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"The ongoing migration of persons to the United States in violation of our laws is a serious national problem detrimental to the interests of the United States." - Ronald Reagan

"Whatever the history of U.S. intervention in Iraq, our priorities now should be to protect our people and defend our national security interests, not to try to resolve an intractable religious divide some 1,500 years in the making." - Ted Cruz

"We really believe our national interests are identical with European interests." - Gerhard Schroder

"It is not national interests we are upholding - we claim that the interests of socialism, the interests of world socialism, rank higher than national interests, higher than the interests of the state. We are defenders of the socialist fatherland." - Vladimir Lenin

"The Prime Minister [Shindzo Abe] and I will negotiate proceeding from our national interests: the interests of Russia and the interests of Japan. We should find a compromise." - Vladimir Putin

"Our country is the world, our countrymen are all mankind. We love the land of our nativity, only as we love all other lands. The interests, rights, and liberties of American citizens are no more dear to us than are those of the whole human race. Hence we can allow no appeal to patriotism, to revenge any national insult or injury." - William Lloyd Garrison

"Any military force should be dictated by the vital national security interests of the United States. And if and when we use force, we should use overwhelming force for a clearly stated objective. And then when we're done, we should get the heck out." - Ted Cruz

"The development of the Internet has posed new challenges to national sovereignty, security and development interests." - Xi Jinping

"For some reason, our media are fascinated by stories that appear to harm American National interests." - Bob Tyrrell

"In the United States national security interests to have a working relationship with Russia." - Katrina vanden Heuvel

"How can a country that is impoverished, humiliated and beaten defend its national interests?" - Ivica Dacic

"National languages are all huge systems of vested interests which sullenly resist critical inquiry." - Edward Sapir

"We pay a price when special interests win out over the collective national interest." - Chris Christie

"Diplomacy has been exhausted .. Continued instability in the Balkans threatens important U.S. national interests,." - Tom Daschle

"The predominant yardstick of your government is not human rights but national interests." - Breyten Breytenbach

"What we have to do is to find a solution that the interests of the national teams are respecting the interests of the clubs. And also the clubs they shall respect the interests and the aspirations of national teams." - Sepp Blatter

"Let's remember that the reason we are there is that we have vital interests in Afghanistan, hugely important national interests, as do the other countries involved." - David Petraeus

"As policy makers, our interest isn't necessarily the narrow interests of specific corporations but the national security interests of the United States." - Carlos Curbelo

"It is in the national interest to have the Flying Kangaroo. It's in the interests of our tourism industry. It's in the interests of jobs here in Australia." - Anthony Albanese

"They're still a subject beholden to special interests, but at least they have a national constituency. At least they have to think about national majorities." - Mark Shields

"All of Britain's aid is spent in Britain's national interests, and some of it contributes to Britain's national security as well." - Andrew Mitchell

""Don't you want to abolish state power?" Yes, we do, but not right now. We cannot do it yet. Why? Because imperialism still exists, because domestic reaction still exists, because classes still exist in our country. Our present task is to strengthen the people's state apparatus - mainly the people's army, the people's police and the people's courts - in order to consolidate national defense and protect the people's interests." - Mao Zedong

"The "progressives" who today masquerade as "liberals" may rant against "fascism"; yet it is their policy that paves the way for Hitlerism. Nothing could have been more helpful to the success of the National-Socialist (Nazi) movement than the methods used by the "progressives," denouncing Nazism as a party serving the interests of "capital." The German workers knew this tactic too well to be deceived by it again." - Ludwig Von Mises

"I was standing next to a famed geo-politician when the first news of the Argentine attack [on the Faulkland Islands] was received, and heard him muse incredulously: "An old-fashioned naval battle. A war between two civilized nations, perhaps with even a declaration of war, and later a peace conference. Wow." No hostages, no nukes, no ideologies, no religious fanaticism; just a fair-and-square war over national interests - hard to believe, in this day and age." - William Safire

"I simply cannot see how denying chemotherapy treatment for Palestinian children increases Israel's security or advances U.S. national interests." - Lois Capps

"Everybody pursues their national interests. The only one who gets blamed for it is the United States." - John Bolton

"Accepting money from the federal government to conduct research places academic inquiry in the service of national interests." - Jill Lepore

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

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

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

"Consumerism is our national religion." - Jennifer Stone

"The national interest is predetermined by geopolitics or the history of a country. Important political leaders never just followed their interests - they were concerned about the interests of their people." - Joseph Nye

