Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Quotes: Patriotism

Patriotism 213 "Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons." Bertrand Russell. Portable Curmudgeon. Or for no reason.

Patriotism 94 "...the patriotic gentleman observed, with a contemptuous sneer, that he was greatly surprised how some people could have the conscience to live in a country which they did not love, and to enjoy the protection of a government, to which in their hearts they were inveterate enemies." Oliver Goldsmith. “On National Prejudices.” 1763. Gross, ed. Essays.It seems to me that I have heard that comment before.

Patriotism 266 Cy [Bogart] shouted that he “hated every dirty Hun; by gosh, if he could just poke a bayonet into one big fat Heinie and learn him some decency and democracy, he’d die happy.” Sinclair Lewis, Main Street.

Patriotism 266 "Cy got much reputation by whipping a farm boy named Adolph Pochbauer for being a 'damn hyphenated German' …the younger Pochbauer who was killed in the Argonne, while he was trying to bring the body of his Yankee captain back to the lines [while] at this time Cy Bogart was still dwelling in Gopher Prairie and planning to go to war." Sinclair Lewis, Main Street. The stories of war almost always feature irony.

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