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429. Certainly the religious overlay of patriotism has come into fashion. It’s always there of course. (Religion & Patriotism) Arthur Miller
29,865. And even the distinction between rich and poor dwindles somewhat when one regards the nation from the outside. There is no question about the inequality of wealth in England. It is grosser than in any European country, and you have only to look down the nearest street to see it. Economically, England is certainly two nations, if not three or four. But at the same time the vast majority of the people feel themselves to be a single nation and are conscious of resembling one another more than they resemble foreigners. Patriotism is usually stronger than class-hatred, and always stronger than any kind of internationalism. (England & Poor & Patriotism) George Orwell, England Your England III
29,866. ... Just because patriotism is all but universal and not even the rich are uninfluenced by it, there can be moments when the whole nation suddenly swings together and does the same thing, like a herd of cattle facing a wolf. There was such a moment, unmistakably, at the time of the disaster in France. After eight months of vaguely wondering what the war was about, the people suddenly knew what they had got to do: first, to get the army away from Dunkirk, and secondly to prevent invasion. It was like the awakening of a giant. Quick! Danger! The Philistines be upon thee, Samson! And then the swift unanimous action – and, then, alas, the prompt relapse into sleep. In a divided nation that would have been exactly the moment for a big peace movement to arise. But does this mean that the instinct of the English will always tell them to do the right thing? Not at all, merely that it will tell them to do the same thing. In the 1931 General Election, for instance, we all did the wrong thing in perfect unison. We were as single-minded as the Gadarene swine. But I honestly doubt whether we can say that we were shoved down the slope against our will.
It follows that British democracy is less of a fraud than it sometimes appears. A foreign observer sees only the huge inequality of wealth, the unfair electoral system, the governing-class control over the press, the radio and education, and concludes that democracy is simply a polite name for dictatorship. But this ignores the considerable agreement that does unfortunately exist between the leaders and the led. However much one may hate to admit it, it is almost certain that between 1931 and 1940 the National Government represented the will of the mass of the people. It tolerated slums, unemployment and a cowardly foreign policy. Yes, but so did public opinion. It was a stagnant period, and its natural leaders were mediocrities. (England & Patriotism & Democracy) ibid.
77,365. The patriotic thing to do is to critique my country. How else do you make a country better but by pointing out its flaws? (Patriotism & Criticism & Country) Bill Maher
47,731. In the United States, doing good has come to be, like patriotism, a favourite device of persons with something to sell. (Good & Patriotism & Sell) H L Mencken, US editor, 1880-1956
49,353. No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots. (Dissent & Patriotism & Rebellion) Barbara Ehrenreich
49,355. If what your country is doing seems to you practically and morally wrong, is dissent the highest form of patriotism? (Dissent & Patriotism) Howard Zinn, Dissent in Pursuit of Equality, Life, Liberty and Happiness, variously attributed
59,906. Imperialism, sane Imperialism, as distinguished from what I may call wild-cat Imperialism, is nothing but this – a larger patriotism. (Empire & Patriotism) Lord Rosebery, speech 5th May 1899
82,432. Patriotism is a lively sense of collective responsibility. Nationalism is a silly cock crowing on its own dunghill. (Nationalism & Patriotism) Richard Adlington 1892-1962, English poet & novelist & biographer
84,760. Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel. Samuel Johnson
84,761. The fact that we've been a great democracy doesn’t mean we will automatically keep being one if we keep waving the flag. (Patriotism & Flag) Norman Mailer
84,762. Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it. (Patriot & Country & Government) Mark Twain
84,763. Never the patriot yet, but was a fool. (Patriot & Fool) John Dryden 1631-1700, Absalom and Achitophel
84,764. The kind of patriotism which consists in hating all other nations. (Patriot & Nation & Nationalism) Elizabeth Gaskell, Syvia’s Lovers 1863
84,765. You’ll never have a quiet world till you knock the patriotism out of the human race. George Bernard Shaw, O'Flaherty VC
84,766. Love of our country is another of those specious illusions, which have been invented by impostors in order to render the multitude the blind instruments of their crooked designs. (Patriotism & Nationalism & Country & Illusion) William Godwin 1756-1836, English philosopher and novelist, husband of Mary Wollstonecraft
59,015. I don’t know that atheists should be considered patriots, nor should they be considered citizens. This is one nation under God. (Atheism & Bush & Patriot & Citizen) George H W Bush, cited Robert Sherman
84,767. So, to be patriots, as not to forget we are gentlemen. (Patriot & Gentleman) Edmund Burke
84,768. Conceit, arrogance and egotism are the essentials of patriotism ... Patriotism assumes that our globe is divided into little spots, each one surrounded by an iron gate. Those who had the fortune of being born on some particular spot, consider themselves better, nobler, grander, more intelligent than the living beings inhabiting any other spot. It is, therefore, the duty of everyone living on that chosen spot to fight, kill, and die in the attempt to impose his superiority upon all others. (Patriotism & Superiority) Emma Goldman
84,769. Sixty foot heads ... We are calling bullshit on Mount Rushmore. Penn & Teller: Bullshit! Mount Rushmore s5e8
84,770. We Americans love our patriotic icons ... No icon is more imposing than Mount Rushmore ... A creepy national memorial. ibid.
84,771. Is everyone supposed to feel patriotic about where they were born no matter where they were born? ibid.
84,772. Patriotism was a big theme of Blair’s 1997 Labour election victory celebration. Max Hastings, The Falklands Legacy
84,773. It is lamentable, that to be a good patriot one must become the enemy of the rest of mankind. (Patriot & Nationalism) Voltaire
84,774. Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons. (Patriotism & Kill) Bertrand Russell
38,524. A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government. (Government & Patriotism & Country) Edward Abbey
84,776. Patriotism must be founded on great principals and supported by great virtue. (Patriotism & Virtue & Principles) Henry Bolingbroke
84,777. ‘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’. (Patriotism & Country) Gilbert K Chesterton