Nation

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Every country should realize that its turn at world domination, domination because its rights coincided more or less with the character or progress of the epoch, must terminate with the change brought about by this progress.
Who does more for a nation - the one who makes a fuss about it or the one who, without thinking of it, raises it to universality by the beauty of his actions, and gives it fame and immortality?

Doctor Zhivago
I find out of long experience that I admire all nations and hate all governments.

Travels with Charley: In Search of America
Our privileges can be no greater than our obligations. The protection of our rights can endure no longer than the performance of our responsibilities.

Speech (1963)
Know this, that every country can produce good men
What affects men sharply about a foreign nation is not so much finding or not finding familiar things; it is rather not finding them in the familiar place
As nations improve, so do their gods
There is no nation so powerful, as the one that obeys its laws not from principals of fear or reason, but from passion
A great nation is any mob of people which produces at least one honest man a century
A nation without the means of reform is without the means of survival
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