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If our country is worth dying for in time of war let us resolve that it is truly worth living for in time of peace. Hamilton Fish

Patriotism is a kind of religion; it is the egg from which wars are hatched. Guy de Maupassant

Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first; nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first. Charles de Gaulle

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, quoted by Tolstoy in Bethink Yourselves

To wish the greatness of our own country is often to wish evil to our neighbors. Voltaire, 1764

It is not for him to pride himself who loveth his own country, but rather for him who loveth the whole world. The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens. Baha’u’llah

A man’s country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle; and patriotism is loyalty to that principle. George William Curtis

If I knew something that would serve my country but would harm mankind, I would never reveal it; for I am a citizen of humanity first and by necessity, and a citizen of France second, and only by accident. Montesquieu

I am not an Athenian or a Greek, I am a citizen of the world. Socrates

The stench of the trail of Ego in our History. It is ego – ego, the fountain cry, origin, sole source of war. George Meredith, Beauchamp’s Career

I couldn’t help but say to [Mr. Gorbachev], just think how easy his task and mine might be in these meetings that we held if suddenly there was a threat to this world from another planet. [We’d] find out once and for all that we really are all human beings here on this earth together. Ronald Reagan, 1985





Yet America is a poem in our eyes; its ample geography dazzles the imagination, and it will not wait long for metres. Ralph Waldo Emerson

This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave. Elmer Davis

I think patriotism is like charity — it begins at home. Henry James

The patriot volunteer, fighting for country and his rights, makes the most reliable soldier on earth. Stonewall Jackson

There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people. Howard Zinn

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Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel. Samuel Johnson

Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it. Mark Twain

Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism. George Washington

America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand. Harry S Truman

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty. John F. Kennedy

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We need a type of patriotism that recognizes the virtues of those who are opposed to us….. The old “manifest destiny” idea ought to be modified so that each nation has the manifest destiny to do the best it can – and that without cant, without the assumption of self-righteousness and with a desire to learn to the uttermost from other nations. Francis John McConnell

Patriotism, the virtue of the vicious. Oscar Wilde

I love America. I love the world. Brotherhood and sisterhood have no borders. My heart orbits the Earth, love cannot be measured in longitude or latitude. Terri Guillemets

I have no country to fight for; my country is the earth, and I am a citizen of the world. Eugene V. Debs

Our country is the world, our countrymen are all mankind. We love the land of our nativity, only as we love all other lands. 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, Declaration of Sentiments, Boston Peace Conference, 1838

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Our flag honors those who have fought to protect it, and is a reminder of the sacrifice of our nation’s founders and heroes. As the ultimate icon of America’s storied history, the Stars and Stripes represents the very best of this nation. Joe Barton

Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few. Winston Churchill

My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth. Abraham Lincoln

We, the People, recognize that we have responsibilities as well as rights; that our destinies are bound together; that a freedom which only asks what’s in it for me, a freedom without a commitment to others, a freedom without love or charity or duty or patriotism, is unworthy of our founding ideals, and those who died in their defense. Barack Obama

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. Thomas Jefferson

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Borders are scratched across the hearts of men
By strangers with a calm, judicial pen,
And when the borders bleed we watch with dread
The lines of ink across the map turn red.
Marya Mannes, Subverse: Rhymes for Our Times, 1959

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

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

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

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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 no points of the compass on the chart of true patriotism. Robert Charles Winthrop

I have long believed that sacrifice is the pinnacle of patriotism. Bob Riley

I don’t want to see the military falling. I want to see the military rising to dignified heights of professionalism and true patriotism. Aung San Suu Kyi

It is our conduct, our patriotism and belief in our American way of life, our courage that will win the final battle. Prescott Bush

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Fighting corruption is not just good governance. It’s self-defense. It’s patriotism. Joe Biden

These fallen heroes represent the character of a nation who has a long history of patriotism and honor – and a nation who has fought many battles to keep our country free from threats of terror. Michael N. Castle

If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under. Ronald Reagan

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It was my duty to shoot the enemy, and I don’t regret it. My regrets are for the people I couldn’t save: Marines, soldiers, buddies. I’m not naive, and I don’t romanticize war. The worst moments of my life have come as a SEAL. But I can stand before God with a clear conscience about doing my job. Chris Kyle

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

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My definition, the definition that I’ve always believed in, is that esprit de corps means love for one’s own military legion – in my case, the United States Marine Corps. It means more than self-preservation, religion, or patriotism. I’ve also learned that this loyalty to one’s corps travels both ways: up and down. Chesty Puller

Every American soldier wants as much public support as he can possibly have. That’s the soldiers on duty in Iraq, and that’s me, as well. We fight better knowing that our people back home support us, back us, and understand what we’re doing. It’s hugely important. John Abizaid

Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first; nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first. Charles de Gaulle

The greatness of America lies not in being more enlightened than any other nation, but rather in her ability to repair her faults. Alexis de Tocqueville

