Ten Unpatriotic Quotes for Kenya@50

December 12, 2013

1. “The greater ignorance towards a country is not ignoring what its politicians have to say, it is ignoring what the inmates in its prisons have to say.” 
      Criss Jami

2. “There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.” 
      Howard Zinn

3. “Patriotism is, fundamentally, a conviction that a particular country is the best in the world      because you were born in it….” 
    George Bernard Shaw

4. “Patriotism is an instant reaction that fades away when the war starts.”

       Mick Jagger

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

     George Santayana

6.“Men in authority will always think that criticism of their policies is dangerous. They will always equate their policies with patriotism, and find criticism subversive.”

      Henry Steele Commager

7.“The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them.”

        George Orwell

8. “When a whole nation is roaring patriotism at the top of its voice, I am fain to explore the cleanness of its hands and purity of its heart.”

        Ralph Waldo Emerson

9. “Patriotic societies seem to think that the way to educate school children in a democracy is to stage bigger and better flag-saluting.”

        S.I. Hayakawa

10. “It comes as a great shock…to discover that the flag to which you have pledged allegiance…has not pledged allegiance to you.”

        James Baldwin


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