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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
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
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
The only thing chicken about Israel is their soup. Bob Hope
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
A nation is the same people living in the same place. James Joyce
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
Nationality is the miracle of political independence; race is the principle of physical analogy. Benjamin Disraeli
Great countries are those that produce great people. Benjamin Disraeli
There's always something fishy about the French. Noël Coward
The French complain of everything, and always. Napoleon Bonaparte
How can you govern a country with two hundred and forty six varieties of cheese? Charles de Gaulle
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
The maxim of the British people is Business as usual. Winston Churchill
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
I suffer more from the humiliations inflicted by my country than from those inflicted on her. Simone Weil
A nation is not conquered which is perpetually to be conquered. Edmund Burke
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
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
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
The soil of their native land is dear to all the hearts of mankind. Cicero
France has neither winter nor summer nor morals. Apart from these drawbacks it is a fine country. Mark Twain
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
A people always ends by resembling its shadow. Rudyard Kipling
It is equality of monotony which makes the strength of the British Isles. Eleanor Roosevelt