Quotes and Sayings about Patriotism



"Totalitarianism is patriotism institutionalized."
- Steve Allen
(Related: Patriotism)

"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
(Related: Patriotism, Government, Decision, Opinion, Parliament, Right)

"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
(Related: Family, Nature, Patriotism, Devotion, Religious, Sight, Spirit)

"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
(Related: Patriotism, Financial, Being, Circumstances, Country, Military, Right)

"Patriotism. Combustible rubbish ready to the torch of any one ambitious to illuminate his name."
- Ambrose Bierce
(Related: Patriotism, Name)

"What this country needs what every country needs occasionally is a good hard bloody war to revive the vice of patriotism on which its existence as a nation depends."
- Ambrose Bierce
(Related: Patriotism, War, Country, Existence, Nation, Needs, Vice)

"America's state religion, is patriotism, a phenomenon which has convinced many of the citizenry that "treason" is morally worse than murder or rape."
- William Blum
(Related: Patriotism, Religion, America, Murder, State)

"Patriotism must be founded on great principals and supported by great virtue."
- Henry Bolingbroke
(Related: Patriotism, Virtue)

"Unfortunately, religion, like patriotism, is easy to misuse for political purposes."
- Kjell Magne Bondevik
(Related: Patriotism, Religion)

"But my patriotism goes for something beyond what we have. We don't have something that I want to die for - anymore."
- Jack Bowman
(Related: Patriotism, Want)

"For a writer only one form of patriotism exists: his attitude toward language."
- Joseph Brodsky
(Related: Patriotism, Attitude, Language, Writer)

"Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong."
- James Bryce
(Related: Patriotism, Country)

"It is our conduct, our patriotism and belief in our American way of life, our courage that will win the final battle."
- Prescott Bush
(Related: Patriotism, Life, Belief, Courage, American, Battle, Will)

"Patriotism is the religion of hell."
- James Branch Cabell
(Related: Patriotism, Religion, Hell)

"Each nation feels superior to other nations. That breeds patriotism - and wars."
- Dale Carnegie
(Related: Patriotism, Nation, Nations)

"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
(Related: History, Patriotism, Character, Country, Heroes, Honor, Nation, Terror)

"I realize that patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred or bitterness towards anyone."
- Edith Cavell
(Related: Patriotism, Bitterness, Hatred)

"These martyrs of patriotism gave their lives for an idea."
- Schuyler Colfax
(Related: Patriotism, Idea, Martyrs)

"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
(Related: Men, Patriotism, Authority, Criticism, Will)

"Patriotism is easy to understand in America. It means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country."
- Calvin Coolidge
(Related: Patriotism, America, Country)

"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
(Related: Love, Work, Patriotism, Americans, Country, Dumb, Enemy, Hate, Liberals, Question)

"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
(Related: Patriotism, American, Loyalty, Promise, Tradition)

"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
(Related: Patriotism, Country, Land, Loyalty, Man, Mountains, Rivers)

"True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else."
- Clarence Darrow
(Related: Patriotism, Injustice, Land)

"Our young people have come to look upon war as a kind of beneficent deity, which not only adds to the national honor but uplifts a nation and develops patriotism and courage."
- Rebecca H. Davis
(Related: Patriotism, War, People, Courage, Honor, Nation)

"1 month ago the American people stopped to remember the third anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq war. We thought first and foremost of the selflessness, patriotism and heroism by our troops, our National Guard and Reserves."
- Rosa DeLauro
(Related: Patriotism, War, Thought, People, American, Beginning, First, Heroism, Iraq, Troops)

"Patriotism is an ephemeral motive that scarcely ever outlasts the particular threat to society that aroused it."
- Denis Diderot
(Related: Patriotism, Society, Motive)

"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
(Related: Life, Music, Patriotism, Time, Actions, Greed, Stupidity)

"We do not consider patriotism desirable if it contradicts civilized behavior."
- Friedrich Durrenmatt
(Related: Patriotism, Behavior)

"I define nothing. Not beauty, not patriotism. I take each thing as it is, without prior rules about what it should be."
- Bob Dylan
(Related: Beauty, Patriotism, Nothing, Rules)

