Top 279 Patriotism Quotes

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“Patriotism has no appeal to us; justice has. Party has no weight with us; principle has. Loyalty is meaningless; it depends on what one is loyal to.”

― A. Philip Randolph

“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

“True patriotism is better than the wrong kind of piety.”

― Abraham Lincoln

“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

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

― Adlai Stevenson II

“Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism – how passionately I hate them!”

― Albert Einstein

“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

“There are seasons in every country when noise and impudence pass current for worth; and in popular commotions especially, the clamors of interested and factious men are often mistaken for patriotism.”

― Alexander Hamilton

“The same ambition can destroy or save, and make a patriot as it makes a knave.”

― Alexander Pope

“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

“It is the patriotic duty of every man to lie for his country.”

― Alfred Adler

“Patriotism. Combustible rubbish ready to the torch of any one ambitious to illuminate his name.”

― Ambrose Bierce

“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

“Patriotism demands the ability to feel shame as much as to feel pride.”

― Anne-Marie Slaughter

“I suppose I have become a sort of living monument in Portugal. But I come from a family with roots all over the world, so the idea of patriotism is not very strong in me. My country is the country of Chekhov, Beethoven, Velasquez – writers I like, painters and artists I admire.”

― Antonio Lobo Antunes

“I think Americans are very patriotic.”

― Arnold Schwarzenegger

“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, 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

“I don’t need a certificate of my patriotism from those in the establishment.”

― Asma Jahangir

“Our nuclear scientists and engineers have done a splendid job, and naturally, the entire nation has risen to salute their professional excellence, discipline, and patriotism. They have had the benefit of having been led in the past by great men like Homi Bhabha and Vikram Sarabhai.”

― Atal Bihari Vajpayee

“It is true that of all the states in India, Nagaland has a unique history. We are sensitive to this historical fact. But this uniqueness has in no way diminished the spirit of patriotism among the Naga people.”

― Atal Bihari Vajpayee

“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

“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

“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

“Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons.”

― Bertrand Russell

“Our entire family is replete with sentiments of patriotism. Uncle Swarna Singh left for his heavenly abode in jail in 1910, two or three years after my birth. Uncle Ajit Singh is leading the life of an exile in foreign countries.”

― Bhagat Singh

“I hate patriotism… I can’t stand it. It’s a round world last time I checked.”

― Bill Hicks

“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

“Patriotism is an indispensable weapon in the defense of civilization against barbarism.”

― Bill Kristol

“I do think the patriotic thing to do is to critique my country. How else do you make a country better but by pointing out its flaws?”

― Bill Maher

“A real patriot is the fellow who gets a parking ticket and rejoices that the system works.”

― Bill Vaughan

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

― Bob Dylan

“If I have to lay an egg for my country, I’ll do it.”

― Bob Hope

“Let the living give thanks to our honored dead who have paid the ultimate sacrifice that the Constitution of the United States remains our guiding light.”

― Bob Latta

“I have long believed that sacrifice is the pinnacle of patriotism.”

― Bob Riley

“No matter where people stand on the policies that led to the conflicts, Americans recognize the depth of sacrifice and patriotism of our men and women in uniform. Everyone agrees these heroes deserve every advantage we can give them.”

― Bobby Kotick

“There is a real patriotism underneath the best of my music but it is a critical, questioning and often angry patriotism.”

― Bruce Springsteen

“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 Montreal Olympics were in July 1976, the bicentennial, at the height of patriotism.”

― Caitlyn Jenner

“Patriotism is easy to understand in America. It means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country.”

― Calvin Coolidge

“Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first; nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first.”

― Charles de Gaulle

“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

“America is not static. America is striving. And sometimes, America requires critique. Jingoism is an avoidance of realism. You can simultaneously love and be disappointed in the object of your love, wanting it to be better than it is. In fact, that is a measure of love. Honest critique is a pillar of patriotism.”

― Charles M. Blow

“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

“Patriotism demands of us sustained sacrifice.”

