Our great modern Republic.

"Our great modern Republic. May those who seek the blessings of its institutions and the protection of its flag remember the obligations they impose."

-- Ulysses S. Grant

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Men love their country...

"Men love their country, not because it is great, but because it is their own."

-- Seneca

Any writer, I suppose...

"Any writer, I suppose, feels that the world into which he was born is nothing less than a conspiracy against the cultivation of his talent."

--James A. Baldwin

Life is so unlike theory.

"Life is so unlike theory."

-- Anthony Trollope, Phineas Finn, 1869

All who are not lunatics...

"All who are not lunatics are agreed about certain things. That it is better to be alive than dead, better to be adequately fed than starved, better to be free than a slave. Many people desire those things only for themselves and their friends; they are quite content that their enemies should suffer. These people can be refuted by science: Humankind has become so much one family that we cannot insure our own prosperity except by insuring that of everyone else. If you wish to be happy yourself, you must resign yourself to seeing others also happy."

-- Bertrand Russell

C.S. Lewis on 'the educated reader'

"Why you fool, it's the educated reader who can be gulled. All our difficulty comes with the others. When did you meet a workman who believes the papers? He takes it for granted that they're all propaganda and skips the leading articles. He buys his paper for the football results and the little paragraphs about girls falling out of windows and corpses found in Mayfair flats. He is our problem. We have to recondition him. But the educated public, the people who read the highbrow weeklies, don't need reconditioning. They're alright already. They'll believe anything."

-- C.S. Lewis

We're all mad here.

Alice: But I don't want to go among mad people.
The Cat: Oh, you can't help that. We're all mad here. I'm mad. You're mad.
How do you know I'm mad?
The Cat:
You must be. Or you wouldn't have come here.
And how do you know that you're mad?
The Cat:
To begin with, a dog's not mad. You grant that?
I suppose so.
The Cat:
Well, then, you see, a dog growls when it's angry, and wags its tail when it's pleased. Now I growl when I'm pleased, and wag my tail when I'm angry. Therefore I'm mad.

-- from Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

The price of aggression...

"History teaches that war begins when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap."

-- Ronald Reagan

There has never...

There has never been a protracted war from which a country has benefited.

-- Sun Tzu, The Art of War

If there's collateral damage, so be it.

"I say bomb the hell out of them. If there's collateral damage, so be it."

-- Senator Zell Miller (D-Georgia)

The architects of power...

"The architects of power in the United States must create a force that can be felt but not seen. Power remains strong when it remains in the dark; exposed to the sunlight it begins to evaporate."

-- Samuel Huntington
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