National Identity Quotes

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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

Benedict Anderson
“I propose the following definition of the nation: it is an imagined political community-and imagined as both inherently limited and sovereign. It is imagined because the members of even the smallest nation will never know most of their fellow-members, meet them, or even hear of them, yet in the minds of each lives the image of their communion.... Communities are to be distinguished, not by their falsity/genuineness, but by the style in which they are imagined.... Finally, [the nation] is imagined as a community, because, regardless of the actual inequality and exploitation that may prevail in each, the nation is conceived as a deep, horizontal comradeship. Ultimately, it is this fraternity that makes it possible, over the past two centuries for so many millions of people, not so much to kill, as willing to die for such limited imaginings.”
Benedict Anderson

“A nation is not defined by its borders or the boundaries of its land mass Rather, a nation is defined by adverse people who have been unified by a cause and a value system and who are committed to a vision for the type of society they wish to live in and give to the future generations to come.”
Fela Durotoye

Mahbub Djunaidi
“Suatu bangsa tanpa pahlawan sama dengan kulkas tanpa isi, sepeser pun tiada arti”
Mahbub Djunaidi

Neal Shusterman
“Perhaps that is the greatest crime of conquest--that a civilization is denied the right to evolve beyond its own embarrassment.”
Neal Shusterman, Downsiders

Francis Fukuyama
“National identity is frequently formed in deliberate opposition to other groups and therefore serves to perpetuate conflict.”
Francis Fukuyama, Political Order and Political Decay: From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy

Umberto Eco
“E nevoie de un dușman ca să-i dai poporului o speranță. Cineva a spus că patriotismul e ultimul refugiu al canaliilor: cine nu are principii morale se înfășoară de obicei într-un steag, iar bastarzii fac întotdeauna apel la puritatea stirpei lor. Identitatea națională este ultima resursă a dezmoșteniților. Or, simțul identității se întemeiază pe ură, ura împotriva celui ce nu-i identic. Trebuie să cultivi ura ca patos cetățenesc. Dușmanul e prietenul popoarelor. E nevoie oricând de cineva demn de a fi urât ca să te simți justificat în propria-ți mizerie. Ura este adevărata pasiune primordială. Iubirea reprezintă o situație anormală.”
Umberto Eco, Il cimitero di Praga

W. Somerset Maugham
“Larry has been absorbed, as he wished, into that tumultuous conglomeration of humanity, distracted by so many conflicting interests, so lost in the world's confusion, so wistful of good, so cocksure on the outside, so diffident within, so kind, so hard, so trustful and so cagey, so mean and so generous, which is the people of the United States.”
W. Somerset Maugham, The Razor's Edge

Viktor Orbán
“This is our homeland, our life, and since we don't have another one, we will fight for it until the very end and we will never give it up.”
Viktor Orbán

Bryant McGill
“The national identity is a consumer identity.”
Bryant McGill, Voice of Reason

Gayathri Jayakumar
“If you can tag every Pakistani men as terrorists, you can definitely tag every Indian men as rapists... That's how the minority make an identity for the nation.”
Gayathri Jayakumar

Milan Kundera
“a small nation resembles a big family and likes to describe itself that way. In the language of the smallest European people, in Icelandic, the term for "family" is fjölskylda; the etymology is eloquent: skylda means "obligation"; fjöl means "multiple." Family is thus "a multiple obligation." Icelanders have a single word for "family ties": fjölskyldubönd: "the cords (bönd) of multiple obligations." Thus in the big family that is a small country, the artist is bound in multiple ways, by multiple cords. When Nietzsche noisily savaged the German character, when Stendhal announced that he preferred Italy to his homeland, no German or Frenchman took offense; if a Greek or a Czech dared to say the same thing, his family would curse him as a detestable traitor.”
Milan Kundera, Testaments Betrayed: An Essay in Nine Parts

J. Derrick McClure
“The Scots language is a mark of the distinctive identity of the Scottish people; and as such we should be concerned to preserve it, even if there were no other reason, because it is ours. This statement requires neither explanation nor apology.”
J.Derrick McClure, Why Scots Matters

“They have a nostalgia for a world that never existed. - On Nationalists”
Lamine Pearlheart

Bryant McGill
“National identity acts as a consumer lever to manipulate the emotions of the masses, for the purposes of power regulation and the fulfillment of agenda”
Bryant McGill, Voice of Reason

Richard J. Mouw
“The recognition of a distinct 'national identity' among members of the Body of Christ can keep before us our ties with Christians who live under different secular governments, with whom we have bonds that transcend and override our commitments to governments and groups outside the church.”
Richard J. Mouw, Political Evangelism

Edmund Burke
“I farther assure this noble Duke, that I neither encouraged nor provoked that worthy citizen to seek for plenty, liberty, safety, justice or lenity, in the famine, in the prisons, in the decrees of convention, in the revolutionary tribunal, and in the guillotine of Paris, rather than quietly to take up with what he could find in the glutted markets, the unbarricadoed streets, the drowsy Old Bailey judges, or, at worst, the airy, wholesome pillory of Old England. The choice of country was his own taste. The writings were the effects of his own zeal. In spite of his friend Dr. Priestley, he was a free agent. I admit, indeed, that my praises of the British government loaded with all its encumbrances; clogged with its peers and its beef; its parsons and its pudding; its Commons and its beer; and its dull slavish liberty of going about just as one pleases, had something to provoke a Jockey of Norfolk [Thomas Paine], who was inspired with the resolute ambition of becoming a citizen of France, to do something which might render him worthy of naturalization in that grand asylum of persecuted merit.”
Edmund Burke, Further Reflections on the Revolution in France

