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It began in mystery, and it will end in mystery, but what a savage and beautiful country lies in between.

Diane Ackerman (1948-?) American poet, writer and naturalist.

Colonies do not cease to be colonies because they are independent.

Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881) British politician and author.

Shall we then judge a country by the majority, or by the minority? By the minority, surely. 'Tis pedantry to estimate nations by the census, or by square miles of land, or other than by their importance to the mind of the time.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) U.S. poet, essayist and lecturer.

The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.

Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) Preeminent leader of Indian nationalism.