The love of one’s country is a splendid thing. But why should love stop at the border?
~ Pablo Casals
”Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism – how passionately I hate them!”
"To him in whom love dwells, the whole world is but one family. "
Our hearts where they rocked our cradle,
Our love where we spent our toil,
And our faith, and our hope, and our honor,
We pledge to our native soil.
God gave all men all earth to love,
But since our hearts are small,
Ordained for each one spot should prove
Beloved over all.
”Do not… regard the critics as questionable patriots. What were Washington and Jefferson and Adams but profound critics of the colonial status quo? “
Each man must for himself alone decide what is right and what is wrong, which course is patriotic and which isn’t. You cannot shirk this and be a man. To decide against your conviction is to be an unqualified and excusable traitor, both to yourself and to your country, let men label you as they may.
Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all other countries because you were born in it.
~ George Bernard Shaw
"Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind."
~Albert Einstein, The World As I See It, 1934
If I knew something that would serve my country but would harm mankind, I would never reveal it; for I am a citizen of humanity first and by necessity, and a citizen of France second, and only by accident.
I am not an Athenian or a Greek, I am a citizen of the world.
The stench of the trail of Ego in our History. It is ego – ego, the fountain cry, origin, sole source of war.
~ George Meredith, Beauchamp’s Career
Our country is the world, our countrymen are all mankind. We love the land of our nativity, only as we love all other lands. The interests, rights, and liberties of American citizens are no more dear to us than are those of the whole human race. Hence we can allow no appeal to patriotism, to revenge any national insult or injury.
~William Lloyd Garrison, Declaration of Sentiments, Boston Peace Conference, 1838
If our country is worth dying for in time of war let us resolve that it is truly worth living for in time of peace.
Patriotism is a kind of religion; it is the egg from which wars are hatched.
~Guy de Maupassant
Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first; nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first.
~Charles de Gaulle
It is lamentable, that to be a good patriot one must become the enemy of the rest of mankind.
~Voltaire, Philosophical Dictionary
It 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.
“Patriotism is undivine only if there is no real sincere feeling behind patriotism, if in the name of patriotism you just go and condemn or strike other nations and try to lord it over them.”
“To destroy a country we need power. This power is undivine, unillumined and ill-founded. To love a country we need a great power. This great power is our pure and constant concern for our country.”
“Nationalism, especially when it urges us to fight for freedom, is noble and life-giving. But often it becomes a narrow creed, and limits and encompasses its votaries and makes them forget the many-sidedness of life. But Rabindranath Tagore has given to our nationalism the outlook of internationalism and has enriched it with art and music and the magic of his words, so that it has become the full-blooded emblem of India’s awakened spirit.”
Quotes on Patriotism at Quote Garden