Patriotism Quotes

Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.
– George Washington
It is the patriotic duty of every man to lie for his country.
– Alfred Adler
Totalitarianism is patriotism institutionalized.
– Steve Allen
Nationalism is a silly cock crowing on his own dunghill.
– Richard Aldington
We'll try to cooperate fully with the IRS, because, as citizens, we feel a strong patriotic duty not to go to jail.
– Dave Barry
Across the country military families are facing dire financial circumstances due to longer than expected tours of duties. They are being penalized for their patriotism - no one should have to choose between doing right by their country and doing right by their families.
– Evan Bayh
Patriotism is usually stronger than class hatred, and always stronger than internationalism.
– Eric Blair
Unfortunately, religion, like patriotism, is easy to misuse for political purposes.
– Kjell Magne Bondevik
Next to the love of God, the love of country is the best preventive of crime.
– George Borrow
For a writer only one form of patriotism exists: his attitude toward language.
– Joseph Brodsky
Each nation feels superior to other nations. That breeds patriotism - and wars.
– Dale Carnegie
The love of one's country is a splendid thing. But why should love stop at the border?
– Pablo Casals
It is not easy to see how the more extreme forms of nationalism can long survive when men have seen the Earth in its true perspective as a single small globe against the stars.
– Arthur C. Clarke
Patriotism is easy to understand in America. It means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country.
– Calvin Coolidge
True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else.
– Clarence Darrow
I have no country to fight for; my country is the earth, and I am a citizen of the world.
– Eugene V. Debs
I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.
– Diogenes the Cynic
I define nothing. Not beauty, not patriotism. I take each thing as it is, without prior rules about what it should be.
– Bob Dylan
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
Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism - how passionately I hate them!
– Albert Einstein
Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind.
– Albert Einstein
Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first; nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first.
– Charles de Gaulle
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
It seems that American patriotism measures itself against an outcast group. The right Americans are the right Americans because they're not like the wrong Americans, who are not really Americans.
– E. J. Hobsbawm
When a dog barks at the moon, then it is religion; but when he barks at strangers, it is patriotism!
– David Starr Jordan
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
Our government has kept us in a perpetual state of fear - kept us in a continuous stampede of patriotic fervor - with the cry of grave national emergency.
– General Douglas MacArthur
We need a type of patriotism that recognizes the virtues of those who are opposed to us.
– Francis John McConnell
Patriotism has served, at different times, as widely different ends as a razor, which ought to be used in keeping your face clean and yet may be used to cut your own throat or that of an innocent person.
– C. E. Montague
Americans admire a people who can scratch a desert and produce a garden. The Israelis have shown qualities that Americans identify with: guts, patriotism, idealism, a passion for freedom. I have seen it. I know. I believe that.
– Richard Milhous Nixon
Can anything be stupider than that a man has the right to kill me because he lives on the other side of a river and his ruler has a quarrel with mine, though I have not quarrelled with him?
– Blaise Pascal
Every man who has shown the world the way to beauty, to true culture, has been a rebel, a 'universal' without patriotism, without home, who has found his people everywhere.
– Chaim Potok
Patriot: the person who can holler the loudest without knowing what he is hollering about.
– Mark Twain
A real patriot is the fellow who gets a parking ticket and rejoices that the system works.
– Bill Vaughan
Patriotism is voluntary. It is a feeling of loyalty and allegiance that is the result of knowledge and belief. A patriot shows their their patriotism through their actions, by their choice.
– Jesse Ventura
It is lamentable, that to be a good patriot one must become the enemy of the rest of mankind.
– Voltaire
The most tragic paradox of our time is to be found in the failure of nation-states to recognize the imperatives of internationalism.
– Earl Warren
Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.
– Oscar Wilde
My films are always concerned with family, friendship, honor, and patriotism.
– John Woo
Intellectually, I know that America is no better than any other country; emotionally I know she is better than every other country.
– Sinclair Lewis
You'll never have a quiet world till you knock the patriotism out of the human race.
– George Bernard Shaw
I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.
– Socrates
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 who says it.
– Malcolm X
Well, the post office is probably not the place you want to go if you want to be infused with patriotism and a renewed sense of vigor.
– Adam Carolla
We do not consider patriotism desirable if it contradicts civilized behavior.
– Friedrich Durrenmatt
Unfortunately, our history has abundant examples of patriotism being used to hurt those who express views in disagreement with that of the majority.
– Vic Snyder
Unfortunately, after Sept. 11, there was an outburst in America of intense suffering and patriotism, and the Bush administration was very shrewd and effective in painting anyone who disagreed with the policies as unpatriotic or even traitorous.
– Jimmy Carter
True patriotism isn't cheap. It's about taking on a fair share of the burden of keeping America going.
– Robert Reich
To me, it seems a dreadful indignity to have a soul controlled by geography.
– George Santayana
To believe that patriotism will not flourish if patriotic ceremonies are voluntary... is to make an unflattering estimate of the appeal of our institutions to free minds.
– Robert Jackson
They are patriotic in time of war because it is to their interest to be so, but in time of peace they follow power and the dollar wherever they may lead.
– Henry A. Wallace
These martyrs of patriotism gave their lives for an idea.
– Schuyler Colfax
There's intense national feeling in America that could be called patriotism.
– Michael Ignatieff
There is no patriotic obligation to help advance the career of a politician who is otherwise pursuing interests that are fundamentally antithetical to your values. That's not the call of patriotism.
– John Bolton
There is a real patriotism underneath the best of my music but it is a critical, questioning and often angry patriotism.
– Bruce Springsteen
There is a fuzzy but real distinction that can and I believe should be made, between patriotism, which is attachment to a way of life, and nationalism, which is the insistence that your way of life deserves to rule over other ways of life.
