June 29, 2023: Patriotism
Throughout modern history, many countries have marked the anniversary of their national independence with ceremonies and celebrations. In the United States, Independence Day is July 4.
No matter where you live, feelings of patriotism can be complicated, and those feelings always run deep. Following are some thought-provoking quotes about patriotism.
“In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.” —Mark Twain
“A man’s country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle; and patriotism is loyalty to that principle.” —George William Curtis
“True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else.” —Clarence Darrow
“Men love their country, not because it is great, but because it is their own.” —Lucius Annaeus Seneca
“A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.” —Edward Abbey
“As religion is imitated and mocked by hypocrisy, so public duty is parodied by patriotism.” —J.E. Thorold Rogers
“Patriotism is just loyalty to friends, people, families.” —Robert Santos
“Patriotism means unqualified and unwavering love for the nation, which implies not uncritical eagerness to serve, not support for unjust claims, but frank assessment of its vices and sins, and penitence for them.” —Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
“Patriotism is a kind of religion; it is the egg from which wars are hatched.” —Guy de Maupassant
“Putting a flag on your SUV is not a sacrifice. It’s patriotism lite.” —Charles Moskos
“Ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.” —John F. Kennedy
“You’re not supposed to be so blind with patriotism that you can’t face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who says it.” —Malcolm X
“A real patriot is the fellow who gets a parking ticket and rejoices that the system works.” —Bill Vaughan
“Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.” —Oscar Wilde
“I venture to suggest that patriotism is not a short and frenzied outburst of emotion but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.” —Adlai Stevenson
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