Quotes about homeland

A collection of quotes on the topic of country, people, use, doing.

Best quotes about homeland

Mehmed II photo

„We do not conquer the lands, we conquer the hearts.“

—  Mehmed II Ottoman sultan 1432 - 1481

Source: Aşıkpaşoğlu History (Prepared: Atsız), 154

Amos Oz photo

„The best way to know the soul of another country is to read its literature.“

—  Amos Oz Israeli writer, novelist, journalist and intellectual 1939 - 2018

Augusto Pinochet photo

„We practically wiped this nation clean of Marxists.“

—  Augusto Pinochet Former dictator of the republic of Chile 1915 - 2006

Speech (February 23, 1988), quoted in "Las frases para el bronce de Pinochet."
1980s

Peter Handke photo

„If a nation loses its storytellers, it loses its childhood.“

—  Peter Handke Austrian writer, playwright and film director 1942

Salvador Allende photo

„Workers of my country, I have faith in Chile and its destiny.“

—  Salvador Allende Chilean physician and politician 1908 - 1973

Final address (1973)
Context: The people must defend themselves, but they must not sacrifice themselves. The people must not let themselves be destroyed or riddled with bullets, but they cannot be humiliated either.
Workers of my country, I have faith in Chile and its destiny. Other men will overcome this dark and bitter moment when treason seeks to prevail. Keep in mind that, much sooner than later, great avenues will again be opened, through which will pass the free man, to construct a better society.
Long live Chile! Long live the people! Long live the workers!
These are my last words, and I am certain that my sacrifice will not be in vain, I am certain that, at the very least, it will be a moral lesson that will punish felony, cowardice, and treason.

Manuel L. Quezon photo

„My loyalty to my party ends where my loyalty to my country begins.“

—  Manuel L. Quezon president of the Philippines from 1935 to 1944 1878 - 1944

As quoted in John Gunther's Inside Asia. (1939)

Leonhard Euler photo

„Madam, I have come from a country where people are hanged if they talk.“

—  Leonhard Euler Swiss mathematician 1707 - 1783

In Berlin, to the Queen Mother of Prussia, on his lack of conversation in his meeting with her, on his return from Russia; as quoted in Science in Russian Culture : A History to 1860 (1963) Alexander Vucinich
Variant: Madame... I have come from a country where one can be hanged for what one says.

Deng Xiaoping photo

„One Country, Two systems.“

—  Deng Xiaoping Chinese politician, Paramount leader of China 1904 - 1997

Actually coined by Mao Zedong, popularized by Deng Xiaoping
Misattributed or apocryphal

Orson Welles photo

„Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what’s for lunch.“

—  Orson Welles American actor, director, writer and producer 1915 - 1985

Bob Marley photo

„Herb is the healing of a nation, alcohol is the destruction.“

—  Bob Marley Jamaican singer, songwriter, musician 1945 - 1981

All quotes about homeland

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H.L. Mencken photo
Mwanandeke Kindembo photo
Prithvi Narayan Shah photo

„If the citizens are wealthy, the country is strong. The King's storehouse is his people.“

—  Prithvi Narayan Shah far-sighted king/unifier of Nepal 1722 - 1775

Quoted in page 178 of * Pradhan
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Thapa Politics in Nepal: With Special Reference to Bhim Sen Thapa, 1806–1839
Concept Publishing Company
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https://books.google.com/books?id=7PP1yElRzIUC

Michael Prysner photo
Jesse Owens photo

„When I came back to my native country, after all the stories about Hitler, I couldn't ride in the front of the bus. I had to go to the back door. I couldn't live where I wanted. I wasn't invited to shake hands with Hitler, but I wasn't invited to the White House to shake hands with the President, either.“

—  Jesse Owens American track and field athlete 1913 - 1980

As quoted in "Owens pierced a myth" http://espn.go.com/sportscentury/features/00016393.html (2005), by Larry Schwartz, ESPN SportsCentury

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Sheikh Mujibur Rahman photo

„If we had remained in Pakistan, it would be a strong country. Again, if India had not been divided in 1947, it would be an even stronger country. But, then, Mr. President, in life do we always get what we desire?“

—  Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Bengali revolutionary, founder ("father") of Bangladesh 1920 - 1975

Speaking about the break up of Pakistan with Nigerian leader Yakubu Gowon. http://www.thedailystar.net/magazine/2009/08/02/tribute.htm
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Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva photo

„Look, my friend. I don't speak the language here, I've got no money, the food stinks, there's no rice, no beans. I'd rather be arrested in Brazil than stay in this dump of a country.“

—  Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva Brazilian politician, 35th president of Brazil 1945

Lula da Silva (1975), Cited in: Emir Sader, ‎Ken Silverstein (1991) Without Fear of Being Happy. p. 41
After being advised to stay in the United States when his brother was arrested in Brazil as a communist subversive.

