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What Do You Mean By Patriotism?

The limitless love for own country and deep concern for the welfare of all fellowmen in the nation may be referred to as “Patriotism”. Patriotism is regarded as one of the noble traits since it is combination of several admirable virtues such as solemn assertion of the country’s sovereignty, progressive outlook for multi-faceted development of the nation, constant fervor for the weal and welfare of each and every denizen of the nation, strongest adamancy for uncompromising stance for defence of the country, sincere adherence to ethical principles for equitable distribution of wealth among all the fellowmen to ensure true economic development of the nation, serious commitment to preservation of natural resources and conservation of conventional as well as non-conventional forms of energy for optimum utilisation to public with a special attention on non-wastage of their output and so on.

When we say multi-faceted development of the nation, it encompasses all-round progress in the life of the people. Needless to say, the first and foremost importance is accorded to the basic necessities of life like food, clothing and shelter. Achievement of self-sufficiency in all the requirements of life is the prime pre-requisite for any nation to occupy the place on a launching pad for setting sights on further advancement. In addition to the basic necessities of life, the aim on achieving as well as maintaining the status of developed nations should never be relegated to the back burner. Self-sufficiency also implies rightful possession / ownership on the basic necessities and amenities for each person. Health care and sanitation too demand a perennial attention. Right to education should be the fundamental prerogative for every individual. Educated minds are expected to think properly to move ahead in correct way of prosperity. The human development index is one of the criteria for assessing the standard of development of the country.

However, any country cannot boast of total self-dependence (no matter how developed it is) due to its own limitations of natural resources and specific geographical location on the globe. Inter-dependence is inevitable among all the countries on earth, despite the ideological differences and the nature of internal governance. A nation which is least dependent on other countries is generally perceived to have adequate wherewithal at its disposal for internal developmental projects, upliftment of standard of living, scientific progress, cultural development, refurbishment of civilization, encouragement of creative minds in various fields of science, education, fine arts, literature, music etc.

How Can You Show Your Patriotism?

True patriotism never supports outrageous extension of territorial frontiers at the cost of other nations’ sovereignty. Self-development of a country should make it an ideal nation worth emulating by others. After passing through the initial phase of self-reparation in almost all walks of life, a country reaches the next and final stage of maintenance of the high standards of life and culture endlessly.   

Attaining robust levels of economic progress, self-sufficiency, high standards of all aspects of life like health, education, productivity (of goods and services), exports and imports should not cast a pall on its focus on ensuring the sturdy impregnable defence as well as reinforcing supremely talented valiance of military personnel.

World history is wrought with the examples of exceptionally prolonged periods of struggle by innumerable freedom fighters for seeking independence from foreign rule in a serious mission of demanding self-governance, asserting and averment of their own dignity and self-respect and preservation of their culture and heritage. Freedom struggle in many nations witnessed countless sacrifices of life, imprisonment daring the brutal oppression of foreign rule. The very purpose of winning Independence is for levitating the nation with their own hands of the countrymen to the highest levels of progress and prosperity. After gaining independence, maintenance of high standards of living continuously for several centuries and millennia in future reflects the true consistent patriotic spirit and caliber of the nation. The policy of “Live well and Let live” should the golden doctrine for any country in order that its international image should shine resplendently across the globe. 

Quotations on Patriotism:

“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.”

- Mark Twain

“My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth.”

- Abraham Lincoln
“We, the People, recognize that we have responsibilities as well as rights; that our destinies are bound together; that a freedom which only asks what's in it for me, a freedom without a commitment to others, a freedom without love or charity or duty or patriotism, is unworthy of our founding ideals, and those who died in their defense.”

- Barack Obama

“To survive in peace and harmony, united and strong, we must have one people, one nation, one flag.”

- Pauline Hanson
“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”

- Thomas Jefferson

America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.”

- Harry S Truman
“Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.”

- George Washington

“If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.”

- Ronald Reagan
“When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice. The Bible tells us, 'How good and pleasant it is when God's people live together in unity.”

- Donald Trump

“You're not supposed to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who says it.”

- Malcolm X
“Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first; nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first.”

- Charles de Gaulle

“Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.”

- Winston Churchill
“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.”

- Elmer Davis

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“I look forward to a great future for America - a future in which our country will match its military strength with our moral restraint, its wealth with our wisdom, its power with our purpose.”

- John F. Kennedy
“Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!”

- Patrick Henry

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

- John F. Kennedy
“Patriotism is not an abstract concept. It begins from one's own home. It buds out from the love for one's parents, spouses and children, the love for one's own home, village and workplace, and further develops into the love for one's country and fellow people.”

- Kim Jong-un

 “I saw courage both in the Vietnam War and in the struggle to stop it. I learned that patriotism includes protest, not just military service.”

