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 :: Famous Quotations Topic: Patriotism (62 Quotations)

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Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.
~ Samuel Johnson

 

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

 

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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

 

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Patriotism must be founded on great principals and supported by great virtue.
~ Henry Bolingbroke

 

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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

 

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

 

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The citizen who criticizes his country is paying it an implied tribute.
~ J. William Fulbright

 

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The love of their country is with them only a mode of flattering its master; as soon as they think that master can no longer hear, they speak of everything with a frankness which is the more startling because those who listen to it become responsible.
~ Marquis De Custine

 

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The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it NOW deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.
~ Thomas Paine

 

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Though I love my country, I do not love my countrymen.
~ Lord Byron

 

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To make us love our country, our country ought to be lovely.
~ Edmund Burke

 

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True patriots we; for be it understood we left our country for our country's good.
~ George Barrington

 

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What do we mean by patriotism in the context of our times? I venture to suggest that what we mean is a sense of national responsibility... a patriotism which is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.
~ Adlai E. Stevenson

 

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What pity is it That we can die, but once to serve our country.
~ Joseph Addison

 

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When a nation is filled with strife, then do patriots flourish.
~ Lao-Tzu

 

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Whenever you hear a man speak of his love for his country, it is a sign that he expects to be paid for it.
~ H. L. Mencken

 

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Who saves his country violates no law.
~ Napoleon Bonaparte

 

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Without a sign, his sword the brave man draws, and asks no omen, but his country's cause.
~ Homer

 

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Yet some can be patriotic who have no self-respect, and sacrifice the greater to the less. They love the soil which makes their graves, but have no sympathy with the spirit which may still animate their clay. Patriotism is a maggot in their heads.
~ Henry David Thoreau

 

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Yippies, Hippies, Yahoos, Black Panthers, lions and tigers alike -- I would swap the whole damn zoo for the kind of young Americans I saw in Vietnam.
~ Spiro T. Agnew

 

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