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"We don't need a nation that has national identity cards." - Malcolm Wallop

"We are undermining a generation's happiness by depriving them of national identity, religious identity, and gender identity" - Dennis Prager

"My national identity is first American. My religious identity is first Muslim." - Dalia Mogahed

"National isolation breeds national neurosis." - Hubert Humphrey

"Early on, New York already had a national and even international identity." - Ron Chernow

"I've never felt British. I'm just not interested in national identity. I don't know why." - Elvis Costello

"American cinema tends to express a patriotic relationship to national identity on a regular basis." - Tom Hooper

"The Palestinian people have no national identity. I, Yasser Arafat, man of destiny, will give them that identity through conflict with Israel." - Yasser Arafat

"National identity is the last bastion of the dispossessed. But the meaning of identity is now based on hatred, on hatred for those who are not the same." - Umberto Eco

"I'd say that my identity is really a culinary identity, so the way I relate to my national heritage is through its cuisine." - Princess Tatiana of Greece and Denmark

"Syrians have a national identity beyond the sectarian divide. Syria's national identity would be weaker and poorer if it didn't have this beautiful pluralism between Arabs, Kurds, and sects." - Burhan Ghalioun

"It is terribly important to maintain a national identity in a way that it probably wasn't before." - Robert Dessaix

"Theatre has no national identity. It is something for the world, whether it is Irish, English, or French." - Cyril Cusack

"Vietnamese must be made to feel that they are racial inferiors with no right to national identity." - Wilfred Burchett

"The identity of just one thing, the "clash of civilization" view that you're a Muslim or a Hindu or a Buddhist or a Christian, I think that's such a limited way of seeing humanity, and schools have the opportunity to bring out the fact that we have hundreds of identities. We have our national identity. We have our cultural identity, linguistic identity, religious identity. Yes, cultural identity, professional identity, all kinds of ways." - Amartya Sen

"National honor is national property of the highest value." - James Monroe

"National injustice is the surest road to national downfall." - William E Gladstone

"Being Nigerian is a strong part of my identity. Being American is a strong part of my identity. And there are important parts of who I am that really have nothing to do with my national connection." - Teju Cole

"Indigenous languages are Canada's national treasures. They are our identity. We simply have to put greater effort into rejuvenating and revitalizing them. It is key to moving forward." - Perry Bellegarde

"Trump's "Make America Great Again" program trumpets a national identity built on scapegoating, self-pity and grandiosity, and the promise of a strongman." - Susan Faludi

"Part of America's genius has always been its ability to absorb newcomers, to forge a national identity out of the disparate lot that arrived on our shores." - Barack Obama

"Recognizing Quebec as being different, recognizing our history, recognizing our identity, has never meant a weakening of Quebec and has never been a threat to national unity." - Jean Charest

"Throwing off despotism and tyranny is our history and part of our national identity - something in which we can take incredible pride." - Mike Crapo

"It is not possible to conceive a democratic Guatemala, free and independent, without the indigenous identity shaping its character into all aspects of national existence." - Rigoberta Menchu

"The loss of national identity is the greatest defeat a nation can know, and it is inevitable under the contemporary form of colonization." - Slobodan Milosevic

"The loss of national identity is the greatest defeat a nation can know, and it is inevitable under the contemporary form of colonization." - Slobodan Milosevic

"As a result of the awareness and consciousness of decline, an awareness and consciousness of a national ethnicity or an Islamic identity also came into being." - Abdolkarim Soroush

"It is quite understandable that Puerto Ricans seek to preserve a cultural sense of identity without separating politically from U.S. national sovereignty." - Dick Thornburgh

"It's true that I run a multi-national group but I have no interests in India. So please tell me, what should my identity be?" - Lakshmi Mittal

"Globalisation, which benefits only multi-national companies and takes away all sense of local or national pride and identity, is the biggest threat facing all the member states of the EU." - Steve Blake

"Individualism and mobility are at the core of American identity." - Deborah Tall

"Violence, whether spiritual or physical, is a quest for identity and the meaningful. The less identity, the more violence." - Marshall Mcluhan

"War is the national industry of Prussia." - Honore Gabriel Riqueti, comte de Mirabeau

"It has become an ongoing national joke." - Charles Thomson

"National Socialism and Christianity are irreconcilable." - Martin Bormann

"Gross National Product is our Holy Grail." - Stewart Udall

"Global terror does not respect national boundaries." - Vikas Swarup

"A national debt, if it is not excessive, will be to us a national blessing." - Alexander Hamilton