“O que mais salta aos olhos, o que mais fere às vistas do observador, que bem se pode chamar o expoente da vida geral do país, é a falta de coesão social, o desagregamento dos indivíduos, alguma coisa que os reduz ao estado de isolamento absoluto, de átomos inorgânicos, quase podia dizer, de poeira impalpável e estéril. Entre nós, o que há de organizado, é o Estado, não é a Nação, é o governo, é a administração, por seus altos funcionários na Corte, por seus sub-rogados nas províncias, por seus ínfimos caudatários nos municípios: - não é o povo, o qual permanece amorfo e dissolvido, sem outro liame entre si, a não ser a comunhão da língua, dos maus costumes e do servilismo.”
Tobias Barreto

Lyndon B. Johnson
“Art is a nation's most precious heritage. For it is in our works of art that we reveal to ourselves and to others the inner version which guides us as a nation. And where there is no vision, the people perish.”
Lyndon Johnson

Elmar Hussein
“Your connection with any ethnic group should be determined by social factors, such as your attitude to the widespread patterns of behavior and style of thinking in this group. If you feel strange in this social environment, it means that you cannot belong to it. Therefore, national identity should be a rational choice made by you in your adult life and cannot be automatically identified at birth.”
Elmar Hussein

Viktor Orbán
“They want to dissolve Europe. They want to take away our own life and change it to something which is not our life.”
Viktor Orbán

Cliff  James
“The border of a nationality does not exist ‘in-itself’ in the same way that, say, a mountain, a shell or the moon exists. The border of a nationality is a condition that exists, if it can be said to exist at all, in the mind of the one who passively accepts it as existing. It is a ready-cut cloth, a costume, a fabricated flag, which is used to cover our nothingness.”
Cliff James, Life As A Kite

Nicolas Mathieu
“Like fifty million other losers, Anthony was caught up in the game, his misfortune temporarily at bay, his yearning merging with the great national aspiration. From stock traders to kids in Bobigny to Patrick Bruel and José Bové, everyone was on the same page, and it didn't matter whether you were in Paris or Heillange. From the top to the bottom of the pay scale, from the boonies to La Défense, the country was cheering in unison. Basically, the thing was simple. Just do like they do in America: think your country is the best in the world and revel in that forever.”
Nicolas Mathieu, Leurs enfants après eux

James Baldwin
“The romance of treason never occurred to us for the brutally simple reason that you can't betray a country you don't have. (Think about it).”
James Baldwin, Dark Days

Віктар Марціновіч
“Когда хочешь понять народ, посмотри, какой чай он пьет.”
Віктар Марціновіч, Мова

Husain Haqqani
“Pakistan’s young median age today means that an overwhelming majority of its current inhabitants were born in a country called Pakistan and, therefore, do not need an explanation other than their birth to be its citizens.”
Husain Haqqani, Reimagining Pakistan: Transforming a Dysfunctional Nuclear State

Iris Murdoch
“That's how vile I am! I live Ireland, I breathe Ireland, and Christ how I loathe it, I wish I were a bloody Scot, that's how bloody awful it is being Irish! I think I hate Ireland more than I hate the theatre, and that's saying something!”
Iris Murdoch, The Sea, The Sea

Witold Gombrowicz
“Jak mam coś do napisania, to staram się pisać jak najmądrzej i żeby to było jak najlepsze. A to, czy ja jestem Polak podczas pisania, czy jestem Chińczyk, to do mnie nie należy. Ja jestem człowiek i moją robotę muszę zrobić jak najlepiej.”
Witold Gombrowicz, Publicystyka. Wywiady. Teksty różne 1963-1969

Yuval Noah Harari
“In previous eras, national identities were forged because humans faced problems and opportunities that were far beyond the scopes of local tribes. Now, we need a new global identity because national institutions are incapable of handling a set of unprecedented global predicaments. We now have a global ecology, a global economy, and a global science, but we are still stuck with only national politics. This mismatch prevents the political system from effectively countering our main problems. To have effective politics, either we must de-globalize the ecology, the economy, and the march of science, or we must globalize our politics.

Since it is impossible to de-globalize the ecology and the march of science, and since the cost of de-globalizing the economy would be prohibitive, the only real solution is to globalize politics. There is no contradiction between such globalism and patriotism, for patriotism isn't about hating foreigners. Patriotism is about taking care of your compatriots, and in the 21st century in order to take good care of your compatriots you must cooperate with foreigners. So good nationalists should now be globalists.”
Yuval Noah Harari, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

“National identity is, of course, historically constructed; but it is nevertheless symbolized by a flag and an anthem, materialized by administrative acts and by material boundaries, the object of emotional projections that make people speak, make them act and even, sometimes, fight.”
Nathalie Heinich, Wat onze identiteit niet is

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