― Chiang Kai-shek

“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

“I have no sense of patriotism, but I do have a sense of community.”

― Chrissie Hynde

“Remember the Dreamers whose patriotism was praised when the Democratic House passed, and the Senate filibustered – the DREAM Act in 2010? Washington promised a path to citizenship, not just a roadblock to deportation.”

― Christine Pelosi

“I don’t think a lot of people are able to relate to genuine patriotism, a genuinely good feeling about our country and its meaning to the rest of the world.”

― Christopher McCulloch

“Growing up in New York with artist parents – a very liberal environment, where we were always encouraged to challenge the status quo – I think for a long time I confused jingoism with patriotism. And that is a mistake.”

― Claire Danes

“Growing up in New York City, I was always encouraged to question authority, and I think I confused patriotism with jingoism.”

― Claire Danes

“The patriot blood of my father was warm in my veins.”

― Clara Barton

“True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else.”

― Clarence Darrow

“Every year in late June, Custer’s Last Stand is reenacted on the high plains of Montana. When Custer led out the 7th Cavalry in 2003 – the year I witnessed it – the audience stood and cheered with turbo-charged patriotism.”

― Clive Sinclair

“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

“Patriotism is a love of country. If you love your country, you should love your countrymen and women. It doesn’t mean you always agree with them or even like them. It is understanding that we have interwoven destiny.”

― Cory Booker

“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

“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

“I respect and value the ideals of rugged individualism and self-reliance. But rugged individualism didn’t defeat the British, it didn’t get us to the moon, build our nation’s highways, or map the human genome. We did that together. This is the high call of patriotism.”

― Cory Booker

“I think patriotism, by its very definition, is love of country. But we seem to have become a country where the highest thing we’re reaching for is tolerance.”

― Cory Booker

“Each nation feels superior to other nations. That breeds patriotism – and wars.”

― Dale Carnegie

“The life my grandparents had was thoroughly American. They built a small ranch into a huge operation and fulfilled my great-grandparents’ dreams. Theirs was… a simpler time of contentment and patriotism.”

― Dana Perino

“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

“What is it that unites, on the left of British politics, George Orwell, Billy Bragg, Gordon Brown and myself? An understanding that identity and a sense of belonging need to be linked to our commitment to nationhood and a modern form of patriotism.”

― David Blunkett

“The heights of popularity and patriotism are still the beaten road to power and tyranny.”

― David Hume

“There’s a fine line between patriotism and corn.”

― David L. Wolper

“Into the soul of every student I would have instilled the patriotic fervor of Patrick Henry.”

― David O. McKay

“When a dog barks at the moon, then it is religion; but when he barks at strangers, it is patriotism!”

― David Starr Jordan

“I have suffered my self to be politically sacrificed to save my country from ruin and disgrace and if I am never a gain elected I will have the gratification to know that I have done my duty.”

― Davy Crockett

“Patriotism is an ephemeral motive that scarcely ever outlasts the particular threat to society that aroused it.”

― Denis Diderot

“I don’t have heroes, exactly, but I do have people I hold in high respect. Ronald Reagan, for example, stood for ideals that I value: integrity, patriotism and a fundamental belief in goodness and capabilities of mankind.”

― Diane Hendricks

“I think that economic patriotism is the very foundation of a European vision.”

― Dominique de Villepin

“Americans never quit.”

― Douglas MacArthur

“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.”

― Douglas MacArthur

“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 realize that patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred or bitterness towards anyone.”

― Edith Cavell

“A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.”

― Edward Abbey

“Whereas nationalism still seeks power, honour, and glory through means that endanger other countries, patriotism knows that a country’s strength and honour can only be permanently safeguarded through concourse with other countries. And whereas nationalism scoffs at the idea of international laws and regulations, patriotism seeks to create such.”

― Ellen Key

“Like George Sand, the feminism of the present day asserts the right of free thought against the creed of authority in every field; the solidarity of mankind and the cause of peace against the patriotism of militarism; social reform against the existing relations of society.”

