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

—Voltaire, 1764

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 nation is fit to sit in judgment upon any other nation.

—Woodrow Wilson, 1915

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

If you wish to avoid foreign collision, you had better abandon the ocean.

—Henry Clay, 1812

I am a man: I consider nothing human alien to me.

—Terence, 163 BC

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

—Tony Blair, 2006

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

Who sees all beings in his own self, and his own self in all beings, loses all fear.

—The Upanishads, c. 800 BC

Intolerance is evidence of impotence.

—Aleister Crowley, c. 1925

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

—William Hazlitt, 1823

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

—Confucius, c. 500 BC