"True peace must be anchored in justice and an unwavering commitment to universal rights for all humans, regardless of ethnicity, religion, gender, national origin or any other identity attribute." - Desmond Tutu

"Mundane humans create distinctions between themselves, distinctions that seem ridiculous to any Shadowhunter. Their distinctions are based on race, religion, national identity, any of a dozen minor and irrelevant markers. ~ Valentine" - Cassandra Clare

"After two decades of reconstruction work, I want to work on projects that lay at the intersection of cultural diplomacy and national identity - ones that empower local communities to define progress, not have it sanctioned by others." - Cameron Sinclair

"Some of the best work that's happening right now is from architects who have remained in their home countries and who have focused on a local or national identity and the idea of critical regionalism." - Cameron Sinclair

"Vietnam is unique of all the countries in the world, I believe, in having the longest continuous struggle against foreign aggression of any country that has retained its national identity." - Tom Hayden

"The English are worried about the Euro being brought in because of loss of national identity and rising prices. In Scotland, people are just worried in case they have to close Poundstretcher." - Frankie Boyle

"Iraqi national identity under Saddam Hussein never truly incorporated Shiites or Kurds. Sunnis, who identified most closely with the Iraqi nation, remain in some ways disenfranchised relative to the other groups, or at least they perceive themselves that way." - Noah Feldman

"You talked about national identity cards and the terrorism bill. We have made a government that has grown used to viewing us as subjects, has grown used to seeing its role as commanding us." - Malcolm Wallop

"From the right, you get demagogues shouting about brown-skinned anchor babies and clamoring to deport the undocumented. From the left, you get advocacy for the oppressed but otherwise, when it comes to national civic identity, mainly silence." - Eric Liu

"Every generation gets the Constitution that it deserves. As the central preoccupations of an era make their way into the legal system, the Supreme Court eventually weighs in, and nine lawyers in robes become oracles of our national identity." - Noah Feldman

"Identity is marketed in national capitalism as a property. It is something you can purchase, or purchase a relation to. Or it is something you already own that you can express: my masculinity, my queerness . But identity need not be simply a caption for an image of an unchangeable concrete self. It is also a theory of the future, of history." - Lauren Berlant

"Almost 20 percent of the people living in Germany today have a foreign background. The problem is that Germany can't really offer foreigners an identity because the Germans hardly have a national identity themselves. That is certainly a result of Auschwitz." - Bassam Tibi

"Identity is a concept of our age that should be used very carefully. All types of identities, ethnic, national, religious, sexual or whatever else, can become your prison after a while. The identity that you stand up for can enslave you and close you to the rest of the world." - Murathan Mungan

"I believe, as a Puerto Rican, that the majority of Puerto Ricans want to be Puerto Ricans. Once we become annexed to the United States or by the United States, that we will lose our national identity. I can look at Hawaii as an example of people who lose, the Natives who lose their identity. I can look into the Native American reservations and see people who lose their national identity, their culture, their language, their land. And that's what's going to happen to Puerto Ricans here." - Oscar Lopez Rivera

"The idea that you surrender your identity when you relinquish national powers is unhelpful. No, indeed, precisely the opposite is the case: if done in an intelligent way, you attain the sovereignty to better solve national problems in cooperation with others." - Ulrich Beck

"A poem I write is not just about me; it is about national identity, not just regional but national, the history of people in relation to other people. I reach for these outward stories to make sense of my own life, and how my story intersects with a larger public history." - Natasha Trethewey

"I just believed. I believed that the technology would change people's lives. I believed putting real identity online - putting technology behind real identity - was the missing link." - Sheryl Sandberg

"Michael Jackson National African American Art Examiner Series" - Aberjhani

"Nobody ever wins the National Open. Somebody loses it." - Bobby Jones

"We beseech [God] to pardon our national and other transgressions..." - George Washington

"Stupidity is a personal achievement which transcends national boundaries." - Albert Einstein

"We need a new approach to national security" - John F Kerry

"Waterboarding ok if national security were at stake." - Fred Thompson

"America needs optimistic leadership to revive national soul." - Mike Huckabee

"The Russians stole from the Democratic National Committee with hacking." - E. J. Dionne

"The strongest force in the universe is a human being living consistently with his identity." - Tony Robbins

"All that remains is the mad desire for present identity through a woman." - Max Frisch

