“Patriotism To The Patriots”‏


“It is lamentable, that to be a good patriot one must become the enemy of the rest of mankind”. Voltaire

pa•tri•ot•ism/ˈpeɪtriəˌtɪzəm or, esp. British, ˈpæ-/ Show Spelled [pey-tree-uh-tiz-uhm or, esp. British, pa-]

devoted love, support, and defense of one’s country; national loyalty. Origin:
1720–30; patriot + -ism

“I have long believed that sacrifice is the pinnacle of patriotism”. Bob Riley

“Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel”. Samuel Johnson

“Patriotism demands the ability to feel shame as much as to feel pride”. Anne-Marie Slaughter

“Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong”. James Bryce

“They are patriotic in time of war because it is to their interest to be so, but in time of peace they follow power and the dollar wherever they may lead”. Henry A. Wallace

“The very idea of true patriotism is lost, and the term has been prostituted to the very worst of purposes. A patriot, sir! Why, patriots spring up like mushrooms! Robert Walpole

patriot (n.)
1590s, “compatriot,” from Middle French patriote (15c.) and directly from Late Latin patriota “fellow-countryman” (6c.), from Greek patriotes “fellow countryman,” from patrios “of one’s fathers,” patris “fatherland,” from pater (genitive patros) “father” (see father (n.)); with -otes, suffix expressing state or condition. Liddell & Scott write that patriotes was “applied to barbarians who had only a common [patris], [politai] being used of Greeks who had a common [polis] (or free-state).”
Meaning “loyal and disinterested supporter of one’s country” is attested from c.1600, but became an ironic term of ridicule or abuse from mid-18c. in England, so that Johnson, who at first defined it as “one whose ruling passion is the love of his country,” in his fourth edition added, “It is sometimes used for a factious disturber of the government.”

“A real patriot is the fellow who gets a parking ticket and rejoices that the system works”. Bill Vaughan

“Patriot: the person who can holler the loudest without knowing what he is hollering about”. Mark Twain

“Patriotism is a kind of religion; it is the egg from which wars are hatched”. Guy de Maupassant

“Patriotism is the religion of hell”. James Branch Cabell

“My films are always concerned with family, friendship, honor, and patriotism”. John Woo

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

“I do think the patriotic thing to do is to critique my country. How else do you make a country better but by pointing out its flaws?” Bill Maher

“Real patriotism is a willingness to challenge the government when it’s wrong”. Ron Paul

“There is a real patriotism underneath the best of my music but it is a critical, questioning and often angry patriotism”. Bruce Springsteen

“I have no sense of patriotism, but I do have a sense of community”. Chrissie Hynde


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