our conception of patriotism is progressive, it cannot
hope to embody the real affection and the real interest
of the nation.
Love of country is like love of woman -- he loves her best who seeks to bestow
on her the highest good.
is not for him to pride himself who loveth his own country, but rather for him
who loveth the whole world. The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens.
I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this
reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.
should take care, in inculcating patriotism into our boys and girls, that is a
patriotism above the narrow sentiment which usually stops at one's country, and
thus inspires jealousy and enmity in dealing with others... Our patriotism should
be of the wider, nobler kind which recognises justice and reasonableness in the
claims of others and which lead our country into comradeship with...the other
nations of the world. The first step to this end is to develop peace and goodwill
within our borders, by training our youth of both sexes to its practice as their
habit of life, so that the jealousies of town against town, class against class
and sect against sect no longer exist; and then to extend this good feeling beyond
our frontiers towards our neighbours."
-- Lord Baden-Powell
Militarism is no longer a synonym for patriotism. Our survival as a planet depends
on maintaining peace and justice.
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.
of one's country is a splendid thing. But why should love stop at the border?
-- Pablo Casals
I realise that patriotism
is not enough. I must have no hatred or bitterness towards anyone.
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."
-- G. K. Chesterton
is not easy to see how the more extreme forms of nationalism can long survive
when men have seen the Earth in its true perspective as a single small globe against
-- Arthur C. Clarke
Act is certainly a concern; all of those things are dangerous. I think more important
than me preaching is that we as a nation have to have the debate. I don't know
what the answers are. I just know that if the idea is to say talking about it
makes you unpatriotic, I've got to call your bluff on that.
in authority will always think that criticism of their policies is dangerous.
They will always equate their policies with patriotism, and find criticism subversive.
-- Henry Steele Commager
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.
“I am an American. I love my country and have great hopes for it. It is for this
reason that I speak candidly and sometimes critically about it. I have benefited
greatly from the freedom that exists in my country and for this I am eternally
-- Johnny Depp
hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else.
-- Clarence Seward