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"I distinguish, between nationalism and patriotism." - Michael Ignatieff

"Patriotism is nationalism, and always leads to war." - Helen Caldicott

"It's only important to differentiate between patriotism and nationalism. I speak of enlightened patriotism." - Charlotte Knobloch

"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

"It's not always clear where a healthy patriotism shades into a dangerous nationalism." - Ross Douthat

"Nationalism is our form of incest, is our idolatry, is our insanity. Patriotism is its cult." - Erich Fromm

"...majority Patriotism is the customary Patriotism." - Mark Twain

"Patriotism ruins history." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Patriotism corrupts history." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Totalitarianism is patriotism institutionalized." - Steve Allen

"Patriotism can flourish only where racism and nationalism are given no quarter. We should never mistake patriotism for nationalism. A patriot is one who loves his homeland. A nationalist is one who scorns the homelands of others." - Johannes Rau

"Politically speaking, tribal nationalism [patriotism] always insists that its own people are surrounded by 'a world of enemies' - 'one against all' - and that a fundamental difference exists between this people and all others. It claims its people to be unique, individual, incompatible with all others, and denies theoretically the very possibility of a common mankind long before it is used to destroy the humanity of man." - Hannah Arendt

"Patriotism is a lively sense of responsibility. Nationalism is a silly cock crowing on its own dunghill." - Richard Aldington

"Devolution will kill Nationalism stone dead" - George Robertson, Baron Robertson of Port Ellen

"Jingoistic rhetoric and puerile self-congratulatory nationalism." - Carl Sagan

"Nationalism has a way of oppressing others." - Noam Chomsky

"Protection and patriotism are reciprocal." - John C Calhoun

"Patriotism alone is not enough." - Edith Cavell

"Don't spread patriotism too thin." - Theodore Roosevelt

"The drive toward economic nationalism is only part of the general revival of nationalism." - Arthur Henderson

"Patriotism is a lively sense of collective responsibility. Nationalism is a silly cock crowing on its own dunghill and calling for larger spurs and brighter beaks. I fear that nationalism is one of England's many spurious gifts to the world." - Richard Aldington

"Patriotism is (like) loving your family whether it is good or bad, while always striving to make it better. Nationalism simply insists 'Hey my family is the best'.." - Peter Jennings

"Nationalism and patriotism are two sides of the same coin, and the most nationalistic / patriotic country in the last 300 years was Germany during the Third Reich." - Gene Weingarten

"Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first; nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first." - Charles De Gaulle

"We have a secret is called Nationalism" - Ho Chi Minh

"The wedding of Christianity or Judaism with nationalism is lethal." - Arthur Miller

"It's so frightening, the nationalism in the air." - Arundhati Roy

"Nationalism is a silly cock crowing on his own dunghill." - Richard Aldington

"When you forcefully suppress religious nationalism, you radicalize it." - Reza Aslan

"Independence did not mean chauvinism and narrow nationalism." - Said Musa

"Patriotism: The first resort of a scoundrel." - Ambrose Bierce

"Patriotism is a menace to liberty." - Emma Goldman

"I won't trade humanity for patriotism." - Immortal Technique

"Never be ashamed of your patriotism." - H Jackson Brown Jr

"Patriotism is the opposite of selfish individualism." - David Ehrenfeld

"Patriotism covers a multitude of sins." - Carolyn Wells

"The highest form of patriotism is dissent." - Matthew Dowd

"Patriotism is a joke in the UK." - Matt Tong

"Patriotism is the vice of nations." - Oscar Wilde

"ITCH, n. The patriotism of a Scotchman." - Ambrose Bierce

"Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious" - Oscar Wilde

"I never questioned Barack Obama's patriotism." - Michele Bachmann

"Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism." - George Washington

"Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious." - Oscar Wilde

"An informed patriotism is what we want." - Ronald Reagan

"Patriotism is best exemplified through auto-critique." - Henry Louis Gates

"When you want a nation, that's called nationalism... Black nationalism. A revolutionary is a Black nationalist. He wants a nation." - Malcolm X

"Christianity has not conquered nationalism; the opposite has been the case nationalism has made Christianity its footstool." - Arthur Keith

"I am against nationalism, and I am against patriotism. They are both the dark side. It is time not simply to redefine a kinder-and-gentler patriotism, but to sweep away the notion and acknowledge it as morally, politically, and intellectually bankrupt. It is time to scrap patriotism." - Robert Jensen

