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Poor nations are hungry, and rich nations are proud; and pride and hunger will ever be at variance. Jonathan Swift
The ruling classes today nourish the conviction that national hatreds and rivalries are inevitable. Charles Trevelyan
Countries under foreign command quickly forget their history, their past, their tradition, their national symbols, their way of living, often their own literary language. Slobodan Milosevic
It is humiliating to remain with our hands folded while others write history. It matters little who wins. To make a people great it is necessary to send them to battle even if you have to kick them in the pants. That is what I shall do. Benito Mussolini
In the United States there is more space where nobody is than where anybody is. That is what makes America what it is. Gertrude Stein
Born in iniquity and conceived in sin, the spirit of nationalism has never ceased to bend human institutions to the service of dissension and distress. Thorstein Veblen
The theory of rights enables us to rise and overthrow obstacles, but not to found a strong and lasting accord between all the elements which compose the nation. Giuseppe Mazzini
Americans are not a perfect people, but we are called to a perfect mission. Andrew Jackson
When government disappears, it's not as if paradise will take its place. When governments are gone, other interests will take their place. Lawrence Lessig
Japan is a great nation. It should begin to act like one. John C. Danforth
Great Britain has lost an empire and has not yet found a role. Dean Acheson
Nations, like men, have their infancy. Henry Bolingbroke
Whatever else may divide us, Europe is our common home; a common fate has linked us through the centuries, and it continues to link us today. Leonid I. Brezhnev
Russian Communism is the illegitimate child of Karl Marx and Catherine the Great. Clement Attlee
I am a New Yorker. Connie Stevens
America is the only nation in history which miraculously has gone directly from barbarism to degeneration without the usual interval of civilization. Georges Clemenceau
We have listened too long to the courtly Muses of Europe. Ralph Waldo Emerson
In Israel, in order to be a realist you must believe in miracles. David Ben-Gurion
National character is only another name for the particular form which the littleness, perversity and baseness of mankind take in every country. Every nation mocks at other nations, and all are right. Arthur Schopenhauer
Asia is not going to be civilized after the methods of the West. There is too much Asia and she is too old. Rudyard Kipling
If the Union is once severed, the line of separation will grow wider and wider, and the controversies which are now debated and settled in the halls of legislation will then be tried in fields of battle and determined by the sword. Andrew Jackson
There has never been any country at every moment so virtuous and so wise that it has not sometimes needed to be saved from itself. Havelock Ellis
The United States is not a nation to which peace is a necessity. Grover Cleveland
All men should have a drop of treason in their veins, if nations are not to go soft like so many sleepy pears. Rebecca West
... the complete and definite emancipation of the peoples [the Arabs] so long oppressed by the Turks and the establishments of national governments and administrations deriving their authority from the initiative and free choice of the indigenous populations. England (France)
Fear–fear of war, fear of invasion, fear of plague and famine, that make it simply not worthwhile constructing things, or planting trees, or even planting next year's crops... Kenneth Clark
Israel's open-ended control over millions of noncitizen Palestinians ... has strained the country's otherwise robust democracy. The festering conflict and the country's lack of defined, recognized borders have encouraged extreme nationalism and divided Israelis. Indeed, Israel's continued control over Palestinian affairs has strengthened chauvinistic, racist, and violent tendencies on the fringes of the Israeli right. Natan Sachs
No new state is ever fully ready for independence .. David L. Phillips
The manner of their government is much after the Turkish fashion: which they seem to imitate. The state and form of their government is plain tyrannical, as applying all to the behoof of the prince, and that after a after a most open and barbarous manner.... It giveth the nobility a kind of unjust and unmeasured liberty to command and exact upon the commons and baser sort of people in all parts of the realm... Giles Fletcher the Elder
We are different beings. There is nothing in life which links us together. Our names, our clothes, our foods–they are all different; our economic life, our educational ideas, our treatment of women, our attitude towards animals .... We challenge each other at every point of the compass. Muhammad Ali Jinnah
The area of Pakistan shall be the geographically contiguously ... areas in which the Muslims are numerically in a majority as in the North Western and Eastern Zones of India." Muslim League
We could have a Moslem area run by Moslems as a part of the British Empire. Muhammad Ali Jinnah
The uninformed Muslim will be told that the question he is being called on to answer in the polls is, 'Are you a true believer or an infidel and a traitor'. Bertrand James Glancy
If Pakistan becomes an imminent reality, we shall be heading straight for bloodshed on a wide scale. Non-Muslims ... are not bluffing, they will not submit peacefully to a Government that is labeled 'Muhammadan Raj'. Bertrand James Glancy
We are willing ... to die for Pakistan. Why talk of compromise. Muhammad Ali Jinnah
After centuries the time has come when India has gained independence from foreign rule and it's the time when we all [the Independent Princely States) should unite for our motherland"" Yadvinder Singh Mahendra Bahadur
We stand on the watershed dividing the past from the future. Let us bury the past in so far as it is dead and forget all bitterness and recrimination. Let there be moderation in speech and writing.... There has been violence—shameful, degrading and revolting violence—in various parts of the country. This must end. We are determined to end it. We must make it clear that political ends ae not to be achieved by methods of violence now or in the future. Louis Mountbatten
Long ago we made a tryst with destiny, and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially. At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends, and when the soul of the nation, long surprised, finds utterance. Jawaharlal Nehru
I fully appreciate the fears of our brothers from [the Muslim-majority areas]. Nobody likes the division of India and my heart is heavy. But the choice is between one division and many divisions. We must face facts. We cannot give way to emotionalism and sentimentality.... Whether we like it or not, de facto Pakistan already exists in the Punjab and Bengal. Under the circumstances I would prefer a de jure Pakistan, which may make the [Muslim] League more responsible. Freedom is coming. We have 75 to 80 percent of India, which we can make strong with our own genius. The League can develop the rest of the country. Vallabhbhai Patel
On the one hand, Israel is the only nation in the West that is occupying another people. On the other hand, Israel is the only nation in the West that is existentially threatened. Ari Shavit
A nation with no equality, no solidarity, and no belief in its own cause is not a nation worth fighting for. It is not a nation that a young woman or a young man will kill and get killed for. Ari Shavit
It is Israel's very existence as a sovereign non-Islamic entity in a land sacred to Islam and surrounded by Islam that creates the inherent tension between the tiny Jewish nation and the vast Islamic world. Ari Shavit
The idea of Pakistan was dead at its inception, when the majority of Muslims chose to stay back after partition, a truism reiterated in the creation of Bangladesh in 1971. Altaf Hussain
52 years ago we [Pakistan] started with a beacon of hope and today that beacon is no more and we stand in darkness. Pervez Musharraf
Demographic transformations are dramas in slow motion. Paul Taylor
It would be a very strange thing if six nations of ignorant savages [the Iroquois] could be capable or forming a scheme for such a union ... and yet that a like union should be impracticable for ten or a dozen English colonies, to whom it is more necessary. Benjamin Franklin
When you neglect business, the French take advantage of it.... Look at the French! They are men. They are fortifying everywhere. But, and we are ashamed to say it, you are all like women. Tiyanoga (Hendrick Peters)
We in Europe are confronting an unsettling feeling we never wanted to know again: how easy it is for countries to fall away from one another Jochen Bittner
The euro zone is only hurting itself by trying to keep Greece as a member. Jochen Bittner
A state of true and universal tolerance is best ensured by leaving alone the peculiarities of men and peoples. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Russia right now is searching for its soul. It is trying to figure out what it is. Brent Scowcroft
A union is necessary for the purposes of a national defense. United, we are strong; divided, we are weak. It is easy for hostile nations to sweep off a number of separate states, one after another…. This shows us the necessity of combining our whole force, and, as to national purposes, becoming one state. Oliver Ellsworth
You can enforce a contract in China, but not through the legal route. You have to put pressure on in various ways. Tim Clissold
At regular intervals in Chinese history it suffers complete collapse and the central government disintegrates. Tim Clissold
Ordinary Chinese can actually make choices about their own lives which wasn’t possible 25 years ago. Tim Clissold
Foreigners see in our society virtues that we have not seen and problems that we have not seen. George F. Kennan
One of the most dangerous moments to world stability will come when some day Russian rule begins to crumble in the eastern European area. The Kremlin may then feel itself seriously threatened internally and may resort to desperate measures George F. Kennan
The USSR has emerged from the war in the role of one of most authoritative powers in world. It is now impossible to solve serious questions of international relations without participation of USSR. Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Molotov
The Americans equally detest the pageantry of a king and the supercilious hypocrisy of a bishop. Junius; Philip Francis
In a multi-racial society, trust, understanding and tolerance are the cornerstones of peace and order Kamisese Mara
The country of the Turks is not Turkey, nor yet Turkistan, Their country is a vast and eternal land: Turan! Ziya Gokalp
There can be no friends more benevolent than the British. Kemal Ataturk
After all our experience we are sure that America is the only country able to help us. Kemal Ataturk
Today the Turkish nation is called on to defend its capacity for civilization, its right to life and independence – its entire future. Kemal Ataturk
Members of the rising new generation! The future is yours. The republic has been founded by us. It is up to you to guard and exalt it. Kemal Ataturk
The Turks were a great nation even before they adopted the Muslim religion…The religion founded by Muhammad was based on a policy of setting Arab nationalism above all other nationalisms. Kemal Ataturk
Limitless enlargement of Europe means the death of political Europe. Nicolas Sarkozy
Do we need a central government at all? Boris Yeltsin
For centuries, the interests of the state were put above those of the individual. We (Russia) were practically the last of the civilized peoples of the world to realize that the strength of the state lies in the well-being of its people. Boris Yeltsin
… the Middle East has experienced a general ‘Islamization’ and radicalization of society ensuing from the rigid religious and often intolerant character of the civil society organizations now performing functions previously in the hands of state authorities. Omar Encarnacion
The Jews will return to Palestine and make the desert bloom like a rose. Elias Cornelius Boudinot
It is the hope of the British Government that the aspirations of your philosophers and writers shall be realized once again, that the people of Baghdad shall flourish, and shall enjoy their wealth and substance under institutions which are in consonance with their sacred laws and with their racial ideals... It is the hope and desire of the British people... that the Arab race may rise once more to greatness and renown amongst the peoples of the Earth... Therefore I am commanded to invite you, through your Nobles and Elders and Representatives, to participate in the management of your civil affairs in collaboration with the Political Representative of Great Britain... so that you may unite with your kinsmen in the North, East, South and West, in realizing the aspirations of your Race. Frederick Stanley Maude
The problem is not that there is an entity called Israel. The problem is that the Palestinian state is non-existent. Khaled Meshaal
The nation is formed through the law of nature alone. Government stems from the will of nation. The nation stands before all things and is the source of all things. Its will is always law. Above it and before it is but the law of nature alone. By virtue of its very existence, the nation is all things that it may be. The nation cannot surrender its right to a tyrant. Society of Polish Republicans
The demise of the Soviet Union was the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century. Vladimir Putin
Canada was built from its very beginnings on the belief that public leadership in the economy and on social issues would be as effective and cheap as anything done by the private sector. John Ralston Saul
Civilizations do not collapse because the citizenry are corrupt or lazy or anti-intellectual. These people do not have the power and influence to either lead or destroy. Civilizations collapse when those who have power fail to do their jobs. John Ralston Saul
Romulus Whitaker, the father of our City descended from heaven at dawn this morning and appeared to me. In awe and reverence I stood before him, praying for permission to look upon his face without sin. "Go", he said, "and tell the Romans that by heaven's will my Rome shall be capital of the world. Let them learn to be soldiers. Let them know, and teach their children, that no power on earth can stand against Roman arms". Having spoken these words, he was taken up again into the sky. Julius Proculus
We cannot give any compensation for Palestine, neither to the Palestinians nor to other Arabs. Therefore, a voluntary agreement is inconceivable. All colonization, even the most restricted, must continue in defiance of the will of the native population. Therefore, it can continue and develop only under the shield of force which comprises an Iron Wall which the local population can never break through. This is our Arab policy. To formulate it any other way would be hypocrisy. Vladimir Jabotinsky
Americans never can be united into one compact empire, under any species of government whatever. Their fate seems to be -- a disunited people till the end of time. Josiah Tucker
The State governments are as liable to attack these invaluable privileges as the General Government is, and therefore ought to be as cautiously guarded against James Madison
America is the only country that believes it was born perfect and constantly strives to improve itself. Richard Hofstadter
Every nation has a vision it lives for and is prepared to make all sacrifices. One may call it National purpose, … It is something which does not change. If it changes, a nation dies. It is supreme and therefore the nation acts and reacts with the limits laid down by it. It is the vision which allows a nation to build its future. Mirza Aslam Beg
The Arab homeland is an indivisible political and economic unity, and all the differences existing between its sons are accidental and spurious, and will pass away with the awakening of Arab consciousness. Socialist Arab Bath Party
The coming into being of a Jewish state ... is on event in world history to be viewed in the perspective not of a generation or a century, but in the perspective of a thousand, two thousand, or even three thousand years Winston Churchill
We committed serious mistakes against our people, our authority, and our dream of statehood. To make up for these mistakes, we must confess our failure first, and then take immediate action. Our people are noble and deserve from us the commitment to think … for their benefit. We cannot let our people’s destiny be set free to chance, a chance that under a new world order, may take yet another eternal struggle without opening a door of hope. Nabil Amr
One motherland, one sanskriti (culture), common ancestry and heritage and unity in diversity. It is these three that constitute the national culture. The mode of worship can differ from person to person. Sangh K. S. Sudarshan
States working together can achieve more than what even the most powerful state can accomplish by itself. Kofi Annan
It is a hard and difficult thing to do to create a nation Alan Wolfe
Among peoples who are geographically grouped together like the peoples of Europe there must exist a sort of federal link. Aristide Briand
Israel has better title in the territory of what was Palestine, including the whole of Jerusalem than do Jordan and Egypt Stephen M. Schwebel
The king and his men went to Jerusalem against the Jebusites …. David took the stronghold of Zion; the same is the city of David Book of Samuel II
Everything on our land is holy to us and we will defend it and never be deceived, nor will we argue about biblical lies that penetrated the minds of some orientalists. We say: This land belongs to us. Jerusalem has been the capital of our capitals since the dawn of history, and will remain so. We won't share it with anyone. This land has known many tribes and invaders, from Mongolia in the East to the West. They all disappeared. The land is not theirs Issam Sisalem
Rulers come and go; governments end and forms of government change; but sovereignty survives. George Sutherland
In Asia, the 2 Vietnams will be united under a Communist regime, as will North and South Korea. Emmet John Hughes
Quebec will secede from Canada and form an independent republic. The 3 prairie provinces--Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba--will likewise secede and become part of the U.S. Emmet John Hughes
These tribal border areas between Pakistan and Afghanistan have never been tamed as it were. Khurshid Kasuri
The right of property is before and higher than any constitutional sanction, and the right of the owner of a slave to such slave and its increase is the same and as inviolable as the right of the owner of any property whatever... The Legislature shall have no power to pass laws for the emancipation of slaves without the consent of the owners, or without paying the owners previous to their emancipation a full equivalent in money for the slaves so emancipated. They shall have no power to prevent immigrants to the State from bringing with them such persons as are deemed slaves by the laws of any one of the United States or Territories, so long as any person of the same age or description shall be continued in slavery by the laws of this State: Provided, That such person or slave be the bona fide property of such immigrants Kansas
While history informs us of the organic nature of the state, it at the same time gives us to understand that the state does not stand in the same rank with the lower vegetable and animal organisms, but is of a higher order. History represents the state as a moral-spiritual organism, as a great body that is capable of taking into itself the feelings and thoughts of the people, expressing them as law, and realizing them as deed. It acquaints us with the moral qualities, with the character of single states. It ascribes to the state a personality which has endowed its own will with spirit and body, and made it known.... Johann Kaspar Bluntschli
I don't expect my children to suffer much if Quebec should withdraw or Canada withdraw from Quebec. ... Yet it's been a lovely place to grow up in … Ralph Allen
The creation of a United States of Europe is a necessity if one considers the economic and technical situation. Albert Einstein
Heavy Fog In Channel. Continent Cut Off. London Times
When the culture dies, the country dies. Pat Buchanan
When the Plague spread through Europe between 1251 and 1351... In other words, for about one hundred years, the Bubonic plague, tuberculosis, and malaria spread there. When these diseases were spreading, what would the Europeans say? They would say this was caused by the bad luck brought by the Jews, and they would massacre the Jews of Europe, who were innocent. A disease broke out - how is this their fault? Oh Jews, oh Israelites, where did you flee to? When the people of Britain killed you in the well-known massacre 1351, when the people of Austria and of the Lowlands killed you in 1253, where did you flee to? Where to? You came to us, to Andalusia. Our country and borders were open to you. Our homes were open to you. In no other place could you feel that your property and dignity were safe, except for Arab and Muslim countries. Why are you so ungrateful? Why? Was it us who carried out the massacres in Germany and elsewhere? By Allah, we had nothing to do with them. Kamal Khatib
If you want to have good relations with the Iranian people in the future, you should acknowledge the right and the might of the Iranian people, and you should bow and surrender to the might of the Iranian people. If you do not accept this, the Iranian people will force you to bow and surrender. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
The Kurds were in the Middle East long before the Arabs. Peter W. Galbraith
To make a State appear necessary, any would-be State must first destroy the natural order and create a Hobbesian "anarchy" characterized by looting and vandalizing. Hans-Hermann Hoppe
The world consists of, and is divided by, sovereign states which recognize no superior authority. David Held
The compact which exists between the North and the South is a convent with death and an agreement with hell. William Lloyd Garrison
…every country has different needs, conditions, values, histories, societal concerns, and dynamics. Hilmi Ozkok
