Nation Building Quotes

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Idowu Koyenikan
“Show me the heroes that the youth of your country look up to, and I will tell you the future of your country.”
Idowu Koyenikan, Wealth for all Africans: How Every African Can Live the Life of Their Dreams

Idowu Koyenikan
“Your pride for your country should not come after your country becomes great; your country becomes great because of your pride in it.”
Idowu Koyenikan

Al Franken
“When the president during the campaign
said he was against nation building,
I didn't realize he meant our nation.”
Al Franken

“The idea is to change the nature and value system of the nation as whole”
Sunday Adelaja

“There is one kind of charity common enough among us… It is that patchwork philanthropy which clothes the ragged, feeds the poor, and heals the sick. I am far from decrying the noble spirit which seeks to help a poor or suffering fellow being… [However] what advances a nation or a community is not so much to prop up its weakest and most helpless members, but to lift up the best and the most gifted, so as to make them of the greatest service to the country.”
Jamsetji Tata

Abhijit Naskar
“A nation is alive only when it grows, constantly discarding its outdated traditions, habits, rituals and assumptions.”
Abhijit Naskar, Generation Corazon: Nationalism is Terrorism

Abhijit Naskar
“You know what a hero is - 9 out of 10 times it's someone who's too tired or too hungry or too cold to give a damn - I don't give a damn - I don't give a damn about the consequences, all I know is, the society that has been handed over to us by our ancestors can't possibly be a human society, it's a society of good-looking savages - and I won't sit still on my couch whining about it like a spineless bug either - it's my society, and I'll either turn it into a human one, or perish in the attempt.”
Abhijit Naskar, Martyr Meets World: To Solve The Hard Problem of Inhumanity

Abhijit Naskar
“I don't have any allegiance to any single flag, but still I cannot disrespect them either with words or with action, you know why, because a flag represents a people, therefore disrespecting a flag means disrespecting a people. Let me tell you a story. Once upon a time there was a great leader in one of the countries of planet earth. The military of a neighboring country had taken over a region there, but accompanied by his brave soldiers the great leader liberated that part of his country from oppression. In celebration when the people of his country laid down the flag of the oppressor for their leader to walk on, he refused - he refused to insult even the flag of an invading country, for such is the character of a true leader. Leaders don't insult others to feel superior - they simply live as an epitome of courage, conscience and humility, and others can't help but follow on their own.”
Abhijit Naskar, Martyr Meets World: To Solve The Hard Problem of Inhumanity

Abhijit Naskar
“Blessed is the nation whose gospel is goodness and religion is service.”
Abhijit Naskar, The Shape of A Human: Our America Their America

Abhijit Naskar
“A nation can run without government, but it can't run without the accountability of its citizens.”
Abhijit Naskar, Heart Force One: Need No Gun to Defend Society

Abhijit Naskar
“Sonnet of Nation Building

Nation means not land,
Nation means not border.
Nation means sentience and sanity,
Nation means willing to treat disorder.
Nation means not habit,
Nation means not tradition.
Nation means reason and acceptance,
Nation means conscious amalgamation.
Nations means not law,
Nations means not policy.
Nation means a genuine goodness,
Nation means an accountable citizenry.
In the name of nation do not act tribal.
Nation without narrowness is a land universal.”
Abhijit Naskar, Solo Standing on Guard: Life Before Law

Abhijit Naskar
“In the name of nation do not act tribal. Nation without narrowness is a land universal.”
Abhijit Naskar, Solo Standing on Guard: Life Before Law

Abhijit Naskar
“When you assume your nation needs no improvement, when you assume that your nation is at its absolute best, you are inadvertently burying your nation alive, for a nation that assumes self-proclaimed supremacy is the only inferior nation on earth.”
Abhijit Naskar, Generation Corazon: Nationalism is Terrorism

Abhijit Naskar
“A nation that assumes self-proclaimed supremacy is the only inferior nation on earth.”
Abhijit Naskar, Generation Corazon: Nationalism is Terrorism

Aiyaz Uddin
“When you say unite and live in peace they become more apart but when you say unite to wage a war they come together. Humanity is nothing but a single community and we must stand by our values, morals, and ethics.”
Aiyaz Uddin

Abhijit Naskar
“When you wipe out your national allegiance, the whole world becomes your family, and then you start to see the real face of each nation, including their strongholds as well as their shortcomings.”
Abhijit Naskar, Mucize Insan: When The World is Family

