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America, thou half-brother of the world; with something good and bad of every land. Philip James Bailey
I am a New Yorker. Connie Stevens
The chiefs of Fiji have relevance for all our citizens not just the Fijians, they still represent stability, order and continuity. If the chiefs were diminished, the entire nation would be weakened and be vulnerable. Laisenia Qarase
Rich men belong to another nationality entirely, no matter what their actual nationality happens to be. The nationality of the rich. William Saroyan
Italy, which is inhabited only by a single race speaking the same language and professing the same religion, experiences so many difficulties in its unification. For the moment all it has achieved is anarchy and disorder. Judge what would happen in Turkey if free scope were given to all the different national aspirations …. It would need a century and torrents of blood to establish even a fairly stable state of affairs. Ali Pasha
Mankind is a single body and each nation is a part of that body. We must never say "What does it matter to me if some part of the world is ailing?" If there is such an illness, we must concern ourselves with it as though we were having that illness. Kemal Ataturk
I despise any flag, not just the American flag. It's a symbol of a piece of land that's considered more important than the human lives on it. Joan Baez
Nationality is a thing like a church or a secret society; it is a product of the human soul and will; it is a spiritual product. Gilbert K. Chesterton
If we don't find some way that the different ethnic groups can live together in a country, how many countries will we have? We'll have 5,000 countries rather than the hundred plus we have now. Warren Christopher
I am neither German or French but European. Daniel Cohn-Bendit
The white and colored people of this country [can] be blended into a common nationality… Frederick Douglass
The typical immigrant of the present does not really live in America at all, but, from the point of view of nationality, in Italy, Poland, Czecho-Slovakia, or some other foreign country. Henry Pratt Fairchild
A nation is the totality of people who speak the same language. Jacob Ludwig Karl Grimm
This is an unfair world. Many of us have struggled hard and even shed blood in order to be independent. When borders are down and the world becomes a single entity, independence can become meaningless. Mohamad Mahathir
Nationality is the role assigned by God to each people in the work of humanity. Guiseppe Mazzini
A Canadian nationality—not French-Canadian, not British-Canadian, nor Irish-Canadian: patriotism rejects the prefix ... is what we should look forward to. D'Arcy McGee
A portion of mankind may be said to constitute a Nationality if they are united among themselves by common sympathies which do not exist between them and any others—which make them co-operate with each other more willingly than with other people, desire to be under the same government, and desire that it should be government by themselves or a portion of themselves exclusively. John Stuart Mill
A portion of mankind may be said to constitute a nationality if they are united among themselves by common sympathies which do not exist between them and any others—which make them cooperate more willingly than with other people, desire to be under the same government and desire that it should be government by themselves or a portion of themselves inclusively. John Stuart Mill
My country? My country is the United States. Fiorello H. La Guardia
The moment we invite to our table men of another race ... we affirm that we acknowledge them as our fellow countrymen as they acknowledge we are theirs. Wilfrid Laurier
America is the only nation in the world that does not define itself by its boundaries but by its creed. Joseph I. Lieberman
India is merely a geographical expression. It is no more a single country than the Equator Winston Churchill
… from humanity to nationality to bestiality Franz Grillparzer
In global terms, to be born British remains a remarkable stroke of luck. Andrew Marr
Nationality is belief in a common origin and end. Guiseppe Mazzini
Without Nationality neither liberty nor equality is possible- and we believe in the holy Fatherland, that is the cradle of nationality, the altar and patrimony of the individuals that compose each people. Guiseppe Mazzini
The bitter and agonizing fruit from the tree of nationality… Jan Kollar
We are Italians! Anonymous
Where does this outcry about nationality, this emphasis on an indigenous language and history come from but the German universities, where learned fools have provoked the spirit of a quiet, sensible nation to madness and crime? There is the cradle of you Slavomania Franz Grillparzer
We [American Blacks] are a nation within a nation, looking for a nationality John Henrik Clarke
Irishness is not primarily a question of birth or blood or language; it is the condition of being involved in the Irish situation, and usually of being mauled by it. Conor Cruise O'Brien
Liberty and Nationality are mere lyrics to them of which they understand nothing. Bertalan Szemere
Violence is not merely killing another. It is violence when we use a sharp word, when we make a gesture to brush away a person, when we obey because there is fear. So violence isn't merely organized butchery in the name of God, in the name of society or country. Violence is much more subtle, much deeper, and we are inquiring into the very depths of violence. When you call yourself an Indian or a Muslim or a Christian or a European, or anything else, you are being violent. Do you see why it is violent? Because you are separating yourself from the rest of mankind. When you separate yourself by belief, by nationality, by tradition, it breeds violence. So a man who is seeking to understand violence does not belong to any country, to any religion, to any political party or partial system; he is concerned with the total understanding of mankind. Jiddu Krishnamurti
Fiji can make a similar report on the US on all those issues. Our report would be far worse than the US state department's report on Fiji. Laisenia Qarase
Our sovereignty has been taken away by the European Court of Justice...Our courts must no longer enforce our national laws. They must enforce Community law...No longer is European law an incoming tide flowing up the estuaries of England. It is now like a tidal wave bringing down our sea walls and flowing inland over our fields and houses—to the dismay of all. Alfred Denning
Terrorism has no motherland and terrorists have no nationality. Karen Demirchyan
Whether we remain in one confederacy or form into Atlantic and Mississippi Confederacies I believe not very important to the happiness of either part. Those of the Western Confederacy will be as much our children as those of the Eastern part. Thomas Jefferson
You must hate a Frenchman as you hate the devil. Horatio Nelson
Ability and fitness for the office, where they exist, are as a rule, purely accidental. The selection is made primarily to strengthen the power of the party. This explains the principle by which appointments are parceled out to meet the alleged claims of particular political districts; it also explains the even more vicious principle by which race, nationality and creed often dictate the selection of Magistrates. Samuel Seabury
The idea of India is not based on language, not on geography, not on ethnicity and not on religion. The idea of India is of one land embracing many. You can be many things and one thing: you can be a good Keralite, a good Muslim and a good Indian all at once. Shashi Tharoor
If America is a melting pot, then to me India is a thali -- a collection of sumptuous dishes in different bowls. Each may not mix with the next, but they combine on your palate to produce a satisfying repast. Shashi Tharoor
The Department has noted with considerable apprehension increasing propaganda rumors and semi-official statements in favor of an autonomous Macedonia emanating from Bulgaria, but also from Yugoslav partisan and other sources with the implication that Greek territory would be included in the projected State. This Government considers talk of "Macedonian Nation", "Macedonian Fatherland", or "Macedonian National Consciousness" to be unjustified demagoguery representing no ethnic or political reality, and sees in its present revival a possible cloak for aggressive intentions against Greece. Edward R. Stettinius Jr.
