He is, more likely, one who likes his country more than the rest of us, and is thus more disturbed than the rest of us when he sees it debauched.
He is not a bad citizen turning to crime; he is a good citizen driven to despair.” ― “Patriotism ...
The ethnic nationalist who wants a linguistically and culturally uniform nation is akin to the racist who is intolerant toward those who look and behave differently.
The patriot is a "diversitarian"; he is pleased, indeed proud of the variety within the borders of his country; he looks for loyalty from all citizens. ~ Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn Patriotism or national pride is the feeling of love, devotion and sense of attachment to a homeland, and a sense of alliance with other citizens who share the same sentiment.
The name of American, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of Patriotism, more than any appellation derived from local discriminations.
~ George Washington Patriotism, not nationalism, should inspire the citizen.It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country.In either event, it is unpatriotic not to tell the truth, whether about the president or anyone else.” ― “Here is your country.Heroism at command, senseless brutality, deplorable love-of-country stance and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be part of so base an action!It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.” ― “The people cannot be all, and always, well informed.The part which is wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive.If they remain quiet under such misconceptions, it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. What country before ever existed a century and half without a rebellion?We consider ourselves a part of smaller groups like family or a dance band, as well as a part of larger groups like certain political parties, religions, and nations.Then again, if you ask anyone from polarized locations in the world, they will surely have different views on patriotism.We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language...and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.” ― “The notion that a radical is one who hates his country is naïve and usually idiotic.