"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
(Related: Patriotism, Dissent, Duty, Hell, Rebellion)

"Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism - how passionately I hate them!"
- Albert Einstein
(Related: Patriotism, Hate, Heroism, Name, Nonsense, Violence)

"Although the war in which you fought took place more than half-a-century ago, your courage, your sacrifice and your patriotism reaches through the decades and inspires us today."
- Mike Ferguson
(Related: Patriotism, War, Sacrifice, Courage, Today)

"I'm an advocate of the great Dr. Johnson, the English man of letters who said that patriotism was the last refuge of the scoundrel."
- George Galloway
(Related: Patriotism, English, Letters, Man)

"There are those who wrap themselves in flags and blow the tinny trumpet of patriotism as a means of fooling the people."
- George Galloway
(Related: Patriotism, People, Flags)

"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)

"Some versions of patriotism come close to the tribal, which we all want to surpass, and some don't."
- Todd Gitlin
(Related: Patriotism, Want)

"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
(Related: Patriotism, Americans, Name)

"If you are tired of partisanship over patriotism, you need to vote for a change in direction."
- Jennifer Granholm
(Related: Change, Patriotism, Direction, Vote)

"Love and business and family and religion and art and patriotism are nothing but shadows of words when a man's starving!"
- O. Henry
(Related: Art, Business, Family, Love, Patriotism, Religion, Man, Nothing, Shadows, Words)

"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."
- Eric Hobsbawm
(Related: Patriotism, American, Americans, Right, Wrong)

"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
(Related: Patriotism, Time, Fight, Speech)

"The heights of popularity and patriotism are still the beaten road to power and tyranny."
- David Hume
(Related: Patriotism, Power, Popularity, Road, Tyranny)

"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
(Related: Patriotism, Feeling, Nation, Wishes)

"I have no sense of patriotism, but I do have a sense of community."
- Chrissie Hynde
(Related: Patriotism, Community, Sense)

"There's intense national feeling in America that could be called patriotism."
- Michael Ignatieff
(Related: Patriotism, America, Feeling)

"Patriotism is strong nationalistic feeling for a country whose borders and whose legitimacy and whose ethnic composition is taken for granted."
- Michael Ignatieff
(Related: Patriotism, Country, Feeling)

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

"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
(Related: Patriotism, Will)

"Patriotism is an instant reaction that fades away when the war starts."
- Mick Jagger
(Related: Patriotism, War)

"Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel."
- Samuel Johnson
(Related: Patriotism)

"If military movies were automatically successful we'd make nothing but military movies. But seriously, patriotism is one thing that all Americans have in common."
- Tommy Lee Jones
(Related: Movies, Patriotism, Successful, Americans, Military, Nothing)

"When a dog barks at the moon, then it is religion; but when he barks at strangers, it is patriotism!"
- David Starr Jordan
(Related: Religion, Moon, Strangers)

"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
(Related: Patriotism, War, Courage, Military, Protest, Service, Struggle, Vietnam)

"Patriotism was a living fire of unquestioned belief and purpose."
- Frank Knox
(Related: Patriotism, Belief, Purpose, Fire, Living)

"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
(Related: Patriotism, Opportunity, Bravery, Day, Past, Present, Veterans)

"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
(Related: Patriotism, Blind, Reality, Wrong)

"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."
- Malcom X
(Related: Patriotism, Blind, Reality, Wrong)

"But presidential approval also became a surrogate measure of national unity and patriotism."
- Thomas E. Mann
(Related: Patriotism, Approval, Measure, Unity)

"Patriotism is a kind of religion; it is the egg from which wars are hatched."
- Guy de Maupassant
(Related: Patriotism, Religion)

"There are others who aim at popularity under the disguise of patriotism."
- Jonathan Mayhew
(Related: Patriotism, Disguise, Popularity)

"We need a type of patriotism that recognizes the virtues of those who are opposed to us."
- Francis John McConnell
(Related: Patriotism)

"The highest patriotism is not a blind acceptance of official policy, but a love of one's country deep enough to call her to a higher plain."
- George McGovern
(Related: Love, Patriotism, Policy, Acceptance, Blind, Country, Deep)