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva photo

„If there is something which I am proud, in this country, it is that there is no living soul more honest than me. Not even in the Federal Police, not even in the Public Ministry, not even in the Catholic Church, not even in the evangelical church. There may be just as equal, but I doubt it.“

—  Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva Brazilian politician, 35th president of Brazil 1945

Testimony to the Federal Police regarding the "Lava-jato Operation" investigation. ‘Não tem uma viva alma mais honesta do que eu’, afirma Lula http://politica.estadao.com.br/blogs/fausto-macedo/nao-tem-uma-viva-alma-mais-honesta-do-que-eu-afirma-lula/ at estadao.com.br 01.20.2016

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva photo

„If the US is the country that most contributes with greenhouse gases, in the world, it should assume more responsibility to reduce emissions.“

—  Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva Brazilian politician, 35th president of Brazil 1945

" Brazil rejects Bush move on climate change talks http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2007/jun/04/brazil.usa" in: The Guardian, May 31, 2007.

Mwanandeke Kindembo photo
Johnny Depp photo
Vladimir Lenin photo
Dilma Rousseff photo

„It'a an immense joy to be here today. I have received from millions of male and female Brazilians the most important mission of my life. This fact, beyond myself, is a demonstration of the democratic development of our country because for the first time a woman will rule Brazil.“

—  Dilma Rousseff 36th President of Brazil 1947

First speech http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/nov/01/dilma-rousseff-wins-brazil-president after being elected President, October 31.
2010

Otto von Bismarck photo

„I am firmly convinced that Spain is the strongest country of the world. Century after century trying to destroy herself and still no success“

—  Otto von Bismarck German statesman, Chancellor of Germany 1815 - 1898

A Spanish politician in a political meeting said it for the first time and attributed to Bismarck https://es.wikiquote.org/wiki/Discusi%C3%B3n:Otto_von_Bismarck
Misattributed

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Vladimir Lenin photo

„Thus, in one way or another, the whole world is more or less the debtor to and vassal of these forn international banker countries, the four "pillars" of world finance capital.“

—  Vladimir Lenin Russian politician, led the October Revolution 1870 - 1924

Source: Imperialism, The Highest Stage of Capitalism (1917), Chapter Three
Source: Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism: Full Text of 1916 Edition

Vladimir Lenin photo

„America has become one of the foremost countries in regard to the depth of the abyss which lies between the handful of arrogant multimillionaires who wallow in filth and luxury, and the millions of working people who constantly live on the verge of pauperism.“

—  Vladimir Lenin Russian politician, led the October Revolution 1870 - 1924

Collected Works, Vol. 28, p. 62–75.
Collected Works
Source: A Letter to American Workingmen: From the Socialist Soviet Republic of Russia

Amin Maalouf photo
Sitting Bull photo

„I am here by the will of the Great Spirit, and by his will I am chief.… I want to tell you that if the Great Spirit has chosen anyone to be the chief of this country, it is myself.“

—  Sitting Bull Hunkpapa Lakota medicine man and holy man 1831 - 1890

Testimony to the Dawes Commission (22 August 1883)

Ali Shariati photo
Muhammad Ali photo
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Mustafa Kemal Atatürk photo

„There is no defense line, but defense territory. This territory is the whole of the motherland!“

—  Mustafa Kemal Atatürk Turkish army officer, revolutionary, and the first President of Turkey 1881 - 1938

His order to the Turkish army at the Battle of Sakarya (26 August 1921); Turkish, as quoted in Bugünkü Türkiye (1937), by Stephan Ronart, p. 127
Variant translation: There is no defense line, but a defense territory, and that territory is the whole of the motherland. Not even an inch of the motherland may be abandoned without being soaked in the blood of her citizens...
English translation, as quoted in History of the Ottoman Empire and Modern Turkey (1976) by Stanford Jay Shaw
Original: (tr) Hattı müdafaa yoktur, sathı müdafaa vardır. O satıh bütün vatandır.