"When I quit working, I lost all sense of identity in about fifteen minutes." - Paige Rense

"Science is nothing but the finding of analogy, identity, in the most remote parts." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"OPIATE, n. An unlocked door in the prison of Identity. It leads into the jail yard." - Ambrose Bierce

"Truth is verifiable only by identity with it and not by knowing about it." - David Hawkins

"Efficiency obliterates identity" - William Greider

"The particular human chain we're part of is central to our individual identity." - Elizabeth Stone

"Violence as a way of gaining power... is being camouflaged under the guise of tradition, national honor [and] national security..." - Alfred Adler

"All upright Germans will be National Socialists, but only the best National Socialists will be party members!" - Adolf Hitler

"National isolation breeds national neurosis." - Hubert H Humphrey

"How many more copycats are waiting in the wings for their moment of fame - from a national media machine that rewards them with the wall-to-wall attention and sense of identity that they crave - while provoking others to try to make their mark? A dozen more killers? A hundred? More? How can we possibly even guess how many, given our nation's refusal to create an active national database of the mentally ill?" - Wayne LaPierre

"It would be wrong to interpret the growth of British national consciousness in this period in terms of a new cultural and political uniformity being resolutely imposed on the peripheries of the island by its centre. For many poorer and less literate Britons, Scotland, Wales and England remained more potent rallying calls than Great Britain, except in times of danger from abroad. And even among the politically educated, it was common to think in terms of dual nationalities, not a single national identity." - Linda Colley

"Jorge Luis Borges had the soapbox and the authority to complain about this myopic understanding of the duty of Latin American writers, which sometimes forecloses their unique modernism and experience of modernization in favor of a mythic past or an artificially constructed ideal national subject. So likewise in Joao Gilberto Noll, readers shouldn't expect samba and Carnival and football. The Brazilian national identity is not one of his primary concerns." - Adam Morris

"We've organized human potential and have been better at using human potential better than any country on the face of the Earth. That's because we've recognized that our national creed, our national identity, is that it doesn't matter where you're from, it matters where you're going. You can come from hard circumstances and do great things. We've got to make that true for a whole variety of people who no longer feel that." - Condoleezza Rice

"Freedom and diversity guard each other, and if a country could form the whole of one's character, Napoleon III and Victor Hugo would have been the same person... if national identity means anything, it means something that comes with you wherever you go, and stays with you no matter how long you stay away." - Clive James

"National identity is a motion. It's something you're inside, you don't get what's happening, you can't see it from above. And that's where you have to write. You can't see what's happening now or what's going to happen, so you just dive into it and write." - Karl Ove Knausgard

"Europe is my home, Europe is my continent. Europe is where we live. The European Union is a political bureaucratic organization that took away our identity and our national sovereignty. So, I would get rid of the European Union and be a nation-state again." - Geert Wilders

"If you want to control the world you need to control the oil. Therefore the destruction of Iraq is a prerequisite to controlling oil. That means the destruction of the Iraqi national identity, since the Iraqis are committed to their principles and rights according to international law and the U.N. charter." - Saddam Hussein

"Different nations have different ways of forming their national identity. In America, for instance, the model was one of homogeneity breaking from different backgrounds, and the whole effort was to blend them all together like a wonderful making of a milkshake!" - Kabir Bedi

"In the '30s and '40s, the search for Hungarian national identity led famously to an alliance with Hitler and the destruction of more than a half million of the nation's Jews. And here we are now, more than 70 years later, witnessing a resurgence of xenophobia and authoritarianism, and not just in Eastern Europe." - Susan Faludi

"How can we encourage other human beings to extend their moral sympathies beyond a narrow locus? How can we learn to become mere human beings, shorn of any more compelling national, ethnic, or religious identity? We can be reasonable. It is in the very nature of reason to fuse cognitive and moral horizons. Reason is nothing less than the guardian of love." - Sam Harris

"I was sure we would never see the adoption of the Euro. Countries giving up their currencies for a common tender was, it seemed to me, completely out of tune with currency being a carrier of people's cultural identity, celebrating national heroes and events, as it had been for hundreds of years." - John Naisbitt

"When I was a child, the FA Cup was one of the crown jewels of the sporting year, along with the Grand National, Wimbledon and The Open. But with every announcement it seems to lose another piece of its identity. First it was sponsors added to the name, followed by the semi-finals at Wembley." - Gary Neville

