Patriotism - Quotes & Sayings

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

Jesse Ventura

Patriotism is not an abstract concept. It begins from one's own home. It buds out from the love for one's parents, spouses and children, the love for one's own home, village and workplace, and further develops into the love for one's country and fellow people.

Kim Jong-un

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

Mark Twain

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

Stonewall Jackson

True patriotism is better than the wrong kind of piety.

Abraham Lincoln

Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.

Oscar Wilde

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

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

It was patriotism, not communism, that inspired me.

Ho Chi Minh

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 the last refuge of the scoundrel.

Samuel Johnson

Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.

Howard Zinn

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

James Bryce

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

Winston Churchill

Americans never quit.

Douglas MacArthur

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

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

Adlai Stevenson

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

Robert Reich

If I have to lay an egg for my country, I'll do it.

Bob Hope

During 65 years, I have walked the path of duty and discipline... And today, looking back at that long path of service, my soldier's heart stirs and murmurs from deep within: Thank you. Thank you, my homeland.

Augusto Pinochet

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

Marquis de Lafayette

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

Chrissie Hynde

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

Malcolm Jenkins

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

Albert Einstein

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

We live in a time of conflict - external and internal - when we sometimes concentrate too much on what divides us. Today, fly the Stars and Stripes with pride and confidence that what unites is far stronger.

Charlie Dent

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

Pablo Casals

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

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

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

George Orwell

My early childhood memories center around this typical American country store and life in a small American town, including 4th of July celebrations marked by fireworks and patriotic music played from a pavilion bandstand.

Frederick Reines

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

Patrick Henry

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

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

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

George Santayana

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

Bertrand Russell

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

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

Jane Addams

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

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

James Joyce

'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

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

Robert Charles Winthrop

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

Dale Carnegie

I tremble for my country when I hear of confidence expressed in me. I know too well my weakness, that our only hope is in God.

Robert E. Lee

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

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

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

I don't need a certificate of my patriotism from those in the establishment.

Asma Jahangir

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

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