It began in mystery, and it will end in mystery, but what a savage and beautiful country lies in between.
Author: Diane Ackerman (1948)
Profession: American Poet, Writer, Naturalist
Colonies do not cease to be colonies because they are independent.
Author: Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)
Profession: British Statesman, Prime Minister
It may be true that you can't fool all the people all the time, but you can fool enough of them to rule a large country.
Author: William J. Durant (1885-1981)
Profession: American Historian, Essayist
Shall we then judge a country by the majority, or by the minority? By the minority, surely. 'Tis pedantry to estimate nations by the census, or by square miles of land, or other than by their importance to the mind of the time.
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
Profession: American Poet, Essayist
The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
Author: Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)
Profession: Indian Political, Spiritual Leader
My country is the world; my countrymen are mankind.
Author: William Lloyd Garrison (1805-1879)
Profession: American Abolitionist
My country owes me nothing. It gave me, as it gives every boy and girl, a chance. It gave me schooling, independence of action, opportunity for service and honor. In no other land could a boy from a country village, without inheritance or influential friends, look forward with unbounded hope.
Author: Herbert Clark Hoover (1874-1964)
Profession: American - 31st American President
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.
To read the papers and to listen to the news... one would think the country is in terrible trouble. You do not get that impression when you travel the back roads and the small towns do care about their country and wish it well.
Author: Charles Kuralt
Profession: American TV Commentator
Today the nations of the world may be divided into two classes -- the nations in which the government fears the people, and the nations in which the people fear the government.
Author: Amos R. E. Pinochet
The hand that rocks the cradle rules the nation and its destiny.
Author: South African Proverb
Profession: Sayings of South African Origin
The common good of a collective -- a race, a class, a state -- was the claim and justification of every tyranny ever established over men. Every major horror of history was committed in the name of an altruistic motive. Has any act of selfishness ever equaled the carnage perpetrated by disciples of altruism? Does the fault lie in men's hypocrisy or in the nature of the principle? The most dreadful butchers were the most sincere. The believed in the perfect society reached through the guillotine and the firing squad. Nobody questioned their right to murder since they were murdering for an altruistic purpose. It was accepted that man must be sacrificed for other men. Actors change, but the course of the tragedy remains the same. A humanitarian who starts with the declarations of love for mankind and ends with a sea of blood. It goes on and will go on so long as men believe that an action is good if it is unselfish. That permits the altruist to act and forces his victims to bear it. The leaders of collectivist movements ask nothing of themselves. But observe the results.
Author: Ayn Rand (1905-1982)
Profession: Russian Writer, Philosopher