Albert EinsteinAlbert Einstein, (1879-1955) Physicist and Professor, Nobel Prize 1921

Albert Einstein Quote

“Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism -- how passionately I hate them!”

Albert EinsteinAlbert Einstein
~ Albert Einstein

Ratings and Comments

E Archer, NYC

'Patriotism' can be twisted to mean many things -- often far from being true to the ideals of one's country. Consider the 'Patriot Act' and the 'patriotic' wars against Islam in Afghanistan (as if these people were a threat to the most powerful nation on Earth) and other Middle Eastern countries. Wars based upon lies are dishonorable, and true patriots will not support them.

Bob, Eugene OR

Meh. He's creating a reductio ad absurdum.

Mike, Norwalk

Heroism on command - like swat teams breaking in on the wrong house and killing the dog; Senseless violence - often employed by jack booted policing combatants enforcing victimless crimes; and, Archer above describes patriotism as would here fit.


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