Quotes and Sayings about Nationalism



"The beginning of Canadian cultural nationalism was not 'Am I really that oppressed?' but 'Am I really that boring?'"
- Margaret Atwood
(Related: Beginning, Nationalism)

"The papacy again, representing the traditional unity of European civilization, has also shown itself unable to limit effectively the push of nationalism."
- Irving Babbitt
(Related: Civilization, Nationalism, Unity)

"A second characteristic of our time is the prevalence of nationalism. This is still spreading, affecting new communities, more peripheral regions and so-called backward peoples."
- Emily Greene Balch
(Related: Time, Nationalism)

"Every major question in history is a religious question. It has more effect in molding life than nationalism or a common language."
- Hilaire Belloc
(Related: History, Life, Effect, Language, Nationalism, Question, Religious)

"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
(Related: Men, Earth, Extreme, Nationalism, Perspective, Stars)

"I also argued before the war that the administration was underestimating Arab nationalism and Iraqi nationalism, that it was not going to be as easy to rule Iraq as they thought."
- Juan Cole
(Related: War, Thought, Iraq, Nationalism)

"Nationalism - in other words, the dividing of the church into bodies - consisting of such and such a nation, is a novelty, not above three centuries old, although many dear children of God are found dwelling in it."
- John Nelson Darby
(Related: God, Church, Children, Nation, Nationalism, Novelty, Old, Words)

"The sublimated idealism of the Enlightenment, the spirit of the League of Nations and of the United Nations Charter have not proved strong enough to control the aggressive dynamism of nationalism."
- Christopher Dawson
(Related: Control, Idealism, Nationalism, Nations, Spirit, United)

"The negative aspects of Scottish Nationalism are a kind of aggressive complacency, that sort of boasting; but that's an expression of insecurity, I think, of a lack of confidence."
- Douglas Dunn
(Related: Negative, Confidence, Expression, Insecurity, Nationalism)

"Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind."
- Albert Einstein
(Related: Disease, Mankind, Nationalism)

"The times of Arab nationalism and unity are gone forever."
- Muammar al Gaddafi
(Related: Nationalism, Unity)

"Nations whose nationalism is destroyed are subject to ruin."
- Muammar al Gaddafi
(Related: Nationalism, Nations, Ruin)

"Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first; nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first."
- Charles de Gaulle
(Related: Love, Patriotism, People, First, Hate, Nationalism)

"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
(Related: Life, Patriotism, Nationalism)

"The drive toward economic nationalism is only part of the general revival of nationalism."
- Arthur Henderson
(Related: Nationalism)

"I do not believe that the values which the Western democracies consider essential to civilization can survive in a world rent by the international anarchy of nationalism and the economic anarchy of competitive enterprise."
- Arthur Henderson
(Related: Civilization, Values, Anarchy, Nationalism, World)

"In some states militant nationalism has gone to the lengths of dictatorship, the cult of the absolute or totalitarian state and the glorification of war."
- Arthur Henderson
(Related: War, Dictatorship, Nationalism, State, states)

"Corporate nationalism to me is a little bit like what would have happened if Hitler had won. It's scary stuff. It's totalitarianism in a different from, under a different flavour."
- Lance Henriksen
(Related: Corporate, Nationalism)

"I have been thinking about the notion of perfect love as being without fear, and what that means for us in a world that's becoming increasingly xenophobic, tortured by fundamentalism and nationalism."
- Bell Hooks
(Related: Love, Fear, Being, Nationalism, Thinking, World)

"There's a civic nationalism in Britain and dozens of other countries."
- Michael Ignatieff
(Related: Countries, Nationalism)

"I distinguish, between nationalism and patriotism."
- Michael Ignatieff
(Related: Patriotism, Nationalism)

"Bosnia is a complicated country: three religions, three nations and those "others". Nationalism is strong in all three nations; in two of them there are a lot of racism, chauvinism, separatism; and now we are supposed to make a state out of that."
- Alija Izetbegovic
(Related: Nationalism, Nations, Now, Racism, State)

"If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion, or force citizens to confess by word or act."
- Robert Jackson
(Related: Politics, Religion, Act, Force, Nationalism, Opinion, Word)

"In the First World War, there was the sudden passion of nationalism, and the killing took place because of these emotions. But the Soviet case is different, because you had systematic murder, like the Holocaust."
- Ryszard Kapuscinski
(Related: War, Emotions, First, Killing, Murder, Nationalism, Passion, World, World war)

"Christianity has not conquered nationalism; the opposite has been the case nationalism has made Christianity its footstool."
- Arthur Keith
(Related: Christianity, Nationalism)

"In the US, most progressives start to see the differences between internationalism and economic globalization."
- David Korten
(Related: Globalization)

"The main concept is that of an international solidarity expressed in practice through worldwide division of labor: free trade is the principal point in the program of internationalism."
- Christian Lous Lange
(Related: Practice, Solidarity, Trade)

