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Nationalism Quotes


"Nationalism is cured by traveling." - Shakira

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

"Nationalism is just racism with a flag." - Peter Joseph

"Nationalism is the measels of mankind." - Albert Einstein

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

"Nationalism, like virtue, has its own reward." - Mahatma Gandhi

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

"Let's be cautious about narrow nationalism." - James A Forbes

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

"Damnit! Nationalism should stop at the stratosphere!" - Robert A Heinlein

"Donald Trump amplifies the worst instincts. And his nationalism is really a white racist supremacist nationalism." - Michael Eric Dyson

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

"Nationalism is both a vital medicine and a dangerous drug" - Geoffrey Blainey

"The only religion that still demands human sacrifice is nationalism." - Kenneth E. Boulding

"Nationalism is power-hunger tempered by self-deception." - George Orwell

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

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

"The times of Arab nationalism and unity are gone forever." - Muammar al-Gaddafi

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

"Extreme nationalism objectifies and dehumanizes those from other countries." - Bryant H Mcgill

"Our internationalism is the driver of our nationalism." - Alex Salmond

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

"Indian nationalism is not exclusive, nor aggressive, nor destructive." - Mahatma Gandhi

"Violent nationalism, otherwise known as imperialism, is a curse." - Mahatma Gandhi

"Nationalism is power hunger tempered by self-deception." - George Orwell

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

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

"Nations whose nationalism is destroyed are subject to ruin." - Muammar Algaddafi

"Nations whose nationalism is destroyed are subject to ruin." - Muammar al-Gaddafi

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

"Dylan Thomas, asked what he thought of Welsh Nationalism, replied in three words, two of which were 'Welsh Nationalism.'" - Avram Davidson

"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

"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

"[N]o serious historian of nations and nationalism can be a committed political nationalist... Nationalism requires too much belief in what is patently not so." - Eric Hobsbawm

"I'm a Canadian. Outside Canada I carry the flag. Canadian nationalism isn't as insidious as American nationalism, though. It's good natured. It's all about maple syrup, not war." - Feist

"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

"Nationalism cannot flower if it does not grow in the garden of internationalism." - Sukarno

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

"The course of modern learning leads from humanism via nationalism to bestiality." - Franz Grillparzer

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

"Nationalism, on my opinion, is nothing more than an idealistic rationalization for militarism and aggression." - Albert Einstein

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

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

"It is nationalism which engenders nations, and not the other way round." - Ernest Gellner

"Nationalism as we know it, is the result of a form of state-sponsored branding." - Bryant H Mcgill

"Of the many unforeseen consequences of typography, the emergence of nationalism is, perhaps, the most familiar" - Marshall Mcluhan

"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

"Nationalism is war. - in arguing to strengthen the federal powers of the European Union" - Francois Mitterrand

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

"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

"We must take from the right nationalism without capitalism and from the left socialism without internationalism." - Gregor Strasser

"No modern idea has affected history more than the passion of nationalism." - Charles R. Poinsatte

"Nationalism is an infantile sickness. It is the measles of the human race." - Albert Einstein

"The New Nationalism puts the national need before sectional or personal advantage." - Theodore Roosevelt

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

"Nonviolent nationalism is a necessary condition of corporate or civilized life." - Mahatma Gandhi

"Hatred is not essential for nationalism. Race hatred will kill the real national spirit." - Mahatma Gandhi

"I believe that it isn't victories but defeats that promote nationalism." - Orhan Pamuk

"Nationalism stems from catastrophes, whether they are caused by earthquakes or lost wars." - Orhan Pamuk

"Turkish football serves the cause of nationalism, but not of the nation." - Orhan Pamuk

"All nations teach their children to be "patriotic", and abuse the other nations for fostering nationalism." - Richard Aldington

"Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind." - Albert Einstein

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

"There's a civic nationalism in Britain and dozens of other countries." - Michael Ignatieff

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

"Nationalism is a type of insanity in which the boundaries of a land replace God." - Billy Collins

