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Poor nations are hungry, and rich nations are proud; and pride and hunger will ever be at variance. Jonathan Swift

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In the true sense one's native land, with its background of tradition, early impressions, reminiscences and other things dear to one, is not enough to make sensitive human beings feel at home. Emma Goldman

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Great countries are those that produce great people. Benjamin Disraeli

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A strong nation, like a strong person, can afford to be gentle, firm, thoughtful, and restrained. It can afford to extend a helping hand to others. It's a weak nation, like a weak person, that must behave with bluster and boasting and rashness and other signs of insecurity. Jimmy Carter

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I showed my appreciation of my native land in the usual Irish way: by getting out of it as soon as I possibly could. George Bernard Shaw

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A nation is the same people living in the same place. James Joyce

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If nations always moved from one set of furnished rooms to another -- and always into a better set -- things might be easier, but the trouble is that there is no one to prepare the new rooms. The future is worse than the ocean -- there is nothing there. It will be what men and circumstances make it. Alexander Herzen

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The only thing chicken about Israel is their soup. Bob Hope

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The French complain of everything, and always. Napoleon Bonaparte

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Nationality is the miracle of political independence; race is the principle of physical analogy. Benjamin Disraeli

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A nation is not conquered which is perpetually to be conquered. Edmund Burke

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The policy of Russia is changeless. Its methods, its tactics, its maneuvers may change, but the polar star of its policy, world domination, is a fixed star. -- About Russia Karl Marx

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There's always something fishy about the French. Noël Coward

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The maxim of the British people is Business as usual. Winston Churchill

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Nations! What are nations? Tartars! and Huns! and Chinamen! Like insects they swarm. The historian strives in vain to make them memorable. It is for want of a man that there are so many men. It is individuals that populate the world. Henry David Thoreau

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I do not call the sod under my feet my country; but language -- religion -- government -- blood -- identity in these makes men of one country. Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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The soil of their native land is dear to all the hearts of mankind. Cicero

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France has neither winter nor summer nor morals. Apart from these drawbacks it is a fine country. Mark Twain

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The trees in Siberia are miles apart, that is why the dogs are so fast. -- About Russia Bob Hope

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States that rise quickly, just as all the other things of nature that are born and grow rapidly, cannot have roots and ramifications; the first bad weather kills them. Niccolò Machiavelli

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In every particular state of the world, those nations which are strongest tend to prevail over the others; and in certain marked peculiarities the strongest tend to be the best. Walter Bagehot

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Nations, like stars, are entitled to eclipse. All is well, provided the light returns and the eclipse does not become endless night. Dawn and resurrection are synonymous. The reappearance of the light is the same as the survival of the soul. Victor Hugo

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How can you govern a country with two hundred and forty six varieties of cheese? Charles de Gaulle

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The history of any nation follows an undulatory course. In the trough of the wave we find more or less complete anarchy; but the crest is not more or less complete Utopia, but only, at best, a tolerably humane, partially free and fairly just society that invariably carries within itself the seeds of its own decadence. Aldous Huxley

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God made the country and man made the town. William Cowper

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The best thing I know between France and England is the sea. Douglas William Jerrold

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Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. -- About Russia Winston Churchill

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If it were not for the government, we should have nothing to laugh at in France. Nicolas Chamfort

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The strength and power of a country depends absolutely on the quantity of good men and women in it. John Ruskin

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Spain: A whale stranded upon the coast of Europe. Edmund Burke

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States are as the men, they grow out of human characters. Plato

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Frenchmen have an unlimited capacity for gallantry and indulge it on every occasion. Molière

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Methinks I see in my mind a noble and puissant nation rousing herself like a strong man after sleep, and shaking her invincible locks. Methinks I see her as an eagle mewing her mighty youth, and kindling her undazzled eyes at the full midday beam. John Milton

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A Country is not a mere territory; the particular territory is only its foundation. The Country is the idea which rises upon that foundation; it is the sentiment of love, the sense of fellowship which binds together all the sons of that territory. Giuseppe Mazzini

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God how I hate new countries: They are older than the old, more sophisticated, much more conceited, only young in a certain puerile vanity more like senility than anything. D. H. Lawrence

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A people always ends by resembling its shadow. Rudyard Kipling

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I suffer more from the humiliations inflicted by my country than from those inflicted on her. Simone Weil

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Switzerland is simply a large, lumpy, solid rock with a thin skin of grass stretched over it. Mark Twain

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"Nation-building is never a 'done deal' confined to history already established." Aberjhani

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Nations do not think, they only feel. They get their feelings at second hand through their temperaments, not their brains. A nation can be brought -- by force of circumstances, not argument -- to reconcile itself to any kind of government or religion that can be devised; in time it will fit itself to the required conditions; later it will prefer them and will fiercely fight for them. Mark Twain

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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

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Most nations, as well as people are impossible only in their youth; they become incorrigible as they grow older. Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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It is equality of monotony which makes the strength of the British Isles. Eleanor Roosevelt

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There is always something new out of Africa. Pliny the Elder

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Great nations write their autobiographies in three manuscripts -- the book of their deeds, the book of their words and the book of their art. John Ruskin