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All of life is a foreign country.

—Jack Kerouac, 1949

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

—Denis Diderot, 1774

No nation is fit to sit in judgment upon any other nation.

—Woodrow Wilson, 1915

I have said this before, but I shall say it again and again and again: your boys are not going to be sent into any foreign wars.

—Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1940

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

—Tony Blair, 2006

Some of us would be greatly astonished to learn the reasons why others respect us.

—Marquis de Vauvenargues, 1746

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

To think ill of mankind, and not wish ill to them, is perhaps the highest wisdom and virtue.

—William Hazlitt, 1823

Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.

—George W. Bush, 2004

“Abroad,” that large home of ruined reputations.

—George Eliot, 1866

Nothing is more narrow-minded than chauvinism or racial hatred. To me all men are equal; there are flatheads everywhere and I despise them all equally.

—Karl Kraus, 1909

Let the French but have England, and they won’t want to conquer it.

—Horace Walpole, 1745

When you name yourself, you always name another.

—Bertolt Brecht, 1926