Nations quotes

The world values the seer above all men, and has always done so. Nay, it values all men in proportion as they partake of the character of seers. The Elgin Marbles and a decision of John Marshall are valued for the same reason. What we feel in them is a painstaking submission to facts beyond the author's control, and to ideas imposed upon him by his vision. So with Beethoven's Symphonies, with Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations -- with any conceivable output of the human mind of which you approve. You love them because you say, These things were not made, they were seen.

- Chapman, John Jay

This idea of weapons of mass exterminations utterly horrible and is something which no one with one spark of humanity can tolerate. I will not pretend to obey a government which is organizing a mass massacre of mankind.

- Russell, Bertrand

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

- Shaw, George Bernard

It is not enough to limit your love to your own nation, to your own group. You must respond with love even to those outside of it. . . . This concept enables people to live together not as nations, but as the human race.

- Clarence Jordan

A people always ends by resembling its shadow.

- Kipling, Rudyard

FOOL, n. A person who pervades the domain of intellectual speculation and diffuses himself through the channels of moral activity. He is omnific, omniform, omnipercipient, omniscience, omnipotent. He it was who invented letters, printing, the railroad, the steamboat, the telegraph, the platitude and the circle of the sciences. He created patriotism and taught the nations war -- founded theology, philosophy, law, medicine and Chicago. He established monarchical and republican government. He is from everlasting to everlasting -- such as creation's dawn beheld he fooleth now. In the morning of time he sang upon primitive hills, and in the noonday of existence headed the procession of being. His grandmotherly hand was warmly tucked-in the set sun of civilization, and in the twilight he prepares Man's evening meal of milk-and-morality and turns down the covers of the universal grave. And after the rest of us shall have retired for the night of eternal oblivion he will sit up to write a history of human civilization.

- Ambrose Bierce

Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none.

- Jefferson, Thomas

The true and solid peace of nations consists not in equality of arms, but in mutual trust alone.

- Pope John XXIII

It is, I think, an indisputable fact that Americans are, as Americans, the most self- conscious people in the world, and the most addicted to the belief that the other nations are in a conspiracy to under-value them.

- Henry James

We have actively sought and are actively seeking to make the United Nations an effective instrument of international cooperation.

- Acheson, Dean

Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. [About Russia]

- Churchill, Winston

Ultimately nature and events are largely what our imaginations make them out to be.

- Jose Vasconcelos

There are one-story intellects, two-story intellects, and three-story intellects with skylights. All fact collectors with no aim beyond their facts are one-story men. Two-story men compare reason and generalize, using labors of the fact collectors as well as their own. Three-story men idealize, imagine, and predict. Their best illuminations come from above through the skylight.

- Oliver Wendell Holmes

A strong nation, like a strong person, can afford to be gentle, firm, thoughtful, and restrained. It can afford to extend a helping hand to others. It's a weak nation, like a weak person, that must behave with bluster and boasting and rashness and other signs of insecurity.

- Carter, Jimmy

The imaginations which people have of one another are the solid facts of society.

- Cooley, Charles Horton

It becomes a bore doing imaginative books that do not touch imaginations, and at length one stops even planning them.

- H. G. Wells

Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.

- Washington, George

There is no waste of time in life like that of making explanations.

- Disraeli, Benjamin

For too long, many nations, including my own, tolerated, even excused, oppression in the Middle East in the name of stability. Oppression became common, but stability never arrived. We must take a different approach. We must help the reformers of the Middle East as they work for freedom, and strive to build a community of peaceful, democratic nations.

- George W. Bush

I believe it to be true that dreams are the true interpreters of our inclinations; but there is art required to sort and understand them.

- Michel de Montaigne

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