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A nation is a society united by a delusion about its
by William Ralph Inge

A nation is a society united by a delusion about its
ancestry and by common hatred of its neighbours.
- William Ralph Inge

Related topics: Patriotism

It is astonishing with how little wisdom mankind can be governed,
when that little wisdom is its own.
- William Ralph Inge

Public opinion, a vulgar, impertinent,
anonymous tyrant who deliberately makes life unpleasant
for anyone who is not content to the average person.
- William Ralph Inge

Every institution not only carries within it the seeds of its own dissolution,
but prepares the way for its most hated rival.
- William Ralph Inge

 

The enemies of freedom do not argue;
they shout and they shoot.
- William Ralph Inge

No Christian can be a pessimist, for Christianity is
a system of radical optimism.
- William Ralph Inge

There are no rewards or punishments -
only consequences.
- William Ralph Inge

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The happiest people seem to be those who have no particular
cause for being happy except that they are so.
- William Ralph Inge

A man may build himself a throne of bayonets,
but he can't sit on it.
- William Ralph Inge

I have never understood why it should be considered
derogatory to the Creator to suppose that he has a sense of humour.
- William Ralph Inge

Nobody is bored when he is trying to make something
that is beautiful or to discover something that is true.
- William Ralph Inge

Whoever marries the spirit of this age will find himself a widower in the next.
- William Ralph Inge

I think middle-age is the best time,
if we can escape the fatty degeneration of the conscience
which often sets in at about fifty.
- William Ralph Inge

Many people believe that they are attracted by God,
or by Nature, when they are only repelled by man.
- William Ralph Inge

Theater is, of course, a reflection of life.
Maybe we have to improve life before we can hope to improve theater.
- William Ralph Inge

Prayer gives a man the opportunity of getting to know
a gentleman he hardly ever meets.
I do not mean his maker, but himself.
- William Ralph Inge

To become a popular religion, it is only necessary
for a superstition to enslave a philosophy.
- William Ralph Inge

Consciousness is a phase of mental life which arises
in connection with the formation of new habits.
When habit is formed, consciousness only interferes
to spoil our performance.
- William Ralph Inge

It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favor of vegetarianism,
while the wolf remains of a different opinion.
- William Ralph Inge

True faith is belief in the reality of absolute values.
- William Ralph Inge

Literature flourishes best when it is half a trade and half an art.
- William Ralph Inge

In dealing with Englishmen you can be sure of one thing only,
that the logical solution will not be adopted.
- William Ralph Inge

Events in the past may be roughly divided into those
which probably never happened and those which do not matter.
- William Ralph Inge

Worry is interest paid on trouble before it comes due.
- William Ralph Inge

We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation,
and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers
so badly that beyond doubt,
if they were able to formulate a religion,
they would depict the Devil in human form.
- William Ralph Inge

Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe,
our class, and our nation;
and this means we must develop a world perspective.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day
live in a nation where they will
not be judged by the color of their skin,
but by the content of their character.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Neither a man nor a crowd nor a nation
can be trusted to act humanely
or to think sanely under the influence of a great fear.
- Bertrand Russell

Every optimist moves along with progress and hastens it,
while every pessimist would keep the worlds at a standstill.
The consequence of pessimism in the life of a nation
is the same as in the life of the individual.
Pessimism kills the instinct that
urges men to struggle against poverty,
ignorance and crime, and dries up
all the fountains of joy in the world.
- Helen Keller

The price of freedom for a nation is lives and money.
Often, the price of freedom for an individual
is challenging the closed minds of family and friend.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our nation is built on the bedrock principle that governments
derive their just powers from the consent of the governed.
- Adrian Cronauer

There is no instance of a nation benefitting from prolonged warfare.
- Sun Tzu

Give me control of a nation's money and I care not who makes her laws.
- Mayer Amschel Rothschild

Cyberspace.
A consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate operators,
in every nation, by children being taught mathematical concepts.
- William Gibson

