Nation Quotes

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

Life is meaningless without the considerations of faith, love and inherited history in our nation.

Saddam Hussein

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

God forbid that India should ever take to industrialism after the manner of the west... keeping the world in chains. If [our nation] took to similar economic exploitation, it would strip the world bare like locusts.

Mahatma Gandhi

I envision someday a great, peaceful South Africa in which the world will take pride, a nation in which each of many different groups will be making its own creative contribution.

Alan Paton

A people without a language of its own, is only half a nation.

Thomas Osborne Davis

The challenge of social justice is to evoke a sense of community that we need to make our nation a better place, just as we make it a safer place.

Marian Wright Edelman

For a nation which has an almost evil reputation for bustle, bustle, bustle, and rush, rush, rush, we spend an enormous amount of time standing around in line in front of windows, just waiting.

Robert Benchley

Let us all hope that the dark clouds of racial prejudice will soon pass away, and that in some not too distant tomorrow the radiant stars of love and brotherhood will shine over our great nation with all their scintillating beauty.

Martin Luther King Jr

This administration misled a nation into war by cherry-picking intelligence and stretching the truth beyond recognition.

Senator John Kerry

Liberty is the great parent of science and of virtue; and a nation will be great in both always in proportion as it is free.

Thomas Jefferson

That's what makes us a great nation. We take the little things serious, and the big ones as a joke.

Will Rogers

The laws of a nation form the most instructive portion of its history

Edward Biggon

The nation which reposes on the pillow of political confidence, will sooner or later end its political existence in a deadly lethargy

James Madison

There is nothing that strengthens a nation like reading of a nation's own history, whether that history is recorded in books or embodied in customs, institutions and monuments

Joseph Anderson

So that this nation may long endure, I urge you to follow in the hallowed footsteps of the great disobedience of history that freed exiles, founded religions, defeated tyrants, and yes, in the hands of an aroused rabble in arms and a few great men,

Charlton Heston

[America is] a rebellious nation. Our whole history is treason; our blood was attained before we were born; our creeds were infidelity to the mother church; our constitution treason to our fatherland.

Theodore Parker

No modern nation has ever constructed a foreign policy that was acceptable to its intellectuals

Irving Kristol

In a republican nation, whose citizens are to be led by reason and persuasion and not by force, the art of reasoning becomes of first importance

Thomas Jefferson

A nation may lose its liberties in a day and not miss them in a century.

Charles de Montesquieu

To poison a nation, poison its stories. A demoralised nation tells demoralised stories to itself. Beware of the storytellers who are not fully conscious of the importance of their gifts, and who are irresponsible in the application of their art: they

Ben Okri

No nation has friends only interests

Charles de Gaulle
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