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.
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.
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