Love of, and devotion & loyalty to, one's country.

Alas, the jingoist false patriotism seems much more common than its virtuous namesake.

Complementary virtues

Contrasting vices

  • disloyalty
  • indifference

Virtues possibly in tension

How to acquire or strengthen it


Notes and links

Mentioned elsewhere

Inspirational quotes

  • “‘My country, right or wrong,’ is a thing that no patriot would think of saying. It is like saying, ‘My mother, drunk or sober.’” —G.K. Chesterton
  • “Suppose a problem in psychology was set: What can be done to persuade the men of our time — Christians, humanitarians or, simply, kindhearted people — into committing the most abominable crimes with no feeling of guilt? There could be only one way: to do precisely what is being done now, namely, to make them governors, inspectors, officers, policemen, and so forth; which means, first, that they must be convinced of the existence of a kind of organization called ‘government service,’ allowing men to be treated like inanimate objects and banning thereby all human brotherly relations with them; and secondly, that the people entering this ‘government service’ must be so unified that the responsibility for their dealings with men would never fall on any one of them individually.” ―Tolstoy
  • “National pride is to countries what self-respect is to individuals” … a “necessary condition for self-improvement.” ―Richard Rorty