States are slaves because of either the nature or the misuse of their constitutions; a people is therefore enslaved when the government, by its nature or its vices, infringes on and usurps the rights of the citizen or subject. Simon Bolivar
The role of the inhabitants of the American hemisphere has for centuries been purely passive. Politically they were nonexistent. We are still in a position lower than slavery, and therefore it is more difficult for us to rise to the enjoyment of freedom. Simon Bolivar
The love of liberty brought us here. Liberia
Israel was not created in order to disappear. John F. Kennedy
Sam Houston's republic was a struggling frontier community of less than forty thousand people; it was a series of plantations and farms carved out of the Southern forests along the river bottoms extending up from the Gulf, with an utterly colonial economy. Most Texans were subsistence farmers, with a little barter on the side. The planters exported their cotton against imported goods; the balance of trade was yet adverse. The largest towns were frontier outposts with mud streets and at most a few thousand assorted people. There was no money economy, nor any money. There were no banks or improved roads or organized schools. There was no industry — everything from pins to powder had to be imported from the United States. Over this sprawling community the government was only loosely organized T. R. Fehrenbach
Deprived of national pride in their lifelong beliefs, Russians experienced a bit of my eyes of the Soviet era as the end of empire, and a sense of national identity. In a state of moral, material and physical despair, they yearned to feel better about themselves and their land. Nina Khrushcheva
The state is an instrument in the hands of the ruling class for suppressing the resistance of its class enemies. Roger Ebert
Congress has no authority to interfere in the internal regulations of particular States, relative to the instruction of slaves in the principles of morality and religion; to their comfortable clothing and accommodations, and subsistence; to the regulation of their marriages, and the prevention of the violation of their rights thereof. House of Representatives
Nations, like small communities, are in danger of becoming provincial, and must become so, unless they exchange commodities, theories, thoughts, and ideals. Isolation is the soil of ignorance, and ignorance is the soil of egotism; and nations, like individuals who live apart, mistake provincialism for perfection, and hatred of all other nations for patriotism. Robert G. Ingersoll
The partition of Palestine in 1947 and the establishment of the state of Israel are entirely illegal, regardless of the passage of time, because they were contrary to the will of the Palestinian people and to their natural right in their homeland Palestinian Authority
Partition enables the Jews in the fullest sense to call their National Home their own; for it converts it into a Jewish State. Its citizens will be able to admit as many Jews into it as they themselves believe can be absorbed. They will attain the primary objective of Zionism--a Jewish nation, planted in Palestine, giving its nationals the same status in the world as other nations give theirs. They will cease at last to live a minority life. William Peel
We-know of no country to which the great majority can go in the immediate future other than Palestine. Furthermore that is where almost all of them want to go. There they are sure that they will receive a welcome denied them elsewhere. There they hope to enjoy peace and rebuild their lives. We believe it is essential that they should be given an opportunity to do so at the earliest possible time. United States; England
Whereas the Principal Allied Powers have also agreed that the Mandatory should be responsible for putting into effect the declaration originally made on November 2nd, 1917, by the Government of His Britannic Majesty, and adopted by the said Powers, in favour of the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, it being clearly understood that nothing should be done which might prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country; and Whereas recognition has thereby been given to the historical connection of the Jewish people with Palestine and to the grounds for reconstituting their national home in that country; League of Nations
When I came to Palestine, I found a whole people [the Jews] who had been looked down upon and made to feel unwanted for scores of generations, and yet at the end of it, they were undefeated and building their country anew. I felt I belonged to such a people. Orde Wingate
A great nation cannot throw off the responsibilities which its past history and its position in the world have imposed upon it. Evelyn Baring
This country was founded by individuals who worked together for the common good. Betty Castor
The mandatory Power shall use its best endeavours to ensure than an area situated in the territory of the Jewish State, including a seaport and hinterland adequate to provide facilities for a substantial immigration, shall be evacuated at the earliest possible date and in any event not later than 1 February 1948. United Nations
You ask me if I am in favor of admitting a slave state to the union. Whenever it becomes necessary for us to acquire more territory for our growth and progress, I am for it. Stephen Douglas
The state is not a supernatural being; it is the organised host of politicians, leaders and officials backed by armed force Anton Pannekoek
States, like men, have their growth, their manhood, their decrepitude, their decay. Walter Savage Landor
The end of all political associations is, the preservation of the rights of man, which rights are liberty, property, and security; that the nation is the source of all sovereignty derived from it... Thomas Paine
Why should I nationalize the industry. I shall nationalize the people. Adolf Hitler
You are beseeched most earnestly my dear Col. Harrison, to exert yourself in endeavoring to rescue your Country, by, (let me add) sending your ablest and best Men to Congress; these characters must not slumber, nor sleep at home, in such times of pressing danger; they must not content themselves in the enjoyment of places of honor or profit in their own Country, while the common interests of America are mouldering and sinking into irretrievable (if a remedy is not soon applied) ruin, in which theirs also must ultimately be involved. George Washington
But what topics of reconciliation are now left for men who think as I do, to address our countrymen? To recommend reverence for the monarch, or affection for the mother country? Will the distinctions between the prince and his ministers, between the people and their representatives, wipe out the stain of blood? Or have we the slightest reason to hope that those ministers and representatives will not be supported throughout the tragedy, as they have been through the first act? No. While we revere and love our mother country, her sword is opening our veins. John Dickinson
There is no doubt also, that the call to nationalism is a call to transgression, pride and arrogance, since nationalism is not a divinely revealed way of life …. Muslims are a single body and a single structure; each part supporting the other and each part feeling the pain that the other parts are suffering. Sheik Abdul-Aziz Ibn Baaz
We're a proud people. We don't want to be assimilated. Hector Luis Acevedo
[America should be a] nation, coextensive with the North American continent, destined by God and nature to be the most populous and powerful people ever combined under one social compact. John Quincy Adams
Marshall has cemented the Union which the crafty and quixotic democracy of Jefferson had a perpetual tendency to dissolve. John Quincy Adams
Upon the whole, if we allow two thirds of the people to have been with us in the revolution, is not the allowance ample? Are not two thirds of the nation now with the administration? Divided we have ever been, and ever must be. Two thirds always had and will have more difficulty to struggle with the one third than with all our foreign enemies. John Adams
Had I stepped onto Noah's Ark, I do not think I should have been more astounded. Louisa Catherine Johnson Adams
The State or the States. John Aird
The outside world thinks that this country consists of a man and a desert. Mohammed Al-Allasi
The outside world thinks that this country [Libya] consists of a man [Muammar Qaddafi] and a desert. We are more than that. Mohammed Al-Allasi
Like the tailor who uses his needle to sew together pieces of cloth, so I use my sword to unite my divided provinces. Al-Hakam I
Turkey is an Eastern country if you come from the West and a Western country if you come from the East Bulent Alirza
If two fish fight, the British are behind it. Anonymous
To the size of the state there is a limit, as there is to plants, animals and implements, for none of these retain their facility when they are too large. Aristotle
When several villages are united in a single complete community, large enough to be nearly or quite self-sufficing, the state comes into existence. Aristotle
Each State retains its sovereignty, freedom and independence. Articles of Confederation
We prefer the well-being of our country over the well-being of an individual or group. Asr-e-Azandegan
Most Americans think that Canada is a part of the United States—a chilly part. Margaret Atwood
It is inconceivable that we will recognize the right of our enemy [Israel] over any piece of territory on Palestinian soil. Abu Ayad
the awakening of the Arab nation, and the effort of the Jews to reconstitute the ancient kingdom of Israel…. These movements are destined to fight each other continually until one of them wins. Najib Azouri
States are great engines moving slowly. Francis Bacon
To correctly understand the Constitution, then, we must read it with reference to this well known existing State of our relations with the Indians -- the United States asserting the right of soil, sovereignty, and jurisdiction, in full dominion, the Indians occupant of allotted hunting grounds. Henry Baldwin
There is a wind of nationalism and freedom blowing round the world. Stanley Baldwin
A nation cannot choose its neighbors. Ehud Barak
Nations have the tendency to be born in blood. Ehud Barak
The country is the people. Mann Batson
America is not to be Rome or Britain. It is to be America. Charles A. Beard
We were granted the right to exist by the God of our fathers … For that right, which has been sanctified in Jewish blood from generation to generation, we have paid a price unexampled in the annals of the nations. Menachem Begin
I think I see a free and independent kingdom delivering up that which all the world hath been fighting for …, to wit a power to manage their own affairs by themselves without the assistance and counsel of any other. John Hamilton Bellhaven
My people have a right to exist ... and this existence is in danger. David Ben-Gurion
[Czechoslovakia is] ... the godchild of the great and glorious Republic of the United States. Eduard Benes
We will be a normal state when we have the first Hebrew prostitute, the first Hebrew thief and the first Hebrew policeman. Chaim Nahman Bialic
You’ve got to exchange the populations of Holland and Ireland. Then the Dutch will turn Ireland into a beautiful garden and the Irish will forget to mend the dikes and will all be drowned. Otto Von Bismarck-Schoenhausen; Otto von
The United States is the only country with a known birthday. All the rest began, they know not when, and grew into power, they know not how. If there had been no Independence Day, England and America combined would not be so great as each actually is. There is no "Republican," no "Democrat," on the Fourth of July—all are Americans. James G. Blaine
I hope we shall never be disposed to offer to join the United States. They will display a great reluctance to take us but I believe we have a future of our own here. Edward Blake
I wouldn't say the nation-state is dead, but the Sovereignty has been greatly circumscribed ... even for a country as large as the U. S. W. Michael Blumenthal
The more I analyze the vital parts and lusty members of the political creation, the more my admiration of England has grown. I was always glad enough to be a British subject, but now I experience the full pride of my British citizenship. Henry Bourassa
Thus out of small beginnings greater things have been produced by His hand that made all things of nothing, and gives being to all things that are; and, as one small candle might light a thousand, so the light here [in Plymouth Colony] kindled hath shone unto many, yea in some sort to our whole nation. William Bradford
What if we as Americans can no longer define ourselves in opposition to a well defined evil? William W. Bradley
This is a beautiful day after a long voyage, but we are only at a way station. We are not at the end of our way. Willy Brandt
United States of Europe Aristide Briand
To compare us to the Soviet union is like comparing the person who pushes an old lady towards an oncoming bus and the person who pushes the old lady away from the oncoming bus. They both push old ladies around. William F. Buckley Jr.
No nation is ever ready for independence. How many Western states, including the United States of America, were ready for independence. Ralph Bunche
Men are not tied together by papers and seals. They are led to associate by resemblances, by conformities, by sympathies. Edmund Burke
A thousand years scarce serve to form a state; an hour may lay it in the dust. George Gordon Byron
A nation creates itself not just with what it remembers, but with what it forgets. Oscar Camilion
This is what separates us from you: We made demands. You were satisfied to serve the power of your nation, and we dreamed of giving ours her truth. Albert Camus
Tell our children that the fatherland is them and other children like them, and for them we must suffer and sometimes even die. Pedro Chamorro
... the world's largest merger. John Chancellor
England and Ireland are so united that the Irish can sometimes rule England, but can never rule Ireland. Gilbert K. Chesterton
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
France is a beacon for the human race. The nation and its people may be loved or hated, but they can never be ignored. Jacques Chirac
The greatest asset of any nation is the spirit of its people. Shirley Chisholm
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
We face a world where borders matter less and less. Warren Christopher
I am a Zionist! Winston Churchill
We are going to liberate Europe, but that’s because the Americans are with us to do it. For, understand this, every time we must choose between Europe and the open sea, we will always choose the open sea. Every time that I have to choose between you and Roosevelt, I will always choose Roosevelt. Winston Churchill
We must build a kind of United States of Europe. Winston Churchill
… there's no axiom of history to substantiate the necessity of the people returning to country they left Nineteenth centuries before. A. G. Cicognani
It will be in the long-term interests of the Middle East for Palestine to be a state. Hillary Clinton
I am neither German or French but European. Daniel Cohn-Bendit
Repeal and Repeal alone is and must be the grand basis for all future operations, hit or miss, win or lose. The people will take nothing short of that …. I say there can be no other basis for association [of Ireland with Britain] save the Repeal, the glorious Repeal Daniel O'Connell
The Un-represented Nations and Peoples Organization Crimea; Estonia; Tibet
States with shallow domestic legitimacy tend to fail when they lose foreign support. Chester A. Crocker
The United States must learn to rebuild states after overturning their regimes. Chester A. Crocker
The most important thing a politician can do is try to keep the country glued together. John C. Danforth
To give laws unto a people; to institute magistrates and officers over them; to punish and pardon malefactors; to have the sole authority of making war and peace, are the true marks of sovereignty. John Davies
The French will only be united under the threat of danger. Nobody can simply bring together a country that has 265 kinds of cheese. Charles de Gaulle
A land whose countryside would be bright with cosy homesteads, whose fields and villages would be joyous with the sounds of industry, with the romping of sturdy children, the contests of athletic youths and the laughter of comely maidens, whose firesides for the wisdom of serene old age. Eamon de Valera
Countries are like adolescent entering a dance ... they're sure everybody is thinking about nothing but their inadequacies. Patricia Derian
We want an independent Quebec within a strong and united Canada. Yvon Deschamps
Oh! what a snug little Island, A right little, tight little Island! Thomas Dibdin
It is a community of purpose that constitutes society. Benjamin Disraeli
Individuals may form communities, but it is institutions alone that can create a nation. Benjamin Disraeli
A nation is a work of art and a work of time. Benjamin Disraeli
Great nations rise and fall. The people go from bondage to spiritual truth, to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to complacency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependence, from dependence back again to bondage. Benjamin Disraeli
I want to see a public man come forward and say what the Irish question is ... Thus you have a starving population, an absentee aristocracy, and an alien Church, and in addition the weakest executive in the world ... That is the Irish question in its integrity. Benjamin Disraeli
The white and colored people of this country [can] be blended into a common nationality… Frederick Douglass
What would you have me do? I have two masters who always have an eye fixed on me. They are my neighbors and France is far away. Duang
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
The participation of the Soviet Union in the League of Nations no more transforms the character of the League … than the participation of a Communist in Parliament transforms the character of Parliament. R. Palme Dutt
I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service, and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong. Elizabeth II
Let no man write my epitaph. When my country takes her place among the nations of the earth, then, and not until then, let my epitaph be written. Robert Emmet
The state is no more than a machine for oppression of one class by another. This is as true of democracy as it is of monarchy. Friedrich Engels
In today’s world, a government that controls a vast tract of territory may be less relevant than one that supports education and embraces a regulatory framework promoting innovation and investment. Juan Enriquez
State Creation: A growth Industry. Juan Enriquez
I will make them one nation in the land. Book of Ezekiel
We French are colonized by the cruelest master of all. We are colonized by our past. Edgar Faure
Canada is not another [American] State, and we don't want to be one. Ivan Fecan
Sometimes I think this country could be better off if we would just saw off the Eastern seaboard and let it float off to sea. Barry Goldwater
To exercise self-determination through secession is to blow apart the union, to pit peoples against one another and to sow discord, bloodshed and death. This is precisely the goal of secessionists in all republics. Mikhail Gorbachev
Humanity requires that nationalisms be overcome. George Grant
Is there to be no living Irish nation? Arthur Griffith
A nation is the totality of people who speak the same language. Jacob Ludwig Karl Grimm
The soul of republican America ... is individual opportunity.... The loss that republican America now confronts is a loss of individual hope and prospect—the suppression of the instinct that ... has made us a nation of individually independent and prosperous people. Peter Grosscup
I never met anyone in Ireland who understood the Irish question, except one Englishman who had only been there a week. Keith Fraser
Honest mediocrity is the most suitable condition for states; riches lead to softness and corruption. Frederick II
Our economy of allegiance simply is not infinitely expandable. If we become more Virginian or Georgian, surely we will also feel more remote, less responsible for the poor of Kentucky or of the ghettoes of Chicago. If we became more Virginian, we would be less American. Charles Fried
The lack of objectivity, as far as foreign nations is concerned, is notorious …. Another nation is made out to be utterly depraved and fiendish, while one’s own nation stands for everything that is good and noble. Erich Fromm
The land was ours before we were the land’s She was our land more than a hundred years Before we were her people ... Robert Frost
The only stable bond of union is goodwill. James Anthony Froude
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
It does mean, if this is the idea, the end of Britain as an independent European state ... it means the end of a thousand years of history. Hugh Gaitskell
Africa for the Africans. Marcus Garvey
The Negro needs a Nation and a country of his own, where he can best show evidence of his ability in the art of human progress. Scattered as an unmixed and unrecognized part of alien nations and civilizations is but to demonstrate his imbecility, and point him out as an unworthy derelict, fit neither for the society of Greek, Jew nor Gentile. Marcus Garvey
In Europe … nationalism is nothing more than a mania. Jose Ortega y Gasset
To the distinguished representatives of the commercial interests of the Empire ... I venture to allude to the impression which seemed generally to prevail among our brethren overseas, that the old country must wake up if she intends to maintain her old position of pre-eminence in her Colonial trade against foreign competitors. George V
Abroad is bloody George VI
Great nations have much to learn from each other. George VI
You must not expect the central government of any country to encourage separatism. Gennadi I. Gerasimov
Just as one wife does not have two husbands so one land does not have two sovereign nations in possession of it. Harold Fisch
Coalitions are but the unjust subjection of one people to another. Andrew Fletcher
Statism is a guarantee of stagnation. Steve Forbes
It can no more negotiate sovereignty-association then it can negotiate sour sugar, dry water, boiling ice, or stationary motion. Eugene Forsey
