„Italy is only a geographical expression.“

— Klemens Wenzel von Metternich, Astarita, Tommaso (2000). Between Salt Water And Holy Water: A History Of Southern Italy. p. 264.
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„But ‘India is just a geographical expression!’“

— Arun Shourie Indian journalist and politician 1941
Context: Caste is real. The working class is real. Being a Naga is real. But ‘India is just a geographical expression!’ Similarly, being a Muslim of course is real – Islam must be seen and talked of as one block of granite –... But Hinduism? Why, there is no such thing: it is just an aggregation, a pile of assorted beliefs and practices –... And anyone who maintains anything to the contrary is a fascist out to insinuate a unity, indeed to impose a uniformity, where there has been none. That is what our progressive ideologues declaim, as we have seen. In a word, the parts alone are real. The whole is just a construct. India has never been one, these ideologues insist – disparate peoples and regions were knocked together by the Aryans, by the Mughals, by the British for purposes of empire. Anyone who wants to use that construct – India – as the benchmark for determining the sort of structure under which we should live has a secret agenda – of enforcing Hindu hegemony. This is the continuance of, in a sense the culmination of, the Macaulay-Missionary technique. The British calculated that to subjugate India and hold it, they must undermine the essence of the people: this was Hinduism, and everything which flowed from it. Hence the doggedness with which they set about to undermine the faith and regard of the people for five entities: the gods and goddesses the Hindus revered; the temples and idols in which they were enshrined; the texts they held sacred; the language in which those texts and everything sacred in that tradition was enshrined and which was even in mid-nineteenth-century the lingua franca – that is, Sanskrit; and the group whose special duty it had been over aeons to preserve that way of life – the Brahmins. The other component of the same exercise was to prop up the parts – the non-Hindus, the regional languages, the castes and groups which they calculated would be the most accessible to the missionaries and the empire – the innocent tribals, the untouchables.

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„The tone in which an Englishman expresses anger would, in Italy, be only a mark of surprise.“

— Étienne Bonnot de Condillac French academic 1715 - 1780
As quoted in David Booth, The principles of English composition (1831), p. 8.

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„There is no America and there is no England, and no France, and no Italy. There is only the earth.“

— William Saroyan American writer 1908 - 1981
Context: There is a small area of land in Asia Minor that is called Armenia, but it is not so. It is not Armenia. It is a place. There are only Armenians, and they inhabit the earth, not Armenia, since there is no Armenia. There is no America and there is no England, and no France, and no Italy. There is only the earth.

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„Sin is geographical.“

— Bertrand Russell logician, one of the first analytic philosophers and political activist 1872 - 1970

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„In this shrinking world, it is futile to seek safety behind geographical barriers. Real security will be found only in law and in justice.“

— Harry Truman American politician, 33rd president of the United States (in office from 1945 to 1953) 1884 - 1972
Context: In this shrinking world, it is futile to seek safety behind geographical barriers. Real security will be found only in law and in justice. Here in America, we have labored long and hard to achieve a social order worthy of our great heritage. In our time, tremendous progress has been made toward a really democratic way of life. Let me assure the forward-looking people of America that there will be no relaxation in our efforts to improve the lot of the common people.

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„Here was our only conquest: all we asked of Italy was enough of her soil in which to bury our gallant dead.“

— Mark W. Clark American general 1896 - 1984
Context: On Memorial Day we visited the American cemetery at Anzio and saw the curving rows of white crosses that spoke eloquently of the price that America and her Allies had paid for the liberation of Italy. If ever proof were needed that we fought for a cause and not for conquest, it could be found in these cemeteries. Here was our only conquest: all we asked of Italy was enough of her soil in which to bury our gallant dead. p. 6

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„If you are what you ought to be, you will set fire to all Italy, and not only yonder.“