― Ellen Key

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

― Elmer Davis

“America is the spirit of human exploration distilled.”

― Elon Musk

“Given the knee-jerk patriotism of recent war movies, it’s discouraging to see ‘Windtalkers’ evade pertinent facts that could have recast the doubled-edged issues of racism and loyalty and made them relevant to contemporary times.”

― Elvis Mitchell

“Here’s how I see obesity: as a symptom. The larger problem is over-consumption. In a society that identifies consumption with patriotism, valorizes ‘growth’ above all else and assigns status according to how much you consume, we compete with each other to see who can consume the most.”

― Emily Levine

“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

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

― Eugene V. Debs

“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

“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

“We need a type of patriotism that recognizes the virtues of those who are opposed to us.”

― Francis John McConnell

“We are a big country, with lots of advantages and history. We are proud to be French. We have to call on patriotism at this time… to ask for an effort in the battle against debt.”

― Francois Hollande

“Patriotism was a living fire of unquestioned belief and purpose.”

― Frank Knox

“For you are the makers of the flag and it is well that you glory in the making.”

― Franklin Knight Lane

“My stars and my stripes are your dream and your labors.”

― Franklin Knight Lane

“We do not consider patriotism desirable if it contradicts civilized behavior.”

― Friedrich Durrenmatt

“Patriots don’t let their nation default.”

― Gary Ackerman

“I don’t like the showy nationalism – a tattoo, wrapping yourself in a flag – that doesn’t matter to me. The way to show your patriotism and commitment is to go and support or play for your team.”

― Gary Speed

“For me, tribalism and religion are basically the big reasons we’re in trouble. Patriotism, tribalism, and religion.”

― George A. Romero

“Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all others because you were born in it.”

― George Bernard Shaw

“You’ll never have a quiet world till you knock the patriotism out of the human race.”

― George Bernard Shaw

“Next to the love of God, the love of country is the best preventive of crime.”

― George Borrow

“A steady patriot of the world alone, The friend of every country but his own.”

― George Canning

“I’ve been working with Pat Robertson on Africa debt-relief, and we disagree on virtually everything except certain very specific, inalienable rights, and the truth is that morality and patriotism come in all shapes and sizes.”

― George Clooney

“There are those who wrap themselves in flags and blow the tinny trumpet of patriotism as a means of fooling the people.”

― George Galloway

“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

“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

“Patriotism is often an arbitrary veneration of real estate above principles.”

― George Jean Nathan

“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 usually stronger than class hatred, and always stronger than internationalism.”

― George Orwell

“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

“To me, it seems a dreadful indignity to have a soul controlled by geography.”

― George Santayana

“When Pearl Harbor was bombed, young Japanese-Americans, like all young Americans, rushed to their draft board to volunteer to fight for our country. That act of patriotism was answered with a slap in the face. We were denied service and categorized as enemy non-alien.”

― George Takei

“Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.”

― George Washington

“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

“’My country, right or wrong’ is a thing no patriot would ever think of saying except in a desperate case. It is like saying ‘My mother, drunk or sober.’”

― Gilbert K. Chesterton

“The patriotism in Britain comes from us being a leader. On jobs, on tax havens, on workers’ rights, on the environment. We can be leading Europe… and it will be to the benefit of every British citizen.”

― Gordon Brown

“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

“Patriotism is a kind of religion; it is the egg from which wars are hatched.”

― Guy de Maupassant

“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

“When I was a kid, back in the ’40s, I was a voracious comic book reader. And at that time, there was a lot of patriotism in the comics. They were called things like ‘All-American Comics’ or ‘Star-Spangled Comics’ or things like that. I decided to do a logo that was a parody of those comics, with ‘American’ as the first word.”

― Harvey Pekar

“Patriotism must be founded on great principals and supported by great virtue.”

― Henry IV of England

“If I were to live my life over again, I would be an American. I would steep myself in America, I would know no other land.”

― Henry James

“However British you may be, I am more British still.”

― Henry James

“Patriotism is best exemplified through auto-critique.”

