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  • No, I don't mean love, when I say patriotism. I mean fear. The fear of the other. And its expressions are political, not poetical: hate, rivalry, aggression.
    (Ursula K. Le Guin, "The Left Hand of Darkness")
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  • The beggarly question of parentage--what is it, after all? What does it matter, when you come to think of it, whether a child is yours by blood or not? All the little ones of our time are collectively the children of us adults of the time, and entitled to our general care. That excessive regard of parents for their own children, and their dislike of other people's, is, like class-feeling, patriotism, save-your-own-soul-ism, and other virtues, a mean exclusiveness at bottom.
    (Thomas Hardy, "Jude the Obscure")
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  • All the stories and descriptions of that time without exception peak only of the patriotism, self-sacrifice, despair, grief, and heroism of the Russians. But in reality it was not like that...The majority of the people paid no attention to the general course of events but were influenced only by their immediate personal interests.
    (Leo Tolstoy, "War and Peace")
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  • It was miraculous. It was almost no trick at all, he saw, to turn vice into virtue and slander into truth, impotence into abstinence, arrogance into humility, plunder into philanthropy, thievery into honor, blasphemy into wisdom, brutality into patriotism, and sadism into justice. Anybody could do it; it required no brains at all. It merely required no character.
    (Joseph Heller, "Catch-22")
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  • The difference between treason and patriotism is only a matter of dates.
    (Alexandre Dumas, "The Count of Monte Cristo")
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  • Patriotism is one of the core values of the NWTF. We are indebted to our troops and veterans and honor them in any way we can.
    (Rob Keck)
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  • I believe patriotism comes from the heart. Patriotism is voluntary. It is a feeling of loyalty and allegiance that is the result of knowledge and belief.
    (Jesse Ventura)
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  • It would be extremely damaging to the NFL as a brand to move this franchise, because you're going to see over the next year the recovery of New Orleans become equated with American patriotism. And there are too many small markets like Green Bay and Jacksonville where the NFL has worked and had a tremendous impact on those communities to have the league give up on New Orleans, especially with New Orleans' history.
    (Steve Perry)
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  • There are no points of the compass on the chart of true patriotism.
    (Robert Charles Winthrop)
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  • Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons.
    (Bertrand Russell)
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  • The season is a celebration of the American spirit. When you are planning a season, there is always a certain atmosphere surrounding you. We were aware of this fervent patriotism, and we wanted to address that. But there are different approaches to patriotic music other than the Sousa marches. For instance, our first program will be 'New York, New York,' celebrating the spirit of that wonderful city.
    (Gordon Johnson)
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  • The courts have ruled time and time again that students in public schools have the First Amendment right to remain quietly seated during the Pledge of Allegiance. Cameron is a very patriotic student, but his is a quiet form of patriotism. In a very polite and respectful way, he declined to stand for the pledge and the teacher berated him in front of his classmates.
    (James Green)
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  • Patriotism ... is a superstition artificially created and maintained through a network of lies and falsehoods a superstition that robs man of his self-respect and dignity, and increases his arrogance and conceit.
    (Emma Goldman)
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  • Since Vietnam, the Democratic Party has been viewed as the weaker on national security issues. Who better to make the case than veterans of the war It's hard to accuse them of a lack of patriotism.
    (Larry Sabato)
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  • Men in authority will always think that criticism of their policies is dangerous. They will always equate their policies with patriotism, and find criticism subversive.
    (Henry Steele Commager)
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