Joseph Stalin Page

“America is like a healthy body and its resistance is threefold: its patriotism, its morality and its spiritual life. If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within.”

- Joseph Stalin

Sydney J. Harris Page

“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

Source/Notes: Purely Personal Prejudices - Strictly Personal (1953)
Theodore Roosevelt Page

“Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president.”

- Theodore Roosevelt

Abraham Lincoln Page

“Intelligence, patriotism, Christianity, and a firm reliance on Him, who has never yet forsaken this favored land, are still competent to adjust, in the best way, all our present difficulty.”

- Abraham Lincoln

Source/Notes: First Inaugural Address (1861)
Edith Cavell Page

“They have all been very kind to me here. But this I would say, standing as I do in view of God and eternity, I realize that patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred or bitterness towards anyone.”

- Edith Cavell

Source/Notes: On the eve of her execution for helping British soldiers to escape from occupied Belgium, on 11 October 1915. As quoted in: Times, 23 October 1915


Mark Twain Page

“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.”

- Mark Twain

Adlai Stevenson Page

“Patriotism is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.”

- Adlai Stevenson

Hermann Göring Page

“The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.”

- Hermann Göring

Source/Notes: As quoted in: Gustave M. Gilbert, Nuremberg Diary (1947). In conversation in his cell in Nuremberg
Robert Graves Page

“Patriotism, in the trenches, was too remote a sentiment, and at once rejected as fit only for civilians, or prisoners. A new arrival who talked patriotism would soon be told to cut it out.”

- Robert Graves

Source/Notes: Goodbye to All That (1929)
Samuel Johnson Page

“Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.”

- Samuel Johnson

Source/Notes: April 7, 1775, p. 253 - Life of Samuel Johnson (1791)


Aldous Huxley Page

“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

Source/Notes: Eyeless in Gaza (1936), p. 155
Charles de Gaulle Page

“Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first; nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first.”

- Charles de Gaulle

Source/Notes: Recalled on leaving the presidency, Life, May 9, 1969 - Fifth Republic and other post-WW2
George Bernard Shaw Page

“Patriotism is, fundamentally, a conviction that a particular country is the best in the world because you were born in it…”

- George Bernard Shaw

Source/Notes: The World (15 November 1893).
Bob Dylan Page

“I define nothing. Not beauty, not patriotism. I take each thing as it is, without prior rules about what it should be.”

- Bob Dylan

H. L. Mencken Page

“The patriotism of a priest is like the patriotism of a stock-broker. When he is found questioning the established order it usually develops, upon inquiry, that he is also questioning the tenets of the church, and he is on his way to heresy.”

- H. L. Mencken

Source/Notes: Treatise on the Gods (1930)


Richard Nixon Page

“Americans admire a people who can scratch a desert and produce a garden. The Israelis have shown qualities that Americans identify with: guts, patriotism, idealism, a passion for freedom. I have seen it. I know. I believe that.”

- Richard Nixon

Source/Notes: As quoted in: Near East Report, Volumes 11-14, edited by Isaiah L. Kenen, 1967, p. 90
Scott Ritter Page

“One, if you attack my integrity, I will defend myself. If you attack my patriotism, I will defend myself. If you come after my family, I will counter-attack viciously, I will destroy you.”

- Scott Ritter