Size is not grandeur, and territory does not make a nation.
To me the nation is the ultimate political reality. There is no political reality beyond it. But what it is cannot be determined scientifically, you cannot pick it up, you cannot measure it.
There can be no greater error than to expect or calculate upon real favor from nation to nation. It is an illusion which experience must cure, which a just pride ought to discard.
The nations which have put mankind and posterity most in their debt have been small states Israel, Athens, Florence, Elizabethan England.
May our nation continue to be the beakon of hope to the world. (from a 1989 Christmas card)
Some day, following the example of the United States of America, there will be a United States of Europe.
A nation is a society united by delusions about its ancestry and by common hatred of its neighbors.
To have common glories in the past, a common will in the present; to have done great things together; to wish to do greater; these are the essential conditions which make up a people.
No nation is fit to sit in judgment upon any other nation.
It is not enough to limit your love to your own nation, to your own group. You must respond with love even to those outside of it… This concept enables people to live together not as nations, but as the human race.