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The Devil's Dictionary: Patriotism

by Ambrose Bierce
PATRIOT
PEACE

PATRIOTISM

-n.

Combustible rubbish read to the torch of any one ambitious to illuminate his name.

In Dr. Johnson's famous dictionary patriotism is defined as the last resort of a scoundrel. With all due respect to an enlightened but inferior lexicographer I beg to submit that it is the first.

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