„Activism is Patriotism.“

—  Julia Butterfly Hill, Slogan adopted by her (see also the picture on the right). Quoted in Julia Butterfly Hill: Activism is Patriotism http://www.treehugger.com/culture/julia-butterfly-hill-activism-is-patriotism.html, TreeHugger, December 2004.
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„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. A patriot shows their patriotism through their actions, by their choice.“

—  Jesse Ventura American politician and former professional wrestler 1951
Context: 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. A patriot shows their patriotism through their actions, by their choice. Chapter 391 is not about choice. In Chapter 391, the State mandates patriotic actions and displays. Our government should not dictate actions. The United States of America exists because people wanted to be free to choose. All of us should have free choice when it comes to patriotic displays... a government wisely acting within its bounds will earn loyalty and respect from its citizens. A government dare not demand the same. There is much more to being a patriot and a citizen than reciting the pledge or raising a flag. Patriots serve. Patriots vote. Patriots attend meetings in their community. Patriots pay attention to the actions of government and speak out when needed. Patriots teach their children about our history, our precious democracy and about citizenship. Being an active, engaged citizen means being a patriotic American every day. No law will make a citizen a patriot. Explaining his veto http://www.freedomforum.org/templates/document.asp?documentID=16297 of a bill [HF 2598*/SF 2411/CH 391] requiring public school students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance at least once a week (22 May 2002)

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„I am so completely convinced of the importance of this cause, as it is related to the solution of a problem no patriotic citizen should neglect, that I look upon every attempt to stimulate popular interest and activity in its behalf as a duty of citizenship.“

—  Grover Cleveland 22nd and 24th president of the United States 1837 - 1908
Speech in New York (12 February 1904), as quoted in speech by Edward de Veaux Morrell https://cdn.loc.gov/service/rbc/lcrbmrp/t2609/t2609.pdf (April 1904)

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„I have no patriotism, for patriotism, as I see it, is often an arbitrary veneration of real estate above principles.“

—  George Jean Nathan American drama critic and magazine editor 1882 - 1958
Testament of a Critic (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1931), p. 16

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„We talk a great deal about patriotism. What do we mean by patriotism in the context of our times?“

—  Adlai Stevenson mid-20th-century Governor of Illinois and Ambassador to the UN 1900 - 1965
Context: We talk a great deal about patriotism. What do we mean by patriotism in the context of our times? I venture to suggest that what we mean is a sense of national responsibility which will enable America to remain master of her power — to walk with it in serenity and wisdom, with self-respect and the respect of all mankind; a patriotism that puts country ahead of self; a patriotism which is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime. The dedication of a lifetime — these are words that are easy to utter, but this is a mighty assignment. For it is often easier to fight for principles than to live up to them. Speech to the American Legion convention, New York City (27 August 1952); as quoted in "Democratic Candidate Adlai Stevenson Defines the Nature of Patriotism" in Lend Me Your Ears : Great Speeches In History (2004) by William Safire, p. 79 - 80

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„We are in a strange period of history in which a revolutionary has to be a patriot and a patriot has to be a revolutionary.“

—  George Orwell English author and journalist 1903 - 1950
Letter to The Tribune (20 December 1940), later published in A Patriot After All, 1940-1941 (1999)

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„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 American writer and journalist 1941
"Family Values," The Worst Years of Our Lives: Irreverent Notes from a Decade of Greed (1991)

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„Patriotism ruins history.“

—  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe German writer, artist, and politician 1749 - 1832
Conversation with Friedrich Wilhem Riemer (July, 1817)

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„Nationalism is not to be confused with patriotism.“

—  George Orwell English author and journalist 1903 - 1950
Context: By "nationalism" I mean first of all the habit of assuming that human beings can be classified like insects and that whole blocks of millions or tens of millions of people can be confidently labelled "good" or "bad." But secondly — and this is much more important — I mean the habit of identifying oneself with a single nation or other unit, placing it beyond good and evil and recognizing no other duty than that of advancing its interests. Nationalism is not to be confused with patriotism. Both words are normally used in so vague a way that any definition is liable to be challenged, but one must draw a distinction between them, since two different and even opposing ideas are involved. By "patriotism" I mean devotion to a particular place and a particular way of life, which one believes to be the best in the world but has no wish to force on other people. Patriotism is of its nature defensive, both militarily and culturally. Nationalism, on the other hand, is inseparable from the desire for power. The abiding purpose of every nationalist is to secure more power and more prestige, not for himself but for the nation or other unit in which he has chosen to sink his own individuality.