Each nation feels superior to other nations.
That breeds patriotism - and wars.
- Dale Carnegie

Power without a nation's confidence is nothing.
- Catherine II

The most tragic paradox of our time is to be found
in the failure of nation-states to recognize the imperatives of internationalism.
- Earl Warren

Frivolous lawsuits are booming in this county.
The U.S.
has more costs of litigation per person than any other
industrialized nation in the world,
and it is crippling our economy.
- Jack Kingston

A war for a great principle ennobles a nation.
- Albert Pike

Independence of nation begins with independence of self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Creating a nation requires the will of the people!
- Edmund Barton

Agriculture not only gives riches to a nation,
but the only riches she can call her own.
- Samuel Johnson

Our nation must come together to unite.
- George W. Bush

If a nation's literature declines, the nation atrophies and decays.
- Ezra Pound

If a nation values anything more than freedom,
it will lose its freedom, and the irony of it is that
if it is comfort or money that it values more,
it will lose that too.
- W. Somerset Maugham

Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened
the fiber of a free people.
A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Herb is the healing of a nation, alcohol is the destruction.
- Bob Marley

Our nation and those of the developed world must offer
our own resistance to despot leaders who seek to commit
murder on the basis of religion or race.
- Tim Bishop

One of the chiefs of this nation, with his young men,
escorted us to the Lake of the Illinois.
- Jacques Marquette

I have a scheme for stopping war.
It's this - no nation is allowed to enter a war till
they have paid for the last one.
- Will Rogers

How strange it is that murder has the sanction of law
in one and only one of the human relationships,
and that is the most important of all,
that of nation to nation.
- Paul Harris

America is a nation fundamentally ambivalent about its children,
often afraid of its children, and frequently punitive toward its children.
- Letty Cottin Pogrebin

The people are the foundation of the nation.
Our only chance for a lasting peace on earth:
the release of the strength of the common man.
- Jimmy Yen

America's Older Americans add great value to our Nation.
- Paul Sarbanes

Our nation's blood supply is safer than it's ever been,
and it's getting safer as we speak.
- David Satcher

India is a geographical term.
It is no more a united nation than the Equator.
- Winston Churchill

We must think and act like a nation of a billion people
and not like that of a million people.
Dream, dream, dream!
- Abdul Kalam

Every nation has to either be with us,
or against us.
Those who harbor terrorists, or who finance them,
are going to pay a price.
- Hillary Clinton

In our pledge every day, we pledge one Nation under
God with liberty and justice for all.
- Patrick J. Kennedy

As a people of faith, we know that prayer is a powerful instrument.
And as one Nation under God, we know that many times
our most powerful tool is prayer.
- Nick Rahall

All Americans have a sacred duty to guarantee Social
Security benefits to our nation's senior citizens.
- Steve King

Our nation's infrastructure needs are tremendous,
and they're growing.
- Bill Lipinski

Parenting is the most important job on the planet next
to keeping Gary Busey off the nation's highways.
- Dennis Miller

We reserve our deepest respect and admiration for those
who volunteer for service and give their lives to help keep our nation secure.
- Mitt Romney

As the third anniversary of the September 11th attacks
draws near we must ensure our nation is prepared to
handle the continued threat of violence and terrorism on our country.
- Leonard Boswell

Through the centuries, over 1.2 million brave men and
women have given their lives for our nation.
- Dan Lipinski

The fey in this country keep to themselves,
and are a separate nation, much like the American Indians,
but with even more autonomy.
- Laurell K. Hamilton

It would be hard to ignore the absence of democracy in any Arab nation.
- Jack Schwartz

Our Nation is in great need of young men and women
of character to lead in every arena of our society.
- Michael Burgess

We are all murderers and prostitutes -
no matter to what culture,
society, class, nation one belongs, no matter how normal,
moral, or mature, one takes oneself to be.
- R. D. Laing

To have united the purposes of an entire Nation,
is the great historical achievement of the man in whose
strong hands our President has placed the fate of our people.
- Gustav Krupp


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