Country quotes and sayings

I have no relish for the country; it is a kind of healthy grave.
Sydney Smith

Each of you, for himself, by himself and on his own responsibility, must speak. And it is a solemn and weighty responsibility, and not lightly to be flung aside at the bullying of pulpit, press, government, or the empty catchphrases of politicians. Each must for himself alone decide what is right and what is wrong, and which course is patriotic and which isn’t. You cannot shirk this and be a man. To decide against your convictions is to be an unqualified and inexcusable traitor, both to yourself and to your country, let man label you as they may. If you alone of all the nation shall decide one way, and that way be the right way according to your convictions of the right, you have done your duty by yourself and by your country- hold up your head! You have nothing to be ashamed of.
Mark Twain

Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Christianity, with its doctrine of humility, of forgiveness, of love, is incompatible with the state, with its haughtiness, its violence, its punishment, its wars.
Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy

Once all the Germans were warlike and mean But that couldn’t happen again We taught them a lesson in nineteen eighteen And they’ve hardly bothered us since then.
Tom Lehrer

To think that the new economy is over is like somebody in London in 1830 saying the entire industrial revolution is over because some textile manufacturers in Manchester went broke.
Alvin Toffler

When a Japanese manufacturer was asked by his North American counterpart, “What is the best language in which to do business?” the man responded: “My customer’s language.
Leonard I. Sweet

It has been frequently remarked that it seems to have been reserved to the people of this country, by their conduct and example, to decide the important question, whether societies of men are really capable or not of establishing good government from.
Alexander Hamilton

Canada will be a strong country when Canadians of all provinces feel at home in all parts of the country, and when they feel that all Canada belongs to them.
Pierre Elliott Trudeau

In Switzerland they had brotherly love, five hundred years of democracy and peace, and what did they produce? The cuckoo clock!
Simone Weil

The Egyptians could run to Egypt, the Syrians into Syria. The only place we could run was into the sea, and before we did that we might as well fight.
Golda Meir

The national dish of Scotland is something called haggis, the specific ingredients of which I won’t go into other than to say that if you can visualize boiled, inside-out road kill, you’re pretty close.
David Grimes

The warning message we sent the Russians was a calculated ambiguity that would be clearly understood.
Alexander Haig

No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a part of a continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were . . .
John Donne

A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained in arms, is the best most natural defense of a free country.
James Madison

The English are not happy unless they are miserable, the Irish are not at peace unless they are at war, and the Scots are not at home unless they are abroad.
George Orwell

What is the most innocent place in any country? Is it not the insane asylum? These people drift through life truly innocent, unable to see into themselves at all.
Arthur Miller

If I have to apply five turns to the screw each day for the happiness of Argentina, I will do it.
Evita Peron

In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.
Confucius

Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all other countries because you were born in it.
George Bernard Shaw

There’s no bigger task than protecting the homeland of our country.
George W. Bush

God how I hate new countries: They are older than the old, more sophisticated, much more conceited, only young in a certain puerile vanity more like senility than anything.
D.H. Lawrence

My countrymen should have nerves of steel, muscles of iron, and minds like thunderbolt.”
Swami Vivekananda

God and Country are an unbeatable team; they break all records for oppression and bloodshed.
Luis Bunuel

Even as a tree has a single trunk, but many branches and leaves, there is one religion but any number of faiths.
Mahatma Gandhi

This will never be a civilized country until we spend more money for books than we do for chewing gum.
Elbert Hubbard

As long as I have any choice, I will stay only in a country where political liberty, toleration, and equality of all citizens before the law are the rule.
Albert Einstein

This country has far more problems than it deserves and far more solutions than it applies.
Ralph Nader

America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.
Oscar Wilde

There has never been a protracted war from which a country has benefited.
Sun Tzu

I lived in solitude in the country and noticed how the monotony of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.
Albert Einstein

God made the country, and man made the town.
William Cowper

An election cannot give a country a firm sense of direction if it has two or more national parties which merely have different names but are as alike in their principles and aims as two peas in the same pod.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

No poor bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making other bastards die for their country.
General George S. Patton

Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have.
Winston Churchill

A land without ruins is a land without memories – a land without memories is a land without history.
Abram Joseph Ryan

My country is the world, and my religion is to do good.
Thomas Paine

I am an American. I love my country and have great hopes for it. It is for this reason that I speak candidly and sometimes critically about it. I have benefited greatly from the freedom that exists in my country and for this I am eternally grateful.
Johnny Depp

The country is governed for the richest, for the corporations, the bankers, the land speculators, and for the exploiters of labor.
Helen Keller

I don’t feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from them. There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves.
John Wayne

One out of four people in this country is mentally unbalanced. Think of your three closes friends; if they seem OK, then you’re the one.
Ann Landers

If I knew something that would serve my country but would harm mankind, I would never reveal it; for I am a citizen of humanity first and by necessity, and a citizen of France second, and only by accident.
Charles de Montesquieu

Anybody can be good in the country.
Oscar Wilde

The true test of civilization is, not the census, nor the size of the cities, nor the crops, but the kind of man that the country turns out.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our country! In her intercourse with foreign nations, may she always be in the right; but our country, right or wrong.
Stephen Decatur

This country was founded and built by people with great dreams and the courage to take great risks.
Ronald Reagan

My country, right or wrong’ is a thing no patriot would ever think of saying except in a desperate case. It is like saying ‘My mother, drunk or sober.
G. K. Chesterton

A country where flowers are priced so as to make them a luxury has yet to learn the first principles of civilization.
Chinese Proverb