To reform a world, to reform a nation, no wise man will undertake; and all but foolish men know, that the only solid, though a far slower reformation, is what each begins and perfects on himself.
Unless a nation’s life faces peril, war is murder.
One of the things that has made America exceptional – compared to other crisis-prone and class-conflicted countries – is that it has long enjoyed a benefit no other modern nation in the world could claim: the ability to engage in ceaseless, endless movement outward.
The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be… The nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists.
Every nation ridicules other nations, and all are right.
I am one year older than Nigeria at 51. In a human life, 51 might be old. But it is very young for a nation. By that, I mean a Nigeria conscious of itself as a nation.
But when I reintroduced the Nation of Islam, and began to host meetings in cities and thousands and thousands of people come out.
A man may devote himself to death and destruction to save a nation; but no nation will devote itself to death and destruction to save mankind.
A nation may lose its liberties in a day and not miss them in a century.
In wartime we identify ourselves with the nation, and its interests are the interests of our primal selves.