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Nations is often used synonymously with ethnic group, but although ethnicity is now one of the most important aspects of cultural or social identity for the members of most nations, people with the same ethnic origin may live in different nation-states and be treated as members of separate nations for that reason.


  • Nations, like men, have their infancy.
  • "A nation is a society united by a delusion about its ancestory and by a common hatred of its neighbors."
  • Look! The nations are like a drop from a bucket,
And as the film of dust on the scales they are regarded.
Look! He lifts up the islands like fine dust.
  • Nations will certainly go to your light, and kings to the brightness of your shining forth.
  • ‘In those days ten men out of all the languages of the nations will take hold, yes, they will take firm hold of the robe of a Jew, saying: “We want to go with you, for we have heard that God is with you people.
  • "The great nations have always acted like gangsters, and the small nations like prostitutes."
  • "No man has a right to fix the boundary of the march of a nation; no man has a right to say to his country - thus far shalt thou go and no further."
  • "No nation is fit to sit in judgement upon any other nation."

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