"There is Ontario patriotism, Quebec patriotism, or Western patriotism; each based on the hope that it may swallow up the others, but there is no Canadian patriotism, and we can have no Canadian nation when we have no Canadian patriotism." - Henri Bourassa

"He saw that science had become as great a hoax as religion, that nationalism was a farce, patriotism a fraud, education a form of leprosy, and that morals were for cannibals" - Henry Miller

"Call it 'nationalism' when you affix a flag to your car, and leave the word 'patriotism' for your efforts to make this country a kinder, more egalitarian place, and one that is less dangerous to the rest of the world." - Barbara Ehrenreich

"Nationalism and patriotism are the two most evil forces that I know of in this century or in any century and cause more wars and more death and more destruction to the soul and to human life than anything else." - Oliver Stone

"America is a new country, and maybe patriotism helps Americans create unity, since it is a melting pot. But nationalism in Europe has a strong history, as you may know." - Thomas Bangalter

"Nationalism and patriotism in the wrong hands will destroy lives, it really will, because I'll tell you something: it takes a village to ruin a child. I think we've proven that time and time again in this country." - Janeane Garofalo

"There is a higher form of patriotism than nationalism, and that higher form is not limited by the boundaries of one's country; but by a duty to mankind to safeguard the trust of civilization." - Oscar Straus

"I was weaned not on television or Wild West sagas but on stories of nationalism and patriotism. I would sit at my mother's feet by the hour and drink in these exciting tales of the freedom fighters in our family." - Sukarno

"I don't like the showy nationalism - a tattoo, wrapping yourself in a flag - that doesn't matter to me. The way to show your patriotism and commitment is to go and support or play for your team." - Gary Speed

"Nationalism is blamed for this century's wars, but nationalism need not mean militarism. And the nation-state has been the laboratory of liberty." - George Will

"I think patriotism is like charity - it begins at home." - Henry James

"Patriotism is a pernicious, psychopathic form of idiocy." - George Bernard Shaw

"Patriotism varies, from a noble devotion to a moral lunacy." - William Ralph Inge

"Patriotism is a lively sense of collective responsibility." - Richard Aldington

"Patriotism is the vital condition of national permanence." - George William Curtis

"Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel." - Samuel Johnson

"These martyrs of patriotism gave their lives for an idea." - Schuyler Colfax

"Patriotism means loving our country, not the government." - Mike Cloud

"The flavor of patriotism depends upon its habitat." - Joseph Smith Jr

"No patriotism is genuine that is merely partisan or provincial." - William Rainey Harper

"Commerce diminishes the spirit, both of patriotism and military defence." - Thomas Paine

"Patriotism is the last refuge to which a scoundrel clings." - Bob Dylan

"Conceit, arrogance, and egotism are the essentials of patriotism." - Emma Goldman

"Patriotism is a mystery-intangible, invisible, and yet eternal." - William Jennings Bryan

"The most intense patriotism always flourishes in the rear." - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

"Patriotism is no substitute for a sound currency." - Grover Cleveland

"Patriotism is a word which always commemorates a robbery." - George Bernard Shaw

"I hate all the loathsome nonsense that goes with patriotism." - Albert Einstein

"Patriotism knows neither latitude nor longitude. It is not climatic." - E.A. Storrs

"Blind faith in bad leaders is not patriotism." - Rocky Anderson

"I want to light the lights of patriotism." - Lech Walesa

"Patriotism was a living fire of unquestioned belief and purpose." - Frank Knox

"It was patriotism, not communism, that inspired me." - Ho Chi Minh

"I think English film is very embarrassed by patriotism, generally." - Tom Hooper

"Patriotism does not oblige us to acquiesce in the destruction of liberty. Patriotism obliges us to question it, at least." - Wendy Kaminer

"African nationalism is meaningless, dangerous, anachronistic, if it is not, at the same time, pan-Africanism." - Julius Nyerere

"I have no sense of nationalism, only a cosmic consciousness of belonging to the human family." - Rosika Schwimmer

"Traditional nationalism cannot survive the fissioning of the atom. One world or none." - Stuart Chase

"Unrestricted nationalism is, in the long run, incompatible with world peace." - Bertrand Russell

"I loathe nationalism. It is a form of tribalism-the idolatry of the 20th century." - Cornel West

"Nationalism: One of the effective ways in which the modern man escapes life's ethical problems." - Reinhold Niebuhr

"The underpinning of immigration concerns is xenophobia and racism and nationalism." - David Cross