Rick Rescorla photo

„We in America have been very fortunate. We've been blessed with a wonderful country and everything and wonderful resources.“

—  Rick Rescorla War hero, victim and hero of 9/11 1939 - 2001

Interview (July 1998)

Grigori Rasputin photo

„I write and leave behind me this letter at St. Petersburg. I feel that I shall leave life before January 1st. I wish to make known to the Russian people, to Papa, to the Russian Mother and to the children, to the land of Russia, what they must understand. If I am killed by common assassins, and especially by my brothers the Russian peasants, you, Tsar of Russia, have nothing to fear, remain on your throne and govern, and you, Russian Tsar, will have nothing to fear for your children, they will reign for hundreds of years in Russia. But if I am murdered by boyars, nobles, and if they shed my blood, their hands will remain soiled with my blood, for twenty-five years they will not wash their hands from my blood. They will leave Russia. Brothers will kill brothers, and they will kill each other and hate each other, and for twenty-five years there will be no noblers in the country. Tsar of the land of Russia, if you hear the sound of the bell which will tell you that Grigory has been killed, you must know this: if it was your relations who have wrought my death then no one of your family, that is to say, none of your children or relations will remain alive for more than two years. They will be killed by the Russian people…I shall be killed. I am no longer among the living. Pray, pray, be strong, think of your blessed family.“

—  Grigori Rasputin Russian mystic 1869 - 1916

Grigory Rasputin in a letter to the Tsarina Alexandra, 7 Dec 1916

Michael Prysner photo
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman photo

„We gave blood in 1952, we won a mandate in 1954. But we were not allowed to take up the reins of this country.“

—  Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Bengali revolutionary, founder ("father") of Bangladesh 1920 - 1975

Quote, This time the struggle is for our freedom (1971)
Context: We gave blood in 1952, we won a mandate in 1954. But we were not allowed to take up the reins of this country. In 1958, Ayub Khan clamped Martial Law on our people and enslaved us for the next 10 years. In 1966, our people fought for the Six points but the lives of our our young men and women were stilled by government bullets.

Jacque Fresco photo
Dadabhai Naoroji photo
Mwanandeke Kindembo photo
Ben Carson photo

„When I treat other people with kindness and love, it is part of my way of paying my debt to God and the world for the privilege of living on this planet.“

—  Ben Carson 17th and current United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; American neurosurgeon 1951

Source: Think Big: Unleashing Your Potential for Excellence

Vladimir Lenin photo

„An oppressed class which does not strive to learn to use arms, to acquire arms, only deserves to be treated like slaves. We cannot, unless we have become bourgeois pacifists or opportunists, forget that we are living in a class society from which there is no way out, nor can there be, save through the class struggle. In every class society, whether based on slavery, serfdom, or, as at present, wage-labor, the oppressor class is always armed. Not only the modern standing army, but even the modern militia - and even in the most democratic bourgeois republics, Switzerland, for instance - represent the bourgeoisie armed against the proletariat. That is such an elementary truth that it is hardly necessary to dwell upon it. Suffice it to point to the use of troops against strikers in all capitalist countries.
A bourgeoisie armed against the proletariat is one of the biggest fundamental and cardinal facts of modern capitalist society. And in face of this fact, revolutionary Social-Democrats are urged to “demand” “disarmament”! That is tantamount of complete abandonment of the class-struggle point of view, to renunciation of all thought of revolution. Our slogan must be: arming of the proletariat to defeat, expropriate and disarm the bourgeoisie. These are the only tactics possible for a revolutionary class, tactics that follow logically from, and are dictated by, the whole objective development of capitalist militarism. Only after the proletariat has disarmed the bourgeoisie will it be able, without betraying its world-historic mission, to consign all armaments to the scrap-heap. And the proletariat will undoubtedly do this, but only when this condition has been fulfilled, certainly not before.“

—  Vladimir Lenin Russian politician, led the October Revolution 1870 - 1924

Source: The Military Programme of the Proletarian Revolution

Harlan Coben photo
Jules Verne photo

„As for seeing the town, he did not even think of it, being of that breed of Britons who have their servants do their sightseeing for them.“

—  Jules Verne, book Around the World in Eighty Days

Quant à voir la ville, il n'y pensait même pas, étant de cette race d'Anglais qui font visiter par leur domestique les pays qu'ils traversent.
Source: Around the World in Eighty Days (1873), Ch. VII: Which once more shows the futility of passports for police purposes. Tr. William Butcher (1995)