― Henry Louis Gates

“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

“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

“It was patriotism, not communism, that inspired me.”

― Ho Chi Minh

“During times of war, hatred becomes quite respectable even though it has to masquerade often under the guise of patriotism.”

― Howard Thurman

“Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.”

― Howard Zinn

“But my patriotism goes for something beyond what we have. We don’t have something that I want to die for – anymore.”

― Jack Bowman

“Patriotism is the religion of hell.”

― James Branch Cabell

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

― James Bryce

“A nation is the same people living in the same place.”

― James Joyce

“Unless our conception of patriotism is progressive, it cannot hope to embody the real affection and the real interest of the nation.”

― Jane Addams

“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

“Legislation is the only lasting solution for the men and women brought to this country through no fault of their own who want to perform the ultimate act of patriotism in defending America.”

― Jeff Denham

“If you are tired of partisanship over patriotism, you need to vote for a change in direction.”

― Jennifer Granholm

“There is much more to being a patriot and a citizen than reciting the pledge or raising a flag.”

― Jesse Ventura

“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

“Democrats are so spineless, so afraid to go against the tide… but dissension is the greatest form of patriotism.”

― Jesse Ventura

“Patriotism to your country is something that comes from your heart. It should be taught to you by your parents.”

― Jesse Ventura

“My position is that it isn’t government’s job to mandate patriotism. To me, mandating a pledge of allegiance to a government is something Saddam Hussein would do.”

― Jesse Ventura

“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

“Every presidential candidate highlights patriotism, but Mr. Romney’s is backed by the Mormon belief that the United States was chosen by God to play a special role in history, its Constitution divinely inspired.”

― Jodi Kantor

“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

“Fighting corruption is not just good governance. It’s self-defense. It’s patriotism.”

― Joe Biden

“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

“One tell-tale sign of a Wingnut: they always confuse partisanship with patriotism.”

― John Avlon

“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

“I am willing to serve my country, but do not wish to sacrifice the brave men under my command.”

― John Buford

“Protection and patriotism are reciprocal. This is the way which has led nations to greatness.”

― John C. Calhoun

“It’s almost worth having been in the army for the joy your freedom gives you.”

― John Dos Passos

“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

“The American patriots of today continue the tradition of the long line of patriots before them, by helping to promote liberty and freedom around the world.”

― John Linder

“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

“I believe our flag is more than just cloth and ink. It is a universally recognized symbol that stands for liberty, and freedom. It is the history of our nation, and it’s marked by the blood of those who died defending it.”

― John Thune

“My films are always concerned with family, friendship, honor, and patriotism.”

― John Woo

“There are others who aim at popularity under the disguise of patriotism.”

― Jonathan Mayhew

“For Americans, of course, it’s football, basketball, and baseball. We live for it. In many ways, it sums up who we are. In Iran, it’s all about wrestling. The patriotism toward their country comes out in the way they wrestle, so it makes sense why they’re the best.”

― Jordan Burroughs

“I think Americans are really patriotic people, so patriotism is something they can understand. I’m very patriotic about Brazil, my country, and that includes my language.”

― Jose Aldo

“For a writer only one form of patriotism exists: his attitude toward language.”

― Joseph Brodsky

“I belong to the Russian language. As to the state, from my point of view, the measure of a writer’s patriotism is not oaths from a high platform, but how he writes in the language of the people among whom he lives.”

― Joseph Brodsky

“To work hard. To open new doors for our kids, for our grandkids. To renew our spirit. That’s what America is about.”

― Joseph M. Kyrillos

“I know it is very hard to rise above the influences of party prejudice. Often, it almost drowns the sentiment of patriotism. Party rancor and party hatred are the last serpents which the genius of patriotism can crush.”

― Joseph P. Bradley

“The Hollywood of Frank Capra’s era, when Reagan became a minor star, sold the world an image of American pith and patriotism in many ways as defining as the moon landing or the A-bomb.”