"This European and really pro-Russian nationalism is seeping into America. It's very disturbing." - Glenn Beck

"I don't think my work does reflect my nationality - I don't like the idea of nationalism." - David Bailey

"People aren't really afraid of my views. They are just afraid of the word 'nationalism.'" - Alexei Navalny

"In its haste to bolster nationalism, in its obsession with security, Europe is losing its soul." - Tariq Ramadan

"I'm happiest with people who've gotten furthest from traditional ideas of nationalism." - William Gibson

"Palestinian ideology has become a lethal cocktail of radical nationalism and Islamic fundamentalism." - Jack Schwartz

"After World War II, the winds of nationalism and anti-colonialism blew through the developing world." - Stephen Kinzer

"All of nationalism can be understood as a kind of collective narcissism." - Geoff Mulgan

"By 'nationalism' I mean first of all the habit of assuming that human beings can be classified like insects and that whole blocks of millions and tens of millions of people can be confidently labeled 'good' or 'bad'...By 'patriotism' I mean devotion to a particular place and a particular way of life, which one believes to be best in the world but has no wish to force on other people. Patriotism is of its nature defensive, both militarily and culturally. Nationalism, on the other hand, is inseparable from the desire for power." - George Orwell

"About Swami Vivekanada: I am not saying that the message of the Swami was the final word in our nationalism... But it was tremendous - something with an undying glory of its own. If you read his books, if you read his lectures, you are struck at once with his love of humanity, his patriotism, not abstract patriotism which came to us from Europe but of different nature altogether a more living thing, something which we feel within ourselves when we read his writings." - Chittaranjan Das

"Patriotism is proud of a country's virtues and eager to correct its deficiencies; it also acknowledges the legitimate patriotism of other countries, with their own specific virtues. The pride of nationalism, however, trumpets its country's virtues and denies its deficiencies, while it is contemptuous toward the virtues of other countries. It wants to be, and proclaims itself to be, "the greatest", but greatness is not required of a country; only goodness is." - Sydney J Harris

"To abolish war it is necessary to abolish patriotism, and to abolish patriotism it is necessary first to understand that it is an evil. Tell people that patriotism is bad and most will reply, 'Yes, bad patriotism is bad, but mine is good patriotism.'" - Leo Tolstoy

"Under this flag may our youth find new inspiration for loyalty to Canada; for a patriotism based not on any mean or narrow nationalism, but on the deep and equal pride that all Canadians will feel for every part of this good land." - Lester B Pearson

"I want to be proud of this country [the USA], but when aspects of our policy don't align with my ethics, I want to protest them and try to change them. Being complicit because it's the home team is nationalism, not patriotism." - Shepard Fairey

"Should we not begin to redefine patriotism? We need to expand it beyond that narrow nationalism which has caused so much death and suffering. If national boundaries should not be obstacles to trade-we call it globalization-should they also not be obstacles to compassion and generosity?" - Howard Zinn

"I always have a high regard for the individual and have an insuperable distaste for violence and clubmanship. All these motives made me into a passionate pacifist and anti-militarist. I am against any nationalism, even in the guise of mere patriotism. Privileges based on position and property have always seemed to me unjust and pernicious, as did any exaggerated personality cult." - Albert Einstein

"Whistleblowing constitutes a nice test case for the evaluation of loyalty. Loyalty also appears at the intersection of many major philosophical debates: general ones such as those between consequentialism and deontology, reason and feeling, virtue and principle, as well as more specific ones such as nationalism and patriotism, morality and obedience, particularism and universalism." - John Kleinig

"One of the real dangers of loyalty is that it may become associated with certain types of group-think, chauvinism, jingoism, and thus become socially destructive in ways that many other virtues are not likely to be when they are corrupted. Nationalism and patriotism are especially prone to misguided excess." - John Kleinig

"There is a fuzzy but real distinction that can and I believe should be made, between patriotism, which is attachment to a way of life, and nationalism, which is the insistence that your way of life deserves to rule over other ways of life." - Todd Gitlin

"I have always been conscious of the importance and the strength of nationalism, and this has led me straight to the acknowledgment of the nationalism of the Palestinian people." - Uri Avnery

"The great European dream was to diminish militant nationalism. We would all be happy Europeans together. But we are going to see the old monster of militant nationalism being awoken when people realise how little control their politicians have." - Antony Beevor

