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    "Patriotism is a virtue of the vicious."

    Can anyone here please tell me where this quote, "Patriotism is a virtue of the vicious", attributed to Oscar Wilde, is to be found in his writings?

    Do we have any free online text of the work where the quote can be located?

    Thanks for any help.


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    Not in work.

    I researched this quote online alittle and come up with this...

    This link is to a website that lists some major quotes from Oscar Wilde. It lists which quotes go to which books and then has quotes that are attributed to Wilde.

    "Patriotism is a virtue of the vicious" is listed under Attributed. Therefore, I believe that this was not in any of his books or others works. It may have been something that was said in public or something and just stuck.

    I will keep researching it though.

    Do you think he did not say this or something?

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    It seems difficult to tell.
    I looked nearly everywhere on the Internet, and could never find the exact quote in any specific work. Wilde did write many small essays, however, which seems my best guess.

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    Almost everything gets attributed to Oscar Wilde eventually, so I'm rather doubtful whether it really is one of his, especially since no specific source has been found. My best guess is that it's a garbled version of this much-quoted passage from James Boswell's Life of Samuel Johnson (1791):

    'Patriotism having become one of our topicks, Johnson suddenly uttered, in a strong determined tone, an apophthegm, at which many will start: 'Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.' But let it be considered that he did not mean a real and generous love of our country, but that pretended patriotism which so many, in all ages and countries, have made a cloak of self-interest.'
    Last edited by antiquary; 03-25-2006 at 09:29 AM.

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    And the argument of The Scoundrel

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    Ah ha! It pays to read the preceding post before posting quick reply - as Confucius say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ennison View Post
    Ah ha! It pays to read the preceding post before posting quick reply - as Confucius say.
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