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Any division of the United States through secession of individual States from the Union inevitably must lead to civil wars. Andrew Jackson
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
We do not wish the dissolution of the Union—we do not deny its benefits— … we wish to obtain that justice for Scotland which the Union promised, which the English promised, but which we have not yet received. Archibald Alison
Traitor? Traitor to what? My country is Quebec! Lucien Bouchard
We're seeking sovereignty because it is absolutely essential, like the ripening of the fruit, like reaching adulthood, like the opening of river into the ocean. It is necessary because we are a people. Lucien Bouchard
Feelings of marginalization and cries of separation are symptomatic of countries where rulers find power sweet and intoxicating, where power is coveted, and when acquired, painstakingly guarded. Kombo Mason Braide
A sense of grievance can accumulate with the success of conflict no matter how it has been resolved. Canadian Royal Commission on Bilingualism
The same effort that would get us Dominion Home Rule will get us a Republic. Michael Collins
Our land is our memory. Mathew Coon Come
There will be no annexation of ourselves or our territory to an independent Quebec without our consent. Mathew Coon Come
We want an independent Quebec within a strong and united Canada. Yvon Deschamps
I expected to find a contest between a government and a people: I found two nations (French and English) warring in the bosom of a single state: I found a struggle, not of principles, but of races. Philip Charles Henderson Calderwood Durham; Lord Durham
Don’t play with us. If you’re not going to give us justice, let us go so that we may help ourselves….We can’t want for benevolent white people to give us handouts. Louis Farrakhan Walcott
An identity to unity produces the empty gestures of cultural nationalism; assimilating unity to identity produces the kind of provincial isolation which is now call separatism ... Northrop Frye
Language is at the root of Quebec nationalism. Lysiane Gagnon
You must not expect the central government of any country to encourage separatism. Gennadi I. Gerasimov
It can no more negotiate sovereignty-association then it can negotiate sour sugar, dry water, boiling ice, or stationary motion. Eugene Forsey
The true interest of the Crown is the keep that kingdom [Scotland] separate from England and to be governed by their own laws and Constitutions. James II
No political dreamer was ever wild enough to think of breaking down the lines which separate the States, and of compounding the American people into one common mass. John Marshall
Quebec is the Western world's last colonial nation. Bernard Landry
Quebec has no opinions, only emotions. Wilfrid Laurier
There is an unwillingness on the part of our people for you free colored people to remain with us. Whether it is right or wrong I do not propose to discuss, but to propose it as a fact with which we have to deal. It is better for us both, therefore, to be separated. Abraham Lincoln
The dumbest secession movement in the world... the world's most pointless secession movement: They want to leave Canada in order to set up a country that looks exactly the same — confiscatory taxation, moribund health service, no mail service on weekends Mark Steyn
Not a single one, not a single one among us [French Canadians], in 200 years, has won a battle... and this is what it is to be colonized! When we have but martyrs! How can we have aspirations!? How can we have the will to fight!? Pierre Bourgault
The effort we make in trying to get white people to let us alone or invest in us is looking pretty futile…. I am a reluctant separatist Deborah Dickenson
Communal franchise is wrong in principle and harmful in practice; the time has come in Fiji for all races to get out of the thin water-tight compartments and start thinking in terms of residents of Fiji Ambalal Dahyabhai Patel
I want to govern provincially no more. I want national independence … I took time for this decision because I know all the perils of this mission. I want to ask you to struggle also in order that our country can be born in the near future Bernard Landry
I am not for separatism from the United States. My motto is justice but not independence from or revolution against the United States. Reies Lopez Tijerina
It is extremely difficult to appreciate why our Hindu friends fail to understand the real nature of Islam and Hinduism. They are not religious in the strict sense of the word, but are, in fact, different and distinct social orders, and it is a dream that the Hindus and Muslims can ever evolve a common nationality, and this misconception of one Indian nation has troubles and will lead India to destruction if we fail to revise our notions in time. The Hindus and Muslims belong to two different religious philosophies, social customs, literatures. They neither intermarry nor interdine together and, indeed, they belong to two different civilizations which are based mainly on conflicting ideas and conceptions. Their aspect on life and of life are different. It is quite clear that Hindus and Mussalmans derive their inspiration from different sources of history. They have different epics, different heroes, and different episodes. Very often the hero of one is a foe of the other and, likewise, their victories and defeats overlap. Muhammad Ali Jinnah
For the survival of the Sikh Nation, the time has come to … liberate Khalistan from Indian occupation Gurmit Singh Aulakh
It is only through the complete and surgical isolation of the extremist element within Islamic nations and societies that a way can be found out of the tidal wave of terror and hatred that is being built up. K. P. S. Gill
In any system of representation whether it affects a municipality, a District, or Legislative council, in which it is proposed to introduce or increase Mohammadan community should be represented as a community Lord; Gilbert Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound
A government, to afford the needful protection and exercise proper care for the welfare of a people, must have homogeneity in its constituents. It is this necessity which has divided the human race into separate nations, and finally has defeated the grandest efforts which conquerors have made to give unlimited extent to their domain. Jefferson Davis
De Gaulle was more responsible with his troublesome interventions into our domestic politics, for unifying our country than we will ever give him credit for. Judy LaMarsh
There can be no real federal state except when all elements of the people are united by a common patriotism. If there is no diversity federalism is unnecessary. If there is no common patriotism, federalism is dangerous because it is bound to result in the separatism of certain elements. Hugh Simons Gibson
Spain has been battling terrorism for 30 years while we were trading arms for hostages. Fareed Zakaria
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The great religions are … tragically sources of ceaseless and unnecessary suffering. They are impediments to the grasp of reality needed to solve most social problems in the real world. Their exquisitely human flaw is tribalism. Edward O. Wilson