"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

"Nationalism is inspired by the highest ideals of the human race, satyam [the true], shivam [the god], sundaram [the beautiful]. Nationalism in India has ... roused the creative faculties which for centuries had been lying dormant in our people." - Subhas Chandra Bose

"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

"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

"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

"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 also argued before the war that the administration was underestimating Arab nationalism and Iraqi nationalism, that it was not going to be as easy to rule Iraq as they thought." - Juan Cole

"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

"I don't believe in nationalism. I think it's a bunch of slogans. It's a bunch of poor attempts at creating pride. My problem with nationalism is that it becomes exclusionary. We start to exclude people." - Miguel Syjuco

"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

"Feminism is to sexism what black nationalism is to racism; the most rational response to the problem." - Pearl Cleage

"There is a wind of nationalism and freedom blowing round the world, and blowing as strongly in Asia as elsewhere." - Stanley Baldwin

"Human nature, as manifested in tribalism and nationalism, provides the momentum of the machinery of human evolution." - Arthur Keith

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

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

"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

"Nationalism ... is like cheap alcohol. First it makes you drunk, then it makes you blind, then it kills you." - Daniel Fried

"Race, Religion, Ethnic Pride, Nationalism does nothing but teach you how to hate people you have never met" - Doug Stanhope

"Nationalism of one kind or another was the cause of most of the genocide of the twentieth century." - Arundhati Roy

"Soviet Union foreign policy is a puzzle inside a riddle wrapped in an enigma, and the key is Russian nationalism." - Winston Churchill

"Think of Europe in the 20th century. Two World Wars generated by nationalism. France, Germany, Britain fighting with each other." - Daniel Fried

"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

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

"My nationalism is as broad as my swadeshi, I want India's rise so that the whole world may benefit." - Mahatma Gandhi

"We must break through the provincial crust if we are to reach the core of all-India nationalism." - Mahatma Gandhi

"My nationalism, fierce though it is, is not exclusive, is not devised to harm any nation or individual." - Mahatma Gandhi

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

"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

"Our success in America will involve two circles: Black Nationalism and Islam-it will take BN [Black Nationalism] to make our people conscious of doing for self & then Islam will provide the spiritual guidance. BN [Black Nationalism] will link us to Africa and Islam will link us spiritually to Africa, Arabia & Asia." - Malcolm X

"No Irish nationalist could support any treaty which institutionalizes British government claims to a part of Irish national territory. Indeed, the term - 'constitutional nationalism'- used by Mr.Mallon (SDLP) and his colleagues to describe their political philosophy is a contradiction in terms. The only constitutional nationalist in Ireland today is Sean McBride. He puts his nationalism within a framework of Irish constitutionality. Mr. Mallon, however, puts his within the framework of British constitutionality. Irish nationalism within British constitutionality is a contradiction in terms." - Gerry Adams

"It is only on the basis of undiluted Nationalism and of perfect justice and impartiality that the Indian Army of Liberation can be built up." - Subhas Chandra Bose

"Dams are the temples of secular India and almost worshipped. They are huge, wet cement flags that wave in our minds. They're the symbol of nationalism to many." - Arundhati Roy

"... patriarchy creates megapatterns that affect us all-even as we forge different individual choices within them-just as do themegapatterns of nationalism or racism." - Gloria Steinem

"Somebody must trespass on the taboos of modern nationalism, in the interests of human reason. Business can't. Diplomacy won't. It has to be people like us." - Robert Byron

"We must strive to form a comprehensive sublime nationalism whose first principal is national geographic unity and must strengthen this unity with deeds not with words." - Ameen Rihani

"What generates war is the economic philosophy of nationalism: embargoes, trade and foreign exchange controls, monetary devaluation, etc. The philosophy of protectionism is a philosophy of war." - Ludwig Von Mises

"All the isms are wasms - except one: the most powerful ism of this century, indeed, of the entire democratic age, which is nationalism." - John Lukacs