― Joy Reid

“If his presidency is to represent the full power of the idea that black Americans are just like everyone else – fully human and fully capable of intellect, courage and patriotism – then Barack Obama has to be subject to the same rough and tumble of political criticism experienced by his predecessors.”

― Juan Williams

“It was an act of patriotism when we worked to pass a law allowing the prosecution of federal hate crimes in the name of Matthew Shepard and James Byrd.”

― Kamala Harris

“The great Comrade Kim Jong Il was an outstanding leader who, true to the President’s great idea, developed Chongryon into a pacesetter of patriotism, into a model of patriotic loyalty to the motherland, and into a prototype body of overseas compatriots.”

― Kim Jong-un

“Peasants, who after the liberation of the country became the masters of their lands and their country under the benevolence of Comrade Kim Il Sung, launched the campaigns for increasing agricultural production and donating cereals out of patriotism, and thus faithfully supported the Party’s line of nation building.”

― Kim Jong-un

“To apply Kim Jong Il’s patriotism means to thoroughly materialize the General’s intentions and desires for the prosperity of the country and the happiness of all generations to come and to carry on all work for achieving the prosperity of the country in the way he did.”

― Kim Jong-un

“Unfortunately, religion, like patriotism, is easy to misuse for political purposes.”

― Kjell Magne Bondevik

“When a nation is filled with strife, then do patriots flourish.”

― Lao Tzu

“The sole and basic source of our strength is the solidarity of workers, peasants and the intelligentsia, the solidarity of the nation, the solidarity of people who seek to live in dignity, truth, and in harmony with their conscience.”

― Lech Walesa

“I want to light the lights of patriotism.”

― Lech Walesa

“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 concept of patriotism is not incompatible with that of humanity; on the contrary, let me state emphatically that he who best serves pacifism serves patriotism best. The nation is and can be no more than the vital basic unit of any international league.”

― Leon Bourgeois

“The commercial spirit is the spirit of profit, not patriotism; of credit, not honor; of individual gain, not national prosperity; of trade and dickering, not principle.”

― Lincoln Steffens

“Dissent is the highest form of patriotism, and I intend to continue to push my country to respect the rights of all its citizens. I will not be silenced.”

― Linda Sarsour

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

― Lord Byron

“Let no American imagine that Zionism is inconsistent with patriotism. Multiple loyalties are objectionable only if they are inconsistent.”

― Louis D. Brandeis

“True patriotism is loving your country and countrymen enough to want to make it better.”

― Malcolm Jenkins

“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

“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

“I am not Left or Right. I believe in nationalism, patriotism, the federal structure, democracy, and the poor.”

― Mamata Banerjee

“I have a great belief in the future of my people and my country.”

― Marian Anderson

“There’s something I will say: In the U.S., people are very patriotic. Their patriotism is obvious. In France, for many years, you had to fight to be patriotic. People are pushing us from loving our own country.”

― Marine Le Pen

“I think patriotism is never racism.”

― Marine Le Pen

“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.”

― Mark Twain

“Patriot: the person who can holler the loudest without knowing what he is hollering about.”

― Mark Twain

“It is the pride of my heart to have been one of the earliest adopted sons of America.”

― Marquis de Lafayette

“I gave my heart to the Americans and thought of nothing else but raising my banner and adding my colors to theirs.”

― Marquis de Lafayette

“It was by a Maryland colonel in the year 1777 that the British received, in the gallant defense of an important fort, one of the first lessons of what they were to expect from American valor and patriotism.”

― Marquis de Lafayette

“All the evils of France have been produced less by the perversity of the wicked and the violence of fools than by the hesitation of the weak, the compromises of conscience, and the tardiness of patriotism. Let every deputy, every Frenchman show what he feels, what he thinks, and we are saved!”

― Marquis de Lafayette

“Kneeling for the anthem does nothing to advance solutions to racial injustice, police brutality, or any other social plight. It is a slap in the face to patriotism itself. It is a statement that America as a country is no longer worth standing for.”