Deng Xiaoping photo
Meera Bai photo

„My lover's gone off to some foreign country, sopping wet at our doorway
I watch the clouds rupture.
Mira says, nothing can harm him.
This passion has yet to be slaked.“

—  Meera Bai Hindu mystic poet

Mīrābāī, in For love of the Dark One: songs of Mirabai http://books.google.co.in/books?id=oLFjAAAAMAAJ, p. 55

Joseph Merrick photo
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Matka Tereza photo
Paul Robeson photo
Nâzım Hikmet photo
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Donald J. Trump photo

„We need law and order. If we don't have it, we're not going to have a country. … We need law and order in our country.“

—  Donald J. Trump 45th President of the United States of America 1946

2010s, 2016, September, First presidential debate (September 26, 2016)

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Paul Robeson photo

„I am truly happy that I am able to travel from time to time to the USSR — the country I love above all. I always have been, I am now and will always be a loyal friend of the Soviet Union.“

—  Paul Robeson American singer and actor 1898 - 1976

"’I Love Above All, Russia,’ Robeson Says," Afro-American, (25 June 1949), p. 7

Xi Jinping photo

„I think both sides [China and United States] should work hard to build a new type of relationship between big powers. The two sides should cooperate with each other for a win-win result in order to benefit people from the two countries and the world.“

—  Xi Jinping General Secretary of the Communist Party of China and paramount leader of China 1953

As quoted in "Xi, Obama vow to step up cooperation" http://english.cntv.cn/program/newsupdate/20130608/104235.shtml in cctv.com English (8 June 2013).
2010s

Johnny Cash photo
Antonin Scalia photo

„What secret knowledge, one must wonder, is breathed into lawyers when they become Justices of this Court, that enables them to discern that a practice which the text of the Constitution does not clearly proscribe, and which our people have regarded as constitutional for 200 years, is in fact unconstitutional? […] The Court must be living in another world. Day by day, case by case, it is busy designing a Constitution for a country I do not recognize.“

—  Antonin Scalia former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States 1936 - 2016

Board of County Commissioners, Wabaunsee County, Kansas, v. Umbehr, 518 U.S. 668 http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/scripts/getcase.pl?court=US&vol=000&invol=U20028&friend=oyez, No. 94-1654 (1996, dissenting); decided June 28, 1996.
1990s

Julian Assange photo

„Large newspapers are routinely censored by legal costs. It is time this stopped. It is time a country said, enough is enough, justice must be seen, history must be preserved, and we will give shelter from the storm.“

—  Julian Assange Australian editor, activist, publisher and journalist 1971

[Mark, Tran, http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/feb/12/iceland-haven-freedom-speech-wikileaks?KeepThis=true&TB_iframe=true&height=600&width=990, Iceland plans future as global haven for freedom of speech, The Guardian, February 12, 2010, 2010-06-17]

Douglas MacArthur photo

„It is part of the general pattern of misguided policy that our country is now geared to an arms economy which was bred in an artificially induced psychosis of war hysteria and nurtured upon an incessant propaganda of fear.“

—  Douglas MacArthur U.S. Army general of the army, field marshal of the Army of the Philippines 1880 - 1964

Speech to the Michigan legislature, in Lansing, Michigan (15 May 1952), published in General MacArthur Speeches and Reports 1908-1964 (2000) by Edward T. Imparato, p. 206, much of this was used in speeches of 1951, as quoted in The Twenty-year Revolution from Roosevelt to Eisenhower (1954) by Chesly Manly, p. 3, and Total Insecurity : The Myth Of American Omnipotence (2004) by Carol Brightman, p. 182<!--
Context: It is part of the general pattern of misguided policy that our country is now geared to an arms economy which was bred in an artificially induced psychosis of war hysteria and nurtured upon an incessant propaganda of fear. While such an economy may produce a sense of seeming prosperity for the moment, it rests on an illusionary foundation of complete unreliability and renders among our political leaders almost a greater fear of peace than is their fear of war.

