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The Best Quotes About Nation

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A list of the best nation quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous nation quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic nation quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational nation quotes from that same writer.

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

    James Joyce
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    Nationality is the miracle of political independence; race is the principle of physical analogy.

    Benjamin Disraeli
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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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    Great countries are those that produce great people.

    Benjamin Disraeli
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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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    There's always something fishy about the French.

    Noël Coward
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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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    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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    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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    The maxim of the British people is Business as usual.

    Winston Churchill
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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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    A nation is not conquered which is perpetually to be conquered.

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

    Edmund Burke
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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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    Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. -- About Russia

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

    Cicero
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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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    God made the country and man made the town.

    William Cowper
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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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    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