― Matt Gaetz

“I have been with Donald for 18 years, and I have been aware of his love for this country since we first met. He never had a hidden agenda when it comes to his patriotism because, like me, he loves this country so much.”

― Melania Trump

“Patriotism is the secret resource of a successful society.”

― Michael Ignatieff

“There’s intense national feeling in America that could be called patriotism.”

― Michael Ignatieff

“I distinguish, between nationalism and patriotism.”

― Michael Ignatieff

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

― Michael Ignatieff

“Affirming belief that America is an exceptional nation has become a test of patriotism in American politics.”

― Michael Ignatieff

“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

“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

“Patriotism is an instant reaction that fades away when the war starts.”

― Mick Jagger

“The American flag is the symbol of our freedom, national pride and history.”

― Mike Fitzpatrick

“I want America to be more like America, if you will. I want the songs, that patriotism we have.”

― Mitt Romney

“During President George W. Bush’s two terms, you couldn’t drive far without seeing a particular bumper sticker: ‘Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.’”

― Monica Crowley

“I am unable to watch the Olympics due to the blustering jingoism that drenches the event. Has England ever been quite so foul with patriotism? The ‘dazzling royals’ have, quite naturally, hi-jacked the Olympics for their own empirical needs, and no oppositional voice is allowed in the free press.”

― Morrissey

“To me, patriotism is about working ethically and wholeheartedly in our chosen field.”

― N. R. Narayana Murthy

“A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon.”

― Napoleon Bonaparte

“Undeniable though it is that many Indian Muslims misguidedly consider Pakistan their haven, the immeasurably greater number who take intense pride in being Indian and who connect deeply with the country are hurt and angered at our patriotism being under scrutiny.”

― Naseeruddin Shah

“Granted, patriotism is not a tonic that can be forced down people’s throats.”

― Naseeruddin Shah

“I think patriotism is all about wanting to see America better, wanting to see those are oppressed do better and get treated better.”

― Nate Parker

“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

“Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.”

― Oscar Wilde

“I don’t think anyone has qualms in saying victory to the people of India. But when a political party appropriates such a slogan and says this is the definition of patriotism, those who say it are patriotic and those who don’t are not patriotic, then I reject that definition.”

― P. Chidambaram

“The love of one’s country is a splendid thing. But why should love stop at the border?”

― Pablo Casals

“When the American spirit was in its youth, the language of America was different: Liberty, sir, was the primary object.”

― Patrick Henry

“We want enough people adopting Bitcoin for a robust infrastructure. It’s an act of patriotism. It gives the country a robust parallel system.”

― Patrick M. Byrne

“To survive in peace and harmony, united and strong, we must have one people, one nation, one flag.”

― Pauline Hanson

“Yes, I’m a patriotic person. For these people who disgrace the American way and burn our flag and do all of these things… I say, don’t live here and disgrace my country. Go live in the Middle East and see how you like it.”

― Payne Stewart

“I’ve certainly thought a lot more about things like tyranny and patriotism and violence. I think I found some kind of clarity – definitely a thicker understanding.”

― Phil Klay

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

― Prescott Bush

“It’s my firm conviction that when Uncle Sam calls, by God we go, and we do the best that we can.”

― R. Lee Ermey

“Every year in China, Internet executives are officially rewarded for their ‘patriotism.’”

― Rebecca MacKinnon

“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

“Nationalism is a silly cock crowing on his own dunghill.”

― Richard Aldington

“Let’s give some substance to patriotism. It may take a generation.”

― Richard Dreyfuss

“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

“There are no points of the compass on the chart of true patriotism.”

― Robert Charles Winthrop

“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

“True patriotism isn’t cheap. It’s about taking on a fair share of the burden of keeping America going.”

― Robert Reich

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

― Robert Walpole

“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

“Gentlemen have talked a great deal of patriotism. A venerable word, when duly practiced.”

― Robert Walpole

“Real patriotism is a willingness to challenge the government when it’s wrong.”

― Ron Paul

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

― Ronald Reagan

“If we love our country, we should also love our countrymen.”

