„You must not judge people by their country. In South America, it is always wise to judge people by their altitude.“
— Paul Theroux, kniha The Old Patagonian Express
The Old Patagonian Express (1979)
— Anatole France French writer 1844 - 1924
On croit mourir pour la patrie; on meurt pour les industriels.
L'Humanité (18 July 1922)
„Who saves his country, saves himself, saves all things, and all things saved do bless him! Who lets his country die, lets all things die, dies himself ignobly, and all things dying curse him!“
— Benjamin Harvey Hill American politician 1823 - 1882
Reported in Benjamin H. Hill, Jr., Senator Benjamin H. Hill of Georgia; His Life, Speeches and Writings (1893), epigraph, p. 594. From "Notes on the Situation", a series of articles appearing in the Chronicle and Sentinel, Atlanta, Georgia.
„I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor, dumb bastard die for his country.“
— George S. Patton United States Army general 1885 - 1945
Spoken by George C. Scott in the film Patton.
No man ever won a war by dying for his country. Wars were won by making the other poor bastard die for his.
You don't win a war by dying for your country. You win a war by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his.
War is not meant to be you dying for your country-it is by making the other bastard die for his.
„Your job is not to die for your country. Your job is to get the other poor sonofabitch to die for his country.“
— Ben Bova American science fiction and science writer 1932
Orion Among The Stars (1995)
— Giuseppe Mazzini Italian patriot, politician and philosopher 1805 - 1872
On the Duties of Man (1844-58)
„People say, "Do you have the same opportunity today as you had years ago?" And I said, "Absolutely." You always have an opportunity. There's always an opportunity, especially in this country.“
— Donald J. Trump 45th President of the United States of America 1946
Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer http://edition.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0403/21/le.00.html, CNN (21 March 2004)
„How you see a country depends on whether you are driving through it, or live in it. How you see a country depends on whether or not you can leave it, if you have to.“
— Alexandra Fuller, Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight
Zdroj: Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight
„People, give thanks to the gods! Your most redoubtable enemy has fallen beneath the scythe of Fate. Riquetti [Mirabeau] is no more; he dies victim of his numerous treasons, victim of his too tardy scruples, victim of the barbarous foresight of his atrocious accomplices. Adroit rogues who are to be found in all circles have sought to play upon your pity, and already duped by their false discourse, you mourn this traitor as the most zealous of your defenders; they have represented his death as a public calamity, and you bewail him as a hero, as the saviour of your country, who has sacrificed himself for you. Will you always be deaf to the voice of prudence; will you always sacrifice public affairs to your blindness?“
— Jean-Paul Marat politician and journalist during the French Revolution 1743 - 1793
L'Ami du peuple, vol. 5 (1791-04-04), pp. 2649-50
„I will always be next to you. At least my memory will be that of a man of dignity who was loyal to his country.“
— Salvador Allende Chilean physician and politician 1908 - 1973
Final address (1973)
Kontext: I address the youth, those who sang and gave us their joy and their spirit of struggle. I address the man of Chile, the worker, the farmer, the intellectual, those who will be persecuted, because in our country fascism has been already present for many hours — in terrorist attacks, blowing up the bridges, cutting the railroad tracks, destroying the oil and gas pipelines, in the face of the silence of those who had the obligation to act.
They were committed. History will judge them.
Surely, Radio Magallanes will be silenced, and the calm metal instrument of my voice will no longer reach you. It does not matter. You will continue hearing it. I will always be next to you. At least my memory will be that of a man of dignity who was loyal to his country.
„You don't need to be 'straight' to fight and die for your country. You just need to shoot straight.“
— Barry Goldwater American politician 1909 - 1998
Statement of 10 June 1993, as quoted in "Goldwater Backs Gay Troops" in The New York Times (11 June 1993); also quoted in Barry Goldwater (1995), by Robert Alan Goldberg, p. 332.
— Thomas Bracken poet 1843 - 1898
"God's Own Country" (circa 1885)
„One of the great strengths of America is our active public square. Issues are influenced by the will of the people. That is why an educated citizenry is so important to the success of our country. As SMU graduates, you are well-equipped to participate in these vital debates. My hope is that you speak out on the issues that matter to you. Participate in your Nation’s civic life as citizens, not spectators. You’ll come to learn that who you are is more important than what you have—and that you have responsibilities to your fellow citizens, your country, and your family. By taking part in American democracy, you will make our country stronger.“
— George W. Bush 43rd President of the United States 1946
2010s, 2015, Remarks at the SMU 100th Spring Commencement (May 2015)
— Steven Wright American actor and author 1955
„Americans traveling to England always observe more similarities to our country than differences. I've been here only a short time, but I've noticed the tradition of free speech exercised with enthusiasm is alive and well here in London. We have that at home too. They now have that right in Baghdad as well.“
— George W. Bush 43rd President of the United States 1946
2000s, 2003, Remarks on U.S.-British relations and foreign policy (November 2003)
„My position and the state will never allow me to become a dictator, but an authoritarian style of rule is characteristic of me, and I have always admitted it. You need to control the country, and the main thing is not to ruin people's lives.“
— Alexander Lukashenko President of Belarus since 20 July 1994 1954
Statement (August 2003), as quoted in BBC - Profile: Alexander Lukashenko (9 January 2007) http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3882843.stm.
— Patrick Buchanan American politician and commentator 1938
2000s, State of Emergency (2006)