„My country is the Portuguese language.“

—  José Saramago, Misattributed, Fernando Pessoa (as Bernardo Soares), in The Book of Disquiet (1982)
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—  Clifford Odets Playwright, screenwriter, director, actor 1906 - 1963
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„One does not inhabit a country; one inhabits a language. That is our country, our fatherland — and no other.“

—  Emil M. Cioran Romanian philosopher and essayist 1911 - 1995
Anathemas and Admirations (1987), Variant translation: We inhabit a language rather than a country.

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„The United States and Great Britain are two countries separated by a common language.“

—  George Bernard Shaw Irish playwright 1856 - 1950
Misattributed, Widely attributed to Shaw begin31 (187ning in the 1940s, esp. after appearing in the November 1942 Reader’s Digest, the quotation is actually a variant of "Indeed, in many respects, she [Mrs. Otis] was quite English, and was an excellent example of the fact that we have really everything in common with America nowadays, except, of course, language" from Oscar Wilde's 1887 short story "The Canterville Ghost". Variant: The English and the Americans are two peoples divided by a common language.

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„The best way to learn a language may be an episode of jail in a foreign country.“

—  Nassim Nicholas Taleb, livro Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder
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„They certainly are not great writers, but they speak their country's language and they make themselves heard.“

—  Alexis De Tocqueville, livro Da Democracia na América
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„Look, my friend. I don't speak the language here, I've got no money, the food stinks, there's no rice, no beans. I'd rather be arrested in Brazil than stay in this dump of a country.“

—  Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva Brazilian politician, 35th president of Brazil 1945
Lula da Silva (1975), Cited in: Emir Sader, ‎Ken Silverstein (1991) Without Fear of Being Happy. p. 41 After being advised to stay in the United States when his brother was arrested in Brazil as a communist subversive.

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„I will set a policy goal next year to make Taiwan a bilingual country, with English and Chinese being its official languages.“

—  William Lai Taiwanese politician 1959
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„We love our language and our country, and we are doing our very utmost to raise her“

—  Vladimir Lenin Russian politician, led the October Revolution 1870 - 1924
1910s, Context: Is a sense of national pride alien to us, Great-Russian class-conscious proletarians? Certainly not! We love our language and our country, and we are doing our very utmost to raise her toiling masses (i. e., ninth-tenths of her population) to the level of a democratic and socialist consciousness. To us it is most painful to see and feel the outrages, the oppression an the humiliation our fair country suffers at the hands of the tsar's butchers, the nobles and the capitalists. The War and Russian Social-Democracy (September 1917), The Lenin Anthology

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„I may not have a country with boundaries, but my country is in me. My country is in my soul and in my heart. I am Assyria.“

—  Rosie Malek-Yonan Assyrian actress, author, director, public figure and human rights activist 1965
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„Oh my country! How I love my country!“

—  William Pitt the Younger British politician 1759 - 1806
Last words. Lord Stanhope, Life of the Right Honourable William Pitt https://archive.org/stream/liferighthonour04stangoog/liferighthonour04stangoog_djvu.txt Lord Rosebery reports it as "my country! how I leave my country!" in Pitt https://archive.org/stream/pittrose00roseuoft/pittrose00roseuoft_djvu.txt (London: Macmillan, 1891), and attributes "O my country! How I love my country!" to Benjamin Disraeli. See also Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, pg 456.

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