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Charles de GaullePatriotism is when love of your own people comes first; nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first.

—  Charles de Gaulle, 1890-1970, French President

HoraceIt is sweet and honorable to die for one's country.

—  Horace, 65-8 BC, Roman poet

John KennedyAsk not what your country can do for you… ask what you can do for your country.

—  John Kennedy, 1917-1963, American President [1961-1963]

VoltaireIt is sad that often, to be a good patriot, one must be the enemy of the rest of mankind.

—  Voltaire, 1694-1778, French philosopher & writer

G. K. ChestertonThe true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.

—  G. K. Chesterton, 1874-1936, English writer & critic

Samuel JohnsonPatriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.

—  Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784, English writer

Arthur ClarkeThere is hopeful symbolism in the fact that flags do not wave in a vacuum.

—  Arthur Clarke, 1917-2008, British Sci-Fi writer

George OrwellWe are in a strange period of history in which a revolutionary has to be a patriot and a patriot has to be a revolutionary.

—  George Orwell, 1903-1950, British writer

     (letter to “The Tribune” , 20 December 1940)

Charles de GaulleLong live free Quebec!

Vive le Québec libre!

—  Charles de Gaulle, 1890-1970, French President

     (said in 1967 in Montréal causing a diplomatic uproar with Canada)

Isaac AsimovWhen stupidity is considered patriotism, it is unsafe to be intelligent.

—  Isaac Asimov, 1920-1992, American Sci-Fi writer

Calvin CoolidgePatriotism is easy to understand in America; it means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country.

—  Calvin Coolidge, 1872-1933, American President [1923-1929]

George Bernard ShawPatriotism is, fundamentally, a conviction that a particular country is the best in the world because you were born in it

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

George Bernard ShawA healthy nation is as unconscious of its nationality as a healthy man of his bones. But if you break a nation's nationality it will think of nothing else but getting it set again.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

Ancient Greek

HomerThis is the best omen, to fight for your country.

Είς οιωνός άριστος, αμύνεσθαι περί πάτρης.

—  Homer, c. 800-750 BC, II ‐ Iliad XII

     (words of Hector)



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