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Patriotism Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Patriotism

Please enjoy these Patriotism Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

It was patriotism, not communism, that inspired me.
- Ho Chi Minh

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

Patriotism is an instant reaction that fades away when the war starts.
- Mick Jagger

Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.
- Howard Zinn

 

Gentlemen have talked a great deal of patriotism.
A venerable word, when duly practised.
- Robert Walpole

We do not consider patriotism desirable if it contradicts civilized behavior.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt

Patriotism is easy to understand in America.
It means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country.
- Calvin Coolidge

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I realize that patriotism is not enough.
I must have no hatred or bitterness towards anyone.
- Edith Cavell

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

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

Each nation feels superior to other nations.
That breeds patriotism - and wars.
- Dale Carnegie

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

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

Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.
- George Washington

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

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

I distinguish, between nationalism and patriotism.
- Michael Ignatieff

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

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

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

Patriotism is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion,
but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

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

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

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

The love of one's country is a splendid thing.
But why should love stop at the border?
- Pablo Casals

On what rests the hope of the republic? One country,
one language, one flag!
- Alexander Henry

A real patriot is the fellow who gets a parking ticket
and rejoices that the system works.
- Bill Vaughan

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

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

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

I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.
- Nathan Hale

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

The tree of liberty needs to be watered from time to
time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
- Lyn Nofziger

It is lamentable, that to be a good patriot one must
become the enemy of the rest of mankind.
- Voltaire

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

I love America more than any other country in this world,
and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right
to criticize her perpetually.
- James A. Baldwin

The patriot blood of my father was warm in my veins.
- Clara Barton

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

It is the patriotic duty of every man to lie for his country.
- Alfred Adler

Nationalism is a silly cock crowing on his own dunghill.
- Richard Aldington

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

The average American is nothing if not patriotic.
- Herbert Croly

I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.
- Diogenes

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

137 years later, Memorial Day remains one of America's
most cherished patriotic observances.
The spirit of this day has not changed -
it remains a day to honor those who died defending
our freedom and democracy.
- Doc Hastings

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

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 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

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

Patriotism.
Combustible rubbish ready to the torch of any one ambitious to illuminate his name.
- Ambrose Bierce

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

But my patriotism goes for something beyond what we have.
We don't have something that I want to die for -
anymore.
- Jack Bowman

There's intense national feeling in America that could be called patriotism.
- Michael Ignatieff

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 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

When a dog barks at the moon, then it is religion;
but when he barks at strangers,
it is patriotism!
- David Starr Jordan

There are others who aim at popularity under the disguise of patriotism.
- Jonathan Mayhew

Patriotism is the religion of hell.
- James Branch Cabell

I have no sense of patriotism, but I do have a sense of community.
- Chrissie Hynde

These martyrs of patriotism gave their lives for an idea.
- Schuyler Colfax

True patriotism isn't cheap.
It's about taking on a fair share of the burden of keeping America going.
- Robert Reich

Love and business and family and religion and art and
patriotism are nothing but shadows of words when a man's starving!
- O. Henry

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

For a writer only one form of patriotism exists:
his attitude toward language.
- Joseph Brodsky

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

Some versions of patriotism come close to the tribal,
which we all want to surpass, and some don't.
- Todd Gitlin

If you are tired of partisanship over patriotism,
you need to vote for a change in direction.
- Jennifer Granholm

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

Patriotism was a living fire of unquestioned belief and purpose.
- Frank Knox

Patriotism is an ephemeral motive that scarcely ever
outlasts the particular threat to society that aroused it.
- Denis Diderot

My films are always concerned with family,
friendship, honor, and patriotism.
- John Woo


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