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Never explain -- your friends do not need it, and your enemies will not believe you anyway.

France has neither winter nor summer nor morals. Apart from these drawbacks it is a fine country.
There is no waste of time in life like that of making explanations.
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.
How can you govern a country with two hundred and forty six varieties of cheese?
Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. [About Russia]
The maxim of the British people is Business as usual.
The greatest nations have all acted like gangsters and the smallest like prostitutes.
Examinations, sir, are pure humbug from beginning to end. If a man is a gentleman, he knows quite enough, and if he is not a gentleman, whatever he knows is bad for him.
This organization is created to prevent you from going to hell. It isn't created to take you to heaven.
The French complain of everything, and always.
Americans are benevolently ignorant about Canada, while Canadians are malevolently well informed about the United States.
Switzerland is simply a large, lumpy, solid rock with a thin skin of grass stretched over it.
We prefer world law, in the age of self-determination, to world war in the age of mass extermination.
I like the English. They have the most rigid code of immorality in the world.
The more I saw of foreign countries the more I loved my own.
The best thing I know between France and England is the sea.
Great nations write their autobiographies in three manuscripts -- the book of their deeds, the book of their words and the book of their art.
I showed my appreciation of my native land in the usual Irish way: by getting out of it as soon as I possibly could.
Russia has abolished God, but so far God has been tolerant.
France is the country where the money falls apart and you can't tear the toilet paper.
There is occasions and causes why and wherefore in all things.
A little inaccuracy sometimes saves tons of explanations.
The United Nations is designed to make possible lasting freedom and independence for all its members.
The whole basis of the United Nations is the right of all nations--great or small--to have weight, to have a vote, to be attended to, to be a part of the twentieth century.
The United Nations cannot do anything, and never could; it is not an animate entity or agent. It is a place, a stage, a forum and a shrine... a place to which powerful people can repair when they are fearful about the course on which their own rhetoric seems to be propelling them.
The heroes of the world community are not those who withdraw when difficulties ensue, not those who can envision neither the prospect of success nor the consequence of failure -- but those who stand the heat of battle, the fight for world peace through the United Nations.
The UN is not just a product of do-gooders. It is harshly real. The day will come when men will see the U.N. and what it means clearly. Everything will be all right -- you know when? When people, just people, stop thinking of the United Nations as a weird Picasso abstraction, and see it as a drawing they made themselves.
The United Nations was not set up to be a reformatory. It was assumed that you would be good before you got in and not that being in would make you good.
The United Nations is our one great hope for a peaceful and free world.
I am like a doctor. I have written a prescription to help the patient. If the patient doesn't want all the pills I've recommended, that's up to him. But I must warn that next time I will have to come as a surgeon with a knife.
We have actively sought and are actively seeking to make the United Nations an effective instrument of international cooperation.
Without a country, I am not a man.
In every particular state of the world, those nations which are strongest tend to prevail over the others; and in certain marked peculiarities the strongest tend to be the best.
Nations, like men, have their infancy.
It profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world... but for Wales!
A country grows in history not only because of the heroism of its troops on the field of battle, it grows also when it turns to justice and to right for the conservation of its interests.
A nation is not conquered which is perpetually to be conquered.
A Canadian is someone who knows how to make love in a canoe.
England can never be ruined except by a Parliament.
Spain: A whale stranded upon the coast of Europe.
I don't even know what street Canada is on.
If it were not for the government, we should have nothing to laugh at in France.
China has no income tax, no unemployment and not a single soldier outside its borders.
Be England what she will, with all her faults she is my country still.
The soil of their native land is dear to all the hearts of mankind.
I do not call the sod under my feet my country; but language -- religion -- government -- blood -- identity in these makes men of one country.
There's always something fishy about the French.
God made the country and man made the town.
Nations have always good reasons for being what they are, and the best of all is that they cannot be otherwise.
The wealth and prosperity of the country are only the comeliness of the body, the fullness of the flesh and fat; but the spirit is independent of them; it requires only muscle, bone and nerve for the true exercise of its functions. We cannot lose our liberty, because we cannot cease to think.
Great countries are those that produce great people.
