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Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.Johnson, Samuel
Source: SAMUEL JOHNSON.James Boswell, Life of Johnson, entry for Friday, April 7, 1775, p. 615 .In Dr. Johnsons 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.Ambrose Bierce, The Devils Dictionary, at entry for patriotism, The Collected Writings of Ambrose Bierce, p. 323 .H. L. Mencken added this to Johnsons dictum: But there is something even worse: it is the first, last, and middle range of fools.The World, New York City, November 7, 1926, p. 3E. · Excerpt from Life of Johnson, Volume 6 Addenda, index, dicta philosophi, etc. · This quote is about patriotism · Search on Google Books to find all references and sources for this quotation.
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