Nationalism Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old nationalism quotes, nationalism sayings, and nationalism proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Extreme nationalism objectifies and dehumanizes those from other countries.     

Bryant McGill

It is not for him to pride himself who loveth his own country, but rather for him who loveth the whole world. The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens.

Bahá'u'lláh

Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.

Oscar Wilde

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

Andrew O'Hagan

Nationalism and anti-nationalism is a matter of perception. You cannot mandate who is a nationalist and what is not.     

Kapil Sibal

Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons.

Bertrand Russell

Nationalism is a silly cock crowing on his own dunghill.

Richard Aldington

A nation that doesn't honor its past, has no future.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

It is nationalism which engenders nations, and not the other way round.     

Ernest Gellner

Patriotism is a kind of religion; it is the egg from which wars are hatched.

Guy De Maupassant

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

Nationalism is an infantile thing. It is the measles of mankind.

Albert Einstein

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 nation that cannot control its borders is not a nation.

Ronald Reagan

All of nationalism can be understood as a kind of collective narcissism.     

Geoff Mulgan

Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong.

James Bryce

Nationalism is not to be confused with patriotism.     

George Orwell

True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else.     

Clarence Darrow

Nationalism is our form of incest, is our idolatry, is our insanity. Patriotism is its cult.     

Erich Fromm

Nations whose nationalism is destroyed are subject to ruin.     

Muammar al-Gaddafi

A nation is a society united by a delusion about its ancestry and by common hatred of its neighbours.     

William Ralph Inge

It is not easy to see how the more extreme forms of nationalism can long survive when men have seen the Earth in its true perspective as a single small globe against the stars.     

Arthur C. Clarke

Nationalism, and its chum, patriotism, encourage unedifying hyperbole.     

Douglas Eaglesham Dunn

Our true nationality is mankind.

H.G. Wells

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

Charles De Gaulle

Nationalism is power hunger tempered by self-deception.     

George Orwell

Nationalism has a way of oppressing others.

Noam Chomsky

National identity is the last bastion of the dispossessed. But the meaning of identity is now based on hatred, on hatred for those who are not the same.     

Umberto Eco

Nationalism remains, after two centuries, the most vital political emotion in the world - far more vital than social ideologies such as communism or fascism or even democracy.     

Arthur Meier Schlesinger

Nationalism of one kind or another was the cause of most of the genocide of the twentieth century. Flags are bits of colored cloth that governments use first to shrink-wrap people's brains and then as ceremonial shrouds to bury the dead.     

Arundhati Roy