In Basle I founded the Jewish State. If I said it today, it would be greeted with laughter; but in five years, perhaps, certainly in fifty years, everyone will see it. A State is founded essentially on the will of the people for a State. Theodor Herzl
A nation is a historical group of men of recognizable cohesion, held together by a common enemy. Theodor Herzl
Nationalism made us feel as if we were a unique, chosen people. That's what led us down the path of aggression. Motoshima Hitoshi
The only unifying force in Europe is unemployment. James Hoagland
All these nations and peoples of Europe and Asia will insist upon their independence and their own cultures. Herbert Hoover; Hugh Gibson
There is no nation on earth that wasn’t built on a conquest. David Horowitz
A nation divided against itself cannot stand. Sam Houston
Kings are for nations in swaddling clothes. Victor Hugo
The purpose of the PLO is the destruction of Jordan … Hussein ibn Talal
Our nation has a message. That is why it can never be an average nation. Throughout history our nation has either soared to the heights or fallen into the abyss through the envy, conspiracy and enmity of others. Saddam Hussein
A nation is a society united by a delusion about its ancestry and by a common hatred of its neighbors. William Ralph Inge
The nations which have put mankind and posterity in their debt have been small States—Israel, Athens, Florence, Elizabethan England. William Ralph Inge
Is a land born in one day? Is a nation brought forth at once? Book of Isaiah
We are not now a country of Africa but a country of Europe. Ismail Pasha
All religions are extremely weak and none furnishes a foundation for the state …. Hirobumi Ito
Every nation, civilized or primitive, sees its land as its national home, where it wants to be the sole landlord forever. Such a nation will never willingly consent to new landlords or even to partnership. Vladimir Jabotinsky
A Volk [people] without a state is nothing, a lifelong frivolous phantom like the vagabond gypsies and Jews. Friedrich Ludwig Jahn
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
The fact that we are smaller and weaker does not mean that we have less sovereignty than you. Zividan Javonovic
Empire of Liberty Thomas Jefferson
In the full tide of successful experiment. Thomas Jefferson
The small land holders are the most precious part of a state. Thomas Jefferson
They shall forever be a part of the United States. Thomas Jefferson
The small land holders are the most precious part of a state. Thomas Jefferson
Our ancestors have always regarded independence as fundamental to the concept of a nation. Jiang Zemin
They [Americans] were the first self-constituted, self-declared, self-created, people in the history of the world. Archibald MacLeish
The wind of change is blowing through the continent [Africa]. Whether we like it or not, this growth of national consciousness is a political fact. Harold MacMillan
To become a successful hegemon, it helps to be both very rich and very big. Angus Maddison
The happy union of these states is a wonder: their constitution a miracle: their example the hope of liberty throughout the world James Madison
The great danger to our general government is the great southern and northern interests of the continent being opposed to each other. [The states are] divided into different interests not by their difference in size ... but principally from their having or not having slaves. James Madison
The union of so many states will be seen in the eyes of the world—a wonder. James Madison
Borders most often result from wars or peace treaties that end wars. Pierre Manent
The English, as most of the Scots are, seem to be weary of the Union …. If we saw a possibility of getting free of the Union without a civil war, we would have some comfort, but that I’m afraid is impossible. John Erskine Mar
Society is held together by trust. Joyce Appleby
Let's face it: without the French there would be no America...in other words, without them, there is no us. Richard Belzer
Country is not a mere zone of territory. The true country is the idea to which it gives birth ... the sense of communion which united in one all the sons of that territory. Giuseppe Mazzini
Nationality is the role assigned by God to each people in the work of humanity. Guiseppe Mazzini
Italy is a geographical concept. Klemens von Metternich
The cultivation of the ego must recognize bounds in the lives of states as in private life, in order not to be reduced to absurdity. Klemens von Metternich
Nation shall speak peace unto nation. Book of Micah
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
Countries separated by half the globe do not present the natural conditions for being under one government, or even members of one federation. John Stuart Mill
The worth of a State, in the long run, is the worth of the individuals composing it. John Stuart Mill
When a few free states, separately insufficient for their own defense, are hemmed in on all sides by military or feudal monarchs, who hate and despise freedom even in a neighbor, those states have no chance for preserving liberty and its blessings but by a federal union. John Stuart Mill
The Congress of the United States says to the people of Puerto Rico, once and for all, that they are a part of the United States domain and will always remain there; that the legislation for independence in Puerto Rico must come to a decided and permanent end. Clarence Miller
National honor is national property of the highest value. James Monroe
The tar of my country is better than the honey of others Moroccan proverb
The best picture I can give of the French Nation, is that of Cattle before a Thunder Storm. Gouverneur Morris
If the whole of the 20th century has taught us anything, it has taught us that borders must be respected. Daniel P. Moynihan
Canada is our inheritance from our parents and our legacy to our children. Brian Mulroney
These colonies are, and of right ought to be, individual states. Richard Henry Lee
I can anticipate no greater calamity for the nation than the dissolution of the Union. Robert E. Lee
The kingdom is not divisible. Regnum non est divisible. Legal maxim
Under capitalism we have a state in the proper sense of the word, that is, a special machine for the suppression of one class by another. Vladimir Lenin
While the state exists there is no freedom; when there is freedom, there will be no state. Vladimir Lenin
Imagine there's no countries; it isn't hard to do Nothing to kill or die for, and no religion too Imagine all the people living life in peace... John Lennon
We in the West tend to think of a nation subdivided into different religions. Islam sees itself as a religion subdivided into different nations. Bernard Lewis
America is not just a piece of real estate. It is a principle. Joseph I. Lieberman
The Free Socialist Republic of Germany Karl Liebknecht
Perpetuity is implied, if not expressed, in the fundamental law of all national governments. Abraham Lincoln
The Union is older than any of the States, and, in fact created them as States. Abraham Lincoln
If anyone believes that our smiles involve abandonment of the teaching of Marx, Engels and Lenin he deceives himself. Those who wait for that must wait until a shrimp learns to whistle. Nikita Khrushchev
India survived through the centuries by combining cultural imperviousness with extraordinary psychological skill. Henry A. Kissinger
The grass bends in sorrow, and the tree is bowed down to the earth by woe. For already, brethren, a cheerless season has set in: already our strength has been swallowed up by the wilderness.... Victory of the princes over the infidels is gone, for now brother said to brother: 'This is mine, and that is mine also, and the princes began to say of little things, 'Lo! This is a great matter,' and to forge discord against themselves. And on all sides the infidels were victoriously invading the Russian land. Anonymous
If Palestinian society is going to continue to compete with itself for political control, Palestine will lose many significant opportunities for people to help them. Abdullah II
[The United States] dreams of world domination, resolves to control the resources of other nations, wants to shape the world according to its ideas, and seeks to impose its values and ideology on others by force. Khurshid Ahmad
We do hereby declare ourselves a free and independent people; are, and of right ought to be a sovereign and self-governing association, under the control of no power, other than that of our God and the General Government of the Congress: To the maintenance of which Independence we solemnly pledge to each other our mutual co-operation, our Lives, our Fortunes, and our most Sacred Honor Abraham Alexander
States are … instruments at the service of their peoples, and not vice versa. Kofi Annan
The nation has placed its faith in the precept that all laws should be inspired by actual needs here on earth as a basic fact of national life. Kemal Ataturk
Mankind is a single body and each nation 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
Peace is the most effective way for nations to attain prosperity and happiness Kemal Ataturk
Following the military triumph we accomplished by bayonets, weapons and blood, we shall strive to win victories in such fields as culture, scholarship, science, and economics, … the enduring benefits of victories depend only on the existence of an army of education. Kemal Ataturk
The major challenge facing us is to elevate our national life to the highest level of civilization and prosperity. Kemal Ataturk
The new Turkish State is a state of the people and a state by the people. Kemal Ataturk
We are a nation without classes or special privileges. Kemal Ataturk
Since the day of the air, the old frontiers are gone. When you think of the chalk cliffs of Dover, you think of the Rhine. That is where our frontier lies. Stanley Baldwin
When this country makes a commitment, we see it through. George W. Bush
The United States of America Continental Congress
A sense of nationhood does not prepare a people for instant democracy. Anthony Cordesman
Among the best traitors Ireland has ever had, Mother Church ranks at the very top, a massive obstacle in the path to equality and freedom. She has been a force for conservatism... to ward off threats to her own security and influence Bernadette Devlin; Bernadette Devlin McAliskey
To place the country under such political, administrative and economic conditions as will secure the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish People. To facilitate Jewish immigration under suitable conditions, and to encourage, in cooperation with the Jewish Agency, close settlement by Jews on the Land. England
Spain is a bottle of beer and I am the cork. When that comes out, all the liquid inside will escape, God knows in what direction. Fernando VII; Ferdinand VII
In Spain you are a Catholic or you are nothing. Francisco Franco
What the German nation has already achieved in its struggle for liberation constitutes a model which we shall always keep before us. Francisco Franco
A country can be judged by the quality of its proverbs. German Proverb
The Riches or Strength of a Nation consists in the Number of its Inhabitants Isaac Gervaise
When the social order is threatened, Catholics should unite to defend it and safeguard the principles of Christianity. Jose Maria Gil Robles
There is no country that may … compare with ours in number, excellency, and diversity of dogs. William Harrison
We in England, divide our people commonly into four sorts, as gentlemen, citizens or burgesses, yeomen, and artificers or labourers. William Harrison
With wonder, admiration, and reverential awe, one may contemplate the vastness with which he finds himself here surrounded, the perfusion of nature's bounties, and sublimity of scenery, but to describe them, to picture them as they are, is beyond the scope of human capacity. Lansford Warren Hastings
There is no nation which so readily adopts foreign customs as the Persians. Herodotus
But we shall give a home to our people. And we shall give it, not by dragging them ruthlessly out of their sustaining soil, but rather by transplanting them Carefully to a better ground. Theodor Herzl
The Jewish State Der Judenstaat Theodor Herzl
Instead of condemning Israel, the underdeveloped countries should take it as an example of how to build an advanced, prosperous nation. Geraldo Joffe
I cannot but think that there are strong reasons for doubting the applicability of the epithet "state" to a people so low in the grade of organized society as our Indian tribes most generally William Johnson
Turkey is not right for the EU. Islam is too aggressive a religion. Kurt Krenn
… a very lively but ill-mannered democracy Bernard Lewis
Extensive and organized power over large populations does not suffice to make a nation Francis Lieber
This is a country where Jews and Arabs speak without fear. Where people come from different cultures the world over. Where everyone becomes Brazilian rapidly. Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva
We in China are convinced that it is the better half of wisdom not to accept failure ignominiously, but to risk it gloriously. Madame Chiang Kai-Shek; Soong Mei-ling
Should we consider recognizing Israel? Abu Mazen
The notion that America is a nation chosen by God, a New Israel destined for a providential mission of world redemption, has been a near constant of the national experience. Wilfred M. McClay
Pennsylvania is the gathering place of all runaways and good-for-nothings. Many women and men are there who have deserted their spouses and their children, and have married again Gottlieb Mittelberger
There are many hundreds of adult persons who have not been and do not even wish to be baptized. There are many who think nothing of the sacraments and the Holy Bible, nor even of God and his word. Many do not even believe that there is a true God and devil, a heaven and a hell, salvation and damnation, a resurrection of the dead, a judgment and an eternal life; they believe that all one can see is natural. For in Pennsylvania every one may not only believe what he will, but he may even say it freely and openly …Consequently, when young persons, not yet grounded in religion, come to serve for many years with such free-thinkers and infidels, and are not sent to any church or school by such people, especially when they live far from any school or church. Thus it happens that such innocent souls come to no true divine recognition, and grow up like heathens and Indians Gottlieb Mittelberger
No nation can anticipate its term, nor delay it. Muhammad
We shall not allow our territory to be used by, nor shall we support, any group seeking to overthrow a government through unconstitutional means in any of our neighboring countries. In turn, we expect all our neighbors to treat and relate to us in similar manner. Levy Patrick Mwanawasa
Zambia will remain a Christian nation but that does not mean that other people should not pursue other religions. Levy Patrick Mwanawasa
Spaniards, after a long agony your nation is perishing. I have seen your ills and I shall remedy them. Napoleon Bonaparte
It is my opinion that whatever is the custom of a nation, and is practiced by the first characters of that nation towards their chief, cannot degrade strangers who perform the same. Napoleon Bonaparte
The said United Colonies for themselves and their posterities do jointly and severally hereby enter into a firm and perpetual league of friendship and amity for offence and defense, mutual advice and succor upon all just occasions both for preserving and propagating the truth and liberties of the Gospel and for their own mutual safety and welfare … New England
Our nation needs hard-working, innovative, dedicated people. Sandra Day O'Connor
In Spain, there is a good deal to see but not much to eat. Jose Ortega y Gasset
That the several colonies before mentioned do meet once a year, and oftener if need be during the war, and at least once in two years in times of peace, by their stated and appointed deputies, to debate and resolve of such measures as are most advisable for their better understanding and the public tranquility and safety…. That their business shall be to hear and adjust all matters of complaint or difference between province and province. As, 1st, where persons quit their own province and go to another, that they may avoid their just debts, though they be able to pay them; 2nd, where offenders fly justice, or justice cannot well be had upon such offenders in the provinces that entertain them; 3rd, to prevent or cure injuries in point of commerce; 4th, to consider the ways and means to support the union and safety of these provinces against the public enemies. In which congress the quotas of men and charges will be much easier and more equally set than it is possible for any establishment made here to do; for the provinces, knowing their own condition and one another's, can debate that matter with more freedom and satisfaction, and better adjust and balance their affairs in all respects for their common safety. William Penn
let it be considered that the plantations employ many hundreds of shipping and many thousands of seamen, which must be in diverse respects an advantage to England, being an island, and by nature fitted for navigation above any country in Europe William Penn
there are another sort of persons, not only fit for, but necessary in plantations, and that is, men of universal spirits that have an eye to the good of posterity, and that both understand and delight to promote good discipline and just government among a plain and well intending people. Such persons may find room in colonies for their good counsel and contrivance, who are shut out from being of much use or service to great nations under settled customs. William Penn
A confederated republic joins the happiest kind of Government with the most certain security to liberty. William Leigh Pierce
As China works towards the rule of law, it is critical that it continues to develop and strengthen its legal system. However, it should be recognized that this system is only as strong as the professionals who work to uphold it. Michael Posner
Germany within its self is so Potent, that it might be formidable to all its Neighbours, if its strength was well united and rightly employed; nevertheless this strong Body has also its infirmities, which weaken its strength, and slacken its vigour; its irregular Constitution of Government is one of the chief causes of its Distemper. Samuel Pufendorf
They execute the powers in their charter otherwise than as directed, and exceed them …. They continue to exact an oath of fidelity to themselves, notwithstanding the King's orders to the contrary, and make such oath essential to the tenure of office and even freedom of the Company. Edward Randolph
The English have contributed much to their misfortunes, for they first taught the Indians the use of armes, and admitted them to be present at all their musters and trainings, and shewed them how to handle, mend and fix their muskets, and have been furnished with all sorts of armes by permission of the government, so that the Indians are become excellent firemen Edward Randolph
The Algerines, in particular, would never acknowledge the flag of the United States, unless it were made for their interests to do so. Antoine Raymond Jean Gualbert Gabriel de Sartine; Comte d'Alby
Other nations struggle to gain more territory, more food, more petroleum. Spain has battled and will continue to do battle so that there are more Catholics and honourable men in the world. Spain
Everyone in Spain follows the church: half with a candle, the other half with a club. Spanish saying
The U. S. is the main repository of decency on this earth. Ben Stein
They pay no Tithes, and their Taxes are inconsiderable; the Place is free for all Persuasions, in a Sober and Civil way; for the Church of England and the Quakers bear equal Share in the Government. Gabriel Thomas
Here in Spain we are all Catholics, even the atheists. Miguel de Unamuno
I trust I do not deceive myself when I indulge the persuasion that I have never met you at any period when more than at the present the situation of our public affairs has afforded just cause for mutual congratulation. George Washington
Pennsylvania Avenue George Washington
Where are the Magistracy, the Gentry, the Nobility of the land? Have they no concern for the honour of their nation? How long shall the capital city of Scotland, yea, and the chief street of it, stink worse than a common sewer? Will no lover of his country, or of decency and common sense, find a remedy for this? John Wesley
No community ever did or ever can emerge unassisted by external helps from a state of utter barbarism into anything that can be called civilization Richard Whately
The United States is pursuing a series of goals (spreading democracy, asserting its hegemony, securing oil supplies) that are ultimately incompatible. Slavoj Zizek
The sovereignty of states is a fairly archaic notion. If the rulers abuse their power and the people, what do you do then. The must be an international duty to protect. George Soros
Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude unless for the punishment of crime shall ever be tolerated in this state California
If white labor is too high for agriculture, laborers on contract may be brought from China …. 97-100 of the present population are opposed to it [slavery] …. We left the slave states because we did not like to bring up a family in a miserable, can’t-help-one’s-self condition, … as dearly we love the union, we would prefer California independent to seeing her a slave State. Californian
Mr. Brandeis is perfectly infatuated with the work that you have done along the lines of Zionism. It would have done your heart good to have heard him assert what a valuable contribution to the cause your document is. In fact he agrees with me that you are the Father of Zionism, as your work antedates Herzl. Nathan Straus
Why not give Palestine back to them again? According to God's distribution of nations it is their home, an inalienable possession from which they were expelled by force. Under their cultivation it was a remarkably fruitful land sustaining millions of Israelites who industrially tilled its hillsides and valleys. They were agriculturists and producers as well as a nation of great commercial importance -- the center of civilization and religion…. it is their home, an inalienable possession from which they were expelled by force. Under their cultivation it was a remarkably fruitful land sustaining millions of Israelites who industrially tilled its hillsides and valleys. They were agriculturists and producers as well as a nation of great commercial importance -- the center of civilization and religion…. Does not Palestine … rightfully belong to the Jews? …. If they could have autonomy in government the Jews of the world would rally to transport and establish their suffering brethren in their time-honored- habitation. For over seventeen centuries they have patiently waited for such an opportunity. William Eugene Blackstone
