Motherland or fatherland. Here are some proverbs and quotes about countries, states and nations.

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Burn down your cities and leave our farms, and your cities will spring up again as if by magic; but destroy our farms and the grass will grow in the streets of every city in the country.
William Jennings Bryan

Cultivators of the earth are the most valuable citizens. They are the most vigorous, the most independent, the most virtuous and they are tied to their country and wedded to its liberty and interests by the most lasting bands.
Thomas Jefferson

England and America are two countries separated by the same language.
George Bernard Shaw

He spoke, and there came swarms of flies, and gnats throughout their country.
Source: Psalms 105:31

How can you govern a country which has 246 varieties of cheese?
Charles de Gaulle

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

I have always said there is only one thing that can bring our nation down - our dependence on foreign countries for food and energy. Agriculture is the backbone of our economy.
John Salazar

I know of no pursuit in which more real and important services can be rendered to any country than by improving its agriculture, its breed of useful animals, and other branches of a husbandman's cares.
George Washington

If you had to choose a moment in history to be born, and you did not know ahead of time who you would be -- you didn't know whether you were going to be born into a wealthy family or a poor family, what country you'd be born, whether you were going to be a man or a woman -- if you had to choose blindly what moment you'd want to be born you'd choose now.
Barack Obama

If you think the only people you should have in your country are the people you produce yourselves, you are an idiot.
Bill Bryson
Source: The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain

In a flat country a hillock thinks itself a mountain.

In cities no one is quiet but many are lonely; in the country, people are quiet but few are lonely.
Geoffrey F. Fisher

Killing for ideas is the most dangerous form of killing at all. Being willing to die for your ideas rather than your country is another concept, but dying for an idea, like in religion, is absurd.
Mick Jagger

Nationalism is an infantile thing. It is the measles of mankind.
Albert Einstein

No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half its citizens.
Michelle Obama

No country can really develop unless its citizens are educated.
Nelson Mandela

No one is born a good citizen; no nation is born a democracy. Rather, both are processes that continue to evolve over a lifetime. Young people must be included from birth. A society that cuts off from its youth severs its lifeline.
Kofi Annan

One tiny insect may be enough to destroy a country.

Science, the partisan of no country, but the beneficent patroness of all, has liberally opened a temple where all may meet.
Thomas Paine

The entire country is a kind of saturated sponge.
Mary Mapes Dodge

The greatest service which can be rendered any country is to add a useful plant to its agriculture.
Thomas Jefferson

The leaves fall, the wind blows, and the farm country slowly changes from the summer cottons into its winter wools.
Henry Beston

The nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.
Lesley P. Hartley

To other countries, I may go as a tourist, but to India, I come as a pilgrim.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.
Aldous Huxley

We used to be a nation of farmers, but now it's less than two percent of the population in the United States. So a lot of us don't know a lot about what it takes to grow food.

When nations grow old, the arts grow cold, and commerce settles on every tree.
William Blake

Whoever makes two ears of corn, or two blades of grass to grow where only one grew before, deserves better of mankind, and does more essential service to his country than the whole race of politicians put together.
Jonathan Swift

You've got to vote, vote, vote, vote. That's it; that's the way we move forward. That's how we make progress for ourselves and for our country.
Michelle Obama

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