Leszek Kolakowski photo

„Fascist was, by definition, a person who happened to have been in jail in a communist country.“

—  Leszek Kolakowski Philosopher, historian of ideas 1927 - 2009

"My Correct Views on Everything" (1974)
Context: When I collect my experiences, I notice that fascist is a person who holds one of the following beliefs (by way of example): 1) That people should wash themselves, rather than go dirty; 2) that freedom of the press in America is preferable to the ownership of the whole press by one ruling party; 3) that people should not be jailed for their opinions. both communist and anti-communist - 4), that racial criteria, in favour of either whites or blacks, are inadvisable in admission to Universities; 5 ) that torture is condemnable, no matter who applies it. (Roughly speaking "fascist" was the same as "liberal".) Fascist was, by definition, a person who happened to have been in jail in a communist country. The refugees from Czechoslovakia in 1968 were sometimes met in Germany by very progressive and absolutely revolutionary leftists with placards saying "fascism will not pass".

Margaret Thatcher photo

„I shall never stop fighting. I mean this country to survive, to prosper and to be free“

—  Margaret Thatcher British stateswoman and politician 1925 - 2013

Speech to Federation of Conservative Students Conference (24 March 1975) http://www.margaretthatcher.org/document/102663
Leader of the Opposition
Context: I shall never stop fighting. I mean this country to survive, to prosper and to be free... I haven't fought the destructive forces of socialism for more than twenty years in order to stop now, when the critical phase of the struggle is upon us.

Thomas Robert Malthus photo

„Every exchange which takes place in a country, effects a distribution of its produce better adapted to the wants of society….“

—  Thomas Robert Malthus, Principles of Political Economy

Book II, Chapter I, On the Progress of Wealth, Section VIII, p. 382-383
Principles of Political Economy (Second Edition 1836)
Context: Every exchange which takes place in a country, effects a distribution of its produce better adapted to the wants of society....
If two districts, one of which possessed a rich copper mine, and the other a rich tin mine, had always been separated by an impassable river or mountain, there can be no doubt that an opening of a communication, a greater demand would take place, and a greater price be given for both the tin and the copper; and this greater price of both metals, though it might be only temporary, would alone go a great way towards furnishing the additional capital wanted to supply the additional demand; and the capitals of both districts, and the products of both mines, would be increased both in quantity and value to a degree which could not have taken place without the this new distribution of the produce, or some equivalent to it.

Ludwig von Mises photo

„This is an old and well-tried method of justifying aggression. Louis XIV and Napoleon I, Wilhelm II and Hitler were the most peace-loving of all men. When they invaded foreign countries, they did so only in just self-defence. Russia was as much menaced by Estonia or Latvia as Germany was by Luxemburg or Denmark.“

—  Ludwig von Mises, book Socialism

Socialism (1922), Epilogue (1947)
Context: It is, they say, not Russia that plans aggression but, on the contrary, the decaying capitalist democracies. Russia wants merely to defend its own independence. This is an old and well-tried method of justifying aggression. Louis XIV and Napoleon I, Wilhelm II and Hitler were the most peace-loving of all men. When they invaded foreign countries, they did so only in just self-defence. Russia was as much menaced by Estonia or Latvia as Germany was by Luxemburg or Denmark.

Andrew Jackson photo

„Every good citizen makes his country's honor his own, and cherishes it not only as precious but as sacred.“

—  Andrew Jackson American general and politician, 7th president of the United States 1767 - 1845

Excellent Quotations for Home and School Selected for the use of Teachers and Pupils (1890) by Julia B. Hoitt, p. 218.
Context: Every good citizen makes his country's honor his own, and cherishes it not only as precious but as sacred. He is willing to risk his life in its defense and is conscious that he gains protection while he gives it.

Andrew Jackson photo

„As Americans, your country looks with confidence on her adopted children, for a valorous support, as a faithful return for the advantages enjoyed under her mild and equitable government.“

—  Andrew Jackson American general and politician, 7th president of the United States 1767 - 1845

In New Orleans, Louisiana, 1814. As quoted in The Life of Andrew Jackson https://web.archive.org/web/20111029143820/http://home.nas.com/lopresti/ps7.htm (1967), by John Spencer Bassett, Archon Books. p. 156-157.
1810s
Context: As sons of freedom you are now called upon to defend your most inestimable blessing. As Americans, your country looks with confidence on her adopted children, for a valorous support, as a faithful return for the advantages enjoyed under her mild and equitable government.

