" 'I have seen such a sickening of men in masses, and of causes, that I would not cross this room to reform parliament or prevent the union or to bring about the millennium. I speak only for myself, mind - it is my own truth alone - but man as part of a movement or a crowd is indifferent to me. He is inhuman. And I have nothing to do with nations, or nationalism. The only feelings I have - for what they are - are for men as individuals; my loyalties, such as they may be, are to private persons alone.''Patriotism will not do?''My dear creature, I have done with all debate. But you know well as I, patriotism is a word; and one that generally comes to mean either
my country, right or wrong, which is infamous, or
my country is always right, which is imbecile.' "
~ Patrick O'Brian, "Master and Commander"