Nation Quotes

If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom; and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that too

William Somerset Maugham

Each nation feels superior to other nations. That breeds patriotism - and wars.

Dale Carnegie

A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

How can anyone govern a nation that has 246 different kinds of cheese?

General Charles De Gaulle

We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people

John F. Kennedy

The destiny of any nation at any given time depends on the opinion of its young people, those under twenty-five.

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Volunteering creates a national character in which the community and the nation take on a spirit of compassion, comradeship and confidence.

Brian O'Connell

In any country there must be people who have to die. They are the sacrifices any nation has to make to achieve law and order

Idi Amin Dada

We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is afraid of its people.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Today, more than ever before, life must be characterized by a sense of Universal responsibility, not only nation to nation and human to human, but also human to other forms of life.

Dalai Lama

A self-respecting nation is ready for anything, including war, except for a renunciation of its option to make war.

Simone Weil

The nation should have a tax system that looks like someone designed it on purpose.

William Simon

Americans have been taught that their nation is civilized and humane. But, too often, U.S. actions have been uncivilized and inhumane.

Howard Zinn

People have prejudices against a nation in which they have no acquaintances.

Philip Gilbert Hamerton

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

No nation has ever failed to prosper when its people put God first and their country second

Harold Lindsell

There is no calamity which a great nation can invite which equals that which follows a supine submission to wrong and injustice

Grover Cleveland

He who controls the money supply of a nation controls the nation

James A. Garfield

A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.

Martin Luther King Jr

There is such a thing as a nation being so right that it it does not need to convince others by force that it is right

Woodrow T. Wilson

A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers

John Fitzgerald Kennedy

A nation can assume that the addition of the words "under God" to its pledge of allegiance gives evidence that its citizens actually believe in God whereas all it really proves is that they believe in "believing" in God

Huston Smith

By gnawing through a dike, even a rat may drown a nation.

Edmund Burke

For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus - and non-believers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.

Barack Obama
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