"The reputation of those countries which cater to the foreign policy interests of other states at the expense of their own national interests will go down regardless of how they explain their actions." - Vladimir Putin

"Well, Australians should speak for the national interests of Australia, and whatever role former Australian prime ministers may have, one of the things you do is speak frankly about the country as you see the country's best interests, you know?" - Paul Keating

"We must recognize that as the dominant power in the world we have a special responsibility. In addition to protecting our national interests, we must take the leadership in protecting the common interests of humanity." - George Soros

"I've found him to be a disappointment. Wonderful speech in Egypt, and good intentions aside, foreign policy needs to be firmly grounded in reality, and understanding of a sort of chaos theory...[that is to say] it needs to be part good intention, part political intelligence, and part political savvy and knowledge of international interests and national burdens. President Obama has been extremely short-sighted in this sense, and if he fails, it will be a tragic blow for peaceniks and multilateralists the world over, and a manna from heaven for the Republican party." - Munir Butt

"But having made my decision as Commander-in-Chief based on what I am convinced is our national security interests, I'm also mindful that I'm the President of the world's oldest constitutional democracy. I've long believed that our power is rooted not just in our military might, but in our example as a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. And that's why I've made a second decision: I will seek authorization for the use of force from the American people's representatives in Congress." - Barack Obama

"Today's meeting was extremely important and brought exceptional results, ... The talks have shown that the long-term national and geopolitical interests of Russia and India coincide." - Vladimir Putin

"The Federal Constitution forms a happy combination in this respect; the great and aggregate interests being referred to the national, the local and particular, to the state legislatures." - James Madison

"If you look at military and intelligence positions from the 1950s, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has always been against American national interests." - Abdallah II

"If we topple [Bashar] Assad, the result will be ISIS will take over Syria, and it will worsen U.S. national security interests." - Ted Cruz

"We have made mistakes! We were too late. If we had presented our national interests more clearly from the beginning, the world would still be in balance today." - Vladimir Putin

"After September 11, the European governments have completely failed. They are incapable of seeing beyond their own national scope of interests." - Jurgen Habermas

"The corporation was originally conceived as a public institution whose purpose was to serve national interests and advance the public good." - Joel Bakan

"Pakistan has not recognized Israel... any such decision would be taken in supreme national interests after due consultation of the parliament." - Shaukat Aziz

"If you look at military and intelligence positions from the 1950s, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has always been against American national interests." - Abdallah Ii Of Jordan

"Investing in women's lives is an investment in sustainable development, in human rights, in future generations - and consequently in our own long-term national interests." - Liya Kebede

"Human dignity is independent of national borders. We must always defend the interests of the poor and the persecuted in other countries." - Kjell Magne Bondevik

"I have strong interests in supporting sport, primarily football, and also in developing cultural relationships within national communities and their diasporas, with special reference to Ethiopia." - Mohammed Hussein Al Amoud

"When the commander-in-chief sends Americans to fight and die, it should be only to protect our vital national interests, not for his own personal, political gain." - Kathleen Troia Mcfarland

"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

"We are ready to engage in international co-operation against terrorism with a view to safeguarding national interests and regional security and stability." - Li Peng

"Do not compromise on national security for purely budgetary reasons. The world is dangerous, and we must always be prepared for anything that might threaten our national interests and security." - Sanford Bishop

"There is no national science, just as there is no national multiplication table; what is national is no longer science." - Anton Chekhov

"Despite all the noise and hullabaloo - military cooperation, intelligence cooperation, all of that has continued. We have defended them consistently in every imaginable way. But I also believe that both for our national interests and Israel's national interests that allowing an ongoing conflict between Israelis and Palestinians that could get worse and worse over time is a problem. And that settlements contribute." - Barack Obama

"I hope President [Hamid] Karzai understands that our national security interests don't depend entirely on his decision there whether to allow a recount. Obviously the legitimacy of that government is an important component of it. My point is it shouldn't be the lynch pin for us deciding whether we're going to protect our national security interests in that region." - Rahm Emanuel

"The happy ending is our national belief." - Mary Mccarthy

"Religion is no more national than conscience." - Victor de Riqueti, marquis de Mirabeau

