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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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I am the state.
~ Louis XIV

 

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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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I don't even know what street Canada is on.
~ Al Capone

 

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I like the English. They have the most rigid code of immorality in the world.
~ Malcolm Bradbury

 

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

 

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

 

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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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If there be no nobility of descent in a nation, all the more indispensable is it that there should be nobility of ascent -- a character in them that bear rule, so fine and high and pure, that as men come within the circle of its influence, they involuntarily pay homage to that which is the one pre-eminent distinction, the Royalty of Virtue.
~ Henry Codman Potter

 

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

 

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It is true that men themselves made this world of nations... but this world without doubt has issued from a mind often diverse, at times quite contrary, and always superior to the particular ends that men had proposed to themselves.
~ Giambattista Vico

 

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It profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world... but for Wales!
~ Robert Bolt

 

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Men may be linked in friendship. Nations are linked only by interests.
~ Rolf Hochhuth

 

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

 

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