Thou, O Lord, did once move upon the heart of Cyrus to show favor unto Jerusalem and her children. Do Thou now also be pleased to inspire the hearts of kings and the powers of the earth to look with a friendly eye towards this place, and with a desire to see Thy righteous purposes executed in relation thereto. Let them know that it is Thy good pleasure to restore the kingdom unto Israel--raise up Jerusalem as its capital, and constitute her people a distinct nation and government, with David Thy servant, even a descendant from the loins of ancient David to be their king. Let that nation or that people who shall take an active part in behalf of Abraham's children, and in the raising up of Jerusalem, find favor in Thy sight. Let not their enemies prevail against them, neither let pestilence or famine overcome them, but let the glory of Israel overshadow them, and the power of the Highest protect them; while that nation or kingdom that will not serve Thee in this glorious work must perish. Orson Hyde
Today the Soviet Union is a friend and an ally. We need this friendship. However, no one can know what will happen tomorrow. Just like the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian Empires, it may tear itself apart or shrink in size. Those peoples that it holds so tightly in its grip may one day slip away. The world may see a new balance of power. Kemal Ataturk
You cannot understand Russia if you look at her through Western eyes. Martin Amis
We came to a region that was inhabited by Arabs, and we set up a Jewish state. In many places, we purchased the land from Arabs and set up Jewish villages where there had once been Arab villages. You don't even know the names of the previous Arab villages and I don't blame you, because those geography books aren't around anymore. Not only the books, the villages aren't around... Moshe Dayan
How do you negotiate a two state solution with the Palestinians when they do not believe that one of the states has the right to exist? Tony Blair
Canada is not so much a country as a holding tank filled with the disgruntled progeny of defeated peoples. French-Canadians consumed by self-pity; the descendants of Scots who fled the Duke of Cumberland; Irish, the famine; and Jews, the Black Hundreds. Then there are the peasants from Ukraine, Poland, Italy and Greece, convenient to grow wheat and dig out the ore and swing the hammers and run the restaurants, but otherwise to be kept in their place. Most of us are huddled tight to the border, looking into the candy store window, scared of the Americans on one side and of the bush on the other Mordecai Richler
The problem with the French is that they don't have a word for entrepreneur. George W. Bush
China is a company of contradictions. Nothing is what it appears to be. We have to be extremely respectful when we go overseas. Howard Schultz
I’m in politics to speak up for a Canada that takes risks, that stands up for what’s right. A Canada that leads. Michael Ignatieff
We remain the saddest little district of the world, the most miserable people of the world, losing our own persona and not being able to take on anyone else's, torn away and not accepted, alien to all and everyone, including those with whom we are most closely related, but who will not recognize us as their kin. We live on a divide between worlds, at the border between nations, always at a fault to someone and first to be struck. Waves of history strike us as a sea cliff. Mesa Selimovic
When have you ever heard the United States take the blame for anything? Mel Lastman
If I were asked under what sky the human mind has most fully developed some of its choicest gifts, has most deeply pondered over the greatest problems of life, and has found solutions of some of them which well deserve the attention even of those who have studied Plato and Kant, I should point to India. And if I were to ask myself from what literature we who have been nurtured almost exclusively on the thoughts of Greeks and Romans, and of the Semitic race, the Jewish, may draw the corrective which is most wanted in order to make our inner life more perfect, more comprehensive, more universal, in fact more truly human a life...again I should point to India Max Muller
Nations are not truly great solely because the individuals composing them are numerous, free, and active; but they are great when these numbers, this freedom, and this activity are employed in the service of an ideal higher than that of an ordinary man, taken by himself. Matthew Arnold
… a crime against the Palestinian people. Bandar Bin Sultan
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
The deterioration of every government begins with the decay of the principles on which it was founded. Charles de Montesquieu
Where else can a guy like me make it? Blind and poor---only in America. Jose Feliciano
The worst of all states is the people's state. Pierre Corneille
America was born modern; it did not have to achieve modernity, nor did it have modernity thrust upon it. Ernest Andre Gellner
It is nationalism which engenders nations, and not the other way round. Ernest Andre Gellner
Civil Society is a cluster of institutions and associations strong enough to prevent tyranny, but which are, none the less, entered and left freely, rather than imposed by birth or sustained by awesome ritual. You can join the Labour Party without slaughtering a sheep. Ernest Andre Gellner
Nationalism usually conquers in the name of a putative folk culture. Ernest Andre Gellner
Just as every girl should have a husband, preferably her own, so every culture must have its state, preferably its own. Ernest Andre Gellner
There is no doubt as to the right of Congress to prohibit ... slaves in the territories, but also we would adhere to the bond of union at almost any sacrifice. Hezekiah Niles
Polypotamia – Cheronesus -- Pelispia Thomas Jefferson
The young Iranian people are seeking to fulfill their material needs, but they are also trying to realize some great aspirations and ideals such as the administration of social justice and the elimination of corruption, poverty and retardation from society. These ideals and objectives, which have emerged from Islamic teachings and precepts, will pave the way for opening a new chapter in the history of the Iranian nation. Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Khamenei
Canada acceding to this confederation, and joining in the measures of the united states, shall be admitted into, and entitled to all the advantages of this union: but no other colony shall be admitted into the same, unless such admission be agreed to by nine states. United States
The United States now has as its goal much more than simply containing Soviet expansionism. We seek the integration of the Soviet Union into the communlty of nations. . .. Ultimately, our objective is to welcome the Soviet Union back into the world order. George W. Bush
Let's admit the fact that it is only the establishment of the State of Israel that has, in effect, made these individuals into beings entitled to rights Hannah Arendt
In the global world, we have an unprecedented mobility of peoples, we are aware of the needs of refugees and asylees, and not to speak of the 30 million displaced persons as a result of civil wars within their own countries. And yet the map that we navigate literally is the map of the nation state, and so we have no way as a world community of addressing this problem of border movement and trans-border justice, except through the categories of nation state. Seyla Benhabib
The United States, of course, is determined to diversify Europe to such an extent that it becomes a meaningless entity. Tariq Ali
China has come a long way from being a nation of opium addicts to the status of a global power Randeep Wadehra
One has to accept that India is central to this region and that none of the countries in the immediate neighbourhood … particularly relishes this fact. But India cannot change geographically and there is no way it can remove its neighbours’ apprehensions arising out of size and location. Jai Narain Sharma
President’s Rule India
English merchants were responsible for shipping over three million slaves (half the total) from Africa to the slave plantations of the Caribbean and southern USA, before their trade's abolition by parliament in 1807 Christine MacLeod
We can either grow together or grow apart. At the moment we are growing apart. Cynthia McKinney
Every kingdom divided against itself shall be desolated. Charles IV
Oh men of Germany! The whole German Fatherland stands again before you in the august halo of past centuries… the whole German Volk In brotherly community… Be Germans, be one, will to be one by love and loyalty, and no devil will vanquish you. Ernst Moritz Arndt
Egypt! from whose all dateless tombs arose Forgotten Pharaohs from their long repose, And shook within their pyramids to hear A new Cambyses thundering in their ear ;, While the dark shades of forty ages stood Like startled giants by Nile's famous flood. Lord George Gordon
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 motherland is the common mother, the unity within which isolated the individuals penetrate and become enmeshed. It is the holy name that expresses the voluntary fusion of all interests into one interest, of all lives into one lasting and perpetual life. Felicite Robert de Lamennais
Only France has the right to project herself as a model, because no people has merged its own interest and destiny with that of humanity more than she. Jules Michelet
The bitter and agonizing fruit from the tree of nationality… Jan Kollar
I see her in tears, that land which, once the cradle of my nation, is today its tomb. Jan Kollar
Scattered Slavs, let us be a united whole, and no longer mere fragments. Let us be all or naught. Jan Kollar
The Slav nation is spread so far. The map arouses more patriots than a whole literature could do. Stanko Vraz; Jakob Frass
The Serbs have the greatest people on the planet. Vuk Stefanovic Karadzic
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
Where new states have come into being, they have invariably swaddled themselves in sacred symbols and shibboleths forged in more dedicated struggles, beginning with an often random tricolor and a national anthem. Adam Zamoyski
Nations are much more dangerous than terrorists in the long run. James Bovard
There is no nation on the earth that wants, for its security, to depend on anybody else. Ghazi Al Yawar
Rebuilding Iraq will require sustained commitment from many nations, including our own: we will remain in Iraq as long as necessary, and not a day more. George W. Bush
The future of Saudi society will not be secure as long as it refuses to confront its own extremist elements. Jamal Khashoggi
A bird may be taught to speak with as much sense as many of the clergy do in this country. These, though not scholars, yet are crafty to cozen the poor common people and to dissuade them from following his highness orders. The country folk here much hate your lordship, and despitefully call you, in their Irish tongue, the Blacksmith's Son. As a friend, I desire your lordship to look well to your noble person. George Browne
We [American Blacks] are a nation within a nation, looking for a nationality John Henrik Clarke
The country itself is the best I have ever seen for producing all the products of Spain... But what I am sure of is that there is not any gold nor any other metal in all that country Francisco Vasquez de Coronado
Ireland was almost constantly agitated by rebellions and insurrections, which, although not always taking their rise from the difference of religious opinions, between the English and Irish, were aggravated and rendered more bitter and irreconcilable from that cause. John Foxe
I will never be able to free myself from the hold that America has on me. Emma Goldman
I have aimed at a higher object than mere amusement,—desiring so to picture the Irish character, as to make it more justly appreciated, more rightly estimated, and more respected, in England S. C. Hall; Anna Maria Hall
The news shall blaze on every hill, And ring from every steeple, And all the land with gladness fill- We're one united people ! John Cashel Hoey
The greatest curse to the Irish nation has been Maynooth because it has fostered the ordination of peasants' sons. These are uneducated men who have never been out of Ireland, whose sympathies are wholly with the class from which they have sprung, and who are given no training calculated to afford them a broader view than that of the narrowest class prejudice. S. M. Hussey
Latin America One Country Under One People Latin Americans Unite
The Cherokee Nation has had a government for a long, long, long time. We had a government in this country long before there was a United States government. Wilma Mankiller
He is not seldom a dealer, by wholesale or retail, in spirituous liquors; sometimes a lawyer, sometimes an editor. He is always ready with his money subscription to the church, but seldom goes to church, He lies up on Sunday, after the toils of the week, reading a sporting journal or a police gazette. He has a ready rowdy sort of rhetoric, and is never at a loss, when called on, to propose or second a resolution. He is particularly savage on England, and grows quite pathetic, unprepared as he is, at the mere mention of " the old land." A fair share of mother wit-a sufficient stock of spending-money, and a vast deal of brass- complete the equipment of this very active, very important, and much courted individual. D'Arcy McGee
The people of these United States constitute one nation. They have a government in which all of them are deeply interested. Samuel Freeman Miller
The birthday of a new world is at hand. Thomas Paine
The Dutch were not crusaders; they confined themselves to unheroic, humorless, businesslike plunder, calculated and regularized; the plundering fleets departed and returned on schedule. The fact that the plundered aliens were unbelievers became less important than the fact that they were not Dutchmen Fredy Perlman
Some day, one state will take up arms against another Louis Saint-Just
But there is no nation under heaven abounding with more variety of learning--where the sciences may be more fitly woo'd, or more surely won, than here--where Nature (take her altogether) has so little to answer for--and, to close all, where there is more wit and variety of character to feed the mind with-- Laurence Sterne
Americans are properly Britons. They have the manners, habits, and ideas of Britons; and have been accustomed to a similar form of government. But Britons never could bear the extremes, either of monarchy or republicanism. Some of their Kings have aimed at despotism; but always failed. Repeated efforts have been made towards democracy, and they equally failed. Charles Inglis
All other englishe Trades are growen beggerly or daungerous, especially in all the kinge of Spaine his Domynions, where our men are dryven to flinge their Bibles and prayer Bokes into the sea, and to forsweare and renownce their relligion and conscience and consequently theyr obedience to her Majestie [Queen Elizabeth I]. Richard Hakluyt
John F. Kennedy once said, "Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country." I have never understood why this utterance, which in essence urges everyone to volunteer themselves as unquestioning slaves, guinea pigs and cannon fodder to a grasping state, is quoted with such reverence. What Kennedy should have said is this: “Ask lots of very pointed questions about what your country promises to do for you, and don't forget to ask exactly what it proposes to do to you. Then pick the place that offers the best deal. You will be doing a favour not only to yourself, but potentially to all of mankind.” Karen Selick
Neither our present-day natives nor their ancestors ever surrendered their sovereignty…. Frankly, I don't recall ever surrendering my sovereignty either. I was never asked whether I accepted the rule of federal, provincial or municipal governments over me. I was simply born here, like a Mohawk or an Inuit, and successive groups of people calling themselves the government have taken it upon themselves to claim that they rule me. Karen Selick
The pluralism of India has been the shaping force of our democracy. Shashi Tharoor
No people likes to be ruled by foreigners. Shashi Tharoor
Israel was also the last European frontier opened in the nineteenth century, either considerably or slightly later than the others. The Jewish pioneers also encountered a large indigenous population which, while not primitive in the way of aboriginal peoples, were "Old World"; that is to say, set in a traditional culture that they were prepared to modernize to a degree but did not intend to abandon for frontier-like adventures. Still, in the short space of four or five generations, Israel has passed through or into all the frontier stages and the chain reaction seems to be working for it as it has for the classic frontiers Daniel J. Elazar
The constitutional character of a civil society is not based on the existence of a written constitution alone. Both as a new society in the modern sense and as the heir to Jewish political principles, Israel was founded on the basis of a political compact that is both a social contract through which its citizens have established the terms of civil peace upon which their polity rests and a covenant that morally connects Israelis to a set of shared political principles and aspirations. Daniel J. Elazar
Israel does not exist. Khaled Meshaal
We are a separate nation by all the tests-race, language, religion, culture determining nationality. The only link connecting us with the other people of the State being the bond of common ruler. If the Indian National Congress could persuade itself to recognize: the Muslims of India as a separate nation although they had so much in common with the other elements of the Indian population, the Government of India should have no hesitation in recognition what is patent and Scout revertible fact in our case. Shri Cheewang Rigzin
With the conditions obtaining at present in my State and to great emergency of the situation as it exists, I have no option but to ask for help from the Indian Dominion. Naturally they cannot send the help asked for by me without my State acceding to the Domination of India. I have accordingly decided to do so and I attach the Instrument of Accession for; acceptance by your Government. The other alternative is to leave my State and my people to free-booters. On this basis no civilized Government can exist or be maintained. The alternative I will never allow to happen as long as I am Ruler of the State and I have life to defend my country. Hari Singhji
Sovereignty is not the birthright of a ruler. Every man, woman and child will shout 'Quit Kashmir'. The Kashmiri nation has expressed its will. I ask for a plebiscite on this question. Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah
In the India of tomorrow, such of the Princes' prerogatives as enable them to afford a better life to their subjects and to ameliorate their lot must remain. Other privileges, which may be merely matters of honor and glory, shedding effulgence on their personalities, are of comparatively small account when set beside other considerations such as the safe-guarding of resources necessary for up-to-date Government Hari Singhji
It is a dream that the Hindu and Muslims can ever evolve a common nationality and this misconception of one Indian nation lies gone far beyond the limits and is the cause of most of your troubles and will lead India to destruction if we fail to revise our notions in time. Muhammad Ali Jinnah
The Mussulmans are not a Minority. The Mussulmans are a nation by any definition. Muhammad Ali Jinnah
The Palestine question is very much agitating the minds of the Muslims. We have a very fine opportunity for mass contact for the purposes of the League….This will at once popularize the League and may help the Palestine Arabs. Personally I would not mind going to jail on an issue which affects both Islam and India. The formation of a Western base on the very gates of the East is a menace to both Muhammad Iqbal
A great aggregation of men, sane of mind and warm of heart, creates a moral consciousness which is called a nation Ernest Renan
The truth is that among the Muslim nations of today Turkey alone has shaken off its dogmatic slumber, and attained self-consciousness. She alone has claimed her right of intellectual freedom: she alone has passed from the ideal to the real. Muhammad Iqbal
This claim of being a Muslim State is of course only a camouflage. It is a screen to dupe the common man, so that he may not see clearly that Pakistan is a feudal State in which a clique is trying by these methods to maintain itself in power. Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah
The continued contributions of foreign students will be absolutely vital to maintaining American technological leadership. Nick Smith
I look forward to an America which will not be afraid of grace and beauty. John F. Kennedy
Men may die, but the fabric of our free institutions remains unshaken Chester A. Arthur
Most people in Iraq talk of democracy and don’t know what it is … Most do not know what Human Rights is. We need a lot of training… Time is critical. Zainab Al-Suwajj
England is a slow moving country, reluctant to change—deeply reluctant to change. Lisa Jardine
We live in the age of the American empire. Cornel West
Republics are created by the virtue, public spirit, and intelligence of the citizens. They fall, when the wise are banished from the public councils, because they dare to be honest, and the profligate are rewarded, because they flatter the people in order to betray them. Joseph Story
Among the best traitors Ireland has ever had, Mother Church ranks at the very top, a massive obstacle in the path to equality and freedom. She has been a force for conservatism, not on the basis of preserving Catholic doctrine or preventing the corruption of her children, but simply to ward off threats to her own security and influence. Bernadette Devlin; Bernadette Devlin McAliskey
