Nations whose nationalism is destroyed are subject to ruin.
I hate pride, but if I were going to be proud of anything it would have to be something I'd done myself. Race pride is kind of stupid.
My definition of patriotism is to defend your country with the truth, no matter the consequences.
To a wise and good man the whole earth is his fatherland.
People who enjoy waving flags don't deserve to have one
Banksy in Cut It Out
A man's feet should be planted in his country, but his eyes should survey the world.
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?
A great country acknowledges it's mistakes.
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.
Sovereignism is an exaggeration that always ends badly: It leads to war.
Pope Francis - September 2019
The nation... doesn't simply need what we have. It needs what we are.
Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.
There is much more to being a patriot and a citizen than reciting the pledge or raising a flag.
True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else.
No man can be a patriot on an empty stomach.
There is nothing nobler than risking your life for your country.
Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel.
Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first; nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first.
Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country.
John F. Kennedy - Inaugural Address
We remember the Americans who put country above self, and set personal grievances aside for the greater good. We remember the Americans who held this country together during its most difficult hours; who put aside pride and party to form a more perfect union.
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People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.
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The day we stop believing democracy can work is the day we lose it.
Jamillia in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones2
Democracy isn't just there. We have to work for it together - every day.
Angela Merkel - October 2021, during the 31st Day of German Unity1
The right to work is a slogan which should be accepted by every democracy.
Climate change is real. The science is compelling. And the longer we wait, the harder the problem will be to solve.
Think about this: terrorism, epidemics, poverty, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction-all challenges that know no borders-the reality is that climate change ranks right up there with every single one of them.
There must be a world revolution which puts an end to all materialistic conditions hindering woman from performing her natural role in life and driving her to carry out man's duties in order to be equal in rights.
Even a true artist does not always produce art.
Our sins are more easily remembered than our good deeds.
I mean, they say dou die twice. One time when you stop breathing and a second time, a bit later on, when somebody says your name for the last time.
Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
Can we go back to using Facebook for what it was originally for - looking up exes to see how fat they got?
Democracy is based upon empathy and the recognition that some decisions are solely for the community's benefit without regard to one's own narrow self-interest.
The only time that we are allowed to look down upon others: when we are offering to help them up.
Pope Francis - August 20231
This is a serious warning cry: Surrender without reservation to the Lord who has called us. This is required of us so that the face of the earth may be renewed.
A kiss is something you need both hands for.
I'm going to put on my gravestone, 'He never owned a cell phone.'
The best that we can do is to be kindly and helpful toward our friends and fellow passengers who are clinging to the same speck of dirt while we are drifting side by side to our common doom.
Absence from whom we love is worse than death, and frustrates hope severer than despair.
Free nations of the world cannot allow Taiwan, a beacon of democracy, to be subdued by an authoritarian China.
Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.
I never complained about people comparing me to asparagus. Because talking of asparagus... the head is the most important part.
Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.
For the world has changed, and we must change with it.
Never let pride be your guiding principle! Let your accomplishments speak for you.