"The nationalism I seek is one that decolonizes the brown and female body as it decolonizes the brown and female earth" - Cherrie Moraga

"The political philosophy of black nationalism means that the black man should control the politics and the politicians in his own community; no more." - Malcolm X

"All the nationalists are wasms - except one, the most powerful of this century, indeed, of the entire democratic age, which is nationalism." - John Lukacs

"Nationalism is the love which ties me to the blockheads of my country, to the insultors of my way of life, and to the desecrators of my language." - Karl Kraus

"Nationalism will keep its venom until we succeed in creating an image of the nations of the whole world as so many provinces." - Storm Jameson

"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

""Make America great again." You know, to a lot of people, well, that's jingoistic. That's nationalism. That's cheap, that's rank, that's not a movement." - Rush Limbaugh

"Nationalism is a central ideology for people who are trying to establish their own states in which they can play a dominant role." - Samuel P Huntington

"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

"[Alex] Haley's objective was quite different. Haley was a republican. He was an integrationist. He was very opposed to black nationalism." - Manning Marable

"You can be a bigot in the US, but you can't come out and openly declare your support for racial nationalism." - Max Blumenthal

"I am for a close global association in trade and financial matters, rather than the opposite possibility of excessive nationalism, as manifested in the two world wars." - John Kenneth Galbraith

"Hating England is a form of self-defense. That kind of nationalism is nothing more than a local manifestation of a concern for human rights." - Naguib Mahfouz

"Wars begin through greed and vanity and are continued through the insanity of nationalism in which the boundaries of a land replace God." - Billy Collins

"The State was substituted for humanity; cosmopolitan gave way to nationalism. To form the citizen, not the man, became the aim of education." - John Dewey

"It is quite possible to be both. I look upon myself as a man. Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind." - Albert Einstein

"My love of nationalism is that my country may become free, and if need be, the whole of the country die, so that the human race may live." - Mahatma Gandhi

"For thousands to do to death a few hundreds is no bravery. It is worse than cowardice. It is unworthy of nationalism, of any religion." - Mahatma Gandhi

"The Olympics are too powerful. I hate sports - they generate so much nationalism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, racism, economic exploitation, displacement of communities to build worthless bankrupt stadiums." - Terre Thaemlitz

"Historians are to nationalism what poppy-growers in Pakistan are to heroin-addicts: we supply the essential raw material for the market." - Eric Hobsbawm

"A second characteristic of our time is the prevalence of nationalism. This is still spreading, affecting new communities, more peripheral regions and so-called backward peoples." - Emily Greene Balch

"On the contrary. Internationalism also recognizes, by its very name, that nations do exist. It simply limits their scope more than one-sided nationalism does." - Christian Lous Lange

"Tribalism never prospers, for when it does, everyone will respect it as a true nationalism, and no-one will dare call it tribalism." - Ernest Gellner

"No human heart is denied empathy. No religion can demolish that by indoctrination. No culture, no nation and nationalism - nothing can touch it because it is empathy." - Dayananda Saraswati

"Born in iniquity and conceived in sin, the spirit of nationalism has never ceased to bend human institutions to the service of dissension and distress." - Thorstein Veblen

"Sporting achievements bestow a sense of unification on the cultures and societies in which they take place and create an outpouring of nationalism and pride." - Richard Attias

"Every major question in history is a religious question. It has more effect in molding life than nationalism or a common language." - Hilaire Belloc

"I don't feel particularly attached to Israel - 'nationalism,' as Noam Chomsky said, 'is not my cup of tea' - but I feel no particular need to demonize it." - Norman Finkelstein

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

"In some states militant nationalism has gone to the lengths of dictatorship, the cult of the absolute or totalitarian state and the glorification of war." - Arthur Henderson

"Though we are all human beings, we have built walls between ourselves and our neighbors through nationalism, through race, caste, and class - which again breeds isolation, loneliness." - Jiddu Krishnamurti

"To realize that new world we must prefer the values of freedom and equality above all other values - above personal wealth, technical power and nationalism." - Herbert Read



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