It was, and is, an illusion, however, to think that the English would have treated us any better, and have allowed our economic growth to have proceeded unchecked if we had had no fleet. Alfred von Tirpitz
America is the vantage ground for the solution of all great and grave problems of the race. Phoebe W. Couzins
The United Nations believes we cannot continue to ignore 800 million people…. to solve the problem we must have two Chinas. Angie Brooks-Randolph
The German is naturally a law-abiding man, and he had a glimpse into the abyss when Communism in Germany raised its head—and Communism was a creed of violence. It was beaten ultimately by another creed of violence and force [Nazism]. Stanley Baldwin
Our geographical position wills it that we have Germany for a neighbor. Georges Bonnet
We're bought and sold for English gold, such a parcel o' rogues in a nation Robert Burns
The cause of France is identical with that of Righteousness. Edouard Daladier
England does not love coalitions. Benjamin Disraeli
All of our affairs, since the union of crowns, have been managed by the advice of English ministers, and the principal offices of the kingdom filled with such men, as the court of England knew would be subservient to their designs: by which means they had so visible an influence upon our whole administration, that we have, from that time, appeared to the rest of the world more like a conquered province, than a free independent people Andrew Fletcher
I see a free and independent kingdom delivering up that which all the world hath been fighting for, since the days of Nimrod, to wit, a power to manage their own affairs by themselves without the assistance and counsel of any other. Andrew Fletcher
Germany is the new Sparta. The same spirit of national discipline and self-sacrifice which earned for a few thousand inhabitants of a small Greek city-state an enduring place in history is being reproduced here by 67,000,000 of what are in some ways the most intelligent, industrious and high-spirited, and hardy people in the world. The last two years have witnessed here a political process as profound and far-reaching in its effects as the French Revolution. Germany has set a new pace of human endeavor. She has acquired a national momentum without precedent in political dynamics. Harold Harmsworth
This recognition by the United Nations of the right of the Jewish people to establish their independent State may not be revoked. It is, moreover, the self-evident right of the Jewish people to be a nation, as all other nations, in its own sovereign State. Israel
… industry, commerce and security are the surest roads to the happiness and prosperity of people. Thomas Jefferson
A geographical division... is a most fatal of all divisions, as no authority will submit to be governed by a majority acting merely on a geographical principle. Thomas Jefferson
America is the first world country. Paul Johnson
I am sure I can save this country and no one else can. William Pitt the Younger
Germans understand only force. Franklin D. Roosevelt
There has been in England a gradual and progressive system of assuming the management of affairs entirely and exclusively proper to Scotland, as if we were totally unworthy of having the management of our own concerns. Walter Scott
…we are confirmed in the opinion that the present age would be deficient in their duty to God, their posterity, and themselves if they do not establish an American republic Massachusetts Malden
Outwardly, the Reich was weak, existing only on paper. Inwardly, the people was torn apart, bleeding from a thousand wounds. At home, strife dominated between parties, occupations, groups, classes, and religions. Our Führer Adolf Hitler saw that the Reich could survive and grow strong only if one achieved unity within the German people. That was the work of our party over the last fourteen years: to make once more one German people from a people of competing interests, from a people of differing religions, occupations, groups and classes. Hermann Goering
Mexico is the front door to South America - and the back door to the states... Tennessee Williams
We have been told that…Britain is the mother and we are the children, that a filial duty and submission is due from us to her and that we ought to doubt our own judgment and presume that she is right, even when she seems to us to shake the foundations of government. But admitting we are children, have not children a right to complain when their parents are attempting to break their limbs, to administer poison, or to sell them to enemies for slaves? John Adams
For what would it signify to risk our possessions and shed our blood to set ourselves free from the encroachments and oppression of Great Britain—with a certainty as soon as peace was settled with them of a more lasting war, a more unnatural, more bloody, and much more hopeless war, among the colonies themselves? Some of us consider ourselves as acting for posterity at present, having little expectation of living to see all things fully settled and the good consequences of liberty taking effect. But how much more uncertain the hope of seeing the internal contests of the colonies settled upon a lasting and equitable footing? John Witherspoon
Nations, which in later periods of their history became eminent for civil wisdom and justice, had, perhaps, in a former age, paroxysms of lawless disorder. Adam Ferguson; Ferguson of Rath
We judge of entire nations by the productions of a few mechanical arts, and think we are talking of men, while we are boasting of their estates, their dress, and their palaces. The sense in which we apply the terms, great, and noble, high rank, and high life, show, that we have, on such occasions, transferred the idea of perfection from the character to the equipage; and that excellence itself is, in our esteem, a mere pageant, adorned at a great expense, by the labors of many workmen. Adam Ferguson; Ferguson of Rath
The well-being of the nation is in the well-being of the people. Benazir Bhutto
I don’t want the choice in Pakistan to be between military dictatorship and religious dictatorship Benazir Bhutto
Nothing is so fatal to a nation as an extreme of self-partiality. Edmund Burke
We wish to avoid at all costs the recurrent experience in some democratic countries where the people give the governments the opposition Mohammed Reza Pahlavi
The modern state, no matter what its form, is essentially a capitalist machine -- the state of the capitalists, the ideal personification of the total national capital. The more it proceeds to the taking over of productive forces, the more does it actually become the national capitalist, the more citizens does it exploit. Friedrich Engels
It is the fight for national existence which sets culture moving and opens to it the doors of creation. Later on it is the nation which will ensure the conditions and framework necessary to culture Frantz Fanon
All societies are formed by the concurrence or union of the wills of several persons, with a view of acquiring some advantage. Jean-Jacques Burlamaqui
We heartily recommend union and a good agreement between you our brethren. Never disagree, but preserve a strict friendship for one another; and thereby you, as well as we, will become the stronger. Our wise forefathers established amity and friendship among the Five Nations. This has made us formidable, and has given us great weight and authority with the neighboring nations. We are a powerful Confederacy; and by your observing the same means which our wise forefathers pursued, you will acquire fresh strength and power. Therefore, whatever befalls you, never fall out with one another. Iroquois Indian Tribe
We are one people… our enemies made us one whether we will or not, as has repeatedly happened in history. Affection binds us together, and thus united, we suddenly discover our strength. Theodor Herzl
There is no Levitical decree between nations, and on this occasion I can see neither sin nor shame in marrying our own sister. Boyle Roche
National pride is to countries what self-respect is to individuals—a necessary condition for self improvement. Richard Rorty
The drama of the nation-state seeks to mold our personal face above all into conformity – one nation, under god. The only personal contribution that is really appreciated is what makes our nation-state, instead of the others, richer, more famous and above all more powerful….. Much of our historical face has been falsified. We are told we are one nation. But in fact no nationalism existed anywhere in the world in word or deed until the late eighteenth century. Except perhaps Iceland, no nation in the world is in fact but one nation. All are multicultural. The sacred face of the nation-state … keeps us all partial – meaning biased and incomplete – yet ready to die for it Manfred Halpren
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
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
The State is the name by which we call the great human conspiracy against hunger and cold, against loneliness and ignorance; the State is the foster-mother and warden of the arts, of love, of comradeship, of all that redeems from despair that strange adventure which we call human life. Thomas Michael Kettle
A familiar question for Australians is how much we are a product of our circumstances, and how much we are what we have made ourselves to be. In truth, by the act of migration the country was made: by that voluntary act and by the emigrants' ambitions it was built. Paul Keating
I have told my people that we are not second class citizens. We can get something done. Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva
An appeal has been made to the Arabs by the Jews to reopen their shops and businesses in order to relieve the difficulties of feeding the Arab population. Evacuation was still going on yesterday and several trips were made by 'Z' craft to Acre. Roads too, were crowded with people leaving Haifa with all their belongings. At a meeting yesterday afternoon Arab leaders reiterated their determination to evacuate the entire Arab population and they have been given the loan of ten 3-ton military trucks as from this morning to assist the evacuation. A. J. Bidmead
The natural advantages that the Arabs had in the abovementioned battles exist also for the Tel-Aviv road. They can gather a force of thousands of fighters who will decide the battle by sheer quantity of firepower and by blocking the escape routes for people and vehicles. The forces at our command will not be sufficient to withstand an attack of this force, and if there is no change in the power balance the road may be cut off in the next few days. Yitzhak Levi
The partition of Palestine in 1947 and the establishment of the state of Israel are entirely illegal, regardless of the passage of time, because they were contrary to the will of the Palestinian people and to their natural right in their homeland, and inconsistent with the principles embodied in the Charter of the United Nations, particularly the right to self-determination Palestine Liberation Organization
The time has come to expiate the fatal deed of Poland’s partition, and to safeguard a free Germany by raising the bulwark of an independent Poland against the onset of the Asiatics. Karol Libelt
The German Union proclaims the partition of Poland to be a shameful injustice, and considers it the sacred duty of the German peoples to do their utmost to achieve her reconstitution. Vorparlament
Here we shall make Italy- or die! Guiseppe Garibaldi
Ukraine is lying in the grave, but she has not died, and her voice, calling on all Slavs to liberty and brotherhood, resounded throughout the Slav world. Nikolay Kostomarov
The vision I would like to see here is the entrenching of the Jewish and the Zionist state. I very much favor democracy, but when there is a contradiction between democratic and Jewish values, the Jewish and Zionist values are more important. Avigdor Lieberman
For thousands of years, we Jews have been nourished and sustained by a yearning for our historic land …. I believed and to this day still believe in our people's eternal and historic right to this entire land. Ehud Olmert
We are happy in having an opportunity of laying our distressed state before the representative body of the continent, and humbly hope you will favor us with your most explicit advice respecting the taking up and exercising the powers of civil government, which we think absolutely necessary for the Salvation of our country and we shall readily submit to such a general plan as you may direct for the colonies, or make it our great study to establish such a form of government here, as shall not only most promote our advantage but the union and interest of all America. Joseph Warren
Providence has been pleased to give this one connected country to one united people, a people descended from the same ancestors … very similar in their manners and customs. John Jay
European union is our destiny. Elizabeth Guigou
Our belief in ourselves as a nation will perish. Michael Collins
This right to secede is deduced from the nature of the Constitution, which they say is a compact between sovereign States who have preserved their whole sovereignty, and therefore are subject to no superior; that because they made the compact, they can break it when in their opinion it has been departed from by the other States. Fallacious as this course of reasoning is, it enlists State pride, and finds advocates in the honest prejudices of those who have not studied the nature of our government sufficiently to see the radical error on which it rests. Andrew Jackson
His Majesty's Government will require to be satisfied that … adequate provision has been made for: The security of, and freedom of access to the Holy Places, and protection of the interests and property of the various religious bodies. The protection of the different communities in Palestine in accordance with the obligations of His Majesty's Government to both Arabs and Jews and for the special position in Palestine of the Jewish National Home England
There was a time when all efforts were made to erase the word "Bangla" from this land and its map. The existence of the word "Bangla" was found nowhere except in the term Bay of Bengal. I on behalf of Pakistan announce today that this land will be called "Bangladesh" instead of East Pakistan Mujibur Rahman
Whenever a potential leader emerges to reimpose order in Mogadishu, criminal networks rise up to finance his opponent, no matter who that might be. The longer these areas are stateless, the harder it is to go back to the necessary evil of government. Jeffery Gettleman
Earlier pluralist societies destroyed themselves because no one took care of the common good. They abounded in communities but could not sustain community, let alone create it. Peter Drucker
A simple way to take measure of a country is to look at how many want in ... and how many want out. Tony Blair
From developments now being made in South Carolina, it is perfectly manifest that a party exists in that state seeking a dissolution of the Union. Henry Clay
Otis was a flame of fire . . . then and there the child, Independence, was born John Adams
Germany is in ferment within, and exposed from without to danger from more than one side. Deliverance from this danger can come only from the most intimate union of the German princes and people under a single leadership. I have taken this leadership upon me for the hour of peril. I have today assumed the old German colors, and placed myself under the venerable banner of the German Empire. Prussia henceforth is merged in Germany Frederick William IV
Are we going to permit uncontrolled nationalism to dominate civilized Europe…? Robert Cecil; Edgar Algernon Robert Gascoyne-Cecil
One of the primary tests of the mood of a society at any given time is whether its comfortable people tend to identify, psychologically, with the power and achievements of the very successful or with the needs and sufferings of the underprivileged. Richard Hofstadter
Most human experience has been that of statelessness. James C. Scott
The Mandatory shall be responsible for placing the country under such political, administrative and economic conditions as will secure the establishment of the Jewish national home, as laid down in the preamble, and the development of self-governing institutions, and also for safeguarding the civil and religious rights of all the inhabitants of Palestine, irrespective of race and religion…. An appropriate Jewish agency shall be recognized as a public body for the purpose of advising and cooperating with the Administration of Palestine in such economic, social and other matters as may affect the establishment of the Jewish national home and the interests of the Jewish population in Palestine, and, subject always to the control of the Administration, to assist and take part in the development of the country. The Zionist Organization, so long as its organization and constitution are in the opinion of the Mandatory appropriate shall be recognized as such agency. It shall take steps in consultation with His Britannic Majesty's Government to secure the cooperation of all Jews who are willing to assist in the establishment of the Jewish national home. League of Nations
Individually, the independent states of Africa, some of them potentially rich, others poor, can do little for their people. Together, by mutual help, they can achieve much. But the economic development of the continent must be planned and pursued as a whole. A loose confederation designed only for economic co-operation would not provide the necessary unity of purpose. Only a strong political union can bring about full and effective development of our natural resources for the benefit of our people. Kwame Nkrumah
THE STATE OF ISRAEL will be open to the immigration of Jews from all countries of their dispersion; will promote the development of the country for the benefit of all its inhabitants; will be based on the precepts of liberty, justice and peace taught by the Hebrew Prophets; will uphold the full social and political equality of all its citizens, without distinction of race, creed or sex; will guarantee full freedom of conscience, worship, education and culture; will safeguard the sanctity and inviolability of the shrines and Holy Places of all religions; and will dedicate itself to the principles of the Charter of the United Nations. Israel
The Mandatory [Great Britain] shall be responsible for placing the country [Palestine] under such political, administrative and economic conditions as will secure the establishment of the Jewish national home, … and the development of self-governing institutions, and also for safeguarding the civil and religious rights of all the inhabitants of Palestine, irrespective of race and religion. League of Nations
Most of the oil rich exporting countries were not really helped in the long run by their oil resources. Oil wealth distorted the development of the country. Corruption, the concept of something for nothing, the lack of development of a manufacturing or agricultural base, the resources to keep a dictator in power without depending on the people—all were problems. Martin Sabrow
She has a fertile soil, and genial climate; she has [vast] forests and abundant fisheries, unlimited water power, pastures upon which even during winter, innumerable flocks and herds can subsist, with no other care than the mere herding; and prairies which could with only moderate labor, furnish the whole of our Pacific Territories with bread. John P. Gaines
Whether the state be Marxist or capitalist, it makes no difference. The dominant ideology is that of sovereignty. Jacques Ellul
If you drive a nation to adopt procedures which run counter to its instincts, you weaken and may destroy the motive force of its action... I am speaking of the frequent suggestion that the United Kingdom should join a federation on the continent of Europe. This is something which we know, in our bones, we cannot do...For Britain's story and her interests lie far beyond the continent of Europe. Our thoughts move across the seas to the many communities in which our people play their part, in every corner of the world. These are our family ties. That is our life: without it we should be no more than some millions of people living in an island off the coast of Europe, in which nobody wants to take any particular interest. Anthony Eden
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
For my part, I do not believe that the country is in danger. I think England is safe in the race of men who inhabit her; that she is safe in something much more precious than her accumulated capital — her accumulated experience; she is safe in her national character, in her fame, in the traditions of a thousand years, and in that glorious future which I believe awaits her. Benjamin Disraeli
The separation of the West from the United States is inevitable Aaron Burr
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
New Mexicans are anxious to assume that relation to the Government of the United States which will . . . advance their local interests, and will enable them, through their Senators and Representatives in Congress, to demand . . . protection and consideration from the Government which they now have to solicit as a matter of grace. Jose Francisco Chaves
The health of a nation is not just about its consumption expenditures …. one of the things that makes America such a great nation, and why so many people aspire to this American ideal of middle-class security, is that it's about more than that. It's about more than how much you can purchase with the dollar. It's about this feeling of security and about being able to give your kids a better life than you had. And that is really the foundation—one of the major founding principles of our country Tamara Draut
Let us not allow the splits and splintering to frighten us. It is, indeed, a pity, but what can we do, since we are Bulgarians and all suffer from one common disease. If this disease had not been present in our ancestors, from whom we inherited it, they would have never fallen under the scepter of the Turkish Sultan... Georgi Nikolov Delchev; Gotse Delchev
'Tis not possible that our two forms of society can long co-exist. All Christendom is one republic, has one religion, belongs to one race, and is governed by one public opinion. Social systems, formed on opposite principles, cannot co-endure. George Fitzhugh
'Tis not possible that our two forms of society can long co-exist. All Christendom is one republic, has one religion, belongs to one race, and is governed by one public opinion. Social systems, formed on opposite principles, cannot co-endure. George Fitzhugh