"I'm supportive of practical nationalism, like the kind we need in Canada to avoid being absorbed into a much larger country. The kind of nationalism I despise as destructive and infantile is really just tribalism writ large." - Steven Heighton

"I believe that nationalism is a very strong force, but there are other forces operating; there are tendencies pushing towards a larger picture, especially in Europe, I think; but I still think nationalism is real." - Peter Singer

"That's a mistake I think that a lot of Western observers make is to assume that Korean nationalism is hundreds if not thousands of years old. When in fact nationalism is incompatible with Korean Confucian tradition." - Brian Reynolds Myers

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

"My father valued patriotism above all other social obligations, but he had his own particular interpretation of just how true patriotism was meant to function." - Thomas Steinbeck

"Nationalism is cured by traveling." - Shakira

"Nationalism and extremism ... are spreading today like a cancerous growth in the fabric of people's national self-awareness." - Raisa Gorbacheva

"Nationalism is not the awakening of nations to self-consciousness; it invents nations where they do not exist..." - Ernest Gellner

"No other German writer of comparable stature has been a more extreme critic of German nationalism than Nietzsche." - Walter Kaufmann

"For Pakistan, Kashmir represents the infeasibility of secular nationalism and underscores the need for an Islamic theocracy in the subcontinent." - Nyla Ali Khan

"The political philosophy of black nationalism means: we must control the politics and the politicians of our community." - Malcolm X

"The fueling of anti-Turkish sentiment in Europe is resulting in an anti-European, indiscriminate nationalism in Turkey." - Orhan Pamuk

"The beginning of Canadian cultural nationalism was not 'Am I really that oppressed?' but 'Am I really that boring?'" - Margaret Atwood

"In Europe the right wing is bogged down in Nationalism in most cases and still fighting so called Reds." - Tom Metzger

"A good nationalism has to depend on a principle of the common people, on myths of a struggling commonality." - Andrew O'Hagan

"I don't think nationalism is alone holding the field; it's in contention with a lot of different things." - Peter Singer

"I want to caution that we must not confuse patriotism with blind endorsement of bad policies." - Mark Hatfield

"That kind of patriotism which consists in hating all other nations." - Elizabeth Gaskell

"Patriotism is a superstition, one far more injurious, brutal and inhumane than religion." - Gustave Herve

"Patriotism is usually the refuge of the scoundrel. He is the man who talks the loudest." - Mark Twain

"Leo Tolstoy ... defines patriotism as the principle that will justify the training of wholesale murderers." - Emma Goldman

"I realize that patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred toward any one." - Edith Cavell

"My definition of patriotism is to defend your country with the truth, no matter the consequences." - John F Kerry

"There are these two kinds of patriotism. There's blind patriotism, unflagging patriotism. And then there's the patriotism that says I live in a democracy and it's very important for the health and the life of this democracy that it get better all the time, not get worse." - Norman Mailer

"At the bottom of all patriotism there is war: that is why I am no patriot." - Jules Renard

"Religion, morality, and patriotism are feelings that are manifested only when they are outraged." - Karl Kraus

"Patriotism is the belief that not all human lives are worth the same." - Tao Lin

"When stupidity is considered patriotism, it is unsafe to be intelligent." - Isaac Asimov

"There are others who aim at popularity under the disguise of patriotism" - Jonathan Mayhew

"Priests are no more necessary to religion than politicians are to patriotism." - John Haynes Holmes

"Patriotism is an indispensable weapon in the defense of civilization against barbarism." - William Kristol

"Wealth has never yet sacrificed itself on the altar of patriotism." - Robert M. La Follette, Sr.

"Blind obedience in the name of patriotism or religion ultimately takes our lives." - Terry Tempest Williams

"The difference between treason and patriotism is only a matter of dates." - Alexandre Dumas

"Patriotism does not mean giving blind loyalty and a blank check to George W. Bush." - Jello Biafra

"Talking of patriotism, what humbug it is; it is a word which always commemorates a robbery." - Mark Twain

"Remember this, take this to heart, live by it, die for it if necessary: that our patriotism is medieval, outworn, obsolete; that the modern patriotism, the true patriotism, the only rational patriotism, is loyalty to the Nation ALL the time, loyalty to the Government when it deserves it." - Mark Twain

"We're being sold a brand new idea of patriotism. It never occurred to me that patriotism had to be advertised. Patriotism is something you deeply felt. You didn't have to wear it on your lapel or show it in your window or on a bumper sticker. That kind of patriotism does not appeal to me at all." - Sam Shepard



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