"Teaching the history of the British Empire links in with that of the world: for better and for worse, the Empire made us what we are, forming our national identity. A country that does not understand its own history is unlikely to respect that of others." - Antony Beevor

"We, the people. Manifest Destiny. Conceived in liberty. Fear itself. Ask not. Morning in America. United we stand. Yes, we can. In times of great change and tumult, presidents seek to inspire beleaguered Americans by reminding them of their national identity." - Ron Fournier

"America gave the world the notion of the melting pot - an alchemical cooking device wherein diverse ethnic and religious groups voluntarily mix together, producing a new, American identity. And while critics may argue that the melting pot is a national myth, it has tenaciously informed the America's collective imagination." - Ivan Krastev

"I want to realize brotherhood or identity not merely with the beings called human, but I want to realize identity with all life, even with such things as crawl upon earth." - Mahatma Gandhi

"Theatre, in which actors take on changing roles, has among its many functions the examination of identity. For the individual, theatre is a kind of identity laboratory in which social roles can be examined vicariously." - Richard Hornby

"Jesus came to announce to us that an identity based on success, popularity and power is a false identity- an illusion! Loudly and clearly he says: 'You are not what the world makes you; but you are children of God." - Henri Nouwen

"Ego loves identity. Drag mocks identity. Ego hates drag" - RuPaul

"When we become connected to the supreme spirit then we automatically becomes situated in our spiritual identity." - Bhakti Charu Swami

"An identity would seem to be arrived at by the way in which the person faces and uses his experience." - James A Baldwin

"Promiscuity in men may cheapen love but sharpen thought. Promiscuity in women is illness, a leakage of identity." - Camille Paglia

"The cliche organizes life; it expropriates people's identity; it becomes ruler, defense lawyer, judge, and the law." - Vaclav Havel

"As we develop new beliefs about who we are, our behavior will change to support the new identity." - Tony Robbins

"Some of the biggest cases of mistaken identity are among intellectuals who have trouble remembering that they are not God." - Thomas Sowell

"In human beings, love is a quality, a high-prized virtue; in God, love is His identity." - Brennan Manning

"Without dignity, identity is erased." - Laura Hillenbrand

"My hair is my identity." - Ethan Zohn

"Materialism is an identity crisis." - Bryant H Mcgill

"I got Twitter identity theft." - Elizabeth Banks

"Whether Canada ends up as one national government or two national governments or several national governments, or some other kind of arrangement is, quite frankly, secondary in my opinion." - Stephen Harper

"It would be easier to pay off the national debt overnight than to neutralize the long-range effects of our national stupidity." - Frank Zappa

"I love National Geographic. Just when you think you've seen the last lost native tribe, National Geographic will find a new one." - Sandra Bernhard

"The gentleman has not seen how to reply to this, otherwise than by supposing me to have advanced the doctrine that a national debt is a national blessing." - Daniel Webster

"Our intelligence community needs better coordination of operations and exchange of information, and that's why we need an overall director of national intelligence and a national counterterrorism center." - Jim Ramstad

"I thank heaven we have had baseball in this world... the kids... our national pastime." - Babe Ruth

"Baseball is our national pastime, that is if you discount political campaigning." - Ronald Reagan

"And now, in the interest of equal time, here is a message from the National" - George Carlin

"We must pass a national energy policy to continue our successes in the War on Terrorism." - Zach Wamp

"...Skyscraper National Park" - Kurt Vonnegut

"Blessed are the young, for they shall inherit the national debt." - Herbert Hoover

"Americans worship technology. It's an inherent trait in the national zeitgeist." - Max Brooks

"The National Socialist Party in Austria never tried to hide its inclination for a greater Germany." - Arthur Seyss-Inquart

"The US Airforce assures me that UFO's pose no threat to National Security." - John F Kennedy


"National pride is the culmination of a lifetime public relations campaign of psychological mind-control techniques." - Bryant H Mcgill

"Some of their players are internationals; some play for their national team." - Steve McClaren

"I always felt that the boiled potato, not the tudor rose, should be the national emblem." - Ilka Chase

"Intolerance of dissent is a well-noted feature of the American national character." - J William Fulbright

"Without the National Federation of Republican Women, there would be no Republican Party." - Barry Goldwater

"The Democrat Party has been reduced to the point it's not a national party anymore." - Rush Limbaugh

"We have to fight for our freedoms, also, economic and our national security freedoms." - Sarah Palin

"The Houston Astros are the youngest team in the National League if you judge by age." - Don Drysdale

