State commonly refers to either the present condition of a system or entity, or to a governed entity (such as a country) or sub-entity (such as an autonomous territory of a country).
Famous quotes containing the word state:
“The human race is yet in its infancyno, not infancy; infancy is innocent and sweetit is in its ugly boyhood, half way between the child and the manin a state of semi-barbarism.”
—Anonymous, U.S. magazine contributor. Herald of Progress (no dates available)
“To the rulers of the state then, if to any, it belongs of right to use falsehood, to deceive either enemies or their own citizens, for the good of the state: and no one else may meddle with this privilege.”
—Plato (c. 427347 B.C.)
“Thus we steadily worship Mammon, both school and state and church, and on the seventh day curse God with a tintamar from one end of the Union to the other.”
—Henry David Thoreau (18171862)