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In the true sense one's native land, with its background of tradition, early impressions, reminiscences and other things dear to one, is not enough to make sensitive human beings feel at home.

Author: Emma Goldman (1869-1940)

Profession: American Anarchist

If nations always moved from one set of furnished rooms to another -- and always into a better set -- things might be easier, but the trouble is that there is no one to prepare the new rooms. The future is worse than the ocean -- there is nothing there. It will be what men and circumstances make it.

Author: Alexander Herzen (1812-1870)

Profession: Russian Journalist, Political Thinker

Nations without a past are contradictions in terms. What makes a nation is the past, what justifies one nation against others is the past, and historians are the people who produce it.

Author: E. J. Hobsbawm (1917)

Profession: British Historian

Men may be linked in friendship. Nations are linked only by interests.

Author: Rolf Hochhuth


The only thing chicken about Israel is their soup.

Author: Bob Hope (1903)

Profession: American Comedian, Actor

The trees in Siberia are miles apart, that is why the dogs are so fast. [About Russia]

Author: Bob Hope (1903)

Profession: American Comedian, Actor

Nations, like stars, are entitled to eclipse. All is well, provided the light returns and the eclipse does not become endless night. Dawn and resurrection are synonymous. The reappearance of the light is the same as the survival of the soul.

Author: Victor Hugo (1802-1885)

Profession: French Poet, Dramatist, Novelist

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.

Author: Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)

Profession: British Author

The best thing I know between France and England is the sea.

Author: Douglas William Jerrold (1803-1857)

Profession: British Humorist, Playwright

A nation is the same people living in the same place.

Author: James Joyce (1882-1941)

Profession: Irish Author

A people always ends by resembling its shadow.

Author: Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

Profession: British Author of Prose, Verse

The greatest nations have all acted like gangsters and the smallest like prostitutes.

Author: Stanley Kubrick (1928)

Profession: American Screen Writer, Film Producer, and Director

The great nations have always acted like gangsters, and the small nations like prostitutes.

Author: Stanley Kubrick (1928)

Profession: American Screen Writer, Film Producer, and Director

God how I hate new countries: They are older than the old, more sophisticated, much more conceited, only young in a certain puerile vanity more like senility than anything.

Author: D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930)

Profession: British Author

I am the state.

Author: Louis XIV (1638-1715)

Profession: King of France from 1643-1715