"Culture Clash is a national treasure." - Philip Kan Gotanda

"National enthusiasm is the nursery of genius." - Henry Tuckerman

"We in the United States are very often - since we are a democracy and we have national interests, we've often made the mistake that a democracy has to adopt America's interests, and that is a contradiction because a democracy basically is people deciding what their interests are." - George Soros

"The notion that the UN is some sort of dispassionate body that, does right and just pursues everybody's best interests is a fantasy. Each individual nation will be pursuing their best interests. That's the normal behavior of nation-states. It shouldn't surprise us, but neither should we go to them for permission to do what's in our national interests." - Mona Charen

"Our government, National and State, must be freed from the sinister influence or control of special interests. Exactly as the special interests of cotton and slavery threatened our political integrity before the Civil War, so now the great special business interests too often control and corrupt the men and methods of government for their own profit. We must drive the special interests out of politics." - Theodore Roosevelt

"Power lacks moral or principles. It only has interests." - Horacio Castellanos Moya

"Democracy is always harmful to elite interests. Almost by definition." - Noam Chomsky

"As our self-interests differ, so do our feelings." - Pierre Corneille

"NDA not only stands for National Democratic Alliance but is also the National Development Alliance." - Narendra Modi

"Politicians and corporations have always placed economic interests above moral interests. This is now hurting the entire planet." - Marianne Thieme

"The United States should.... avoid unilateral export controls and controls on technology widely available in world markets. Unilateral controls penalize U.S. exporters without advancing U.S. national security or foreign policy interests." - William J Clinton

"Patriotism, red hot, is compatible with the existence of a neglect of national interests, a dishonesty, a cold indifference to the suffering of millions. Patriotism is largely pride, and very largely combativeness. Patriotism generally has a chip on its shoulder." - Charlotte Perkins Gilman

"A government, the constitution of which renders it unfit to be trusted with all the powers which a free people ought to delegate to any government, would be an unsafe and improper depositary of the NATIONAL INTERESTS." - Alexander Hamilton

"I believe we should continue to have a partnership of national states each retaining the right to protect its vital interests, but developing more effectively than at present the habit of working together." - Margaret Thatcher

"I am proposing a new foreign policy focused on advancing America's core national interests - so important - promoting regional stability, and producing and easing the tensions within our very troubled world." - Donald Trump

"However, personally, I see this as not having the right to abuse this trust [among the citizens of Russia and Japan], and any decision we reach should correspond to the national interests of the Russian Federation." - Vladimir Putin

"There is no regard for human lives, or local national interests. It is because the West, despite its hypocritical rhetoric (political correctness) does not really consider non-whites and non-Christians as human beings." - Andre Vltchek

"Milosevic did not die in The Hague - he was killed in The Hague. But, he had managed to defend the national and state interests of Serbia and the Serb people, and everybody should be grateful to him for that." - Ivica Dacic

"A healthy and fully functioning society must allocate its resources among a variety of competing interests, all of which are more or less valid but none of which should take precedence over national security." - Herman Kahn

"I remain committed to a balanced policy, which will protect our national interests both on our eastern border - I mean with Russia - and of course with the European Union." - Viktor Yanukovych

"When I handed over the names and compromised so many CIA agents in the Soviet Union, I had come to the conclusion that the loss of these sources to the U.S. would not compromise significant national defense, political, diplomatic interests." - Aldrich Ames

"If you look at the history of broadcasting, what you find is the National Association of Broadcasters is a trade association whose mission is to protect the interests of the commercial broadcasters." - Robert Mcchesney

"The bottom line is these techniques have hurt our image around the world, the damage they have done to our interests far outweighed whatever benefit they gave us and they are not essential to our national security." - Dennis C Blair

"If you look at the history of broadcasting, what you find is the National Association of Broadcasters is a trade association whose mission is to protect the interests of the commercial broadcasters." - Robert Waterman McChesney

"Going to war is a serious matter. And it should be done very carefully and deliberately with clear national interests at stake before the United States or our Commander-in-Chief acts." - Joe Pitts

"I think that's the main threat in Bosnia and Rwanda and Zaire. There doesn't seem to be much willingness to engage these problems unless they directly affect national security interests." - John Pomfret

"Last year, customs officials screened only five percent of the 11 million cargo containers entering the United States. That rate is both unacceptable and dangerous to our national and economic interests." - Allyson Schwartz

"President Obama, like every other leader on Earth, is still going to be looking out for national and economic interests. States don't cease to be states overnight just because they get a great visionary as their new president." - Samantha Power

