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Patriotism Quotes

July 8th, 2005 · No Comments

You’ll never have a quiet world till you knock the patriotism out of the human race.
– George Bernard Shaw (1856 – 1950), “Misalliance”

Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons.
– Bertrand Russell (1872 – 1970)

Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.
– Oscar Wilde (1854 – 1900)

Patriotism is often an arbitrary veneration of real estate above principles.
– George Jean Nathan (1882 – 1958)

You’re not to be so blind with patriotism that you can’t face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.
– Malcolm X

When a whole nation is roaring Patriotism at the top of its voice, I am fain to explore the cleanness of its hands and purity of its heart.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882), Journals, 1824

I know [patriotism] exists, and I know it has done much in the present contest. But a great and lasting war can never be supported on this principle alone. It must be aided by a prospect of interest, or some reward.
– George Washington

Patriotism is a pernicious, psychopathic form of idiocy.
– George Bernard Shaw (1856 – 1950)

Speculations and loans in foreign fields are likely to bring us into war… The war-for-profit group has
counterfeited patriotism.
– Charles Lindberg Sr., 1915

Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.
– Samuel Johnson (1709 – 1784), Letter to Lord Chesterfield, 1775

He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would fully suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, senseless brutality, deplorable patriotism, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be part of so base an action! It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.
– Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955)

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