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The noblest kind of retribution is not to become like your enemy.

—Marcus Aurelius, c. 175

Such then is the human state, that to wish greatness for one’s country is to wish harm to one’s neighbors.

—Voltaire, 1764

Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.

—Hebrews, c. 60

Nationalism is an infantile disease, the measles of mankind.

—Albert Einstein, 1929

Children are all foreigners. We treat them as such.

—Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1839

No man has any natural authority over his fellow man.

—Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 1762

France has neither winter, summer, nor morals—apart from these drawbacks it is a fine country.

—Mark Twain, 1879

A criminal may improve and become a decent member of society. A foreigner cannot improve. Once a foreigner, always a foreigner. There is no way out for him.

—George Mikes, 1946

We have really everything in common with America nowadays, except, of course, language.

—Oscar Wilde, 1887

Once any group in society stands in a relatively deprived position in relation to other groups, it is genuinely deprived.

—Margaret Mead, 1972

At the bottom of enmity between strangers lies indifference.

—Søren Kierkegaard, 1850

All men naturally hate each other. We have used concupiscence as best we can to make it serve the common good, but this is mere sham and a false image of charity, for essentially it is just hate.

—Blaise Pascal, c. 1655

When you name yourself, you always name another.

—Bertolt Brecht, 1926