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Quotes on Patriotism

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!”

~Albert Einstein

"To him in whom love dwells, the whole world is but one family. "

~ Buddha


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.

~Rudyard Kipling

”Do not… regard the critics as questionable patriots. What were Washington and Jefferson and Adams but profound critics of the colonial status quo? “

~Adlai Stevenson

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.

~Mark Twain

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.

~ Socrates

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.

~Hamilton Fish

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.”

Sri Chinmoy

“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.”

Sri Chinmoy

“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.”

J. Nehru

Quotes on Patriotism at Quote Garden

Start your day with Love



Quotes from Swami Atmachaithanya


Start your day with love
Spend your day with love
Love everyone you meet
Show love and compassion to all
Love is the sole purpose of your being
And is the key to the inner vision of God.

God is always with us
But we are not always with God
That is why we suffer.



By: Swami Atmachaithanya


Via: Inspirations and Creative Thoughts – blog of Sadiq

Photo by Pranlobha Sri Chinmoy Centre Galleries

Videos and Quotes Sri Ramana Maharshi

Video footage of Sri Ramana Maharshi

"Nearly all mankind is more or less unhappy
because nearly all do not know the true Self.
Real happiness abides in Self-knowledge alone.
All else is fleeting.
To know one’s Self
is to be blissful always."

Ramana Maharshi

"Happiness is your nature.
It is not wrong to desire it.
What is wrong is seeking it outside 
when it is inside. "

– Ramana Maharshi




Videos Ramana Maharshi

Photographs of Ramana Maharshi

Thought of the Day – Eastern Mysticism

Thought of the Day by Sanjaya Spettigue.

In this episode of "Thought Of The Day", Sanjaya Spettigue reflects on the legacy and contribution of George Harrison, one of the Beatles, whose genuine interest in Eastern philosophy influenced a whole generation.

"The 1960s saw a revolution in many aspects, dress, fashion, relationships. The PM Harold Macmillan said – you’ve never had it so good." But the 1960s also saw a growing interest in eastern mysticism and eastern philosophy. This was an aspiration to experience God within rather than through outer religious experiences. George Harrison inspired many young people to look into these eastern religions."

Quotes on Transformation by Sri Chinmoy


Quotes on Transformation


"Neither an individual effort nor an individual abnegation can bring about the transformation of your consciousness.
This transformation is possible only by the descent of a Higher Light. "


"Both the descent of Truth into the lower nature and the ascent of the lower nature into the higher Truth are capable of solving the problem of problems, the illumination of human consciousness. They are equally effective and have an equal speed. "


"Be Universal in your love.
You will see the universe to be the picture of your own being. "


Quotes By: Sri Chinmoy

From: Excerpt from Eternity’s Breath by Sri Chinmoy.

Photo by Kamalika Sri Chinmoy Centre Galleries


"To think of physical transformation without having some kind of realisation is to count your chickens before they are hatched. "

"Surrender has to look up with folded hands.
Transformation has to look down with palms facing the earth-consciousness. "

"The transformation of human nature in its completeness must unavoidably progress at the speed of a tortoise. "

"There is but one Knowledge. There is but one Realisation. You are at once the Seeker and the Fulfiller. "

"What is liberation? It is the extinction of a divided consciousness in the all-pervading oneness of the Supreme. "

"What is meant by spiritual perfection? It is the constant capacity to live in God and to reveal Him in one’s every moment. "

"In the field of true spirituality, Experience serves as breakfast; Realisation as lunch; Transformation as dinner."


by: Sri Chinmoy

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes



Quotes by R.W. Emerson

"The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common."

" What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. "

"People do not seem to realize that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character. "

"Is it so bad to be misunderstood?
Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton,

and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh."



By:Ralph Waldo Emerson

Photo by Jogyata Sri Chinmoy Centre Galleries


Selected Verses of Emerson’s Poems

"Give all to love;
Obey thy heart;
Friends, kindred, days,
Estate, good fame,
Plans, credit, and the muse;
Nothing refuse. "

From: Give all to Love

Spring still makes spring in the mind,
When sixty years are told;
Love wakes anew this throbbing heart,
And we are never old.
Over the winter glaciers,
I see the summer glow,
And through the wild-piled snowdrift
The warm rose buds below.

From: "The World Soul"

If the red slayer think he slays,
Or if the slain think he is slain,
They know not well the subtle ways
I keep, and pass, and turn again.

From: "Brahma"

" Good-by, proud world, I’m going home,
Thou’rt not my friend, and I’m not thine;
Long through thy weary crowds I roam;
A river-ark on the ocean brine,
Long I’ve been tossed like the driven foam,
But now, proud world, I’m going home."



"A thinker in the sublimest sense of the term is Emerson. His philosophy touches the core of all earthly problems. "Ends," said he, "pre-exist in the means." Hence what matters is to cherish our highest aspirations in all sincerity and determination and rest assured in the faith that these will realise themselves…  "

essay on R.Emerson by Sri Chinmoy

Sri Aurobindo Quotes on Peace



"The first thing to do in the sadhana is to get a settled peace and silence in the mind.
Otherwise you may have experiences, but nothing will be permanent.
It is in the silent mind that the true consciousness can be built."


"When the mind is silent there is peace and in the peace all things that are divine can come.
When there is not the mind, there is the Self which is greater than the mind."


By: Sri Aurobindo

View: Biography of Sri Aurobindo

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