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A people than studies its own past, and rejoices in the nation's proud memories, is likely to be a patriotic people, the bulwark of law, and the courageous champion of right in the hour of need.
      - Joseph Anderson

In the life of a nation ideas are not the only things of value. Sentiment also is of great value; and the way to foster sentiment in a people, and to develop it in the young, is to have a well-recorded past, and to be familiar with it.
      - Joseph Anderson

In the youth of a State, arms do flourish; in the middle age of a State, learning; and then both of them together for a time; in the declining age of a State mechanical arts and merchandise.
      - Francis Bacon

Nations, like individuals are powerful in the degree that they command the sympathies of their neighbors.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

A nation's character is the sum of its splendid deeds; they constitute one common patrimony, the nation's inheritance. They awe foreign powers; they arouse and animate our own people.
      - Henry Clay

When nations are to perish in their sins, 'tis in the Church the leprosy begins.
      - William Cowper

Individuals may form communities, but it is institutions alone that can create a nation.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

The life of a nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous.
      - Frederick Douglass

A nation never falls but by suicide.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

This land is your land, this land is my land,
  From California to the New York Island.
    From the redwood forest to the Gulf Stream waters
      This land was made for you and me.
      - Woody Guthrie,
        from the song "This Land is Your Land"

It may be too much to expect that nations should be governed in their relations towards each other by the precepts of Christian morality, but surely it is not too much to ask that they should conform to the code of courtesy and good breeding recognized among gentlemen in the intercourse of social life.
      - George Stillman Hillard

A nation is a thing that lives and acts like a man and men are the particles of which it is composed.
      - Josiah Gilbert Holland (used pseudonym Timothy Titcomb)

No nation can be destroyed while it possesses a good home life.
      - Josiah Gilbert Holland (used pseudonym Timothy Titcomb)

Whatever of true glory has been won by any nation of the earth; whatever great advance his been made by any nation in that which constitutes a high Christian civilization, has been always at the cost of sacrifice; has cost the price marked upon it in God's inventory of national good.
      - Josiah Gilbert Holland (used pseudonym Timothy Titcomb)

Size is not grandeur, and territory does not make a nation.
      - Thomas Henry Huxley

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

A nation as a society forms a moral person, and every member of it is personally responsible for his society.
      - Thomas Jefferson

Nationality is the aggregated individuality of the greatest men of the nation.
      - Louis Kossuth

Nations, like individuals, interest us in their growth.
      - Walter Savage Landor

That nation is proudest and noblest and most exalted which has the greatest number of really great men.
      - Sinclair Lewis

As nations improve, so do their gods.
      - Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

A great nation is any mob of people which produces at least one honest man a century.
      - Henry Louis Mencken

Methinks I see in my mind a noble and puissant nation rousing herself like a strong man after sleep, and shaking her invincible invincible locks. Methinks I see her as an eagle mewing her mighty youth, and kindling her undazzled eyes at the full midday beam.
      - John Milton, Areopagitica

The greater number of nations, as of men, are only impressible in their youth; they become incorrigible as they grow old.
      - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Nations, as well as individuals, are mortal.
      - Oliver B. Seward

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