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Louis Pasteur photo
Trevor Noah photo

„For any comedian, your life informs your point of view, the way you see the world. My comedy comes through the prism of race or class, because those are two worlds that collided for me growing up. And I guess that’s served me well, because those themes cross over countries and continents. We’re all still dealing with those issues today.“

—  Trevor Noah South African comedian 1984

On how his upbringing informs his comedy in “Life’s Work: An Interview with Trevor Noah” https://hbr.org/2018/09/lifes-work-an-interview-with-trevor-noah in Harvard Business Review (September-October, 2018)
Personal life

Zakir Hussain (politician) photo

„He differed with Pandit Nehru on some issues owing to his independent attitude. He was one of those who preferred unity and understanding, though it might delay the Partition or independence of the country.“

—  Zakir Hussain (politician) 3rd President of India 1897 - 1969

When he was offered a ministerial post in the Interim Government before independence and partition of the country, p. 211.
About Zakir Hussain, Quest for Truth (1999)

Isabel II do Reino Unido photo

„Today it may seem hard that we cannot mark this special anniversary as we would wish. Instead we remember from our homes and our doorsteps. But our streets are not empty; they are filled with the love and the care that we have for each other. And when I look at our country today, and see what we are willing to do to protect and support one another, I say with pride that we are still a nation those brave soldiers, sailors and airmen would recognise and admire.“

—  Isabel II do Reino Unido queen of the UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, and head of the Commonwealth of Nations 1926

Address to the UK on the 75th anniversary of VE Day, which occurred during the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic, 08/05/2020 https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/the-queen-ve-day-speech-read-full-a9506226.html.

Yuzuru Hanyu photo

„Sometimes I can't explain or speak with words. It really feels a little frustrating. But in skating I can use all languages, for all the people. I can do a part of the performance for every country, every people.“

—  Yuzuru Hanyu Japanese figure skater (1994-) 1994

Other quotes, 2019
Source: Interview after the freeskate at Skate Canada 2019, as transcribed by the International Skating Union, published on 28 October 2019 on their official YouTube-Channel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2guVNCyGL1M.

Jesse Owens photo

„The road to the Olympics, leads to no city, no country. It goes far beyond New York or Moscow, ancient Greece or Nazi Germany. The road to the Olympics leads — in the end — to the best within us.“

—  Jesse Owens American track and field athlete 1913 - 1980

As quoted in People In America : "Jesse Owens" by Barbara Dash http://web.archive.org/web/20071219045105/http://voanews.com/specialenglish/archive/2002-06/a-2002-06-07-2-1.cfm on VOA (7 June 2002)

José Rizal photo
James Baldwin photo

„If a society permits one portion of its citizenry to be menaced or destroyed, then, very soon, no one in that society is safe. The forces thus released in the people can never be held in check, but run their devouring course, destroying the very foundations which it was imagined they would save.

But we are unbelievably ignorant concerning what goes on in our country--to say nothing of what goes on in the rest of the world--and appear to have become too timid to question what we are told. Our failure to trust one another deeply enough to be able to talk to one another has become so great that people with these questions in their hearts do not speak them; our opulence is so pervasive that people who are afraid to lose whatever they think they have persuade themselves of the truth of a lie, and help disseminate it; and God help the innocent here, that man or womn who simply wants to love, and be loved. Unless this would-be lover is able to replace his or her backbone with a steel rod, he or she is doomed. This is no place for love. I know that I am now expected to make a bow in the direction of those millions of unremarked, happy marriages all over America, but I am unable honestly to do so because I find nothing whatever in our moral and social climate--and I am now thinking particularly of the state of our children--to bear witness to their existence. I suspect that when we refer to these happy and so marvelously invisible people, we are simply being nostalgic concerning the happy, simple, God-fearing life which we imagine ourselves once to have lived. In any case, wherever love is found, it unfailingly makes itself felt in the individual, the personal authority of the individual. Judged by this standard, we are a loveless nation. The best that can be said is that some of us are struggling. And what we are struggling against is that death in the heart which leads not only to the shedding of blood, but which reduces human beings to corpses while they live.“

—  James Baldwin (1924-1987) writer from the United States 1924 - 1987

Source: nothing personal

Giuseppe Mazzini photo

„So long as you are ready to die for Humanity, the life of your country is immortal.“

—  Giuseppe Mazzini Italian patriot, politician and philosopher 1805 - 1872

On the Duties of Man (1844-58)

Sadhguru photo

„A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.“

—  Edward Abbey American author and essayist 1927 - 1989

A Voice Crying in the Wilderness (Vox Clamantis in Deserto) (1990)

