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Guy de Maupassant Quotes and Sayings

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

Related topics: Patriotism

It is better to be unhappy in love than unhappy in marriage,
but some people manage to be both.
- Guy de Maupassant

Every government has as much of a duty to avoid war
as a ship's captain has to avoid a shipwreck.
- Guy de Maupassant

It is the lives we encounter that make life worth living.
- Guy de Maupassant

 

The simplest of women are wonderful liars who can extricate
themselves from the most difficult dilemmas with a
skill bordering on genius.
- Guy de Maupassant

The essence of life is the smile of round female bottoms,
under the shadow of cosmic boredom.
- Guy de Maupassant

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

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

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

I distinguish, between nationalism and patriotism.
- Michael Ignatieff

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

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

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

Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.
- George Washington

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.
- Howard Zinn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It is the patriotic duty of every man to lie for his country.
- Alfred Adler

I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.
- Diogenes

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

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

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

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

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

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

Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.
- Oscar Wilde

Can anything be stupider than that a man has the right
to kill me because he lives on the other side of a
river and his ruler has a quarrel with mine,
though I have not quarrelled with him?
- Blaise Pascal

137 years later, Memorial Day remains one of America's
most cherished patriotic observances.
The spirit of this day has not changed -
it remains a day to honor those who died defending
our freedom and democracy.
- Doc Hastings

I define nothing.
Not beauty, not patriotism.
I take each thing as it is, without prior rules about what it should be.
- Bob Dylan

Unfortunately, our history has abundant examples of
patriotism being used to hurt those who express views
in disagreement with that of the majority.
- Vic Snyder

It is our conduct, our patriotism and belief in our American way of life,
our courage that will win the final battle.
- Prescott Bush

Patriotism is the religion of hell.
- James Branch Cabell

I have no sense of patriotism, but I do have a sense of community.
- Chrissie Hynde

Patriotism is usually stronger than class hatred,
and always stronger than internationalism.
- George Orwell

The higher American patriotism, on the other hand,
combines loyalty to historical tradition and precedent
with the imaginative projection of an ideal national Promise.
- Herbert Croly

Patriotism is an ephemeral motive that scarcely ever
outlasts the particular threat to society that aroused it.
- Denis Diderot

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

The heights of popularity and patriotism are still
the beaten road to power and tyranny.
- David Hume

There are others who aim at popularity under the disguise of patriotism.
- Jonathan Mayhew

For a writer only one form of patriotism exists:
his attitude toward language.
- Joseph Brodsky

Patriotism.
Combustible rubbish ready to the torch of any one ambitious to illuminate his name.
- Ambrose Bierce

America's state religion, is patriotism,
a phenomenon which has convinced many of the citizenry
that "treason" is morally worse than murder or rape.
- William Blum

If military movies were automatically successful we'd
make nothing but military movies.
But seriously, patriotism is one thing that all Americans have in common.
- Tommy Lee Jones

But my patriotism goes for something beyond what we have.
We don't have something that I want to die for -
anymore.
- Jack Bowman

Some versions of patriotism come close to the tribal,
which we all want to surpass, and some don't.
- Todd Gitlin

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

Love and business and family and religion and art and
patriotism are nothing but shadows of words when a man's starving!
- O. Henry


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