and our nation by imbibing the myths of glory, honor, patriotism, and heroism, words that in combat become empty and meaningless.” 
― Chris HedgesDeath of the Liberal Class

“If ever a time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin.” 
― Samuel Adams

“People who enjoy waving flags don't deserve to have one” 
― BanksyWall and Piece

“...It is a proud privilege to be a soldier – a good soldier … [with] discipline, self-respect, pride in his unit and his country, a high sense of duty and obligation to comrades and to his superiors, and a self confidence born of demonstrated ability.” 
― George S. Patton Jr.

“The hand that gives is among the hand that takes. Money has no fatherland, financiers are without patriotism and without decency, their sole object is gain.” 
― Napoléon Bonaparte

“The soldier is the Army. No army is better than its soldiers. The Soldier is also a citizen. In fact, the highest obligation and privilege of citizenship is that of bearing arms for one’s country” 
― George S. Patton Jr.

“In every age it has been the tyrant, the oppressor and the exploiter who has wrapped himself in the cloak of patriotism, or religion, or both to deceive and overawe the People."

(Canton, OH, Anti-War Speech, June 16, 1918)” 
― Eugene V. DebsVoices of a People's History of the United States

“I love my country, not my government.” 
― Jesse Ventura

“Patriots always talk of dying for their country but never of killing for their country.” 
― Bertrand Russell

“Liberty is never unalienable; it must be redeemed regularly with the blood of patriots or it always vanishes. Of all the so-called natural human rights that have ever been invented, liberty is least likely to be cheap and is never free of cost.” 
― Robert A. HeinleinStarship Troopers

“But you know as well as I, patriotism is a word; and one that generally comes to mean either my country, right or wrong, which is infamous, or my country is always right, which is imbecile.” 
― Patrick O'BrianMaster and Commander

“I should like to be able to love my country and still love justice.” 
― Albert Camus

“What struck me as I began to study history was how nationalist fervor--inculcated from childhood on by pledges of allegiance, national anthems, flags waving and rhetoric blowing--permeated the educational systems of all countries, including our own. I wonder now how the foreign policies of the United States would look if we wiped out the national boundaries of the world, at least in our minds, and thought of all children everywhere as our own. Then we could never drop an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, or napalm on Vietnam, or wage war anywhere, because wars, especially in our time, are always wars against children, indeed our children.” 
― Howard ZinnA People's History of the United States

“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

“Today we are fighting Communism. Okay. If I'd been alive fifty years ago, the brand of Conservatism we have today would have been damn near called Communism and we should have been told to go and fight that. History is moving pretty quickly these days and the heroes and villains keep on changing parts.” 
― Ian FlemingCasino Royale

“My old man says when it's time to be counted, the important thing is to be man enough to stand up.” 
― Robert A. HeinleinBetween Planets

“I do not say that children at war do not die like men, if they have to die. To their everlasting honor and our everlasting shame, they do die like men, thus making possible the manly jubilation of patriotic holidays. But they are murdered children all the same.” 
― Kurt VonnegutCat's Cradle

“Today everybody is talking about the fact that we live in one world; because of globalization, we are all part of the same planet. They talk that way, but do they mean it? We should remind them that the words of the Declaration [of Independence] apply not only to people in this country, but also to people all over the world. People everywhere have the same right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. When the government becomes destructive of that, then it is patriotic to dissent and to criticize - to do what we always praise and call heroic when we look upon the dissenters and critics in totalitarian countries who dare to speak out.” 
― Howard ZinnArtists in Times of War and Other Essays

“Young men go to war. Sometimes because they have to, sometimes because they want to. Always, they feel they are supposed to. This comes from the sad, layered stories of life, which over the centuries have seen courage confused with picking up arms, and cowardice confused with laying them down.” 
― Mitch AlbomThe Five People You Meet in Heaven

“Well I won't back down
No I won't back down
You can stand me up at the gates of hell
But I won't back down” 
― Tom PettyConversations with Tom Petty

