"Time after time have nations, ay, and rich and strong nations, learned in the arts, been and passed away and been forgotten, so that no memory of them remains. This is but one of several; for Time eats up the works of man."
by H. Rider Haggard
Nations are as equal as so many madmen or drunkards.
~ The Big Time
by Fritz Leiber
Poor nations are hungry, and rich nations are proud; and pride and hunger will ever be at variance.
~ Gulliver's Travels
by Jonathan Swift
"Discontent is the first step in the progress of a man or a nation."
~ A Woman of No Importance
by Oscar Wilde
"Nations at war are wild beasts," she replied. "The passions of these hordes of men are not an example for a living soul. Our souls grow up to the light: we must keep eye on the light, and look no lower."
~ The Adventures of Harry Richmond
by George Meredith
There seemed to be nothing to see; no fences, no creeks or trees, no hills or fields. If there was a road, I could not make it out in the faint starlight. There was nothing but land: not a country at all, but the material out of which countries are made.
~ My Antonia
by Willa Cather
"I am sure that if the mothers of various nations could meet, there would be no more wars."
~ Howards End
by E. M. Forster