Nay, more, it is the duty of each individual legionary, and each one must be made to realise that fact and to account now and then for his stewardship. Patriotism is very important.
I had tears in my eyes as I raised my hand a second time to swear the oath to defend the constitution, wearing my dress uniform. However, critics of such attempts to generate new, nonexclusionary forms of solidarity have expressed doubts about the extent to which patriotic sentiments can be reconciled with a commitment to universal principles.
The nation owes this to itself, since the loss even of one of its members weakens it, and is injurious to its devotion.
But a few persons were around him, yet his characteristic dying words were remembered. The die was now cast; I had passed the Rubicon. Nationalism is our form of incest, is our idolatry, is our insanity. That, for me, is patriotism. Patriots are loyal to their motherland. Who would not be that youth?
He who no longer exists can have no duties to perform: The preservation of a nation is found in what renders it capable of obtaining the end of civil society; and a nation is in a description state, when nothing necessary is wanting to arrive at that end.