Abhijit Naskar
“Nation without narrowness is a land universal.”
Abhijit Naskar, Solo Standing on Guard: Life Before Law

Abhijit Naskar
“Sonnet of National Beauty

Beauty and ugliness as we know them,
Are the product of an ugly mind.
Once we step across all pretenses,
We learn how much we’ve been blind.
The whitest places on planet earth,
Happen to be the ugliest of all places.
For what appears to be a fancy joint,
Is filled with a bunch of suited savages.
Nations of color have problems too,
But they don't pretend to be advanced.
When we claim to be a global leader,
We must first practice inclusion on demand.
Great is not the nation that appears fancy,
But one which values people over diplomacy.”
Abhijit Naskar, Hometown Human: To Live for Soil and Society

Abhijit Naskar
“Sonnet of National Obligation

When a nation is founded on terrorism,
It has an obligation for self-improvement.
If admitting the past hurts your feelings,
Better remain in your mother's basement.
If we really look for filth and atrocities,
We'll find it in the history of every nation.
The real problem is not the history,
But the absolute denial of its admission.
No nation can become civilized,
Till it steps up to right the wrongs.
Admit the errors of our ancestors,
And pledge to never repeat those harms.
Humanity begins with admitting inhumanity.
Lo we are the shield against further atrocity.”
Abhijit Naskar, Hometown Human: To Live for Soil and Society

“We often ascribe Envisioning to Great Men or Women who sees future of a Nation, but Nation Building is done by Individuals, Families, Companies, Institutions, States, and so on. Those who work towards building these are also Visionaries in their own right.”
Sandeep Sahajpal, The Twelfth Preamble: To all the authors to be!

Abhijit Naskar
“Great is not the nation that appears fancy, but one which values people over diplomacy.”
Abhijit Naskar, Hometown Human: To Live for Soil and Society

Abhijit Naskar
“Defiance of inclusion in the name of national security, doesn't actually ensure national security, it only halts a nation's growth.”
Abhijit Naskar, Gente Mente Adelante: Prejudice Conquered is World Conquered

“Cultural change is generally not amenable to blitzkrieg, for the ways of others are not readily reshaped to a common and 'correct' view, congruent with the ideas of the conqueror. At root, nation-building requires changing of culture and that is the hardest objective to achieve and the most bitterly resisted.”
Jonathan Bailey, British Generals in Blair's Wars

“In Iraq, the Americans had the naïve idea that people would be so happy to be liberated that nothing else mattered; and democracy would flourish overnight. It's a very ideological approach, and one which is intellectually bankrupt.”
Mike Jackson

Abhijit Naskar
“We are the explorers of impossibility - we decide what is possible, not some tradition, constitution or factualization - not tradition, because traditions are habits of the past, and as such, are unqualified to dictate life of the present - not constitution, because that too is born of the past, and as such can never be taken as gospel - and not factualization, because a world run by facts alone may be suitable for the existence of cold, mechanical computers, but not warm and vulnerable human beings.”
Abhijit Naskar, Earthquakin' Egalitarian: I Die Everyday So Your Children Can Live

Abhijit Naskar
“We are not creatures, we are creators.”
Abhijit Naskar, Earthquakin' Egalitarian: I Die Everyday So Your Children Can Live

Abhijit Naskar
“In the absence of a reality made by humans, society ends up living in a reality made by animals.”
Abhijit Naskar, Earthquakin' Egalitarian: I Die Everyday So Your Children Can Live

“If the people are selfish, their nation would be ruled by the corrupt.”
Dr. Ashok Anand

Abhijit Naskar
“Home Country (The Sonnet)

If immigrants ain't real Americans,
Neither is our revered Lady Liberty.
She too came from a distant land,
Yet today she is the American epitome.
If even this doesn't broaden your heart,
What about the founders of our history!
All of them were textbook immigrants,
What white supremacists cuss as refugee.
Any land that holds potential for ascension,
Draws the repressed souls of humanity.
Though I belong to the whole wide world,
Land of Lady Liberty is my home country.
A nation's character isn't defined by rigidity,
It is defined by a hearty unity in diversity.”
Abhijit Naskar, Handcrafted Humanity: 100 Sonnets For A Blunderful World

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