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„No law will make a citizen a patriot.“

—  Jesse Ventura American politician and former professional wrestler 1951
Context: 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. A patriot shows their patriotism through their actions, by their choice. Chapter 391 is not about choice. In Chapter 391, the State mandates patriotic actions and displays. Our government should not dictate actions. The United States of America exists because people wanted to be free to choose. All of us should have free choice when it comes to patriotic displays... a government wisely acting within its bounds will earn loyalty and respect from its citizens. A government dare not demand the same. There is much more to being a patriot and a citizen than reciting the pledge or raising a flag. Patriots serve. Patriots vote. Patriots attend meetings in their community. Patriots pay attention to the actions of government and speak out when needed. Patriots teach their children about our history, our precious democracy and about citizenship. Being an active, engaged citizen means being a patriotic American every day. No law will make a citizen a patriot. Explaining his veto http://www.freedomforum.org/templates/document.asp?documentID=16297 of a bill [HF 2598*/SF 2411/CH 391] requiring public school students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance at least once a week (22 May 2002)

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„Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.“

—  Samuel Johnson English writer 1709 - 1784
April 7, 1775, p. 253 Boswell's full mention of this statement reads: :Patriotism having become one of our topicks, Johnson suddenly uttered, in a strong determined tone, an apophthegm, at which many will start: "Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel." But let it be considered, that he did not mean a real and generous love of our country, but that pretended patriotism which so many, in all ages and countries, have made a cloak of self-interest.

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„Never was patriot yet, but was a fool.“

—  John Dryden English poet and playwright of the XVIIth century 1631 - 1700
Pt. I, line 967.

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„Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.“

—  Thomas Jefferson 3rd President of the United States of America 1743 - 1826
Various; earliest source The Use of Force in International Affairs http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/21414360 (Philadelphia: Friends Peace Committee, 1961), 6, and popularized by various users in the 1960s: If what your country is doing seems to you practically and morally wrong, is dissent the highest form of patriotism? Dissent is the highest form of patriotism http://wiki.monticello.org/mediawiki/index.php/Dissent_is_the_highest_form_of_patriotism_(Quotation), Thomas Jefferson Encyclopedia Other form by historian Howard Zinn Dissent In Pursuit Of Equality, Life, Liberty And Happiness: An Interview With Historian Howard Zinn http://www.tompaine.com/Archive/scontent/5908.html by Sharon Basco, TomPaine.com http://TomPaine.com, July 03 2002 (The quote can be found in the first sentence of Mr. Zinn's first answer; nowhere in that article does Howard Zinn attribute that quote to Jefferson.): While some people think that dissent is unpatriotic, I would argue that dissent is the highest form of patriotism. Law professor Jim Lindgren of The Volokh Conspiracy has traced the possible origin of this saying back as far as the 11 November 1984 obituary of pacifist activist Dorothy Hewitt Hutchinson in the Philadelphia Inquirer, quoting a 1965 interview. The direct quote there is: "Dissent from public policy can be the highest form of patriotism," she said in an interview in 1965. "I don't think democracy can survive without it, even though you may be crucified by it at times." According to the professor's research http://volokh.com/posts/1146554363.shtml, the misattribution was popularized in the 1990's by ACLU president Nadine Strossen. Bill Mullins of the American Dialect Society did further research http://listserv.linguistlist.org/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0605A&L=ADS-L&P=R1297&I=-3.

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„There is no happiness without patriotism.“

—  Wladyslaw Sikorski Polish military and political leader 1881 - 1943
Original: Nie ma mowy o szczęściu bez patriotyzmu. in Święto szkoły http://sptuszownarodowy.szkoly.interklasa.pl/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=247&Itemid=73, 25.05.2012 and Cytatybaza: Władysław Sikorski http://cytatybaza.pl/autorzy/wladyslaw-sikorski.html

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„Protection and patriotism are reciprocal.“

—  John C. Calhoun 7th Vice President of the United States 1782 - 1850
Speech in the House of Representatives (12 December 1811)

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