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The English instinctively admire any man who has no talent, and is modest about it.

Author: James Agate (1877-1947)

Profession: British Author, Critic

Patriotism is a lively sense of collective responsibility. Nationalism is a silly cock crowing on its own dunghill and calling for larger spurs and brighter beaks. I fear that nationalism is one of England's many spurious gifts to the world.

Author: Richard Aldington (1892-1962)

Profession: British Writer

The French are wiser than they seem, and the Spaniards seem wiser than they are.

Author: Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Profession: British Philosopher, Essayist, Statesman

There are few more impressive sights in the world than a Scotsman on the make.

Author: Sir James M. Barrie (1860-1937)

Profession: British Playwright

All nationalisms are at heart deeply concerned with names: with the most immaterial and original human invention. Those who dismiss names as a detail have never been displaced; but the peoples on the peripheries are always being displaced. That is why they insist upon their continuity -- their links with their dead and the unborn.

Author: John Berger (1926)

Profession: British Actor, Critic

Nothing and no one can destroy the Chinese people. They are relentless survivors.

Author: Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973)

Profession: American Novelist

England is paradise for women, and hell for horses: Italy is a paradise for horses, hell for women.

Author: Robert Burton (1576-1640)

Profession: British Clergyman, Scholar

Switzerland is a curst, selfish, swinish country of brutes, placed in the most romantic region of the world.

Author: Lord Byron (1788-1824)

Profession: British Poet

It is a well-known fact that we always recognize our homeland when we are about to lose it.

Author: Albert Camus (1913-1960)

Profession: French Existential Writer

There are few virtues that the Poles do not possess and there are few errors they have ever avoided.

Author: Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

Profession: British Statesman, Prime Minister

It is easier for a Russian to become an atheist than for anyone else in the world.

Author: Fyodor Dostoevski (1821-1881)

Profession: Russian Novelist

I find that the Americans have no passions, they have appetites.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

Americans are like a rich father who wishes he knew how to give his son the hardships that made him rich.

Author: Robert Frost (1875-1963)

Profession: American Poet

Irish Americans are no more Irish than Black Americans are Africans.

Author: Bob Geldof (1954)

Profession: Irish Rock Musician, Philanthropist

The Jews have always been students, and their greatest study is themselves.

Author: Albert Goldman