Patriot Sayings and Quotes


A man who says that no patriot should attack the war until it is over... is saying no good son should warn his mother of a cliff until she has fallen.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
Patriotism in its simplest, clearest and most indubitable signification is nothing else but a means of obtaining for the rulers their ambitions and covetous desires, and for the ruled the abdication of human dignity, reason, conscience, and a slavish enthrallment to those in power.     
Leo Toystoy
The patriot's blood is the seed of freedom's tree.
Thomas Campbell
True patriotism is a charity so wide that it covers a nation

Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.
Oscar Wilde
Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons.
Bertrand Russell
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 is the belief that not all human lives are worth the same.     
Tao Lin
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
Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official, save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country. In either event, it is unpatriotic not to tell the truth, whether about the president or anyone else.     
Theodore Roosevelt
In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.
Mark Twain
This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism on command, senseless violence and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism     
Albert Einstein
Patriots always talk of dying for their country and never of killing for their country.
Bertrand Russell
Patriotism is nationalism, and always leads to war.     
Helen Caldicott
The same ambition can destroy or save, and make a patriot as it makes a knave.
Alexander Pope
No man can be a patriot on an empty stomach.
William Cowper
The patriot who feels himself in the service of God, who acknowledges Him in all his ways, has the promise of Almighty direction, and will find His Word in his greatest darkness.
Francis Scott Key
Patriotism is the admission that people who share a land, a place, and a history have a special obligation to that place and to each other.
David Ehrenfeld
To be a good patriot, a man must consider his countrymen as God's creatures, and himself as accountable for his acting towards them.    
Our country is not the only thing to which we owe our allegiance. It is also owed to justice and to humanity. Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong.
James Bryce
True patriotism is not worship of our nation but rather, in the light of our worship of the God of justice, to conform our nation's ways of justice.
Robert Mcafee Brown
Patriotism is a superstition artificially created and maintained through a web of lies and falsehoods, robbing us of our dignity and increasing our arrogance and conceit.
Emma Goldman
A steady patriot of the world alone, The friend of every country but his own.
George Canning
A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.     
Edward Abbey
They wrote in the old days that it is sweet and fitting to die for one's country. But in modern war, there is nothing sweet nor fitting in your dying. You will die like a dog for no good reason.
Ernest Hemingway
Those who love their country never wish to rule it.
Abraham H. Miller
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 essence of patriotism is the sacrifice of personal interest to public welfare.
A real patriot is the fellow who gets a parking ticket and rejoices that the system works.
William E. Vaughan
It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen.
Aristotle
Patriotism is about a desire for progress, not a yearning for repetition.     
Gina Barreca
True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else.     
Clarence Darrow
Loyalty to country always. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.     
Mark Twain
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
Patriotism is not endlessly bragging that out country is the best; rather it is wanting one's country to be the best that it can be and helping it to be that best, which is a very different matter.
Patriotism requires less and less of making the eagle scream, but more and more of making him think.
Aldo Leopold
You'll never have a quiet world till you knock the patriotism out of the human race.     
George Bernard Shaw
If one's patriotism is merely instinctive it is irrational and irresponsible, and consequently a danger to one's country.     
Paul Monroe
Patriotism, is a superstition artificially created and maintained through a network of lies and falsehoods; a superstition that robs man of his self-respect and dignity, and increases his arrogance and conceit.
Emma Goldman
Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all others because you were born in it.     
William Shakespeare
Patriot: the person who can holler the loudest without knowing what he is hollering about.
It is heroic to prepare for war with a tyrant power. Patriots will always win the admiration of mankind for daring to meet the bloodshed of battle for their country's liberty. But the patriot who is willing to go to that sacrifice will be the first to condemn the aimless and secret shedding of blood in time of peace.
John Boyle O'Reilly
A true patriot does not confuse government with country. A patriot's loyalty is to his country, and loyalty to country requires holding government accountable.     
Paul Craig Roberts
Patriotism is not dying for one's country, it is living for one's country. And for humanity. Perhaps that is not as romantic, but it's better.
Agnes Macphail
The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war.     
Sydney J. Harris
The greatest patriotism is to tell your country when it is behaving dishonorably, foolishly, viciously.     
Julian Barnes
Patriots must have the ideas and the tools so that we can recruit, sow the seeds of doubt, and take the fight to the enemy's safe place.
Mike Klepper
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
Thomas Jefferson
Patriots don't let their nation default.
Gary Ackerman
Being a patriot doesn’t mean prioritizing service to government above all else. Being a patriot means knowing when to protect your country, knowing when to protect your Constitution, knowing when to protect your countrymen, from the violations of and encroachments of adversaries. And those adversaries don’t have to be foreign countries.     
Edward Snowden

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