"My fundamental interests are to preserve the good name and standing of this Australian Labor Party and to act in the national interest on behalf of the Australian Government." - Kevin Rudd

"In China, national priorities are established by the Government and then funded by the state; in India, priorities emerge from seemingly endless discussions and arguments amongst myriad interests, and funds have to be found where they might." - Shashi Tharoor

"I helped make Mexico, especially Tampico, safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in." - Smedley Butler

"American national security and American economic interests, of course - every president, every secretary of state - that is the primary goal. As you are in this job and in the work, you begin to see, though, that in the long run, both American economic interests and American national security are better served when there are other decent countries in the world who are both your allies and even when your adversaries are acting more decently." - Condoleezza Rice

"Protestantism as such is a better defender of the interests of Germanism, in so far as this is grounded in its genesis and later tradition; it fails, however, in the moment when this defense of national interests must take place in a province which is either absent from the general line of its ideological world and traditional development, or is for some reason rejected." - Adolf Hitler

"Yet this is a truth people so easily seem to forget and begin to prize local, sectional or provincial interests above and regardless of the national interests. It naturally pains me to find the curse of provincialism holding sway over any section of Pakistan. Pakistan must be rid of this evil." - Muhammad Ali Jinnah

"So, the point I'm making is, we are not going to cut spending in Washington if we think it's the job of every congressman and senator is to pave local parking lots and build local sewer plants. These parochial interests are getting in the way of the national interests." - Jim Demint

"There's no question that the US is engaged in economic spying. If there's information at Siemens that they think would be beneficial to the national interests, not the national security of the United States, they'll go after that information and they'll take it." - Edward Snowden

"In a situation where many national leaders do the same thing and look out for national interests, and with an issue like global warming, you're likely to get no solution, so I think you have to have some kind of ethical trump on some of those issues." - Peter Singer

"Communists have always viewed the national question through the prism of the class struggle, believing that its solution has to be subordinated to the interests of the Revolution, to the interests of socialism. That is why Communists and all fighters for socialism believe that the main aspect of the national question is unification of the working people, regardless of their national origin, in the common struggle against every type of oppression, and for a new social system which rules out exploitation of the working people." - Leonid Brezhnev

"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

"Patriotism is the vital condition of national permanence." - George William Curtis

"The university is the last remaining platform for national dissent." - Leon Eisenberg

"Whoever wants to understand National Socialist Germany must know Wagner." - Adolf Hitler

"FC Barcelona is the national team of Catalonia" - Carles Puyol

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

"National security is the fig leaf against freedom of information." - Ralph Nader

"The dead soldier's silence sings our national anthem." - Aaron Kilbourn

"Philanthropic colonization is a failure. National colonization will succeed." - Theodor Herzl

"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

"The jelly-bean eating thug says that national defense is important. But national defense starts at home." - Dick Gregory

"National isolation breeds national neurosis." - Hubert Humphrey

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

"We have not eternal allies and we have not perpetual enemies. Our interests are eternal and peretual and those interests it is out duty to follow." - Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston

"It is a luxury to put our interests first. It is an honor to put the interests of others before our own." - Simon Sinek

"Guilt can prevent us from setting the boundaries that would be in our best interests, and in other peoples best interests." - Melody Beattie

"My position is that the rate should align with the level of economic development. Because it is always about a balance, a balance of interests, and it should reflect this balance. A balance between those who sell something across the border and those who benefit from a low rate, as well as a balance between the interests of those who buy, who need the rate to be higher. A balance between national producers, for example, agricultural producers who are interested in it." - Vladimir Putin

"A world of vested interests is not a world which welcomes the disruptive force of candor." - Agnes Repplier

"Fascism accepts the individual only insofar as his interests coincide with the state's." - Benito Mussolini

"Treaties are observed as long as they are in harmony with interests." - Napoleon Bonaparte

"Each day can be one of triumph if you keep up your interests." - George Matthew Adams

"Death is half disarmed when the pleasures and interests of the flesh are first denied." - Richard Baxter

"True friends... face in the same direction, toward common projects, interests, goals." - C S Lewis

"Familiarity is the root of the closest friendships, as well as the interests hatreds." - Antoine Rivarol

"People are much more fascinated by your interests than they are by your opinions." - Arlene Francis

"Jarring interests of themselves create the according music of a well-mixed state." - Alexander Pope

