Our homeland in a sense is a land filled with lush valleys, tall mountains and rivers and lakes that in history has been repeatedly violated by different invaders but still it has risen.

But we also have another homeland, a homeland where Roudaki played Chang in it, Ferdowsi talked about the knowledge and heroics of our warriors, Khayyam talked about how humans are lost and Abu Saeed and Nezami and Saadi and Molavi and Hafez, with incredible mastery talked about fine details of human psyche, like love. You can save this nation from invasion and accidents.

This is my homeland, my homeland is the Persian language.

—  Ehsan Yarshater, eminent Iranologist in an interview with Mandana Zandian on Iran.