Patriotism Sayings and Quotes

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


Patriotism is voluntary. It is a feeling of loyalty and allegiance that is the result of knowledge and belief. A patriot shows their their patriotism through their actions, by their choice.     

Jesse Ventura

One of the great attractions of patriotism - it fulfills our worst wishes. In the person of our nation we are able, vicariously, to bully and cheat. Bully and cheat, what's more, with a feeling that we are profoundly virtuous.     

Aldous Huxley

A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon.     

Napoleon Bonaparte

Real patriotism is a willingness to challenge the government when it's wrong.     

Ron Paul

Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel.     

Samuel Johnson

One flag, one land, one heart, one hand, One Nation evermore!     

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and success of liberty.     

John F. Kennedy

If our country is worth dying for in time of war let us resolve that it is truly worth living for in time of peace.     

Hamilton Fish

The urge to save humanity is almost always a false face for the urge to rule it.     

H.L. Mencken

The love of one's country is a splendid thing. But why should love stop at the border      

Pablo Casals

Our country is not the only thing to which we owe our allegiance. It is also owed to justice and to humanity. Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong.     

James Bryce

It is sweet to serve one's country by deeds, and it is not absurd to serve her by words.     

Sallust

It is the love of country that has lighted and that keeps glowing the holy fire of patriotism.     

J. Horace Mcfarland

My kind of loyalty was loyalty to one's country, not to its institutions or its office-holders.     

Mark Twain

He loves his country best who strives to make it best.     

Robert G. Ingersoll

Men love their country, not because it is great, but because it is their own.     

Seneca

Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all other countries because you were born in it.     

George Bernard Shaw

Patriotism is easy to understand in America - it means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country.     

Calvin Coolidge

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

Loyalty to country ALWAYS. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.     

Mark Twain

There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people for a purpose which is unattainable.     

Howard Zinn

I am an American; free born and free bred, where I acknowledge no man as my superior, except for his own worth, or as my inferior, except for his own demerit.     

Theodore Roosevelt

A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.     

Edward Abbey

It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen.     

Aristotle

Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.     

Oscar Wilde

A love for tradition has never weakened a nation, indeed it has strengthened nations in their hour of peril.     

Winston S. Churchill

The greatest patriotism is to tell your country when it is behaving dishonorably, foolishly, viciously.     

Julian Barnes

Patriots always talk of dying for their country but never of killing for their country.     

Bertrand Russell

I love my country, not my government.     

Jesse Ventura

To oppose corruption in government is the highest obligation of patriotism.     

G. Edward Griffin