– Todd Gitlin
There are those who wrap themselves in flags and blow the tinny trumpet of patriotism as a means of fooling the people.
– George Galloway
There are others who aim at popularity under the disguise of patriotism.
– Jonathan Mayhew
There are no points of the compass on the chart of true patriotism.
– Robert Charles Winthrop
The very idea of true patriotism is lost, and the term has been prostituted to the very worst of purposes. A patriot, sir! Why, patriots spring up like mushrooms!
– Robert Walpole
The values, the programs, the formula, the determination, and the patriotism responsible for America's past success are still here to be tapped.
– Michael Mandelbaum
The tree of liberty needs to be watered from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
– Lyn Nofziger
The sight of nature fascinates, the family tie has a sweet enchantment and patriotism gives the religious spirit a fiery devotion to the powers that it reveres.
– Bruno Bauer
The proper means of increasing the love we bear our native country is to reside some time in a foreign one.
– William Shenstone
The patriot blood of my father was warm in my veins.
– Clara Barton
The music industry's actions at the time of 9/11 and since have been actions driven by patriotism in most instances, and greed and stupidity to a lesser degree. Sounds like real life doesn't it?
– Ronnie James Dio
The mobilisation which Bush has been able to perform since 11 September 2001 has to be fought - at least by Americans - in the name of a wise, honourable and democratic patriotism.
– Todd Gitlin
The higher American patriotism, on the other hand, combines loyalty to historical tradition and precedent with the imaginative projection of an ideal national Promise.
– Herbert Croly
The aspects of patriotism that hush dissent, encourage going along, and sanction comfortable distancing and compliance with what is indecent and unacceptable... those aspects are too fundamental to ignore or gloss over.
– Bernadine Dohrn
Some versions of patriotism come close to the tribal, which we all want to surpass, and some don't.
– Todd Gitlin
Patriotism. Combustible rubbish ready to the torch of any one ambitious to illuminate his name.
– Ambrose Bierce
Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel.
– Samuel Johnson
Patriotism is the religion of hell.
– James Branch Cabell
Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons.
– Bertrand Russell
Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all others because you were born in it.
– George Bernard Shaw
Patriotism must be founded on great principals and supported by great virtue.
– Henry Bolingbroke
Patriotism is strong nationalistic feeling for a country whose borders and whose legitimacy and whose ethnic composition is taken for granted.
– Michael Ignatieff
Patriotism is often an arbitrary veneration of real estate above principles.
– George Jean Nathan
Patriotism is considered to be an emotion a person ought to feel. But why? Why is it nobler to love your own country than to love someone else's?
– Wallace Shawn
Patriotism is not a short and frenzied outburst of emotion but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.
– Adlai Stevenson
Patriotism is an ephemeral motive that scarcely ever outlasts the particular threat to society that aroused it.
– Denis Diderot
Patriotism is an indispensable weapon in the defense of civilization against barbarism.
– Bill Kristol
Patriotism is an instant reaction that fades away when the war starts.
– Mick Jagger
Patriotism is best exemplified through auto-critique.
– Henry Louis Gates
Patriotism in America, as I understand it, is a matter of suffering, when the country fails to live up to its promises, or actively betrays them.
– Greil Marcus
Our platform calls for a balanced deficit reduction plan where the wealthy pay their fair share. And when your country is in a costly war, with our soldiers sacrificing abroad and our nation facing a debt crisis at home, being asked to pay your fair share isn't class warfare - it's patriotism.
– Cory Booker
One tell-tale sign of a Wingnut: they always confuse partisanship with patriotism.
– John Avlon
Obama has been attacked repeatedly for not wearing a flag pin, with Republicans claiming that his patriotism is in question. It's all a bit silly.
– Will Thomas
My commitment to the Republican movement was pure and simply patriotism, a love of Australia... a desire or passion that all of our national symbols should be unequivocally and unambiguously Australian.
– Malcolm Turnbull
Most Italians who came to this country are very patriotic. There was this exciting possibility that if you worked real hard, and you loved something, you could become successful.
– Francis Ford Coppola
Men in authority will always think that criticism of their policies is dangerous. They will always equate their policies with patriotism, and find criticism subversive.
– Henry Steele Commager
Let's give some substance to patriotism. It may take a generation.
– Richard Dreyfuss
Jews have had to carry around their own sense of self in a carpet bag and I think perhaps too much emphasis might be being put on nationality and on the other hand patriotism, that sort of thing.
– Janet Suzman
It was patriotism, not communism, that inspired me.
– Ho Chi Minh
It is not the Government, the members of Parliament to whom the ultimate decision belongs, it is up to you to go forward sure of your sacred right of free opinion, sure of your patriotism.
– John Amery
In every society in human history, including the United States, those in power seek to imbue themselves with the attributes of religion and patriotism as a way of getting greater support for their policy and insulating themselves from any criticism.
– George J. Mitchell
In all her history, from the formation of the federal government until the hour of secession, no year stands out more prominently than the year 1858 as evidencing the national patriotism of Virginia.
– John Sergeant Wise
In 'The King's Speech,' patriotism is utterly contained within a historical moment, the third of September, 1939, where the aggressor is clear, the fight is clear, it hasn't become complicated over time.
– Tom Hooper
If you are tired of partisanship over patriotism, you need to vote for a change in direction.
– Jennifer Granholm
If terror groups are to be defeated, it is national governments that will have to do so. In nations like India, governments will have to call on the patriotism of citizens to fight the terrorists. In a nation like Pakistan, the government will have to be persuaded to deal with those in their midst who are complicit.
– Bill Kristol