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
In all nations an exceptional man exists that compensates the deficiencies of the remainder. In those moments, when humanity is found collectively in a state of decadence, there always remain those exceptional beings as point of reference.
A national debt, if it is not excessive, will be to us a national blessing.
A nation may lose its liberties in a day and not miss them in a century.
Men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all the other alternatives.
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
No modern nation has ever constructed a foreign policy that was acceptable to its intellectuals
I made efforts to swallow tears and to protect the species of the Japanese nation.
He who controls the money supply of a nation controls the nation
There is no calamity which a great nation can invite which equals that which follows a supine submission to wrong and injustice
[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.
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,
All through history it's the nations that have given most to generals and the least to the people that have been the first to fall
The destiny of any nation at any given time depends on the opinions of its young men under five-and-twenty
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
The nation which reposes on the pillow of political confidence, will sooner or later end its political existence in a deadly lethargy
The laws of a nation form the most instructive portion of its history
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.
Great nations write their autobiographies in three manuscripts -- the book of their deeds, the book of their words and the book of their art.
It is clear our nation is reliant upon big foreign oil. More and more of our imports come from overseas.
No matter how big a nation is, it is no stronger that its weakest people, and as long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold him down, so it means you cannot soar as you might otherwise
Any nation that can survive what we have lately in the way of government, is on the high road to permanent glory.
From hence, let fierce contending nations know, What dire effects from civil discord flow
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