― Ronald Reagan

“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

“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

“Nothing can be better calculated to advance our interests and character than the establishment of a liberal and disinterested policy, enlightened by patriotism and guided by wisdom.”

― Sam Houston

“Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel.”

― Samuel Johnson

“Intellectually I know that America is no better than any other country; emotionally I know she is better than every other country.”

― Sinclair Lewis

“I want to tell you that if the Great Spirit had chosen anyone to be the chief of this country, it is myself.”

― Sitting Bull

“I feel, if I criticize my country, it’s not because I don’t like my country. I love my country. That is my patriotism. I want to make it a better place for my children, for everyone. And if we don’t look at what’s in front of us, and we allow things to get out of hand because of other vested interests, then as citizens are not doing a good job.”

― Soni Razdan

“Totalitarianism is patriotism institutionalized.”

― Steve Allen

“I am a loyal American, and I love my country.”

― Steven Hatfill

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

― Stonewall Jackson

“I was weaned not on television or Wild West sagas but on stories of nationalism and patriotism. I would sit at my mother’s feet by the hour and drink in these exciting tales of the freedom fighters in our family.”

― Sukarno

“The history of American patriotism is figuring out ways that we can work together to move forward and knit together the common government.”

― Taylor Branch

“Let us form one body, one heart, and defend to the last warrior our country, our homes, our liberty, and the graves of our fathers.”

― Tecumseh

“Look, I think Hispanic community – the values that resonate in our community are fundamentally conservative. They are faith, family and patriotism.”

― Ted Cruz

“I think the Hispanic community, the values that resonate in our community, are fundamentally conservative. They are faith, family, patriotism.”

― Ted Cruz

“I wake up every morning singing ‘The Star-Spangled Banner.’”

― Terry McAuliffe

“The patriot’s blood is the seed of Freedom’s tree.”

― Thomas Campbell

“But presidential approval also became a surrogate measure of national unity and patriotism.”

― Thomas E. Mann

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

― Thomas Jefferson

“My father valued patriotism above all other social obligations, but he had his own particular interpretation of just how true patriotism was meant to function.”

― Thomas Steinbeck

“From my father’s point of view, without a thought for self, a true patriot stands up against the stones of condemnation and speaks for those who are given no real voice in the halls of justice or the halls of government.”

― Thomas Steinbeck

“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

“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

“Some versions of patriotism come close to the tribal, which we all want to surpass, and some don’t.”

― Todd Gitlin

“I think English film is very embarrassed by patriotism, generally.”

― Tom Hooper

“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

“When I deployed to Iraq with my fellow soldiers, putting our lives on the line for our country, no one in the media questioned our patriotism because of our religion.”

― Tulsi Gabbard

“I think it’s the height of patriotism to continue to exercise your right as a citizen and to hold your government to account. Isn’t that what the very essence of democracy is about?”

― Valerie Plame

“Saving petrol is saving India’s money. This is a sense of patriotism. The country can be energy-independent by energy conservation. I appeal to the other ministers also to do this.”

― Veerappa Moily

“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

“Xenophobia is dangerous, but patriotism is a good thing.”

― Viktor Orban

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

― Voltaire

“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

“My country has been very good to me; I must be good to my country.”

― Walter Annenberg

“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

“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

“No man can be a patriot on an empty stomach.”

― William Cowper

“A nation is a society united by a delusion about its ancestry and by common hatred of its neighbours.”

― William Inge

“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

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

― William Shenstone

“I was only the servant of my country and had I, at any moment, failed to express her unflinching resolve to fight and conquer, I should at once have been rightly cast aside.”

― Winston Churchill

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

― Winston Churchill

“I do not have to look for credentials for my Polishness and for my patriotism. I’m a Pole. The chronicles of my family go back – as far back as the 13th century.”

― Wojciech Jaruzelski

“For many centuries, even thousands of years, patriotism worked quite well. Of course, it led to wars an so forth, but we shouldn’t focus too much on the bad.”

― Yuval Noah Harari
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