Nation Quotes

If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.

Thomas Jefferson

A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on an installment plan.

Martin Luther King Jr

When a whole nation is roaring Patriotism at the top of its voice, I am fain to explore the cleanness of its hands and purity of its heart.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

A nation is a society united by a delusion about its ancestry and a common fear of its neighbors.

W. R. Inge

Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means we must develop a world perspective.

Martin Luther King Jr

The spirit of man is more important than mere physical strength, and the spiritual fiber of a nation more than its wealth

Dwight David Eisenhower

The system of transportation is not coherent; it is not treated as integral. Roads compete with with railroads and airlines in chaotic fashion, and at immense cost to the nation.

Anthony Stafford Beer

Manners are the hypocrisy of a nation.

Honore De Balzac

The nation's obligation to her defenders is as old as that defense itself.

Steve Buyer

Man being reasonable must get drunk; The best of life is but intoxication; Glory, the grape, love, gold - in these are sunk - The hopes of all men and of every nation

Lord Byron

A nation rushing hastily too and fro, busily employed in idleness.


A nation rushing hastily too and fro, busily employed in idleness.


At its conceptual heart, xenophobia is a fear of the 'other', with the 'other' most often being defined by differential (contemporary) nation-state 'membership'.

Dale T. McKinley

All it takes is a single act of aggression to permanently wound a nation's reputation.

Ramman Kenoun

Only a handful of men and women leave an imprint on the conscience of a nation and on the history that they helped shape, ...

Barack Obama
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