"Shared interests are great, but not essential. Shared emotional states are what you're after." - Max Weiss

"When you start attacking cronyism and peoples political interests, it gets nasty." - Charles Koch

"Refusing to deal with numbers rarely serves the interests of the least well-off." - Thomas Piketty

"It is a happy coincidence between what my constituents believe and my interests." - Jay Inslee

"Whatever interests is interesting." - William Hazlitt

"Don't consider our interests or desires. You have no duty to anyone but yourself." - Ayn Rand

"True leadership is servanthood. Put the interests of others at the center of your decisions." - Dave Ramsey

"A liberal is a person whose interests aren't at stake at the moment." - Willis Player

"A world of vested interests is not a world which welcomes the disruptive force of candour." - Agnes Repplier

"What really interests me is whether God had any choice in the creation of the World." - Albert Einstein

"Everything interests me." - Richard Powers

"At some point, deliberation begins to look more like indecisiveness which then becomes a way of emboldening our enemies and allies and causing our allies to question our resolve. So we shouldn't let one component of this determine our national security here which depends on providing an Afghanistan which denies a safe haven to terrorists as well as stabilizing Pakistan. Those are our two national security interests at stake in Afghanistan." - Rahm Emanuel

"The problem we have had on the budget all along is a lack of adult supervision on the part of the White House. You can't blame members of Congress for looking out for their parochial interests. It is the president's responsibility to look out for the national interest." - Bruce Bartlett

"With calm, knowledgeable precision, Daniel Ziblatt wades into the adjacent swamps of federalism and nineteenth-century European history, emerging with hands full of gems. Beneath the tangle of great statesmen and national culture he discovers conflicting regional political interests, sharp regional variations in political capacity, fearful defenses against excessive democracy, coercive conquest of weak states, and unintended consequences galore. Read, think, and learn." - Charles Tilly

"We can't build a safer world with honorable intentions and good will alone. Achieving the fundamental goals our nation seeks in world affairs - peace, human rights, economics progress national independence and international stability - means supporting our friends and defending our interests." - Ronald Reagan

"The tendency of a national bank is to increase public and private credit. The former gives power to the state, for the protection of its rights and interests: and the latter facilitates and extends the operations of commerce among individuals. Industry is increased, commodities are multiplied, agriculture and manufacturers flourish: and herein consists the true wealth and prosperity of a state." - Alexander Hamilton

"First, we must continually reaffirm the principle that the security of the United States is not, and should never be, a partisan matter. The United States can best defend its national security interests abroad by uniting behind a bipartisan security policy at home." - William Cohen

"Today, it is imperative to end this hysteria, to refute the rhetoric of the Cold War and to accept the obvious fact: Russia is an independent, active participant in international affairs. Like other countries, it has its own national interests that need to be taken into account and respected." - Vladimir Putin

"Cap and trade generates special interests, lobbyists, and trading schemes, yielding non-productive millionaires, all at public expense. The public is fed up with such business. Tax with 100% dividend, in contrast, would spur our economy, while aiding the disadvantaged, the climate, and our national security." - James Hansen

"Palestine must be built up without violating the legitimate interests of the Arabs.. Palestine is not Rhodesia... 600,0000 Arabs live there, who before the sense of justice of the world have exactly the same rights to their homes as we have to our National Home." - Chaim Weizmann

"What America first means is we put the national interests of the United States and the well-being of our own country and our own people first. Our foreign policy, first and foremost, should be focused on the defense of American freedom, security and rights." - Pat Buchanan

"Ultimately, we didn't go to Germany to create a democracy. We went to overthrow Adolf Hitler. But once a democracy was there, Germany was a much bigger supporter of and help to our national interests, both economic and security than had ever been before." - Condoleezza Rice

"It should never be the goal of U.S. foreign policy towards any country to have a - quote, unquote - "good relation." Then what? What do we get out of that? We get - Trump is helping the approval ratings amongst Russians. How does that advance American national security interests?" - Michael McFaul

"NATO is in our national security interests. And, yes, we pay a lot for it, but, when we had Afghanistan, NATO troops were by our side from almost all of the NATO members. And they put their life and treasure on the line for us." - James Franklin Jeffrey

"The U.S. has and still is cooperating with various military dictatorships around the world. Obviously we would prefer to see them democratized, but we are doing it because we have national interests, whether it's working with Pakistan on Afghanistan or whatever." - Samuel P Huntington



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