Quotations About
patriotism

“This”, cried the Mayor, “is your town’s darkest hour!
The time for all Whos who have blood that is red
To come to the aid of their country!”, he said.
“We’ve GOT to make noises in greater amounts!
So, open your mouth, lad! For every voice counts!”

Horton Hears a Who! (1954)
Posted in: Dr. Seuss

If patriotism were defined, not as blind obedience to government, nor as submissive worship to flags and anthems, but rather as love of one’s country, one’s fellow citizens (all over the world), as loyalty to the principles of justice and democracy, then patriotism would require us to disobey our government, when it violated those principles.

Declarations of Independence: Cross-Examining American Ideology (1991)
Posted in: Howard Zinn

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

"Terror Over Tripoli" (1993)
Posted in: Howard Zinn

Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.

Words from his inaugural address, Jan. 20, 1961

A man may climb Everest for himself, but at the summit he plants his country’s flag.

Speech to a Conservative Party Conference (14 October, 1988)