"Man is the only Patriot. He sets himself apart in his own country, under his own flag, and sneers at the other nations, and keeps multitudinous uniformed assassins on hand at heavy expense to grab slices of other people's countries, and keep them from grabbing slices of his. And in the intervals between campaigns he washes the blood of his hands and works for 'the universal brotherhood of man' with his mouth." —Mark Twain
"Patriotism is the conviction that your country is superior
to all others because you were born in it." —George Bernard Shaw
“Patriotism doesn’t automatically equal conservatism.” —Tony Stark
In the desert
I saw a creature, naked, bestial,
Who, squatting upon the ground,
Held his heart in his hands,
And ate of it,
I said: "Is it good, friend?"
"It is bitter-bitter," he answered;
"But I like it
Because it is bitter,
And because it is my heart."
The Visionary is a leader who foresees and articulates the way forward. His audacious vision, while speculative and impractical, is inspiring. His majestic self-image, though grandiose, is infectious. You may say he's a dreamer, but he's not the only one.
"If I want to walk out in the desert and heat up a can of beans on a fire, I still can. In those movies like Gattaca or whatever, the space age stuff is always all there is. But in the world there is never just one way of living. It's more like a big junkyard. Put it this way: I'm not afraid I'm going to end up on a space station in aluminium-foil underwear." —Tom Waits
"And now the wheels of heaven stop
You feel the devil's riding crop
Get ready for the future:
It is murder." —Leonard Cohen
"The future is like heaven. Everyone exalts it,
but no one wants to go there now." —James Baldwin
A thriving weed behind a dog-proof fence
A writhing dog behind a screen of weeds
The street needs people less and less
Their brave pursuits, their wretched deeds
They think the street is there for them
To bear their feet, to bear them on
"But bear with me," the pavement says
"I'm here at night. I'm here at dawn.
When you are here and when you're gone."