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Strangers are an endangered species.

—Adrienne Rich, 1980

Nationalism is an infantile disease, the measles of mankind.

—Albert Einstein, 1929

Intolerance is evidence of impotence.

—Aleister Crowley, c. 1925

The less intelligent the white man is, the more stupid he thinks the black.

—André Gide, 1927

When you name yourself, you always name another.

—Bertolt Brecht, 1926

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

By nature, men are nearly alike; by practice, they get to be wide apart.

—Confucius, c. 500 BC

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

—Denis Diderot, 1774

When the missionaries first came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said, “Let us pray.” We closed our eyes. When we opened them, we had the Bible and they had the land.

—Desmond Tutu, 1984

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

—E.B. White, 1958

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

—Euripides, 431 BC

Other nations use “force”; we Britons alone use “might.”

—Evelyn Waugh, 1938

To need to dominate others is to need others. The commander is dependent.

—Fernando Pessoa, c. 1935