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Let those who will sneer at the women of England. We who have to do the work and fight the battle of life know the inspiration which we derive from their virtue, their counsel, their tenderness--and, but too often, from their compassion and their forgiveness. There is, I doubt not, still left in England many a man with chivalry and patriotism enough to challenge the world to show so perfect a specimen of humanity as a cultivated British woman.

- Lecture on Thrift. 1869.

My country, always wrong.

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And so, my fellow americans: ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.

- John F. Kennedy

A man who is good enough to shed his blood for his country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards. More than that no man is entitled to, and less than that no man shall have.

- Roosevelt, Theodore

Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.

- Samuel Johnson

Everyone loathes his own country and countrymen if he is any sort of artist.

- Durrell, Lawrence

Don't be a fool and die for your country. Let the other sonofabitch die for his.

- George S. Patton

Our heroes are those... who... act above and beyond the call of duty and in so doing give definition to patriotism and elevate all of us.... America is the land of the free because we are the home of the brave.

- David Mahoney

Why, of course, the people don't want war. Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece. Naturally, the common people don't want war; neither in Russia nor in England nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a Parliament or a Communist dictatorship... voice or no voice, 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 Goering

Patriotism is a pernicious, psychopathic form of idiocy.

- George Bernard Shaw

Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons.

- Bertrand Russell

The Communism of the English intellectual is something explicable enough. It is the patriotism of the deracinated.

- Orwell, George

You will never have a quiet world until you knock the patriotism out of the human race.

- Shaw, George Bernard

Many a bum show has been saved by the flag.

- Cohan, George M.

Let America first praise mediocrity even, in her children, before she praises... the best excellence in the children of any other land.

- Melville, Herman

Patriotism having become one of our topicks, Johnson suddenly uttered, in a strong determined tone, an apophthegm, at which many will start: "Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel." But let it be considered that he did not mean a real and generous love of our country, but that pretended patriotism which so many, in all ages and countries, have made a cloak of self- interest.

- Samuel Johnson

What pity is it That we can die, but once to serve our country.

- Addison, Joseph

Patriotism must be founded on great principles and supported by great virtue.

- Bolingbroke, Henry

Patriotism is often an arbitrary veneration of real estate above principles.

- George Jean Nathan

LEAD, n. A heavy blue-gray metal much used in giving stability to light lovers -- particularly to those who love not wisely but other men's wives. Lead is also of great service as a counterpoise to an argument of such weight that it turns the scale of debate the wrong way. An interesting fact in the chemistry of international controversy is that at the point of contact of two patriotisms lead is precipitated in great quantities. Hail, holy Lead! -- of human feuds the great And universal arbiter; endowed With penetration to pierce any cloud Fogging the field of controversial hate, And with a sift, inevitable, straight, Searching precision find the unavowed But vital point. Thy judgment, when allowed By the chirurgeon, settles the debate. O useful metal! -- were it not for thee We'd grapple one another's ears alway: But when we hear thee buzzing like a bee We, like old Muhlenberg, "care not to stay." And when the quick have run away like pellets Jack Satan smelts the dead to make new bullets.

- Ambrose Bierce

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