Nationalism Quotes

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Voltaire
“It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.”
Voltaire

Howard Zinn
“There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.”
Howard Zinn

George Bernard Shaw
“Patriotism is, fundamentally, a conviction that a particular country is the best in the world because you were born in it....”
George Bernard Shaw

Theodore Roosevelt
“Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children's children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.”
Theodore Roosevelt

John Lennon
“Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

You may say that I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one”
John Lennon, Imagine

Arthur Schopenhauer
“Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”
Arthur Schopenhauer, Essays and Aphorisms

H.G. Wells
“Our true nationality is mankind.”
H.G. Wells

Theodore Roosevelt
“The things that will destroy America are prosperity at any price, peace at any price, safety first instead of duty first and love of soft living and the get-rich-quick theory of life.”
Theodore Roosevelt

David Sedaris
“Every day we're told that we live in the greatest country on earth. And it's always stated as an undeniable fact: Leos are born between July 23 and August 22, fitted queen-size sheets measure sixty by eighty inches, and America is the greatest country on earth. Having grown up with this in our ears, it's startling to realize that other countries have nationalistic slogans of their own, none of which are 'We're number two!”
David Sedaris , Me Talk Pretty One Day

Friedrich Nietzsche
“Madness is something rare in individuals — but in groups, parties, peoples, and ages, it is the rule.”
Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil

Eugene V. Debs
“In every age it has been the tyrant, the oppressor and the exploiter who has wrapped himself in the cloak of patriotism, or religion, or both to deceive and overawe the People.”
Eugene Victor Debs

Idowu Koyenikan
“Show me the heroes that the youth of your country look up to, and I will tell you the future of your country.”
Idowu Koyenikan, Wealth for all Africans: How Every African Can Live the Life of Their Dreams

Oscar Wilde
“Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious”
Oscar Wilde

Ronald Reagan
“A nation that cannot control its borders is not a nation.”
Ronald Reagan

Albert Camus
“I should like to be able to love my country and still love justice.”
Albert Camus

Albert Einstein
“Nationalism is an infantile thing. It is the measles of mankind.”
Albert Einstein

William Golding
“We've got to have rules and obey them. After all, we're not savages. We're English, and the English are best at everything.”
William Golding, Lord of the Flies

François Fénelon
“All wars are civil wars because all men are brothers... Each one owes infinitely more to the human race than to the particular country in which he was born.”
Francois de Salignac de La Mothe- Fenelon

Patrick O'Brian
“But you know as well as I, patriotism is a word; and one that generally comes to mean either my country, right or wrong, which is infamous, or my country is always right, which is imbecile.”
Patrick O'Brian, Master and Commander

Banksy
“People who enjoy waving flags don't deserve to have one”
Banksy, Wall and Piece

Bob Ong
“MARAMI ANG MAY AYAW SA PILIPINAS, PERO WALANG NAGTATANONG KUNG GUSTO SILA NG PILIPINAS”
Bob Ong, Bakit Baliktad Magbasa Ng Libro Ang Mga Pilipino?

Timothy Snyder
“The president is a nationalist, which is not at all the same thing as a patriot. A nationalist encourages us to be our worst, and then tells us that we are the best. A nationalist, 'although endlessly brooding on power, victory, defeat, revenge,' wrote Orwell, tends to be 'uninterested in what happens in the real world.' Nationalism is relativist, since the only truth is the resentment we feel when we contemplate others. As the novelist Danilo Kiš put it, nationalism 'has no universal values, aesthetic or ethical.' A patriot, by contrast, wants the nation to live up to its ideals, which means asking us to be our best selves. A patriot must be concerned with the real world, which is the only place where his country can be loved and sustained. A patriot has universal values, standards by which he judges his nation, always wishing it well—and wishing that it would do better.”
Timothy Snyder, On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century

Carl Sagan
“National boundaries are not evident when we view the Earth from space. Fanatical ethnic or religious or national chauvinisms are a little difficult to maintain when we see our planet as a fragile blue crescent fading to become an inconspicuous point of light against the bastion and citadel of the stars.”
Carl Sagan, Cosmos

Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay
“Why must I cling to the customs and practices of a particular country forever, just because I happened to be born there? What does it matter if its distinctiveness is lost? Need we be so attached to it? What's the harm if everyone on earth shares the same thoughts and feelings, if they stand under a single banner of laws and regulations? What if we can't be recognized as Indians any more? Where's the harm in that? No one can object if we declare ourselves to be citizens of the world. Is that any less glorious?”
Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay

José Rizal
“How long have you been away from the country?" Laruja asked Ibarra.

"Almost seven years."
"Then you have probably forgotten all about it."

"Quite the contrary. Even if my country does seem to have forgotten me, I have always thought about it.”
José Rizal, Noli Me Tángere

Arundhati Roy
“At times there's something so precise and mathematically chilling about nationalism.

Build a dam to take away water AWAY from 40 million people. Build a dam to pretend to BRING water to 40 million people. Who are these gods that govern us? Is there no limit to their powers?”
Arundhati Roy, The Cost of Living

Voltaire
“So it is the human condition that to wish for the greatness of one's fatherland is to wish evil to one's neighbors. The citizen of the universe would be the man who wishes his country never to be either greater or smaller, richer or poorer.”
Voltaire, Philosophical Dictionary

Henry Miller
“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, The Time of the Assassins: a Study of Rimbaud

José Rizal
“I have observed that the prosperity or misery of each people is in direct proportion to its liberties or its prejudices and, accordingly, to the sacrifices or the selfishness of its forefathers. -Juan Crisostomo Ibarra”
José Rizal, Noli Me Tángere

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