— Catherine of Siena Italian Dominican saint 1347 - 1380
Context: If you are what you ought to be, you will set fire to all Italy, and not only yonder. (Letter 368 to Stefano Maconi) https://books.google.com/books?id=LWNjf0Z4lyQC&pg=PA305&lpg=PA305&dq=%22If+you+are+what+you+ought+to+be,+you+will+set+fire+to+all+Italy,+and+not+only+yonder%22&source=bl&ots=6tw9wgS_zN&sig=5LhhXLw-1e1UzxXkUVoRnmMncdM&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjjxcDfzuPJAhVPw2MKHcPYCiwQ6AEIKTAC#v=onepage&q=%22If%20you%20are%20what%20you%20ought%20to%20be%2C%20you%20will%20set%20fire%20to%20all%20Italy%2C%20and%20not%20only%20yonder%22&f=false Original Italian: Se sarete quello che dovete essere, metterete fuoco in tutta Italia, non tanto costì. https://books.google.com/books?id=KX8Nu_SRy7wC&pg=PA461&dq=Se+sarete+quello+che+dovete+essere,+metterete+fuoco+in+tutta+Italia,+non+tanto+costi.&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi55pmdzuPJAhUU3GMKHY8OBCUQ6AEIHDAA#v=onepage&q=%22Se%20sarete%20quello%20che%20dovete%20essere%2C%20metterete%20fuoco%20in%20tutta%20Italia%2C%20non%20tanto%20costi.%22&f=false Variant versions: If you are what you should be, you will set the whole world on fire! If you are what you should be, you will set the whole world ablaze! As quoted by Pope John Paul II in | an address to the Regnum Christi Movement and the Legionaries of Christ (4 January 2001) http://w2.vatican.va/content/john-paul-ii/en/speeches/2001/january/documents/hf_jp-ii_spe_20010104_legionari-cristo.html Also as quoted by Pope John Paul II in | The Closing Homily at World Youth Day, Tor Vergata, (Sunday 20 August 2000) http://w2.vatican.va/content/john-paul-ii/en/homilies/2000/documents/hf_jp-ii_hom_20000820_gmg.html Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire. As quoted by Bishop Richard Chartres in his sermon to the Royal Wedding congregation at Westminster Abbey (29 April 2011)

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„Rosa Luxemburg maintained that the capitalist system can keep up its rate of investment (and therefore its profits) only so long as it is expanding geographically.“

— Joan Robinson English economist 1903 - 1983
Chapter III, Interest and Profits, p. 50 (confer Karl Marx, Das Kapital, Buch II, Chapter XX, p. 474)

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„Morality knows nothing of geographical boundaries, or distinctions of race.“

— Herbert Spencer English philosopher, biologist, sociologist, and prominent classical liberal political theorist 1820 - 1903
Pt. IV, Ch. 30 : General Considerations

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Umberto Boccioni photo

„To the Young Artists of Italy!
The cry of rebellion that we launch, linking our ideals with those of the Futurist poets, does not originate in an aesthetic clique. It expresses the violent desire that stirs in the veins of every creative artist today.“

— Umberto Boccioni Italian painter and sculptor 1882 - 1916
Original text: Agli artisti giovani d'Italia! Il grido di ribellione che noi lanciamo, associando i nostri ideali a quelli dei poeti futuristi, non parte già da una chiesuola estetica, ma esprime il violento desiderio che ribolle oggi nelle vene di ogni artista creatore. p. 24: Lead paragraph

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„In Italy, comrades, in Italy there was but a Socialist able enough to lead the people through a revolutionary path, Benito Mussolini.“

— Vladimir Lenin Russian politician, led the October Revolution 1870 - 1924
As quoted in Revolutionary Fascism, Erik Norling, Lisbon, Finis Mundi Press (2011) p. 28. Lenin express this to Nicola Bombacci during a reception in the Kremlin.

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„It is precisely the immediate and thorough eradication of the Jews in Italy which is the special interest of the present internal political situation and the general security in Italy.“

— Ernst Kaltenbrunner Austrian-born senior official of Nazi Germany executed for war crimes 1903 - 1946
To Herbert Kappler, October 11. Quoted in "The Battle for Rome" - Page 77 - by Robert Katz - History - 2003

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