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The Best Quotes About Nation

Updated June 14, 2019 450 votes 76 voters 10.4k views

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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.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best quotes about nation?" and "What are inspirational nation quotes?"

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

    Douglas William Jerrold
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    A people always ends by resembling its shadow.

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

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

    Plato
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    There is always something new out of Africa.

    Pliny the Elder
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    It is equality of monotony which makes the strength of the British Isles.

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

    Mark Twain
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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