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Patriotism is often an arbitrary veneration of ...
by George Jean Nathan

Patriotism is often an arbitrary veneration of real estate above principles.
- George Jean Nathan

Related topics: Patriotism

Love demands infinitely less than friendship.
- George Jean Nathan

No man can think clearly when his fists are clenched.
- George Jean Nathan

Love is an emotion experienced by the many and enjoyed by the few.
- George Jean Nathan

 

It is only the cynicism that is born of success that
is penetrating and valid.
- George Jean Nathan

Bad officials are the ones elected by good citizens who do not vote.
- George Jean Nathan

Love is the emotion that a woman feels always for a
poodle dog and sometimes for a man.
- George Jean Nathan

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A life spent in constant labor is a life wasted,
save a man be such a fool as to regard a fulsome obituary notice as ample reward.
- George Jean Nathan

What passes for woman's intuition is often nothing
more than man's transparency.
- George Jean Nathan

Criticism is the art of appraising others at one's own value.
- George Jean Nathan

I have yet to find a man worth his salt in any direction
who did not think of himself first and foremost.
- George Jean Nathan

A man reserves his true and deepest love not for the
species of woman in whose company he finds himself
electrified and enkindled,
but for that one in whose company he may feel tenderly drowsy.
- George Jean Nathan

The test of a real comedian is whether you laugh at
him before he opens his mouth.
- George Jean Nathan

An actor without a playwright is like a hole without a doughnut.
- George Jean Nathan

Great art is as irrational as great music.
It is mad with its own loveliness.
- George Jean Nathan

It is also said of me that I now and then contradict myself.
Yes, I improve wonderfully as time goes on.
- George Jean Nathan

An optimist is a fellow who believes a housefly is
looking for a way to get out.
- George Jean Nathan

So long as there is one pretty girl left on the stage,
the professional undertakers may hold up their burial of the theater.
- George Jean Nathan

Criticism is the windows and chandeliers of art:
it illuminates the enveloping darkness in which art
might otherwise rest only vaguely discernible,
and perhaps altogether unseen.
- George Jean Nathan

A man admires a woman not for what she says,
but what she listens to.
- George Jean Nathan

Beauty makes idiots sad and wise men merry.
- George Jean Nathan

I drink to make other people interesting.
- George Jean Nathan

Whenever a man encounters a woman in a mood he doesn't understand,
he wants to know if she's tired.
- George Jean Nathan

Politics is the diversion of trivial men who,
when they succeed at it, become important in the eyes of more trivial men.
- George Jean Nathan

A man's wife is his compromise with the illusion of his first sweetheart.
- George Jean Nathan

Common sense, in so far as it exists,
is all for the bourgeoisie.
Nonsense is the privilege of the aristocracy.
The worries of the world are for the common people.
- George Jean Nathan

Women, as they grow older, rely more and more on cosmetics.
Men, as they grow older, rely more and more on a sense of humor.
- George Jean Nathan

The path of sound credence is through the thick forest of skepticism.
- George Jean Nathan

To speak of morals in art is to speak of legislature in sex.
Art is the sex of the imagination.
- George Jean Nathan

I know many married men, I even know a few happily married men,
but I don't know one who wouldn't fall down the first
open coal hole running after the first pretty girl who gave him a wink.
- George Jean Nathan

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

The highest patriotism is not a blind acceptance of official policy,
but a love of one's country deep enough to call her to a higher plain.
- George McGovern

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

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

I'm an advocate of the great Dr. Johnson, the English
man of letters who said that patriotism was the last refuge of the scoundrel.
- George Galloway

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

I distinguish, between nationalism and patriotism.
- Michael Ignatieff

I have long believed that sacrifice is the pinnacle of patriotism.
- Bob Riley

The greater the state, the more wrong and cruel its patriotism,
and the greater is the sum of suffering upon which its power is founded.
- Leo Tolstoy

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

Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.
- George Washington

Patriotism is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion,
but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

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

It was patriotism, not communism, that inspired me.
- Ho Chi Minh

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels.
Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain
the true duty of patriots.
- Barbara Ehrenreich

I realize that patriotism is not enough.
I must have no hatred or bitterness towards anyone.
- Edith Cavell

We do not consider patriotism desirable if it contradicts civilized behavior.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt

Each nation feels superior to other nations.
That breeds patriotism - and wars.
- Dale Carnegie

Gentlemen have talked a great deal of patriotism.
A venerable word, when duly practised.
- Robert Walpole

Patriotism is an instant reaction that fades away when the war starts.
- Mick Jagger

The very idea of true patriotism is lost,
and the term has been prostituted to the very worst of purposes.
A patriot, sir!
Why, patriots spring up like mushrooms!
- Robert Walpole

Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.
- Howard Zinn

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

I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.
- Nathan Hale

Nationalism is a silly cock crowing on his own dunghill.
- Richard Aldington

We'll try to cooperate fully with the IRS,
because, as citizens, we feel a strong patriotic duty not to go to jail.
- Dave Barry

The patriot blood of my father was warm in my veins.
- Clara Barton

They are patriotic in time of war because it is to their interest to be so,
but in time of peace they follow power and the dollar wherever they may lead.
- Henry A. Wallace

A real patriot is the fellow who gets a parking ticket
and rejoices that the system works.
- Bill Vaughan

The tree of liberty needs to be watered from time to
time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
- Lyn Nofziger

I have no country to fight for; my country is the earth,
and I am a citizen of the world.
- Eugene V. Debs

The most tragic paradox of our time is to be found
in the failure of nation-states to recognize the imperatives of internationalism.
- Earl Warren

On what rests the hope of the republic? One country,
one language, one flag!
- Alexander Henry

The proper means of increasing the love we bear our
native country is to reside some time in a foreign one.
- William Shenstone

It is lamentable, that to be a good patriot one must
become the enemy of the rest of mankind.
- Voltaire

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

The average American is nothing if not patriotic.
- Herbert Croly

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

I love America more than any other country in this world,
and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right
to criticize her perpetually.
- James A. Baldwin

To me, it seems a dreadful indignity to have a soul controlled by geography.
- George Santayana

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


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