Nichols: “How would you describe the vital principle of Pakistan?"
Jinnah: “In five words: The Muslims are a nation."
Nichols: “When you say the Muslims are a nation, are you thinking in terms of religion?"
Jinnah: “Partly, but by no means exclusively. I am thinking in terms of life, of everything important in life. You must remember that Islam is not merely a religious doctrine but a realistic and practical code of conduct. I am thinking in terms of our history, our heroes, our art, our architecture, our music, our laws, our jurisprudence...In all these things, our outlook is not only fundamentally different but often radically antagonistic to the Hindus. We are different beings. There is nothing in life which links us together. Our names, our clothes, our foods - they are all different; our economic life, our educational ideas, our treatment of women, our attitude to animals...we challenge each other at every point of the compass."
- Mirza, Sarfaraz Hussain (ed.), We are a Nation: Excerpts from the Speeches and Statements of Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah (1937-1947) , Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust, Lahore, 2010, pp. 58-59
- The Nation's Voice, Vol. III, pp. 370-373
- Nichols, Beverly, Verdict on India, London, 1944, pp. 189-194