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Golda MeirLet me tell you the one thing I have against Moses. He took us forty years into the desert in order to bring us to the one place in the Middle East that has no oil!

—  Golda Meir, 1898-1978, Israeli Prime Minister

AnonymousSex in France is a comedy; in England it is a tragedy; in America it's a melodrama; in Italy it's an opera; in Germany, a reason to take up philosophy

—  Anonymous

Donald TrumpMy big focus is China and OPEC and all of these countries that are just absolutely destroying the United States.

—  Donald Trump, 1946-, President of the USA

Charles de GaulleNations have no friends, only interests.

—  Charles de Gaulle, 1890-1970, French President

NapoleonChina is a sleeping giant. Let her sleep, for when she wakes she will move the world.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

Winston ChurchillIndia is a geographical term. It is no more a united nation than the equator.

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

Winston ChurchillThe whole history of the world is summed up in the fact that when nations are strong they are not always just, and when they wish to be just, they are often no longer strong.

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

Arthur SchopenhauerEvery nation criticizes every other one — and they are all correct.

—  Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788-1860, German philosopher

Ambrose BierceBoundary, n. In political geography, an imaginary line between two nations, separating the imaginary rights of one from the imaginary rights of the other.

—  Ambrose Bierce, 1842–1914, American writer

Vladimir LeninGermany will militarize herself out of existence, England will expand herself out of existence, and America will spend herself out of existence.

—  Vladimir Lenin, 1870-1924, Soviet revolutionary & leader

Ralph Waldo EmersonThe most advanced nations are always those who navigate the most.

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1884, American philosopher

Christopher HitchensI still make sure to go, at least once every year, to a country where things cannot be taken for granted, and where there is either too much law and order or too little.

—  Christopher Hitchens, 1949-2011, British-American journalist & writer

Charles de GaulleBelgium is a country invented by the British to annoy the French.

—  Charles de Gaulle, 1890-1970, French President

VoltaireThis agglomeration which was called and which still calls itself the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy, nor Roman, nor an empire.

—  Voltaire, 1694-1778, French philosopher & writer

Ernest HemingwaySwitzerland is a small, steep country, much more up and down than sideways, and is all stuck over with large brown hotels built on the cuckoo clock style of architecture.

—  Ernest Hemingway, 1899-1961, American writer, Nobel 1954

Paul ValeryAll nations have present, or past, or future reasons for thinking themselves incomparable.

—  Paul Valery, 1871-1945, French poet

Will DurantThe health of nations is more important than the wealth of nations.

—  Will Durant, 1885-1981, American historian & philosopher

Adolf HitlerThe peoples of Islam will always be closer to us than, for example, France.

—  Adolf Hitler, 1889-1945, German dictator

George Bernard ShawThe United States and Great Britain are two countries separated by a common language.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

Quotes in Verse

William BlakeWhen nations grow old, the Arts grow cold,
And Commerce settles on every tree.

—  William Blake, 1757-1827, English poet & painter


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