“They say that patriotism is the last refuge to which a scoundrel clings steal a little and they throw you in jail. Steal a lot and then they make you king.” 
― Bob Dylan

“Identification with the rag called the national flag is an emotional and sentimental factor and for that factor you are willing to kill another - and that is called, the love of your country, love of the neighbor . . .? One can see that where sentiment and emotion come in, love is not.” 
― Jiddu Krishnamurti

“My kind of loyalty was loyalty to one's country, not to its institutions or its officeholders. The country is the real thing, the substantial thing, the eternal thing; it is the thing to watch over, and care for, and be loyal to; institutions are extraneous, they are its mere clothing, and clothing can wear out, become ragged, cease to be comfortable, cease to protect the body from winter, disease, and death.” 
― Mark TwainA Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

“How long have you been away from the country?" Laruja asked Ibarra.
"Almost seven years."
"Then you have probably forgotten all about it."

"Quite the contrary. Even if my country does seem to have forgotten me, I have always thought about it.” 
― José RizalNoli Me Tángere

“My country owes me nothing. It gave me, as it gives every boy and girl, a chance. It gave me schooling, independence of action, opportunity for service and honor.” 
― Herbert Hoover

“One question in my mind, which I hardly dare mention in public, is whether patriotism has, overall, been a force for good or evil in the world. Patriotism is rampant in war and there are some good things about it. Just as self-respect and pride bring out the best in an individual, pride in family, pride in teammates, pride in hometown bring out the best in groups of people. War brings out the kind of pride in country that encourages its citizens in the direction of excellence and it encourages them to be ready to die for it. At no time do people work so well together to achieve the same goal as they do in wartime. Maybe that's enough to make patriotism eligible to be considered a virtue. If only I could get out of my mind the most patriotic people who ever lived, the Nazi Germans.” 
― Andy RooneyMy War

“Unhappy the land that is in need of heroes” 
― Bertolt BrechtGalileo

“What is patriotism but the love of the food one ate as a child?” 
― Lin Yutang

“Be proud of your people when you don't have to be ashamed of any of its social classes.” 
― Adolf HitlerMein Kampf

“There are two kinds of patriotism -- monarchical patriotism and republican patriotism. In the one case the government and the king may rightfully furnish you their notions of patriotism; in the other, neither the government nor the entire nation is privileged to dictate to any individual what the form of his patriotism shall be. The gospel of the monarchical patriotism is: "The King can do no wrong." We have adopted it with all its servility, with an unimportant change in the wording: "Our country, right or wrong!" We have thrown away the most valuable asset we had:-- the individual's right to oppose both flag and country when he (just he, by himself) believed them to be in the wrong. We have thrown it away; and with it all that was really respectable about that grotesque and laughable word, Patriotism.” 
― Mark Twain

“Patriotism has nothing to do with Conservatism. It is actually the opposite of Conservatism, since it is a devotion to something that is always changing and yet is felt to be mystically the same.” 
― George Orwell

“India has known the innocence and insouciance of childhood, the passion and abandon of youth, and the ripe wisdom of maturity that comes from long experience of pain and pleasure; and over and over a gain she has renewed her childhood and youth and age” 
― Jawaharlal NehruThe Discovery of India

“How does one hate a country, or love one?... I know people, I know towns, farms, hills and rivers and rocks, I know how the sun at sunset in autumn falls on the side of a certain plowland in the hills; but what is the sense of giving a boundary to all that, of giving a name and ceasing to love where the name ceases to apply? What is the love of one's country; is it hate of one's uncountry? Then it's not a good thing.” 
― Ursula K. Le GuinThe Left Hand of Darkness

“A regime that wraps itself in the flag of truth fears truth most of all, for if its story is falsified to the slightest degree, its authority is gone.” 
― Orson Scott CardPathfinder

“We need to revitalize the American spirit. People are always asking ‘What would the founding fathers do,’ but I have yet to witness a single séance.” 
― BauvardSome Inspiration for the Overenthusiastic