"It was patriotism, not communism, that inspired me."
- Ho Chi Minh
(Related: Patriotism, Communism)

"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
(Related: Patriotism, Power, Religion, Society, History, Policy, Criticism, states, Support, United)

"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."
- Charles Edward Montague
(Related: Patriotism, May)

"Politics is too partisan, and sometimes patriotism is cast aside. Patriotism is honor and love of your country and your brothers and sisters. With politics I get the impression that it's all about what's good for the party and not necessarily what's good for the country."
- Ricardo Montalban
(Related: Love, Patriotism, Politics, Impression, Brothers, Country, Honor, Party, Sisters)

"Patriotism is often an arbitrary veneration of real estate above principles."
- George Jean Nathan
(Related: Patriotism, Principles)

"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 M. Nixon
(Related: Patriotism, People, Americans, Freedom, Garden, Idealism, Passion)

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

"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
(Related: Beauty, Home, Patriotism, People, Culture, Man, World)

"True patriotism isn't cheap. It's about taking on a fair share of the burden of keeping America going."
- Robert Reich
(Related: Patriotism, America, Burden)

"I have long believed that sacrifice is the pinnacle of patriotism."
- Bob Riley
(Related: Patriotism, Sacrifice)

"Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons."
- Bertrand Russell
(Related: Patriotism)

"Patriotism, when it wants to make itself felt in the domain of learning, is a dirty fellow who should be thrown out of doors."
- Arthur Schopenhauer
(Related: Patriotism, Learning)

"You'll never have a quiet world till you knock the patriotism out of the human race."
- George Bernard Shaw
(Related: Patriotism, Quiet, Race, World)

"Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all others because you were born in it."
- George Bernard Shaw
(Related: Patriotism, Conviction, Country)

"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
(Related: History, Patriotism, Being, Hurt, Majority)

"Patriotism is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime."
- Adlai E. Stevenson
(Related: Patriotism, Dedication, Emotion)

"Patriotism is not a short and frenzied outburst of emotion but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime."
- Adlai Stevenson
(Related: Patriotism, Dedication, Emotion)

"I think the reaction to a World War II situation would be the same today as it was in 1942. Initially, people would question, but once patriotism got stirred up, the whole thing would gather momentum and we'd all pull together."
- Parker Stevenson
(Related: Patriotism, War, People, Question, Today, World, World war)

"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
(Related: Patriotism, Being, Nationality, Self, Sense)

"During times of war, hatred becomes quite respectable even though it has to masquerade often under the guise of patriotism."
- Howard Thurman
(Related: Patriotism, War, Hatred)

"The greater the state, the more wrong and cruel its patriotism, and the greater is the sum of suffering upon which its power is founded."
- Leo Tolstoy
(Related: Power, Patriotism, State, Suffering, Wrong)

"Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it."
- Mark Twain
(Related: Government, Patriotism, Time, Country)

"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
(Related: Patriotism, Knowledge, Belief, Actions, Choice, Feeling, Loyalty, Result)

"I believe patriotism comes from the heart. Patriotism is voluntary. It is a feeling of loyalty and allegiance that is the result of knowledge and belief."
- Jesse Ventura
(Related: Patriotism, Heart, Knowledge, Belief, Feeling, Loyalty, Result)

"Gentlemen have talked a great deal of patriotism. A venerable word, when duly practised."
- Robert Walpole
(Related: Patriotism, Gentlemen, Word)

"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
(Related: Patriotism, Idea, Spring)

"Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism."
- George Washington
(Related: Patriotism)

"Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious."
- Oscar Wilde
(Related: Patriotism, Virtue)

"There are no points of the compass on the chart of true patriotism."
- Robert Charles Winthrop
(Related: Patriotism)

"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
(Related: Government, Patriotism, History)

"My films are always concerned with family, friendship, honor, and patriotism."
- John Woo
(Related: Patriotism, Family, Friendship, Honor)

"Dissent is the highest form of patriotism."
- Howard Zinn
(Related: Patriotism, Dissent)