- John F. Kerry
“The greatness of America lies not in being more enlightened than any other nation, but rather in her ability to repair her faults.”

- Alexis de Tocqueville

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

- Napoleon Bonaparte
“True patriotism is better than the wrong kind of piety.”

- Abraham Lincoln


“Patriotism is love of country. But you can't love your country without loving your countrymen and countrywomen. We don't always have to agree, but we must empower each other, we must find the common ground, we must build bridges across our differences to pursue the common good.”

- Cory Booker
“True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else.”

- Clarence Darrow

“I believe our flag is more than just cloth and ink. It is a universally recognized symbol that stands for liberty, and freedom. It is the history of our nation, and it's marked by the blood of those who died defending it.”

- John Thune
“When a nation is filled with strife, then do patriots flourish.”

- Lao Tzu

“Fighting corruption is not just good governance. It's self-defense. It's patriotism.”

- Joe Biden
“Our flag honors those who have fought to protect it, and is a reminder of the sacrifice of our nation's founders and heroes. As the ultimate icon of America's storied history, the Stars and Stripes represents the very best of this nation.”

- Joe Barton

“The patriot's blood is the seed of Freedom's tree.”

- Thomas Campbell
“Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong.”

- James Bryce

“Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.”

- Oscar Wilde
“The patriot volunteer, fighting for country and his rights, makes the most reliable soldier on earth.”

- Stonewall Jackson

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

- Edward Abbey
“Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men. It is the spirit of men who follow and of the man who leads that gains the victory.”

- George S. Patton

“Patriot: the person who can holler the loudest without knowing what he is hollering about.”

- Mark Twain
“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

“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

“It was patriotism, not communism, that inspired me.”

- Ho Chi Minh

“The American flag is the symbol of our freedom, national pride and history.”

- Mike Fitzpatrick
“I suffer the mortification of seeing myself attacked right and left by people at home professing patriotism and love of country who never heard the whistle of a hostile bullet. I pity them and the nation dependent on such for its existence. I am thankful, however that, though such people make a great noise, the masses are not like them.”

- Ulysses S. Grant

“Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel.”

- Samuel Johnson
“There are seasons in every country when noise and impudence pass current for worth; and in popular commotions especially, the clamors of interested and factious men are often mistaken for patriotism.”

- Alexander Hamilton

“If we love our country, we should also love our countrymen.”

- Ronald Reagan


“Unless our conception of patriotism is progressive, it cannot hope to embody the real affection and the real interest of the nation.”

- Jane Addams

“I gave my heart to the Americans and thought of nothing else but raising my banner and adding my colors to theirs.”

- Marquis de Lafayette
“Patriotism is not a short and frenzied outburst of emotion but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.”

- Adlai Stevenson

“There is much more to being a patriot and a citizen than reciting the pledge or raising a flag.”

- Jesse Ventura
“The fight for freedom must go on until it is won; until our country is free and happy and peaceful as part of the community of man, we cannot rest.”

- Oliver Tambo

“Nothing can be better calculated to advance our interests and character than the establishment of a liberal and disinterested policy, enlightened by patriotism and guided by wisdom.”

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

- Albert Einstein

“When I grew up, I only had two dreams. One was to be a cowboy and another was to be in the military. I grew up extremely patriotic and riding horses.”

- Chris Kyle
“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 do think the patriotic thing to do is to critique my country. How else do you make a country better but by pointing out its flaws?”

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

- Voltaire

“To me, it seems a dreadful indignity to have a soul controlled by geography.”

- George Santayana
“It is the pride of my heart to have been one of the earliest adopted sons of America.”

- Marquis de Lafayette

“I tremble for my country when I hear of confidence expressed in me. I know too well my weakness, that our only hope is in God.”

- Robert E. Lee
“The commercial spirit is the spirit of profit, not patriotism; of credit, not honor; of individual gain, not national prosperity; of trade and dickering, not principle.”

- Lincoln Steffens


“Patriotism is a love of country. If you love your country, you should love your countrymen and women. It doesn't mean you always agree with them or even like them. It is understanding that we have interwoven destiny.”

- Cory Booker
“There is a fuzzy but real distinction that can and I believe should be made, between patriotism, which is attachment to a way of life, and nationalism, which is the insistence that your way of life deserves to rule over other ways of life.”

- Todd Gitlin

“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
“When Pearl Harbor was bombed, young Japanese-Americans, like all young Americans, rushed to their draft board to volunteer to fight for our country. That act of patriotism was answered with a slap in the face. We were denied service and categorized as enemy non-alien.”

- George Takei

“For a writer only one form of patriotism exists: his attitude toward language.”

- Joseph Brodsky
“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

“I was weaned not on television or Wild West sagas but on stories of nationalism and patriotism. I would sit at my mother's feet by the hour and drink in these exciting tales of the freedom fighters in our family.”

- Sukarno


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