... every one is as their land is, as the climate is, as the mountains and the rivers or their oceans are as the wind and rain and snow and ice and heat and moisture is, they just are and that makes them have their way to eat their way to drink their way to act their way to think and their way to be subtle, and even if the lines of demarcation are only made with a ruler after all what is inside those right angles is different from those on the outside of those right angles, any American knows that.
Gertrude Stein (1874–1946), U.S. author; relocated to France. Wars I Have Seen (1945).
Written in occupied France in 1944, during World War II. Stein was finding that she missed the United States, where she had been born, raised, and educated, and where she still maintained citizenship, though she had long ago resettled permanently in France.