Nation Quotes

The Anarchists’ (national) anthem is an international anthem that consists of 365 raspberries blown in very quick succession to the tune of “Camptown Races”. Nobody has to stand up for it, nobody has to listen to it, and, even better, nobody has to play it.

Madness is rare in individuals, but in groups, parties, nations and ages is it the rule.

Most of the stone a nation hammers goes toward its tomb only. It buries itself alive. As for the Pyramids, there is nothing to wonder at in them so much as the fact that so many men could be found degraded enough to spend their lives constructing a tomb for some ambitious booby, whom it […]

Men may be linked in friendship. Nations are linked only by interests.

Nations live or die by the way they respond to the particular challenges they face. Those challenges may be internal or external; they may be faced by a nation alone or in concert with other nations; they may come gradually or suddenly. There is no immutable law of nature that says only the unjust will […]

A nation is only an individual multiplied.

A nation is a thing that lives and acts like a man and men are the particulars of which it is composed.

Nations and empires flourish and decay, By turns command, and in their turns obey.

A new century is to a nation very much what a new year is to a man.

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.