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Nationalism Quotes - Speaking

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Nationality and patriotism - Quotes


Read the quotes. Discuss them:

  • Do you like them? Which do you agree with, which not? Why?
  • Do you know their authors? Who were / are they?
  • Which one you like the best? Why?
  • Discuss them with you partner: is there some typical logic behind some quotes; are some quotes similar?
  • Which one you find the strangest? Why?
  • Do you know some good quote about nationality that was not included here? Tell it to your classmates.
  • What kind of quotes about patriotism are the most popular or typical?
  • Why are some quotes so contradictory? Could you divide these quotes into the opposing groups? What would these groups be like?


It is a well-known fact that we always recognize our homeland when we are about to lose it.

Albert Camus


Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism -- how passionately I hate them!

Albert Einstein


Nationalism is power hunger tempered by self-deception.

George Orwell


I suffer more from the humiliations inflicted by my country than from those inflicted on her.

Simone Weil


People who do not spend time with their compatriots are inevitably stricken with amnesia.

Milan Kundera


The human animal cannot be trusted for anything good except en masse. The combined thought and action of the whole people of any race, creed or nationality, will always point in the right direction.

Harry S Truman


The country has charms only for those not obliged to stay there.

Edouard Manes


Our true nationality is mankind.

H. G. Wells


A man's feet should be planted in his country, but his eyes should survey the world.

George Santayana


Nationality is respectable only when it is on the defense, when it is waging wars of liberation it is sacred; when those of domination it is accursed.

Rabindranath Tagore


The great nations have always acted like gangsters, and the small nations like prostitutes.

Stanley Kubrick


National character is only another name for the particular form which the littleness, perversity and baseness of mankind take in every country. Every nation mocks at other nations, and all are right.

Arthur Schopenhauer


Nations, like men, have their infancy.

Henry Bolingbroke


Science and art belong to the whole world, and before them vanish the barriers of nationality.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Nations without a past are contradictions in terms. What makes a nation is the past, what justifies one nation against others is the past, and historians are the people who produce it.

Eric J. Hobsbawm


But you know as well as I, patriotism is a word; and one that generally comes to mean either my country, right or wrong, which is infamous, or my country is always right, which is imbecile.

Patrick O'Brian


Would the world be in the mess it is if we were loyal to love and not to countries?

Graham Greene


Your country is only a place you make up in your own mind. Something you dream about and sing about. Maybe it's not a place on the map at all, but just a story full of people you meet and places you visit, full of books and films you've been to.

Hugo Hamilton


Without a country, I am not a man.

Nawaf Al-Nasir Al-Sabah


Patriotism is a lively sense of collective responsibility. Nationalism is a silly cock crowing on its own dunghill and calling for larger spurs and brighter beaks. I fear that nationalism is one of England's many spurious gifts to the world.

Richard Aldington


Nations have always good reasons for being what they are, and the best of all is that they cannot be otherwise.

Marquis De Custine


The more I saw of foreign countries the more I loved my own.

De Delloy

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