"Internationalism is a community theory of society which is founded on economic, spiritual, and biological facts. It maintains that respect for a healthy development of human society and of world civilization requires that mankind be organized internationally."
- Christian Lous Lange
(Related: Society, Civilization, Development, Community, Facts, Mankind, Respect, Spiritual, Theory, World)

"Hand in hand with nationalist economic isolationism, militarism struggles to maintain the sovereign state against the forward march of internationalism."
- Christian Lous Lange
(Related: March, State)

"On the contrary. Internationalism also recognizes, by its very name, that nations do exist. It simply limits their scope more than one-sided nationalism does."
- Christian Lous Lange
(Related: Limits, Name, Nationalism, Nations)

"Internationalism is a social and political theory, a certain concept of how human society ought to be organized, and in particular a concept of how the nations ought to organize their mutual relations."
- Christian Lous Lange
(Related: Society, Nations, Theory)

"Internationalism on the other hand admits that spiritual achievements have their roots deep in national life; from this national consciousness art and literature derive their character and strength and on it even many of the humanistic sciences are firmly based."
- Christian Lous Lange
(Related: Art, Life, Character, Strength, Consciousness, Deep, Literature, Spiritual)

"It is against this concept of the sovereign state, a state isolated by protectionism and militarism, that internationalism must now engage in decisive battle."
- Christian Lous Lange
(Related: Battle, Now, State)

"Like all social theories, internationalism must seek its basis in the economic and technical fields; here are to be found the most profound and the most decisive factors in the development of society."
- Christian Lous Lange
(Related: Society, Development, Theories)

"Internationalism, illustrated by the Bolshevik and by the men to whom all countries are alike provided they can make money out of them, is to me repulsive."
- Henry Cabot Lodge
(Related: Men, Money, Countries)

"In Europe the right wing is bogged down in Nationalism in most cases and still fighting so called Reds."
- Tom Metzger
(Related: Europe, Fighting, Nationalism, Right)

"Extreme nationalism and Bolshevism have broken up the old world, a new world is in the making. It is literally true that old things are passing away; all things may become new, granted we have wise, unselfish, and determined guides."
- John Raleigh Mott
(Related: Extreme, May, Nationalism, Old, World)

"Independence did not mean chauvinism and narrow nationalism."
- Said Musa
(Related: Independence, Nationalism)

"Patriotism is usually stronger than class hatred, and always stronger than internationalism."
- George Orwell
(Related: Patriotism, Class, Hatred)

"Nationalism is power hunger tempered by self-deception."
- George Orwell
(Related: Power, Hunger, Nationalism, Self)

"But The Same Sea is set precisely in this Israel, which never makes it to the news headlines anywhere. It is a novel about everyday people far removed from fundamentalism, fanaticism nationalism, or militancy of any sort."
- Amos Oz
(Related: People, Fanaticism, Israel, Nationalism, News, Sea)

"Pervading nationalism imposes its dominion on man today in many different forms and with an aggressiveness that spares no one. The challenge that is already with us is the temptation to accept as true freedom what in reality is only a new form of slavery."
- Pope John Paul II
(Related: Challenge, Freedom, Man, Nationalism, Reality, Slavery, Temptation, Today)

"A poet clings to his own tradition and avoids internationalism."
- Salvatore Quasimodo
(Related: Tradition)

"To realize that new world we must prefer the values of freedom and equality above all other values - above personal wealth, technical power and nationalism."
- Herbert Read
(Related: Equality, Power, Values, Wealth, Freedom, Nationalism, World)

"War springs from the love and loyalty which should be offered to God being applied to some God substitute, one of the most dangerous being nationalism."
- Robert Runcie
(Related: Love, War, God, Being, Loyalty, Nationalism)

"Jewish and Palestinian nationalism are virtually contemporaneous, and grew out of the disruptions that created new national movements from the ruins of the old empires / i."
- Jack Schwartz
(Related: Nationalism, Old)

"Palestinian ideology has become a lethal cocktail of radical nationalism and Islamic fundamentalism."
- Jack Schwartz
(Related: Ideology, Nationalism, Radical)

"I don't think nationalism is alone holding the field; it's in contention with a lot of different things."
- Peter Singer
(Related: Contention, Nationalism)

"I believe that nationalism is a very strong force, but there are other forces operating; there are tendencies pushing towards a larger picture, especially in Europe, I think; but I still think nationalism is real."
- Peter Singer
(Related: Europe, Force, Nationalism)

"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."
- Thorstein Veblen
(Related: Dissension, Nationalism, Service, Sin, Spirit)

"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
(Related: Time, Failure, Nation, Paradox)

"Life always rides in strength to victory, not through internationalism... but only through the direct responsibility of the individual."
- Frank Lloyd Wright
(Related: Life, Strength, Victory, Responsibility)