I was brought up to believe that a person must be rescued when drowning, regardless of religion and nationality. Irena Sendler
One does not ask of one who suffers: What is your country and what is your religion? One merely says: You suffer, that is enough for me... Louis Pasteur
The important thing is neither your nationality nor the religion you professed, but how your faith translated itself in your life. Eleanor Roosevelt
The technical work of scientists is blind to nationalities. Varadaraja V. Raman
There is only one class in the state, the Volk, (the people), and the king belongs to this class as well as the peasant Johann Gottfried von Herder
It is the apparent plan of nature that as one human being, so also one generation, and also one nationality learn, learn incessantly, from and with the others, until all have comprehended the difficult lesson: No nationality has been solely designated by God as the chosen people of the earth; above all we must seek the truth and cultivate the garden of the common good. Hence no nationality of Europe may separate itself sharply, and foolishly say, "With us alone, with us dwells all wisdom. Johann Gottfried von Herder
Historically, the Middle East was governed by Empires. The empires drew the lines between nations without paying attention to the ethnicity of the peoples in the nations. Now, you don’t have a single country that is cohesive in the Middle East. For that reason, you see civil wars all over the place. Shimon Peres
The working men have no country. We cannot take away from them what they have not got. Karl Marx
The question really isn't whether I'm American, Russian, Iranian, Azerbaijani, or anything else. I've been shaped by all these people and cultures and I feel quite comfortable among all of them Lotfali Askar Zadeh
Language is an instrument of development and struggle. Different nations have different languages. The interests of the proletariat of all Russia demand that the proletarians of the different nationalities inhabiting Russia shall have full right to use the language in which it is easiest for them to receive education, in which they can best oppose their enemies at meetings or in public, state and other institutions. That language is the native language. Joseph Stalin
Art should have no nationality and between artists we should be able to develop complete reciprocity. We need emotional outlets in this country and the more artistic people we develop the better it will be for us as a nation. Eleanor Roosevelt
The fallacies of the Melting Pot theory have also become obvious. Years before the war [WWI] it had become increasingly apparent that the Melting Pot was no longer successfully performing its function; that the American population was losing its homogeneous character; that various nationalities of recent immigrants were forming more and more compact racial "blocs," each bloc tenaciously maintaining its own racial character, customs, and traditions. Robert DeCourcy Ward
Every nation has a home. The sentiment of nationality cannot gather simply round an idea or a memory or a program or about some function or status, such as a priesthood or an aristocracy or a Legion of Janissaries. Alfred Eckhard Zimmern
A child is a Japanese if his or her father is a Japanese at the time of his or her birth. Japan
Terrorism has no motherland and terrorists have no nationality. Karen Demirchyan
Morality knows nothing of geographical boundaries, or distinctions of race. Herbert Spencer
Nationality is the first great object—a Nationality which will not only raise our people from their poverty … but inflame them and purify them with a lofty and heroic love of country… a Nationality which may embrace Protestant, Catholic and Dissenter… the Irishman of a hundred generations and the stranger who is within our gates… a Nationality which would be recognized by the world and sanctified by wisdom, virtue, and prudence Nation -- Ireland
I never am sure what nationality I am as my village [in Alsace-Loraine] is part of different countries from day to day. William Wyler
… the idea of nationality, has caused more damage to the economic system of Europe, however extraordinary that may seem, than the idea of plunder… The stumbling block is the difficulty of separating racial groups in Europe. Apart from the large countries where war, often prolonged for centuries, has cemented the nations, the races which fought for the possession of the continent--Latin, Teuton and Slav--have remained in conflict. They are still encamped upon the ground, always in a state of hostility, yet subject to interpenetration. Joseph Caillaux
Therefore no private Piques or Quarrels must be brought within the Door of the Lodge, far less any Quarrels about Religion, or Nations, or State Policy Freemasonry
When two nations have competing national identities, the solutions are either imposed though force by one side over the other or require a new conception of identity that allows for compromise. David C. Kang
It isn't pleasant to surrender to the hegemony of a nation which is still wild and primitive, and to concede the absolute superiority of its customs and institutions, science and technology, literature and art. Must one sacrifice so much in the name of the unity of mankind? Czeslaw Milosz
I don't think we can undo the past. … We have to do the best we can now...I don't think quotas are a good idea...I don't think quotas are a good idea. I think it is a mistake to begin to assign quotas on the basis of religion or race or color, or nationality. … We are too mixed, this society of ours, to begin to divide ourselves on the basis of race or color. John F. Kennedy

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