Nationality is the miracle of political independence; race is the principle of physical analogy.
Canada has never been a melting pot; more like a tossed salad.
In the true sense one's native land, with its background of tradition, early impressions, reminiscences and other things dear to one, is not enough to make sensitive human beings feel at home.
If nations always moved from one set of furnished rooms to another -- and always into a better set -- things might be easier, but the trouble is that there is no one to prepare the new rooms. The future is worse than the ocean -- there is nothing there. It will be what men and circumstances make it.
Nations without a past are contradictions in terms. What makes a nation is the past, what justifies one nation against others is the past, and historians are the people who produce it.
Men may be linked in friendship. Nations are linked only by interests.
The only thing chicken about Israel is their soup.
The trees in Siberia are miles apart, that is why the dogs are so fast. [About Russia]
Nations, like stars, are entitled to eclipse. All is well, provided the light returns and the eclipse does not become endless night. Dawn and resurrection are synonymous. The reappearance of the light is the same as the survival of the soul.
The history of any nation follows an undulatory course. In the trough of the wave we find more or less complete anarchy; but the crest is not more or less complete Utopia, but only, at best, a tolerably humane, partially free and fairly just society that invariably carries within itself the seeds of its own decadence.
A nation is the same people living in the same place.
A people always ends by resembling its shadow.
God how I hate new countries: They are older than the old, more sophisticated, much more conceited, only young in a certain puerile vanity more like senility than anything.
The great nations have always acted like gangsters, and the small nations like prostitutes.
I am the state.
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.
The country has charms only for those not obliged to stay there.
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]
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.
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.
Frenchmen have an unlimited capacity for gallantry and indulge it on every occasion.
States are as the men, they grow out of human characters.
There is always something new out of Africa.
It is equality of monotony which makes the strength of the British Isles.
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.
Most nations, as well as people are impossible only in their youth; they become incorrigible as they grow older.
The strength and power of a country depends absolutely on the quantity of good men and women in it.
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.
The strength of a nation, especially of a republican nation, is in the intelligent and well ordered homes of the people.
Poor nations are hungry, and rich nations are proud; and pride and hunger will ever be at variance.
Nations! What are nations? Tartars! and Huns! and Chinamen! Like insects they swarm. The historian strives in vain to make them memorable. It is for want of a man that there are so many men. It is individuals that populate the world.
Nations do not think, they only feel. They get their feelings at second hand through their temperaments, not their brains. A nation can be brought -- by force of circumstances, not argument -- to reconcile itself to any kind of government or religion that can be devised; in time it will fit itself to the required conditions; later it will prefer them and will fiercely fight for them.
It is true that men themselves made this world of nations... but this world without doubt has issued from a mind often diverse, at times quite contrary, and always superior to the particular ends that men had proposed to themselves.
There was never a nation that became great until it came to the knowledge that it had nowhere in the world to go for help.
I suffer more from the humiliations inflicted by my country than from those inflicted on her.
France is a place where the money falls apart in your hands but you cannot tear the toilet paper.
Never explain yourself. Your friend don't need it and your enemies won't believe it.
The less you know about a subject, the longer it takes you to explain it.
The first forty years of life give us the text; the next thirty supply the commentary on it.
The simplest explanation is that it doesn't make sense.
Do not on any account attempt to write on both sides of the paper at once.
As long as learning is connected with earning, as long as certain jobs can only be reached through exams, so long must we take this examination system seriously. If another ladder to employment was contrived, much so-called education would disappear, and no one would be a penny the stupider.
Whitaker Chambers testified that Alger Hiss was a member of his communist party cell. Alger Hiss was the president of the carnegie endowment for world peace which works closely with the UN advocating for the creation of a world government. They published a book in 1940 titled 'The New World Order' which outlines their plan for its creation after World War II. There's still people trying to create this supposed world order and there appears to be people involved from all sides of the paradigm.
This is my song, O God of all the nations/A song of peace for lands afar and mine./This is my home, the country where my heart is,/here are my hopes, my dreams, my holy shrine;/but other hearts in other lands are beating with hope and dreams as true and high as mine.