Nicanor Parra photo

„United States: the country where liberty is a statue.“

—  Nicanor Parra writer, poet, matematician, fisic 1914 - 2018

Source: Artefactos

Thomas Sankara photo
Jimmy Carter photo
William T. Sherman photo

„You cannot qualify war in harsher terms than I will. War is cruelty, and you cannot refine it; and those who brought war into our country deserve all the curses and maledictions a people can pour out. I know I had no hand in making this war, and I know I will make more sacrifices to-day than any of you to secure peace.“

—  William T. Sherman American General, businessman, educator, and author. 1820 - 1891

1860s, 1864, Letter to the City of Atlanta (September 1864)
Source: Memoirs of General W.T. Sherman
Context: You cannot qualify war in harsher terms than I will. War is cruelty, and you cannot refine it; and those who brought war into our country deserve all the curses and maledictions a people can pour out. I know I had no hand in making this war, and I know I will make more sacrifices today than any of you to secure peace. But you cannot have peace and a division of our country. If the United States submits to a division now, it will not stop
Context: You cannot qualify war in harsher terms than I will. War is cruelty, and you cannot refine it; and those who brought war into our country deserve all the curses and maledictions a people can pour out. I know I had no hand in making this war, and I know I will make more sacrifices today than any of you to secure peace. But you cannot have peace and a division of our country. If the United States submits to a division now, it will not stop, but will go on until we reap the fate of Mexico, which is eternal war. The United States does and must assert its authority, wherever it once had power; for, if it relaxes one bit to pressure, it is gone, and I believe that such is the national feeling.

Virginia Woolf photo

„As a woman I have no country. As a woman I want no country. As a woman, my country is the whole world.“

—  Virginia Woolf, book Three Guineas

Source: Three Guineas (1938), Ch. 3, p. 109
Context: The outsider will say, "in fact, as a woman, I have no country. As a woman I want no country. As a woman my country is the whole world." And if, when reason has said its say, still some obstinate emotion remains, some love of England dropped into a child's ears by the cawing of rooks in an elm tree, by the splash of waves on a beach, or by English voices murmuring nursery rhymes, this drop of pure, if irrational, emotion she will make serve her to give to England first what she desires of peace and freedom for the whole world.

Jimmy Carter photo
James Baldwin photo
Werner Herzog photo

„Film is not analysis, it is the agitation of mind; cinema comes from the country fair and the circus, not from art and academicism.“

—  Werner Herzog German film director, producer, screenwriter, actor and opera director 1942

Herzog on Herzog (2002)

Aminatta Forna photo

„If you want to know a country, read its writers.“

—  Aminatta Forna Aminatta Forna, British author of ''The Devil that Danced on the Water'', ''Ancestor Stones'' and ''The Memory of Love'' 1964

Jimmy Carter photo
Arthur Rimbaud photo

„Now I am an outcast. I loathe my country. The best thing for me is a drunken sleep on the beach.“

—  Arthur Rimbaud French Decadent and Symbolist poet 1854 - 1891

Source: Une saison en enfer; Illuminations; et autres textes

Jimmy Carter photo
Hunter S. Thompson photo

„We can't stop here, this is bat country!“

—  Hunter S. Thompson, book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Source: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Lisa See photo
Vladimir Lenin photo

„Communism is Soviet government plus the electrification of the whole country. Otherwise the country will remain a country of small peasant economy, and it is up to us to realize this quite clearly.“

—  Vladimir Lenin Russian politician, led the October Revolution 1870 - 1924

New External and Internal Position and the Problems of the Party (1920); as quoted in The Soviet Power : The Socialist Sixth Of The World (1940) by Hewlett Johnson.
1920s

George Orwell photo
Leon Trotsky photo
Primo Levi photo
Francois Villon photo
Miloš Forman photo
Josip Broz Tito photo
Rajnath Singh photo

„India is home to all the 72 ‘firkas’ (sects) of Muslims, which no other country has and it also has more Muslim population than Pakistan. India can be called more Islamic than Pakistan.“

—  Rajnath Singh Indian politician 1951

As quoted in " India Won't Fire First Bullet Along LoC: Rajnath http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/India-Wont-Fire-First-Bullet-Along-LoC-Rajnath/2015/09/12/article3023671.ece1" The New Indian Express (12 September 2015)