Quotation by John Dos Passos

The one thing that enslaves people more than any other to the servitude of war is nationalism—the patriotic cant—Religious cant is feeble; its on a down slope fighting to hold territory—but the patriotism—all the noxious influences of the world seem to have thrown their tentacles about it—Its the mask of all the trade-greed & the glory-breed—and the asininity that makes people insist on sacrificing themselves on the nearest altar—no matter how brazen the God above it.
John Dos Passos (1896–1970), U.S. novelist, poet, playwright, painter. Diary entry, January 28, 1918. The Fourteenth Chronicle: Letters and Diaries of John Dos Passos, ed. Townsend Ludington (1973).

Written in Italy while Dos Passos served in the American Red Cross Ambulance Service during the First World War.
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