A nation, like a person, has a mind - a mind that must be kept informed and alert, that must know itself, that understands the hopes and needs of its neighbors - all the other nations that live within the narrowing circle of the world
No nation has ever failed to prosper when its people put God first and their country second
A nation is a society united by a delusion about its ancestry and by common hatred of its neighbours.
[Here] rests the soul of our nation-here also should be our conscience.
Every nation sincerely desires peace; and all nations pursue courses which if persisted in, must make peace impossible
A nation is a totality of men united through community of fate into a community of character
There was never a nation great until it came to the knowledge that it had nowhere in the world to go for help
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.
Nations, like men, have their infancy.
Nations have always good reasons for being what they are, and the best of all is that they cannot be otherwise.
Men may be linked in friendship. Nations are linked only by interests.
The history of any nation follows an undulatory course. In the trough of the wave we find more or less complete anarchy; but the crest is not more or less complete Utopia, but only, at best, a tolerably humane, partially free and fairly just society that invariably carries within itself the seeds of its own decadence.
A nation is the same people living in the same place.
Most nations, as well as people are impossible only in their youth; they become incorrigible as they grow older.
The strength of a nation, especially of a republican nation, is in the intelligent and well ordered homes of the people.
Poor nations are hungry, and rich nations are proud; and pride and hunger will ever be at variance.
Nations do not think, they only feel. They get their feelings at second hand through their temperaments, not their brains. A nation can be brought -- by force of circumstances, not argument -- to reconcile itself to any kind of government or religion that can be devised; in time it will fit itself to the required conditions; later it will prefer them and will fiercely fight for them.
There was never a nation that became great until it came to the knowledge that it had nowhere in the world to go for help.
Small nations are like indecently dressed women. They tempt the evil-minded.
One of the most basic principles for making and keeping peace within and between nations. . . is that in political, military, moral, and spiritual confrontations, there should be an honest attempt at the reconciliation of differences before resorting
Nations are equal in respect to each other, and entitled to claim equal consideration for their rights, whatever may be their relative dimensions or strength or however greatly they may differ in government, religion or manners
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