If they wanted a Christian state, they could have done it. They were writing the rules. They could have put God in the rules. Richard Brookhiser
The late rebel States have lost their constitutional relations to the Union, and are incapable of representation in Congress, except by permission of the Government. It matters but little, with this admission, whether you call them States out of the Union, and now conquered territories, or assert that because the Constitution forbids them to do what they did do, that they are therefore only dead as to all national and political action, and will remain so until the Government shall breathe into them the breath of life anew and permit them to occupy their former position. Thaddeus Stevens
For all the great purposes for which the Federal government was established, we are one people, with one common country, we are all citizens of the United States. Roger B. Taney
“… we can’t ignore the fact that ahead of us is a great war and this war is going to need significant preparation … Ahad Ha'am; Asher
Nothing can astound an American. It has often been asserted that the word "impossible" is not a French one. People have evidently been deceived by the dictionary. In America, all is easy, all is simple; and as for mechanical difficulties, they are overcome before they arise. Between Barbicane's proposition and its realization no true Yankee would have allowed even the semblance of a difficulty to be possible. A thing with them is no sooner said than done. Jules Verne
If the state is strong, it crushes us. If it is weak, we perish. If the state is strong, it crushes us. If it is weak, we perish. Paul Valery
We civilizations now know ourselves mortal. Paul Valery
England pretends it is not by the naked sword, but by the good will of the people of the country that she is here. We will draw the naked sword to make her bare her own naked sword. Eamon de Valera
Can this new people, so advantageously placed for giving an example to the world of a constitution under which man may enjoy his rights, freely exercise all his faculties, and be governed only by nature, reason and justice — Can they form such a Constitution? — Can they establish it upon a never failing foundation, and guard against every source of division and corruption which may gradually undermine and destroy it? ... It is impossible not to wish ardently that this people may attain to all the prosperity of which they are capable. They are the hope of the world. They may become a model to it. They may prove by fact that men can be free and yet tranquil; and that it is in their power to rescue themselves from the chains in which tyrants and knaves of all descriptions have presumed to bind them under the pretense of the public good. They may exhibit an example of political liberty, of religious liberty, of commercial liberty, and of industry. Anne Robert Jacques Turgot
It is now necessary to face the truth and to acknowledge against all prejudices that the struggle that the Albanian tribe is leading today is a natural and unavoidable historic struggle for a different political life than that experienced under Turkish rule – different also from that which its neighbors Serbia, Greece and Montenegro would like to force upon the Albanians. Dimitrije Tucovic
No one flower can ever symbolize this nation. America is a bouquet. William Safire
We the people of the Catholic Church throughout the world seeking to escape from the oppressive immorality, the sanctioning of sin, the brainwashing of our children, the labeling of us as extremists, and the forced integration with anti-Catholics, declare our human and international rights to establish our own Nation. Our rights to have a Catholic Nation are no difference than the rights of Israel to have a Jewish Nation, Saudi Arabia to have a Moslem Nation, or England to have a Protestant Nation. Unity Publishing
In this shrinking world, it is futile to seek safety behind geographical barriers. Harry S Truman
A country, after all, is not something you build as the pharaohs built the pyramids, and then leave standing there to defy eternity. A country is something that is built every day out of certain basic shared values. Pierre Trudeau
We peer so suspiciously at each other that we cannot see that we Canadians are standing on the mountaintop of human wealth, freedom and privilege. Pierre Trudeau
if despotism were to be established amongst the democratic nations of our days it might assume a different character; it would be more extensive and more mild, it would degrade men without tormenting them. Alexis de Tocqueville
The peoples of Yugoslavia do not want Fascism. They do not want a totalitarian regime, they do not want to become slaves of the German and Italian financial oligarchy as they never wanted to become reconciled to the semi-colonial dependence imposed on them by the so-called Western democracies after the first imperialist war Josip Broz Tito
The role of the Communist Party today lies in the necessity for keeping a sharp lookout to see that national chauvinism does not appear and develop among any of the nationalities. The Communist Party must always endeavor, and does endeavor, to ensure that all the negative phenomena of nationalism disappear and that people are educated in the spirit of internationalism. Josip Broz Tito
Any time you see a straight line on a map of the Middle East, Winston Churchill probably drew it. Robert M. Gates
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 principle [secession] itself is one of disintegration, and upon which no government can possibly endure Abraham Lincoln
No State, upon its own mere motion, can lawfully get out of the Union; Abraham Lincoln
We cannot separate. We cannot remove our respective sections from each other nor build an impassable wall between them. A husband and wife may be divorced and go out of the presence and beyond the reach of each other; but the different parts of our country cannot do this. Abraham Lincoln
We must not leave our minorities in Hindu lands, even if the British and the Hindus offer them the so-called constitutional safeguards. For no safeguards can be substituted for the nationhood which is their birthright. Nor must we keep Hindu and/or Sikh minorities in our lands, even if they themselves were willing to remain with or without any special safeguards. For they will never be of us. Indeed, while in ordinary times they will retard our national reconstruction, in times of crisis they will betray us and bring about our redestruction. Chaudhari Rehmat Ali
India is not the name of single country, nor the home of one single nation. It is in fact, the designation of a state created for the first time in history by the British. Chaudhari Rehmat Ali
If you want to do something for the Jews, why not give them a good part of Germany? Ibn Saud
A separate federation of Muslim provinces reformed on the lines I have suggested above, is the only course by which we can secure a peaceful India and save Muslims from the domination of non-Muslims. Muhammad Iqbal
The Muslim demand for the creation of Muslim India within India is … perfectly justified. ... . I would like to see the Punjab, North-West Frontier Province, Sind and Baluchistan amalgamated into a single state. Self-Government within the British Empire, or without the British Empire, the formation of a consolidated North-West Indian Muslim State appears to me to be the final destiny of the Muslims at least of North-West India Muhammad Iqbal
Civilizations die from suicide, not murder Arnold J. Toynbee
Nationhood is not founded on religion but blood ties, a common culture and homeland. Anwar Shaikh
Britishness has got to be the foundation of the multicultural society in this country. Anything less than this is farcical and treacherous. Anwar Shaikh
For the survival of the Sikh Nation, the time has come to … liberate Khalistan from Indian occupation Gurmit Singh Aulakh
Nations have lost their old omnipotence; the patriotic tie does not hold. Nations are getting obsolete, we go and live where we will. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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.
National sovereignty is never an excuse for slaughtering your own people Barack Obama
We all have that heritage, no matter what old land our fathers left. All colors and blends of Americans have somewhat the same tendencies. It's a breed — selected out by accident. And so we're overbrave and overfearful — we're kind and cruel as children. We're overfriendly and at the same time frightened of strangers. We boast and are impressed. We're oversentimental and realistic. We are mundane and materialistic — and do you know of any other nation that acts for ideals? We eat too much. We have no taste, no sense of proportion. We throw our energy about like waste. In the old lands they say of us that we go from barbarism to decadence without an intervening culture. Can it be that our critics have not the key or the language of our culture? John Steinbeck
… the bare possibilities that our being two nations John Adolphus Bernard Dahlgren
The Masculine State expels alien races; The Super Masculine State kills them. The Feminine State admits alien races; The Super Feminine State interbreeds with them Simon Guy Sheppard
No nation is formed within a night, one generation's era of even two. A nation can be described as the continuous string of many generations that time, this pitiless, thoughtless sword of nature, separates their physical connections along the course of their history. Ali Shariati
America remains the great idea that inspires the world. Arnold Schwarzenegger
All significant concepts of the modern theory of the state are secularized theological concepts. Carl Schmitt
The State is the nation socially organized. Antonio de Oliveira Salazar
… the nature of the breakdowns of civilizations can be summed up in three points: a failure of creative power in the minority, an answering withdrawal of mimesis on the part of the majority, and a consequent loss of social unity in the society as a whole. Arnold J. Toynbee
There is no country in the world where the process of self-criticism and self-correction is more active than in the United States. Winston Churchill
I make the solemn vow, and take God to witness, who made me and rules over all things, that never shall I clip or comb my hair until I have subdued the whole of Norway, … or if not, have died in the attempt Harald I
Your Majesty, we must do from above what the French have done from below. Karl August von Hardenberg
There is no instant step from disorder to order. Warren G. Harding
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
The Crown as a symbol of sovereignty encourages British Canadians to ignore their own failure to build a united nation by allowing them an illusory participation in a history and a greatness not properly theirs. John F. Conway
The break with and the rejection of Europe, decisive in the making of the American people, did not take place in Canada. In the formative period of Canadian history the immigrant's arrival in North America represented not a rejection of Europe and its values but an affirmation of them. This is the deepest and most meaningful difference between Canada and the United States. John F. Conway
The relative absence from the national [Japanese] character of egotistical individualism has been the saving of an empire; has enabled a great people to preserve its independence against prodigious odds. Lafcadio Hearn
Nothing is fixed except the Throne. Perpetual change is identical with state policy. Ministers, governors, superintendents, inspectors, all high civil and military officials, are shifted at irregular and surprisingly short intervals, and hosts of smaller officials scatter each time with the whirl. Lafcadio Hearn
The new States will know less of the public interest than these; will have an interest in many respects different; in particular will be little scrupulous of involving the community in wars, the burdens and operations of which would fall chiefly on the maritime States. Provision ought, therefore, to be made to prevent the maritime States from being hereafter outvoted by them…. They would not be able to furnish men equally enlightened to share in the administration of our common interests. The busy haunts of men, not the remote wilderness, was the proper school of political talents. If the Western people get power into their hands, they will ruin the Atlantic interest. The back members are always most averse to the best measures…. You have no authority to throw the rights and property of this people into the 'hotch-pot' with the wild men on the Missouri, nor with the mixed, though more respectable, race of Anglo-Hispano-Gallo-Americans who bask on the sands in the mouth of the Mississippi.... Gouverneur Morris
The West is the most American part of America.... James Bryce
The West, at bottom, is a form of society rather than an area. It is the term applied to the region whose social conditions result from the application of older institutions and ideas to the transforming influences of free land. By this application, a new environment is suddenly entered, freedom of opportunity is opened, the cake of custom is broken, and new activities, new lines of growth, new institutions and new ideals, are brought into existence. Frederick Jackson Turner
There is a pride which spurs nations on to great achievements Henry Charles Lea
Today, a socialized China is standing toweringly in the Eastern World Hu Jintao
Before the war, there was a federal government and a bureaucracy. But there was no allegiance to a national government. After the war, you have a social base that supports federal power. That’s a big change. Richard Bensel
Israel believes, when it comes right down to it America is the only big country that cares whether they live or die. That's why I can say, give up the West Bank, because the Israelis knew that if the Iraqi or the Iranian army came across the Jordan river, I would personally grab a rifle, get in a ditch, and fight and die, and I would. Bill Clinton
. . . My firm conviction [is] that it is the force of ideas rather than the impact of material things that made us a great nation. It is my conviction, too, that only the power of ideas, of enduring values, can keep us a great nation. For where there is not vision the people perish Eleanor Roosevelt
… in a republic, who is "the Country"? Is it the Government which is for the moment in the saddle? Why, the Government is merely a servant -- merely a temporary servant; it cannot be its prerogative to determine what is right and what is wrong, and decide who is a patriot and who isn't. Its function is to obey orders, not originate them. Who, then, is "the Country"? Is it the newspaper? is it the pulpit? Is it the school superintendent? Why, these are mere parts of the country, not the whole of it; they have not command, they have only their little share in the command. They are but one in a thousand; it is in the thousand that command is lodged; they must determine what is right and what is wrong; they must decide who is a patriot and who isn't. Who are the thousand--that is to say, who are "the Country"? Mark Twain
America is not just a country, it's an idea. Bono
All colors and blends of Americans have somewhat the same tendencies. It's a breed — selected out by accident. And so we're overbrave and overfearful — we're kind and cruel as children. We're overfriendly and at the same time frightened of strangers. We boast and are impressed. We're oversentimental and realistic. We are mundane and materialistic — and do you know of any other nation that acts for ideals? John Steinbeck
This is the story of America. Everybody's doing what they think they're supposed to do. Jack Kerouac
From Kurdistan to Catalonia to Scotland, from Syria to Chechnya to South Sudan, from indigenous communities in the Andean nations to tribal communities in sub-Saharan Africa, many people are shifting their primary political identities away from the nation-states in which they lived for many generations. Al Gore
Canada is not so much a country as a continental suburb, where Little Leaguers govern ineffectually, desperate for American approval. Mordecai Richler
Palestine is not so much occupied by the Arabs as over-run by them. They are nomads. . . . And therefore we must gently persuade them to ''trek." After all, they have all Arabia with its million square miles, and Israel has not a square inch. There is no particular reason for the Arabs to cling to these few kilometers. To fold their tents and silently steal away is their proverbial habit; let them exemplify it now. Israel Zangwill
I am, as a human being, an opponent of nationalism, but as a Jew, I am from today a supporter of the Zionist effort Albert Einstein
All our idealisms must be those of future social goals in which all can participate… No mere doubtful triumphs of the past, which redound to the glory of only one of our transnationalities, can satisfy us. It must be a future America, on which all can unite, which pulls us irresistibly toward it, as we understand each other more warmly. Randolph Bourne
The nation which is satisfied is lost. The nation which is not progressive is retrograding. Archibald Philip Primrose Rosebery
The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living and the get-rich-quick theory of life. Theodore Roosevelt
Today, the grandeur of a country is measured by the extent to which it defends and extends its citizens' rights through its impulse towards total equality, by its capacity to create energy that contributes towards cultural, social and economic growth. That is how a country becomes strong, by making its citizens more powerful. Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero
The strength of a culture depends on its capacity to open itself up to other cultures, to integrate itself into them and to integrate them into it. Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero
Today, the grandeur of a country is measured by the extent to which it defends and extends its citizens' rights through its impulse towards total equality, by its capacity to create energy that contributes towards cultural, social and economic growth. That is how a country becomes strong, by making its citizens more powerful. Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero
If this bill passes, it is my deliberate opinion that it is virtually a dissolution of the Union; that it will free the States from their moral obligation; and, as it will be the right of all, so it will be the duty of some, definitely to prepare for a separation,—amicably if they can, violently if they must. Josiah Quincy III
...a state is not the same thing as a society ... A state is an organization of power on a territorial basis. Carroll Quigley
The "State" was substituted for humanity; cosmopolitan gave way to nationalism. John Dewey
It is not possible to found a lasting power upon injustice, perjury, and treachery. Demosthenes
Federalism is a guideline, not a pornographic word, you can speak it out loud... Jacques Delors
The Labour party believes in the right of peoples to govern themselves, and to enjoy a way of life which they themselves decide upon. We concede that right to Russia. We concede that right to Germany, and it is because we are claiming it for ourselves, and Germany denies it to us, that we are at war with Germany John Curtin
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
No nation can be really great that is held together by Gatling guns, and no true loyalty can be induced and kept through fear.. Clarence Darrow
While [European] national cultures were concocted to distinguish one economic unit of capital from another, civilizational thinking was invented to unify these cultures against their colonial consequences. Islamic, Indian, or African civilizations were invented contrapuntally by Orientalism…in order to match, balance and thus authenticate ‘Western Civilization’. Hamid Dabashi
Frankly, the Palestinian Authority, which is corrupt and cavorts with terror...is not the basis for a Palestinian state moving forward Condoleeza Rice
We are a British nation with British characteristics. Every country can take some small minorities and in many ways they add to the richness and variety of this country. The moment the minority threatens to become a big one, people get frightened Margaret Thatcher
Don't fall into the trap of imagining that the West can remake societies Margaret Thatcher
Individualities may form communities, but it is institutions alone that can create a nation. Benjamin Disraeli
With us it is not a question of Bolshevism or democracy, but of life or death. Ahmed Djemal
The ordered organization of coercion we call the State. Ludwig von Mises
Massachusetts developed America. Deval Patrick
All [countries] cannot be happy at once … because the glory of one state depends upon the ruin of another Thomas Browne
National glory is a deceiving seducer. When it reaches a certain height, it clasps the head with an iron band. The enclosed sees nothing in the mist but his own picture; he is susceptible to no foreign impressions. Johann Gottfried von Herder
… the birth of a viable, truly democratic civil society is usually a slow and difficult business. For Western Europe to move from the Holy Roman Empire and the panoply of duchies and principalities and mini-kingdoms to its current patchwork of nations took centuries of bloodshed Adam Hochschild
In the past, civilization has been a heritage enjoyed by a few upon a basis of the brutalization of the vast multitude …. nation aims at a civilization of the whole resting upon the whole, and only made possible by the educated co-operation of an educated whole. James Connolly
Merging the entire region into a single nation with a single unifying principle is both grandiose and impractical. Simon Bolivar
I worry that a democratic transition in this period for a state like the U.a. E. would put, us in the throes of reactionary conservatism, probably for the next 30 or 40 years. I look at what is happening in Egypt and other places, and I wonder, do I need that kind of transition? Mishaal Al Gergawi
Sure, we’re No. 1 in gross domestic product and military expenditures, but on a lot of measures of quality of life, the U.S. ranking is far lower. Mark Rice
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 nation-state has become too small for the big problems of life and too big for the small problems. Daniel Bell
Nationalism is the most powerful force on earth today. Walter Russell Mead