"Passive resistance and boycotting are now prominent features of every great national movement." - Benjamin Tucker

"This plan ['court-packing plan'] will save our national Constitution from hardening of the judicial arteries." - Franklin D Roosevelt

"The New Nationalism puts the national need before sectional or personal advantage." - Theodore Roosevelt

"Did atheist philosopher see God when he 'died'? by William Cash, in National Post" - Alfred Jules Ayer

"There's intense national feeling in America that could be called patriotism." - Michael Ignatieff

"National defense is the sacred duty of the young and all other people." - Kim Jong Il

"It's a long, hard, difficult process to make it to a national championship." - Hale Irwin

"Going from college to being on national TV almost fresh outta school, it happened really fast." - Terrence J

"I would have started the National Actors Theatre 30 years earlier." - Tony Randall

"I have reaffirmed my political will to work towards national unity." - Abdelaziz Bouteflika

"The Fujiyama of Architecture?at once a lofty mountain and a national shrine." - Lewis Mumford

"The increasing tendency towards seeing people in terms of one dominant 'identity' ('this is your duty as an American', 'you must commit these acts as a Muslim', or 'as a Chinese you should give priority to this national engagement') is not only an imposition of an external and arbitrary priority, but also the denial of an important liberty of a person who can decide on their respective loyalties to different groups (to all of which he or she belongs)." - Amartya Sen

"Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658) moved from a legitimate to a charismatic role, reversing the course followed by Washington. Yet therewere surface similarities in their careers. Both led military rebellions against English monarchs-Cromwell against Charles I, Washington against George III. Each took local militia-the "train bands" of Cromwell, the colonial levies of Washington-and forged professional armies on a national scale. Each infused a new ethos in his troops-a religious spirit in Cromwell's case, a post-colonial American identity in Washington's." - Garry Wills

"The increasing tendency towards seeing people in terms of one dominant "identity" ("this is your duty as an American", "you must commit these acts as a Muslim", or "as a Chinese you should give priority to this national engagement") is not only an imposition of an external and arbitrary priority, but also the denial of an important liberty of a person who can decide on their respective loyalties to different groups (to all of which he or she belongs)." - Amartya Sen

"The Brazilian national identity is not one of Joao Gilberto Noll primary concerns. This does not mean social critique is absent: race, gender, and class relations are considered in Quiet Creature. And these are universal relational matters, not necessarily particular to any country. Some critics have commented that understanding the specific Brazilian political context of the novel is helpful for reading Quiet Creature. This may be true, but it's not prerequisite for understanding it." - Adam Morris

"[Mark] Lilla sees a deeper problem, and he wrote an article in The New York Times denouncing identity liberalism.He says liberals have appealed to African-Americans or women or the LGBT community but failed to craft a strong, broad national message. He's not the only person saying this. Long before the votes were cast, Bernie Sanders argued the Democrats lost the white working class by not speaking broadly to the country." - Steve Inskeep

"Here in Europe some of the challenges have to do with structures that are so complicated. You've got Brussels, and you've got parliament, you've got councils and then you've got national governments. So people sometimes don't feel as if they know who's making decisions, and the more that we can bring people in and engage them, the better. Some of it is also cultural and social, people's sense of identity." - Barack Obama

"One of the many, many things I hate about war is how it trivializes the personal. The big themes, the broad sweep, the emergency measures, the national identity, all the things that a particular kind of man with a particular kind of power urge adores, these are the things that become important. War gives the lie to the personal, drowns it in meetings, alarms, sacrifices. The personal is only allowed to return as death." - Jeanette Winterson

"I had a unique circumstance in which my career was associated with George W. Bush, who went straight to the top. I went to work for him in October of 1993. So my whole identity in national politics is associated with this president, and you know, I kind of want to leave it that way. It's not tugging at me to go do the '08 cycle." - Dan Bartlett

"Where there has been racial hatred, it must be ended. Where there has been tribal animosity, it will be finished. Let us not dwell upon the bitterness of the past. I would rather look to the future, to the good new Kenya, not to the bad old days. If we can create this sense of national direction and identity, we shall have gone a long way to solving our economic problems." - Jomo Kenyatta

"I can not, and will not judge, by what my eyes may see. For the skin on a man shall not reveal his true identity." - Robert M. Hensel

"A living entity becomes aware of his Spiritual Identity and becomes aware of the Supreme Personality of Godhead only when he comes accross a Sprititual Master." - Bhakti Charu Swami



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