Liberals become indignant when you question their patriotism, but simultaneously work overtime to give terrorists a cushion for the next attack and laugh at dumb Americans who love their country and hate the enemy. Ann Coulter

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A man’s country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle and patriotism is loyalty to that principle. George William Curtis

Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong. James Bryce

This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave. Elmer Davis

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Patriotism is love of country. But you can’t love your country without loving your countrymen and countrywomen. We don’t always have to agree, but we must empower each other, we must find the common ground, we must build bridges across our differences to pursue the common good. Cory Booker

Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men. It is the spirit of men who follow and of the man who leads that gains the victory. George S. Patton

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I define nothing. Not beauty, not patriotism. I take each thing as it is, without prior rules about what it should be. Bob Dylan

Our national motto is ‘In God we Trust,’ reminding us that faith in our Creator is the most important American value of all. Marco Rubio

We live in a time of conflict – external and internal – when we sometimes concentrate too much on what divides us. Today, fly the Stars and Stripes with pride and confidence that what unites is far stronger. Charlie Dent

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The fight for freedom must go on until it is won; until our country is free and happy and peaceful as part of the community of man, we cannot rest. Oliver Tambo

True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else. Clarence Darrow

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You’re not supposed to be so blind with patriotism that you can’t face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who says it. Malcolm X

Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death! Patrick Henry

A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government. Edward Abbey

The patriot volunteer, fighting for country and his rights, makes the most reliable soldier on earth. Stonewall Jackson

You’ll never have a quiet world till you knock the patriotism out of the human race. George Bernard Shaw

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Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all other countries because you were born in it. George Bernard Shaw

A nation is a society united by a delusion about its ancestry and by common hatred of its neighbours. William R. Inge

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

Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind. Albert Einstein, 1929

To him in whom love dwells, the whole world is but one family. Buddha

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Men love their country, not because it is great, but because it is their own. Seneca

Do not… regard the critics as questionable patriots. What were Washington and Jefferson and Adams but profound critics of the colonial status quo? Adlai Stevenson

Patriotic societies seem to think that the way to educate school children in a democracy is to stage bigger and better flag-saluting. S.I. Hayakawa

A private man, however successful in his own dealing, if his country perish is involved in her destruction; but if he be an unprosperous citizen of a prosperous city, he is much more likely to recover. Seeing, then, that States can bear the misfortunes of individuals, but individuals cannot bear the misfortunes of States, let us all stand by our country. Thucydides

Patriotism is often an arbitrary veneration of real estate above principles. George Jean Nathan

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If you are ashamed to stand by your colors, you had better seek another flag. Author Unknown

Love your country. Your country is the land where your parents sleep, where is spoken that language in which the chosen of your heart, blushing, whispered the first word of love; it is the home that God has given you that by striving to perfect yourselves therein you may prepare to ascend to him. Giuseppe Mazzini

My kind of loyalty was loyalty to one’s country, not to its institutions or its office-holders. Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, 1889

He loves his country best who strives to make it best. Robert G. Ingersoll

Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons. Bertrand Russell

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I have no sense of nationalism, only a cosmic consciousness of belonging to the human family. Rosika Schwimmer

To me, it seems a dreadful indignity to have a soul controlled by geography. George Santayana

It is the love of country that has lighted and that keeps glowing the holy fire of patriotism. J. Horace McFarland

[P]atriotism… is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime. Adlai Stevenson

The proper means of increasing the love we bear our native country is to reside some time in a foreign one. William Shenstone

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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

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

But this Veterans Day, I believe we should do more than sing the praises of the bravery and patriotism that our veterans have embodied in the past. We should take this opportunity to re-evaluate how we are treating our veterans in the present. Nick Lampson

Let no American imagine that Zionism is inconsistent with patriotism. Multiple loyalties are objectionable only if they are inconsistent. Louis D. Brandeis

Patriotism is usually stronger than class hatred, and always stronger than internationalism. George Orwell

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For what were all these country patriots born? To hunt, and vote, and raise the price of corn? Lord Byron

When I grew up, I only had two dreams. One was to be a cowboy and another was to be in the military. I grew up extremely patriotic and riding horses. Chris Kyle

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

To me a real patriot is like a real friend. Who’s your real friend? It’s the person who tells you the truth. That’s who my real friends are. So, you know, I think as far as our country goes, we need more people who will do that. Bill Maher

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

If I were an American, as I am an Englishman, while a foreign troop was landed in my country, I never would lay down my arms never never never! William Pitt

Patriotism is not a short and frenzied outburst of emotion but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime. Adlai Stevenson

It is but refusing to gratify an unreasonable or an insolent demand, and up starts a patriot. Robert Walpole

Patriotism is strong nationalistic feeling for a country whose borders and whose legitimacy and whose ethnic composition is taken for granted. Michael Ignatieff

My country has been very good to me; I must be good to my country. Walter Annenberg