„We shall always be a small minority in the world, but, when a small nation accomplishes something with its limited means, what it achieves has an immense and exceptional value, like the widow's mite. It is a deliberate and discerning love of a nation that appeals to me, not the indiscriminate love that assumes everything to be right because it bears a national label. Love of one's own nation should not entail non-love of other nations. Institutions by themselves are not enough.“

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—  Winston S. Churchill Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1874 - 1965
Context: A love of tradition has never weakened a nation, indeed it has strengthened nations in their hour of peril; but the new view must come, the world must roll forward … Let us have no fear of the future. Speech in the House of Commons, November 29, 1944 "Debate on the Address" http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/commons/1944/nov/29/debate-on-the-address#column_31.

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„Some men who are not real men love other things about themselves, but the real man believes that his honor is dearer than his life; and a nation is merely all of us put together, and the nation's honor is dearer than the nation's comfort and the nation's peace and the nation's life itself.“

—  Woodrow Wilson American politician, 28th president of the United States (in office from 1913 to 1921) 1856 - 1924
Speech in Cleveland http://books.google.com/books?id=o3j10P6YFZIC&pg=PA1090&dq=%22nation's+honor+is+dearer+than+the+nation's+comfort%22 (January 1916)

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„Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first; nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first.“

—  Georges Clemenceau French politician 1841 - 1929
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„Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first; nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first.“

—  Samuel Johnson English writer 1709 - 1784
Actually said by Charles de Gaulle, on leaving his presidency, as quoted inLife' (9 May 1969)

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„Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first; nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first.“

—  Charles de Gaulle eighteenth President of the French Republic 1890 - 1970
Attributed to de Gaulle by Romain Gary, Life, May 9, 1969

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„I would rather belong to a poor nation that was free than to a rich nation that had ceased to be in love with liberty.“

—  Woodrow Wilson American politician, 28th president of the United States (in office from 1913 to 1921) 1856 - 1924
Address on Latin American Policy before the Southern Commercial Congress http://books.google.com/books?id=_VYEIml1cAkC&q=%22I+would+rather+belong+to+a+poor+nation+that+was+free+than+to+a+rich+nation+that+had+ceased+to+be+in+love+with+liberty%22&pg=PA20#v=onepage Mobile, Alabama (27 October 1913)

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„It's our right as a sovereign nation to choose immigrants that we think are the likeliest to thrive and flourish and love us.“

—  Donald J. Trump 45th President of the United States of America 1946
Immigration speech (31 August 2016), quoted in "Donald Trump delivers immigration speech after meeting with Mexican president" http://fox59.com/2016/08/31/donald-trump-delivers-immigration-speech-after-meeting-with-mexican-president/ by CNN Wire, Fox 59.

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„Man is man the world over. This fact is affirmed and admitted in any effort to deny it. The sentiments we exhibit, whether love or hate, confidence or fear, respect or contempt, will always imply a like humanity. A smile or a tear has no nationality. Joy and sorrow speak alike in all nations“

—  Frederick Douglass American social reformer, orator, writer and statesman 1818 - 1895
Context: The great right of migration and the great wisdom of incorporating foreign elements into our body politic, are founded not upon any genealogical or ethnological theory, however learned, but upon the broad fact of a common nature. Man is man the world over. This fact is affirmed and admitted in any effort to deny it. The sentiments we exhibit, whether love or hate, confidence or fear, respect or contempt, will always imply a like humanity. A smile or a tear has no nationality. Joy and sorrow speak alike in all nations, and they above all the confusion of tongues proclaim the brotherhood of man.

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