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This is not a clash between civilizations. It is a clash about civilization.

—Tony Blair, 2006

Patriotism is an ephemeral motive that scarcely ever outlasts the particular threat to society that aroused it.

—Denis Diderot, 1774

Of troubles none is greater than to be robbed of one’s native land.

—Euripides, 431 BC

Strangers are an endangered species.

—Adrienne Rich, 1980

Many need no other provocation to enmity than that they find themselves excelled.

—Samuel Johnson, 1751

If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world, and that his heart is no island cut off from other lands, but a continent that joins to them.

—Francis Bacon, 1625

At the bottom of enmity between strangers lies indifference.

—Søren Kierkegaard, 1850

One of the most time-consuming things is to have an enemy.

—E.B. White, 1958

I do desire we may be better strangers.

—William Shakespeare, 1600

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

—Marcus Aurelius, c. 175

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

—Mark Twain, 1879

No man has any natural authority over his fellow man.

—Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 1762

Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own thoughts, unguarded.

—The Dhammapada, c. 400 BC