A conscious nation is the one that reconsiders itself, from time to time, without waiting for others to dictate for it. Yusuf Al-Qaradawi
You can’t build a united nation on the basis of revenge. Nelson Mandela
Unlike white people anywhere else in Africa, whites in South Africa belong here—this is their home. We want them to live here with us and to share power with us. Nelson Mandela
Making China strong is the only way to ensure that foreign countries will not start a conflict with us … of look down on us. Tzu-Hsi
What we need is anger management right now …. The reaction right now is just anger. We tried to get even. But we shouldn’t try to get even—we should try and reconcile. Mohamed El Baradei
It is an admitted fact that our Union, to some extent, has already been dismembered; and that further dismemberment is impending and threatened. It is a fact that the country is in danger. It is our duty, if we can, to provide a remedy for this. John J. Crittendon
The separation is perfect, complete, and perpetual. Howell Cobb
The evil has now passed beyond control. Howell Cobb
This Union was established by great sacrifices. The Union is worthy of great sacrifices and great concessions for its maintenance. I trust there is not a senator here who is not willing to yield and to compromise much, in order to preserve the government and the Union. John J. Crittendon
The Federal Union must be preserved. Stephen Douglas
What matters it to us at present whether Monarchy is reprobated by the Almighty or not, It will be time enough to consider what kind of Government is best suited for America when we have determined ourselves independent; indeed every man who wishes to be free will be forming Opinions relative to the form of Government Richard E. Parker
No state has a divine right to exist. Parag Khanna
United Colonies Continental Congress
We have direct elections for the European Parliament. We have the [European] Commission that is independent from the member states. Of course we all belong to a country, but we are independent from our governments. Jose Manuel Barroso
We are such a large country that it is sometimes hard for us to realize that we are one nation, and that the interests of one part of the country, though they may be at variance with other parts, must react on each other and are therefore of interest to all men and women everywhere in the United States. Eleanor Roosevelt
… an America as good as its promise. Barbara Jordan
Israel is not a nation of 300 million (like the U. S.). The whole elite is probably just several thousand people, and they all know each other. So Israeli politics is familial. Ehud Barak
Building a state and fostering a national identity take time and good leadership—bold ideas, initiative, and the willingness to compromise. Dirk Vandewalle
In Afghanistan, legitimate authority has been traditionally highly localized, a product of consensus rather than brute force, and firmly anchored in tribal, clannish, and kinship structures. Jonah Blank
In doing their work, they [NGOs -- Non-governmental organizations] often end up undermining the government. They hire away its best people, and more fundamentally, their prominence teaches citizens to look to them for service rather than to pressure the government to provide them. This tension between wanting to replace an ineffective state and trying not to undermine it further is a common one faced by outside actors… Paul Farmer
I blame all of Egypt, because they do not know how to talk to each other. Ahmed Mekky
Because authoritarian regimes lack popular legitimacy, they often manipulate and deepen communal cleavages in order to divide potential opponents and generate support among favored groups. So when democratization occurs, the pent up distrust and animosity often explode. Sheri Berman
The shift to fascism was applauded by many both within Italy and without who believed that dictatorship offered a better chance of providing stability and development that the country so desperately needed. Sheri Berman
Establishing a stable democracy is a two stage process. First you get rid of the old regime, then you build a durable democratic replacement. Because the first stage is dramatic, many people think the game is over when the dictator is gone. But the second stage is more difficult. There are many examples of broad coalitions coming together to oust dictators but relatively few of them stayed together and agreed on what a new regime should look like. Sheri Berman
The centuries old Westphalian state system has never resolved the tension between the principle of the sovereign equality of states and the idea that great powers enjoy certain privileges and bear special responsibilities. G. John Ikenberry
The revenue of the state is the state. Edmund Burke
[Europe needs] the efficiency and … simplicity of a single state. Robert Stewart Castlereagh
Obsessively chasing foreign smugglers and beefing up border enforcement will achieve little without much more focused and sustained attention to the demand for illicit goods that fuels the cross-border clandestine economy, most notably the United States’ addiction to cheap immigrant labor and mind-altering substances. Peter Andreas
Today’s fear mongering about international crime frequently relies on dire warnings about “broken borders”. But those who claim that U. S. borders are out of control now forget that those borders were never effectively controlled in the first place. In fact, the United States has always had highly permeable borders. Border smuggling has defined the U. S. Mexican economic relationship from the start; the same is true of the U. S. Canadian relationship. Peter Andreas
The Soviet model was defeated not only on the economic and social levels, it was defeated on a cultural level. Our society, our people, the most educated, the most intellectual, rejected that model on the cultural level because it did not respect the man. It oppressed him spiritually and politically. Mikhail Gorbachev
Outsiders can do little in Zimbabwe so long as Robert Mugabe remains in power, for Mugabe is prepared to wreck his country in order to preserve his rule over it. The best thing outsiders can do is pressure or bribe him and his immediate circle into leaving. James Traub
Some failed states have no one but themselves—or rather their corrupt or brutal political elites—to blame. Others never had a chance to start with…, trapped between a no-longer-usable past and a not-yet-accessible future. James Traub
This is a country that historically has had very little central government. David D. McKiernan
The desire for a democratic political system does not by itself create the capacity for establishing one. Michael Mandelbaum
Nation building cannot be done on the cheap. James Dobbins
Nigeria was once a land of great hope and progress, a nation with immense resources at its disposal. But the Biafran War changed the course of Nigeria. In my view, it was a cataclysmic experience that changed the history of Africa. Chinua Achebe
We need a cohesive society that is tolerant. Mohamed El Baradei
Some countries elevate and value community. Some serve the state to the detriment of individual people, and some, like the United States, celebrate individuality to a fault. David Rothkopf
Within each country’s borders, different view exist of the obligations of individual citizens to one another, of provinces and cities to their neighbors, of the large and the small entities to the polity—corporations, churches, and other institutions—to society as a whole. David Rothkopf
I really wish the Jews again in Judea, an independent nation. John Adams
… a noble dream Abraham Lincoln
There should be a Zionist state around Jerusalem. Theodore Roosevelt
Israel carries the shield of democracy and the sword of freedom. John F. Kennedy
The Jews should be given control of Palestine. Theodore Roosevelt
I think that I … should be able to help restore the Holy Land to its people Woodrow Wilson
The established Authority of any government in America, and the policy of Government at home, are both insufficient to restrain the Americans . . . . They acquire no attachment to Place: But wandering about Seems engrafted in their Nature; and it is a weakness incident to it, that they Should for ever imagine the Lands further off, are Still better than those upon which they are already settled. John Murray; Lord Dunsmore
It had always been one of my convictions that Jews and Arabs could live together. Even as a child it never occurred to me that Jews might someday be living in Israel without Arabs, or separated from Arabs. On the contrary, for me it had always seemed perfectly normal for the two people to live and work side by side. That is the nature of life here and it always will be.... though Israel is a Jewish nation, it is, of course, not only a Jewish nation... Ariel Sharon
The Union, next to our liberty, most dear. May we all remember that it can only be preserved by respecting the rights of the States and by distributing equally the benefits and burdens of the Union John C. Calhoun
Ours is a sort of corporate society with a democratic safety valve. Anthony Wedgewood Benn; Tony Benn; 2nd Viscount Stansgate
The technical progress of the last half-century has transformed our country in countless ways. But, fortunately, we have continued to keep our own customs and culture. It is up to us now, more than ever, in shaping our new country, to achieve a consolidation, in which neither the rapid progress of recent years, nor the age-old customs of our forefathers, are lost or diminished, but rather fused into a new national characteristic in which the best is preserved, while the worst may be thrown away. Milton Obote
The pearl of Africa. Winston Churchill
There is no power on earth that can undo Pakistan Muhammad Ali Jinnah
Questions about who we are and who we want t be are increasingly prominent in our society. We have left behind Soviet ideology and there will be no return. Vladimir Putin
It is not our affluence, or our plumbing, or our clogged freeways that grip the imagination of others. Rather, it is the values upon which our system is built. These values imply our adherence not only to liberty and individual freedom, but also to international peace, law and order, and constructive social purpose. When we depart from these value, we do so at our peril. J. William Fulbright
Every wise, just, and mild government, by rendering the condition of its subjects easy and secure, will always abound most in people, as well as in commodities and riches David Hume
National boundaries are blurred by advanced communications and global commerce, and by the decisions of States to yield some sovereign prerogatives to larger, common political associations. Boutros Boutros-Ghali
China is an attractive piece of meat coveted by all … but very tough, and for years no one has been able to bite into it. Zhou Enlai
The reason there IS a Turkey and there ISN'T a Kurdistan is in all of history no Kurd could ever stand by any other Kurd long enough to hold off all the hungry Arabs, Persians, Turks, Brits and other sand carnivores swimming around the Fertile Crescent. Gary Brecher
Islam is the best, but we Muslims are not the best. The West is neither corrupted nor degenerate. It is strong, well-educated, and organized. Their schools are better than ours. Their cities are cleaner than ours. The level of respect for human rights in the West is higher, and the care for the poor and less capable is better organized. Westerners are usually responsible and accurate in their words. Instead of hating the West, let us proclaim cooperation instead of confrontation. Alija Izetbegovic
Taiwan does not oppose that there is only one China in the world, but that does not mean Taiwan is part of China. We should never have a doubt about Taiwan's independent status. Taiwan has been an independent and sovereign country since March 23, 1996, the day of its first direct presidential election…. Taiwan does not oppose that there is only one China in the world, but that does not mean Taiwan is part of China. Annette Lu
We are a moderate, pragmatic people, more comfortable with practice than theory. Elizabeth II
The Vatican is the last absolute monarchy on earth. Thomas Doyle
A state that denies its citizens their basic rights becomes a danger to its neighbors as well: internal arbitrary rule will be reflected in arbitrary external relations. The suppression of public opinion, the abolition of public competition for power and its public exercise opens the way for the state power to arm itself in any way it sees fit.... A state that does not hesitate to lie to its own people will not hesitate to lie to other states. Vaclav Havel
A nation is not a complex of wheels, nor a wild horse race, but a stride upward concerted by real men. Jose Marti
Let the world be grafted onto our republics, but the trunk must be our own. Jose Marti
When our party took over political power, the exploiting classes and reactionary forces went into action. The only rusty and antiquated tool that they use against us is preaching in the name of faith and religion against the progressive movement of our homeland... They ought to be uprooted as a cancerous tumor is from the body of a patient in a surgical operation. Nur Muhammad Taraki
We want to create a society in which our workers and farmers can afford to appear in handsome attire and enjoy a good life and health; we want this kind of society. Nur Muhammad Taraki
No country of people's democracy has so many nationalities as this country has. Only in Czechoslovakia do there exist two kindred nationalities, while in some of the other countries there are only minorities. Consequently in these countries of people's democracy there has been no need to settle such serious problems as we have had to settle here. With them the road to socialism is less complicated than is the case here. With them the basic factor is the class issue, with us it is both the nationalities and the class issue. Josip Broz Tito
What are the phenomena of nationalism? Here are some of them: 1) National egoism, from which many other negative traits of nationalism are derived, as for example — a desire for foreign conquest, a desire to oppress other nations, a desire to impose economic exploitation upon other nations, and so on; 2) national-chauvinism which is also a source of many other negative traits of nationalism, as for example national hatred, the disparagement of other nations, the disparagement of their history, culture, and scientific activities and scientific achievements, and so on, the glorification of developments in their own history that were negative … And what are these negative things? Wars of conquest are negative, the subjugation and oppression of other nations is negative, economic exploitation is negative, colonial enslavement is negative, and so on. All these things are accounted negative by Marxism and condemned. All these phenomena of the past can, it is true, be explained, but from our point of view they can never be justified Josip Broz Tito
While there are still imperialist aggressors, the state that has no defense power of its own to protect its sovereignty against the internal and external enemies is, in fact, not a fully independent and sovereign state. Kim Il-sung
[We] came to believe in the possibility of building a different country. One which is more just, a country where education and health are guaranteed, a country where workers have dignified working conditions, where young people are not exploited nor ill-treated in their work-place, where women are integrated with rights and equal opportunities, a country where the environment is protected, where natural resources are exploited to improve the living condition of its people, a country were culture develops freely, where there is access to literature, a country where children don't suffer discrimination because they don't have any money, a country where a walk down your street doesn't mean constant fear of being assaulted, a country where the most disadvantaged youth don't have to resort to drugs or delinquency to give sense to their lives, a country where grandparents are not made to feel as burdens, a country where the development of knowledge becomes a task of society as a whole, where advances in science are placed at the service of the people. Karol Cariola
A familiar question for Australians is how much we are a product of our circumstances, and how much we are what we have made ourselves to be. In truth, by the act of migration the country was made: by that voluntary act and by the emigrants' ambitions it was built. Paul Keating
I am well when Albania is well Isa Boletini
No foreign Power can consistently yield Comfort to Rebels, or enter into any kind of Treaty with these Colonies until they [the Colonies] declare themselves free and independent. Samuel Adams
A country that does not have stable institutions and a clear constitution cannot be successful. Macky Sall
To impose justice, stability, and cooperation on oppressed or ungoverned nations is usually a tall order. It is hardly ever done cheaply, especially against nationalist resistance Richard K. Betts
I hold, that in contemplation of universal law, and of the Constitution, the Union of these States is perpetual. Abraham Lincoln
I have long been wanting to draw to my readers' attention the fact that the U.S., in refusing to accept Hawaii and Alaska as states, is subjecting these two territories to colonialism. Eleanor Roosevelt
We meet to validate the most basic of American principles, the principle of 'government by consent of the governed.' We take this historic step because the people of Alaska who elected you have come to see that their longstanding and unceasing protests against the restrictions, discriminations and exclusions to which we are subject have been unheeded by the colonialism that has ruled Alaska for 88 years. Ernest Gruening
We are graduates of the school of patience. John Green Brady
In the East [Russia] the state was everything. Civil society was primordial and gelatinous. In the West there was a proper relationship between the state and civil society. Antonio Gramsci
It [the EEC] would mean the end of Britain as an independent nation state … the end of a thousand years of history. Hugh Gaitskell
The political game remains predominantly national. It is usually played as if national units were more independent economically than they actually are. Loukas Tsoukalis
The main difference [in Israel] between the relative moderates and the relative radicals revolves around their disagreement over the relative importance of the State of Israel and the land of Israel. Steven E. Lobell
No country can decide for another county. Hassan Rouhani
The only way to progress is to make mistakes… We are learning the hard way. Hazem Al Beblawi
… in this state [a theocracy] the highest and only authority belonged to God, to whose worship all other things were made subservient. Hugo de Grotius
There was one feature [the Jubilee] peculiar to this state [the Hebrew Republic] and of great importance in retaining the affections of its citizens, and checking all thoughts of desertion, or abandonment of the country: namely self-interest, the strength and life of all human action. This was particularly engaged in the Hebrew State, for nowhere else did citizens possess their goods so securely as did the subjects of this community for the latter were owners of their plots of ground in perpetuity. Baruch Spinoza
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
The governing class has become a privileged aristocracy, acting at its own discretion. It has little in common with the Communist workman who remains at his bench. The latter cannot escape the influence of his surroundings; he breathes the same air as the striker and the unemployed. In consequence a powerful protest has arisen from below. The Communist work-men demand actual participation in the government; they wish equality within the party; they wish freedom of discussion and a free press. Boris Alexandrovich Bakhmeteff
There is no bridge, no way of gradual transition between the Communist and the Individualist points of view. These are two sets of mutually antagonistic and irreconcilable ideas. Boris Alexandrovich Bakhmeteff
In the final account, the fate of our republic will depend upon whether the masses of the peasantry will go hand in hand with the working class Vladimir Lenin; Nikolai
A change for the better in Russia is an indisputable fact. The country is recovering from the epidemic, albeit slowly, and is exhibiting signs of hopeful vitality. The revival, however, is not to be credited to a varying in the dogma of the Communist party. Communism has not tempered its essence. It has only adapted itself to circumstances. Boris Alexandrovich Bakhmeteff
If nationalism were the world's ruling passion, could the British Commonwealth, with its manifold variety of peoples, have been held together? Alfred Eckhard Zimmern
Two formidable historic powers --the temporal dominion of the Popes and the Austro-Hungarian Empire--have stood in her path and attempted to bar her way. Italy has overthrown them one after the other. If any other power should insist upon barring her way today, Italy will sooner or later know how to force it aside also. Francesco Coppola
The idea of a union with Germany still remains alive in the hearts of Austrians, even though further plebiscites have been precluded by order of the victorious powers. Sigmund Munz
We have our own history, our own language, our own culture. But our destiny is also tied up with the destinies of other people - history has made us all South Africans Mangosuthu Buthelezi
As far as we can look back into history, the downfall of any nation can be traced from the moment that nation became timid about spending its best blood. Frederick Russell Burnham
The spirit of a government must be that of the country. The form of a government must come from the makeup of the country. Government is nothing but the balance of the natural elements of a country. Jose Marti
We have rebelled against all controls and religions, all laws and judgments which the mighty sought to foist upon us. We kept to our dedication and our missions. By these will the State be judged, by the moral character it imparts to its citizens, by the human values determining its inner and outward relations, and by its fidelity, in thought and act, to the supreme behest: "and thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself." Here is crystallized the eternal law of Judaism, and all the written ethics in the world can say no more. The State will be worthy of its name only if its systems, social and economic, political and legal, are based upon these imperishable words. They are more than a formal precept which can be construed as passive or negative: not to deprive, not to rob, not to oppress, not to hurt. David Ben-Gurion
