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Quotes of the Day for 24 October 2002 – Nations

The Charter of the United Nations was adopted on this day in 1945, and today is United Nations Day. Some may argue over the value of that organization in our world, which is not really my concern today, but I do have a few quotes on the subject of nations that may illuminate the general problem.

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The quotes:

May the conscience and the common sense of the peoples be awakened so that we may reach a new stage in the life of nations, where people will look back on war as an incomprehensible aberration of their forefathers.
     - Albert Einstein, 1879 - 1955

Every nation thinks its own madness normal and requisite; more passion and more fancy it calls folly, less it calls imbecility.
     - George Santayana

Great nations write their autobiography in three manuscripts - the book of their deeds, the book of their words, and the book of their art.
     - John Ruskin

The whole history of the world is summed up in the fact that, when nations are strong, they are not always just, and when they wish to be just, they are no longer strong.
     - Winston Churchill, 1874 - 1965

Every nation ridicules other nations, and all are right.
     - Schopenhauer


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