An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





It began in mystery, and it will end in mystery, but what a savage and beautiful country lies in between.


Diane Ackerman (1948-, American poet, writer, naturalist)


Colonies do not cease to be colonies because they are independent.


Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881, British statesman, Prime Minister)


If you would be known, and not know, vegetate in a village; if you would know, and not be known, live in a city.


Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832, British sportsman writer)


Shall we then judge a country by the majority, or by the minority? By the minority, surely. 'Tis pedantry to estimate nations by the census, or by square miles of land, or other than by their importance to the mind of the time.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.


Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948, Indian political, spiritual leader)


My country is the world; my countrymen are mankind.


William Lloyd Garrison (1805-1879, American abolitionist)


When a village ceases to be a community, it becomes oppressive in its narrow conformity. So one becomes an individual and migrates to the city. There, finding others like-minded, one re-establishes a village community. Nowadays only New Yorkers are yokels.


Paul Goodman (1911-1972, American author, poet, critic)


Country people tend to consider that they have a corner on righteousness and to distrust most manifestations of cleverness, while people in the city are leery of righteousness but ascribe to themselves all manner of cleverness.


Edward Hoagland (1932-, American novelist, essayist)


My country owes me nothing. It gave me, as it gives every boy and girl, a chance. It gave me schooling, independence of action, opportunity for service and honor. In no other land could a boy from a country village, without inheritance or influential friends, look forward with unbounded hope.


Herbert Clark Hoover (1874-1964, American President (31st))


To read the papers and to listen to the would think the country is in terrible trouble. You do not get that impression when you travel the back roads and the small towns do care about their country and wish it well.


Charles Kuralt (1934-, American TV commentator)


How soon country people forget. When they fall in love with a city it is forever, and it is like forever. As though there never was a time when they didn't love it. The minute they arrive at the train station or get off the ferry and glimpse the wide streets and the wasteful lamps lighting them, they know they are born for it. There, in a city, they are not so much new as themselves: their stronger, riskier selves.


Toni Morrison (1931-, African-American novelist)


My country is the world, and my religion is to do good.


Thomas Paine (1737-1809, Anglo-American political theorist, writer)


Today the nations of the world may be divided into two classes -- the nations in which the government fears the people, and the nations in which the people fear the government.


Amos R. E. Pinochet


The hand that rocks the cradle rules the nation and its destiny.


South African Proverb (Sayings of South African origin)


The common good of a collective -- a race, a class, a state -- was the claim and justification of every tyranny ever established over men. Every major horror of history was committed in the name of an altruistic motive. Has any act of selfishness ever equaled the carnage perpetrated by disciples of altruism? Does the fault lie in men's hypocrisy or in the nature of the principle? The most dreadful butchers were the most sincere. The believed in the perfect society reached through the guillotine and the firing squad. Nobody questioned their right to murder since they were murdering for an altruistic purpose. It was accepted that man must be sacrificed for other men. Actors change, but the course of the tragedy remains the same. A humanitarian who starts with the declarations of love for mankind and ends with a sea of blood. It goes on and will go on so long as men believe that an action is good if it is unselfish. That permits the altruist to act and forces his victims to bear it. The leaders of collectivist movements ask nothing of themselves. But observe the results.


Ayn Rand (1905-1982, Russian philosopher, author, "Atlas Shrugged")


This country will not be a good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a good place for all of us to live in.


Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919,  American President (26th))


Long ago the country bore the country-town and nourished it with her best blood. Now the giant city sucks the country dry, insatiably and incessantly demanding and devouring fresh streams of men, till it wearies and dies in the midst of an almost uninhabited waste of country.


Oswald Spengler (1880-1936, German philosopher)


In any country there must be people who have to die. They are the Sacrifices any nation has to make to achieve law and order.


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