U.S. imperialism will be compelled to withdraw its troops, and to allow the people of Vietnam to settle their national affairs as they wish. Tim Buck
We always have been, we are, and I hope that we always shall be, detested in France. Arthur Wellesley
Islam contains the principle of the umma, i.e. a tendency towards the unification of all Muslims in a single community - religious, cultural and political. Islam is not a nationality, but it is the supranationality of this community. Alija Izetbegovic
Bosnia should be a secular state. A non-secular Bosnia would be terror. Alija Izetbegovic
Islam is the best, but we Muslims are not the best. The West is neither corrupted nor degenerate. It is strong, well-educated, and organized. Their schools are better than ours. Their cities are cleaner than ours. The level of respect for human rights in the West is higher, and the care for the poor and less capable is better organized. Westerners are usually responsible and accurate in their words. Instead of hating the West, let us proclaim cooperation instead of confrontation. Alija Izetbegovic
Witness the tragic condition of Russia. The methods of State centralization have paralyzed individual initiative and effort; the tyranny of the dictatorship has cowed the people into slavish submission and all but extinguished the fires of liberty; organized terrorism has depraved and brutalized the masses and stifled every idealistic aspiration; institutionalized murder has cheapened human life, and all sense of the dignity of man and the value of life has been eliminated; coercion at every step has made effort bitter, labor a punishment, has turned the whole of existence into a scheme of mutual deceit, and has revived the lowest and most brutal instincts of man. Emma Goldman
The relationship of a people to their homeland is crucial. A people will naturally have a difficult time maintaining a common cultural identity without a collective presence in their homeland. Only in its homeland can a people develop economically, culturally and socially as a homogeneous entity. In fact, this is the crux of why some of us consider it necessary to struggle to live in our homeland. Monte Melkonian
...The right to self-determination refers to the right of a given population (usually a nation) to create its own future more or less free from external coercion, but within the limits of the historical realities with which it is faced. Monte Melkonian
Declaration of a state [Kurdistan] is the legitimate right of the Kurdish nation. This goal should be realized, but without resorting to violence. Massoud Barzani
Abolition—Yes! abolish everything on the face of the earth but this Union; free every slave—slay every traitor—burn every rebel mansion, if these things be necessary to preserve this temple of freedom to the world and to our posterity. Thaddeus Stevens
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
You may pretend to a civil independence, but the rest is a chimera. You are tied to me like a moon to a planet. I am not your enemy, but some force must be applied so that you follow in my step. Napoleon Bonaparte
For centuries past a race of a reckless prolificacy, which was deliberately encouraged by the clerics as a means to an end, had been kept within numerical bounds by intertribal raids, massacres, burnings and artificially produced famines. Ernest William Hamilton
The Irish nation was possessed of the most blessed and happy conditions, before their own unskillful rage and fury brought this war upon them; and they have since had leisure enough thoroughly to consider and value the wonderful plenty, peace and security which they enjoyed till the year 1641, when they wantonly and disdainfully flung those blessings from them. Henry Hyde
The custom of these savages is to live as brute beasts in the mountains which are very rugged in that part of Ireland where we lost ourselves. They are great walkers, and inured to toil. The men are all large-bodied, and of handsome features and limbs and are as active as deer. The most of the women are very beautiful but badly got up. They do not eat more than once a day, and this is at night; and that what they usually eat is butter with oat bread. They drink sour milk, for they have no other drink; they don’t drink water although it is the best in the world. In feast days they eat some meat half-cooked without bread or salt as that is their custom. Francisco de Cuellar
The savages are well affected to us Spaniards, because they realize that we are attacking the heretics [the English] and are their great enemies. If it were not for those people who kept us as if belonging to themselves, not one of our people would have escaped. We owe them a good turn for that, though they were the first to rob us and strip us when we were cast on shore. Francisco de Cuellar
Until 1847 Switzerland remained a pure Confederation of States, that is to say, she took five and a half centuries to make the step which the United States achieved at once. Hugh Simons Gibson
A people cannot be happy or prosperous or respected if the state to which they belong is not strong and respected …. It is the interest of the people that their state shall be powerful and respected. Roberto Cantalupo
Many Germans dream of revenge today. Archibald Cary Coolidge
Italy is in truth a poor country with a population which does not all find employment in its native land--whence the phenomenon of emigration. She also possesses large numbers of intellectual proletarians who have got to eat even if they find no employment after graduation from school. It is, therefore, only too explicable that there has had to be a social policy leading to the creation of numerous officials, some of which may be noxious to the development of certain branches of national activity. For the same reason it was natural in a country with moderate capitalist enterprise that laws should be enacted favoring cooperation. Thus we came to have thousands upon thousands of cooperative enterprises in Italy … Carlo Sforza
Our Constitution has affirmed that Gaelic is the national language. Yet there is scarcely one person in a thousand throughout Ireland who cannot speak English and scarcely one in ten who can speak Irish easily. Stephen Lucius Gwynn
Irish Protestants as a whole liked self-government for Ireland when government was placed exclusively in Protestant hands, as was the case under the Irish Parliament of the eighteenth century. But the increasing pressure of the partially enfranchised Catholic majority frightened their leaders into accepting the Act of Union, and in the nineteenth century Irish Protestants learnt to accept the Union as the one possible guarantee against Catholic ascendancy in Ireland. Stephen Lucius Gwynn
The peasant has learned not to rely on assistance from without, but to walk on his own feet. Socially he is conservative. He wishes to keep his land and enjoy the fruits of his labor. For generations institutions of government were to him an outside factor, for which he cared little. Boris Alexandrovich Bakhmeteff
I am in blood and power better than the best of them …. My ancestors were kings of Ulster. Ulster was theirs and shall be mine. Shane O'Neill
The fight for ideals can no longer take the form of fight between nations, because the lines of division on moral questions are within the nations themselves and intersect the political frontiers. Norman Angell
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
Another factor aggravating the isolation of the South American republics one from another is that in almost every instance their centers of population and of industrial development are distant from their frontiers. Moreover, the border zones between the different countries are, with few exceptions, wildernesses of mountains, desert or jungle. The Andes Mountains not only present a natural barrier which stretches the length of the continent between the east and west coast countries, but they also act to keep apart Pacific coast nations such as Peru and Ecuador. William Lytle Schurz
Whatever sense of national unity pervades the inhabitants of the rocky mountains, low-lying coastal marshes and baked river beds of Albania is sprung from the necessity of their struggling continually to keep out invaders who would annex this or that district, rather than form strong racial, religious or cultural bonds. In Albania such bonds are indeed far from strong (apart from that of language, which is however spoken in a variety of dialects), as is shown by the wars between tribes and sects which are usually in progress whenever some external danger does not compel them momentarily to close their ranks. Hamilton Fish Armstrong
Every Irish person, good or bad, hates to see Ireland divided. But they differ profoundly as to how it should be united. Stephen Lucius Gwynn
Another of Moscow's suggestions for the same region [Moldova & Romania] has been the creation of a Jewish state. Hamilton Fish Armstrong
The rich and powerful Empire of Austria-Hungary had in 1919 been broken in war and dismembered by peace as no other country has been in recent history. Of the fragments into which the old empire was divided Austria was by far the most miserable. Vienna, once the rich capital of over sixty millions, was left the center of a small country with only one-tenth of that population. Arthur Salter
We hold that without Unity our Republic can never succeed in being independent and valuable for her allies or redoubtable to her foes. Common interest dictates that the whole Batavian nation unite to form an indivisible Republic. Rotterdam
… far from making one single Republic, this land has reverted to a state of many little republics of towns and localities. Johan Frederik Rudolph van Hooff
The entire well-being of Amsterdam is threatened by the machinations of a small band of anarchists, dispersed throughout the country but whose headquarters lie within this city. They may be found in the Constituent Assembly and in the provincial administrations …. For some time now they have worked steadily to create disorder and to win office for themselves … Isaac Jan Alexander Gogel
The Batave is much more Dutch than the Englander is English, the Frenchman is French or any other people of the world is anything. It is not exactly their patriotism which gives the Bataves the quality of eternal fixity of character, but rather their land, their climate, their whole manner of being and living, all of which resemble nothing else that can be seen on the face if the earth. Dominique Joseph Garat
All the existing governments of the world are there for the avowed purpose of safeguarding the sovereign rights of the nations they rule or serve, and there is no one of them that could make surrender of these without being immediately hurled from power by the political forces behind it. Lawrence Pearsall Jacks
A nation is a body of people united by a corporate sentiment of peculiar intensity, intimacy and dignity, related to a definite home-country. Alfred Eckhard Zimmern
A nation is not a territorial unit. There are probably more Irishmen outside Ireland, more Norwegians outside Norway, more Jews outside Palestine, perhaps also more Scotsmen, Slovaks and Letts outside Scotland, Slovakia and Latvia than in the compact area of territory with which their national sentiments are related. Alfred Eckhard Zimmern
All the citizens both of Poland and of Lithuania ought to form an indivisible whole . . . . They must love each other with a deep, sincere, fraternal love, like the members of one body, like inhabitants of one and the same republic. Sigismund II Augustus
The Crown of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania are only a single body, one and indivisible, as is the Republic itself, which, formed of two states and nations, has united and fused them into one people Poland
The State always moves slowly and grudgingly towards any purpose that accrues to society's advantage, but moves rapidly and with alacrity towards one that accrues to its own advantage… Albert J. Nock
No country whatsoever, big or small, can build socialism by taking credits and aid from the bourgeoisie and the revisionists or by integrating its economy into the world system of capitalist economies. Any such linking of the economy of a socialist country with the economy of bourgeois or revisionist countries opens the doors to the actions of the economic laws of capitalism and the degeneration of the socialist order. This is the road of betrayal and the restoration of capitalism, which the revisionist cliques have pursued and are pursuing. Enver Hoxha
If we do not have two states [Arab and Jewish], we shall have one conflict. Neither them [the Arabs] or us should condemn our children to fighting forever. Shimon Peres
Go to the United States and see what they are doing with the American Dream.. David Ben-Gurion
An Englishman is a person who does things because they have been done before. An American is a person who does things because they haven’t been done before. Mark Twain
Russia annexed Crimea in response to the aspirations of a majority of its residents and to NATO’s obvious attempt to push Russia’s navy out of the Black Sea.. Alexander Lukin
The culture and values of many former Soviet republics really do differ from what prevails in the West. Alexander Lukin
In the space of just 18 months from 1999 to 2001, one of the world’s most centralized nations [Indonesia] burst apart to become one of its most decentralized. Elizabeth Pisani
The real fear of South Koreans … is that the financial price would ruin them. Reuniting Korea would likely cost more than reunifying Germany did… Sue Mi Terri
I will take the best from each system and introduce it in Russia.. Boris Yeltsin
For ten years from the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia was wracked by poverty and social decay: the country suffered a demographic collapse on a scale never before witnessed in an industrial country outside of wartime as deaths outstripped births and the country’s population shrank by some 800,000 people each year. Keith A. Gessen
Indian nationalism is the nationalism of an idea, the idea of an ever-ever land, emerging from an ancient civilization, shaped by a shared history, sustained by pluralist democracy. Shashi Tharoor
A thousand years scarce serve to form a state ;, An hour may lay it in the dust. George Gordon Byron
Resolv'd to ruin or to rule the state.. John Dryden
A man can be born again ... If this be true of one, it can be true of any number. Thus, a nation can be born in a day if the ideals of the people can be changed. William Jennings Bryan
America should be ... a republic in which every citizen is a sovereign, but in which no one cares or dares to wear a crown. William Jennings Bryan
Hungary was to be supported in her efforts for the establishment of her independence, because she was willing to have free trade, and thus make a market for British manufactures. Henry Charles Carey
Mexico is a competent, strong state. A little corrupt here and there, a little ineffective here and there, but a strong state. Jorge Castaneda
The good government of one man is the bad government of another Thomas Arnold
The American Revolution produced two new countries—The United States and Canada Gordon S. Wood
Governments and reactionary groups resort to nationalism, victimization, and suppression to keep foreign or offending speech at bay. Lee C. Bollinger
The land of Peru begins at the Equator and extends southward. Its inhabitants … have a Jewish cast of feature, speak gutturally and are much given to unnatural vice. For this reason they reject their wives and pay them little respect. The women wear their hair very short and go naked except for a small apron with which they cover their private parts. It is they who sow and grind the corn which is eaten throughout the province… Agustin de Zarate
It is the definition of tragedy. You have all those really good arguments for maintaining a status quo that will destroy you…. We are setting ourselves on fire with the best of arguments. Moshe Halbertal
Rulers of rentier states do not financially depend on taxation; therefore, the people cannot use taxation as leverage to make rulers accountable. In contrast, people in rentier states are dependent on governmental allocation of rentier revenue, which creates a patron–client relationship as well as a lack of independent political, economic, and civil society. Ahmet T. Kuru
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
Identities reside in relations with others: you-me and us-them, and identities center on boundaries separating us from them. Charles Tilly
Great Britain. James I
… vulgar motive of national antipathy ... David Hume
Public liberty, with internal peace and order, has flourished almost without interruption. David Hume
Where a Serb dwells, there is Serbia. Serbian Proverb
The Republic established by the founders was a fragile experiment in a world bestrode by kings, queens, emperors, czars, dictators, and theories of aristocracy. James McPherson
… most republics through history have eventually collapsed, degenerated into tyranny, or were overthrown. James McPherson
It is claimed that religious unity is also a factor in the formation of nations. Whereas, we see the contrary in the Turkish nation. Turks were a great nation even before they adopted Islam. This religion did not help the Arabs, Iranians, Egyptians and others to unite with Turks to form a nation. Conversely, it weakened the Turks’ national relations; it numbed Turkish national feelings and enthusiasm. This was natural, because Mohammedanism was based on Arab nationalism above all nationalities. Kemal Ataturk
A border is not only a separation; it’s a connection. Karen Lee Bar-Sinai
I don’t think that a society that sanctifies death can prevail. Moshe Ya'Alon
This election is a critical juncture. We have to choose between being a Zionist and liberal nation, or turning into an ethnocentric, nationalist country. I am concerned about the direction in which this delicate democracy is heading. Ofer Kenig
Israel will be eliminated because it is a foreign body that does not belong to our area, or history or religion. Why should they [Jews] come from Ethiopia, or Poland, or America? There are six million in Palestine, O.K., take them. America is very wide. You can make a new district for the Jews. Mahmoud Abbas
Egypt has a population of 90 million. If this country fails, the whole region will slide into a cycle of anarchy that will represent a grave danger to all countries in this region, including Israel, and would extend to Europe. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi
In America, the people govern. Benjamin Franklin
We cannot afford to destroy the native institutions of the country. Our true mission lies not in the building here in Africa of a Negro state based solely on Western ideas, but rather a Negro nationality indigenous to the soil, having its foundation rooted in the institutions of Africa and purified by Western thought and development. Charles D. B. King
The societies that embrace openness will be those that compete and succeed effectively. Alec Ross
The Nation is ceasing to be the leading form off the world’s structure; organizations transcending national boundaries are becoming more and more numerous and effective. J. Franklin Jameson
If you want the American Dream, go to Finland. Ed Miliband
The state grew fat, but the people grew lean. Vasily Klyuchevsky
I think that the United States is an excellent example for the rest of the world. Omar Saif Ghobash
The open borders position may sound new and radical, but it is simply a call for the return of lost liberties. When the Statue of Liberty was erected in 1886, most of the world’s borders could be freely crossed without passports. Passport requirements had sometimes existed before and were still in place in backward Tsarist Russia, but the more liberal governments of advanced European nations regulated migration, as modern democracies regulate speech, only rather lightly and in exceptional cases, if at all. Comprehensive restrictions on international movement, which almost everyone today regards as a normal and necessary government function, are really an innovation of the twentieth century, which emerged as liberalism gave way to nationalism and socialism in the wake of World War I. Although the reasons for border control were The open borders position may sound new and radical, but it is simply a call for the return of lost liberties. When the Statue of Liberty was erected in 1886, most of the world’s borders could be freely crossed without passports. Passport requirements had sometimes existed before and were still in place in backward tsarist Russia, but the more liberal governments of advanced European nations regulated migration, as modern democracies regulate speech, only rather lightly and in exceptional cases, if at all. Comprehensive restrictions on international movement, which almost everyone today regards as a normal and necessary government function, are really an innovation of the twentieth century, which emerged as liberalism gave way to nationalism and socialism in the wake of World War I. Although the reasons for border control were often explicitly racist—such as the national origins quotas of the 1924 U.S. Immigration Act—the restrictions were also motivated by bona fide national security concerns, as well as a desire to protect native wages and welfare states from immigrant competition and foreign dependents. Nathan Smith
There are neighborhoods in France that are not French… Why would immigrants want to change France is they left their country to live in France? .. You have two kinds of people living in France: The French and the others…. To offer something to the world, France has to remain France.| Marine Le Pen
The world does not owe any man a living, but we all owe one another a living. Henry Ford
The recent uprising, while leveled agaisnt the bicostal elites, is not a protest in the name of a faction of America, but in the name of American sovgeignty itself. Joshua Mitchell
This is ah historic moment from which there can be no turning back. Theresa May
Every one is a man. if you walk on two legs, you're a man. It's that simple. Newton Knight
I have yet to meet a Russian who views the Ukraine as a separate state apart from Russia. Henry A. Kissinger
Israel must win every single war that it fights. Our enemies only have to win one war. David Ben-Gurion