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States that rise quickly, just as all the other things of nature that are born and grow rapidly, cannot have roots and ramifications; the first bad weather kills them.

Author: Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527)

Profession: Italian Author, Statesman

The country has charms only for those not obliged to stay there.

Author: Edouard Manes

Profession:

The policy of Russia is changeless. Its methods, its tactics, its maneuvers may change, but the polar star of its policy, world domination, is a fixed star. [About Russia]

Author: Karl Marx (1818-1883)

Profession: German Political Theorist, Social Philosopher

A Country is not a mere territory; the particular territory is only its foundation. The Country is the idea which rises upon that foundation; it is the sentiment of love, the sense of fellowship which binds together all the sons of that territory.

Author: Giuseppe Mazzini (1805-1872)

Profession: Italian Patriot, Writer

Methinks I see in my mind a noble and puissant nation rousing herself like a strong man after sleep, and shaking her invincible locks. Methinks I see her as an eagle mewing her mighty youth, and kindling her undazzled eyes at the full midday beam.

Author: John Milton (1608-1674)

Profession: British Poet

States are as the men, they grow out of human characters.

Author: Plato

Profession: Greek Philosopher

There is always something new out of Africa.

Author: Pliny The Elder

Profession: Roman Neophatonist

If there be no nobility of descent in a nation, all the more indispensable is it that there should be nobility of ascent -- a character in them that bear rule, so fine and high and pure, that as men come within the circle of its influence, they involuntarily pay homage to that which is the one pre-eminent distinction, the Royalty of Virtue.

Author: Henry Codman Potter

Profession:

It is equality of monotony which makes the strength of the British Isles.

Author: Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)

Profession: American First Lady, Columnist, Lecturer, Humanitarian

Most nations, as well as people are impossible only in their youth; they become incorrigible as they grow older.

Author: Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778)

Profession: Swiss Political Philosopher, Educationist, Essayist

Great nations write their autobiographies in three manuscripts -- the book of their deeds, the book of their words and the book of their art.

Author: John Ruskin (1819-1900)

Profession: British Critic, Social Theorist

The strength and power of a country depends absolutely on the quantity of good men and women in it.

Author: John Ruskin (1819-1900)

Profession: British Critic, Social Theorist

National character is only another name for the particular form which the littleness, perversity and baseness of mankind take in every country. Every nation mocks at other nations, and all are right.

Author: Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)

Profession: German Philosopher

I showed my appreciation of my native land in the usual Irish way: by getting out of it as soon as I possibly could.

Author: George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Profession: Irish-born British Dramatist

The strength of a nation, especially of a republican nation, is in the intelligent and well ordered homes of the people.

Author: Lydia Sigourney (1791-1865)

Profession: American Poet