Not immediately directly involved...

"There is only one way to begin to deal with people like this, and that is you have to kill some of them even if they are not immediately directly involved in this thing."

-- Lawrence Eagleburger, former Secretary of State (CNN, 9/11/01)

Litany against fear

I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.

The litany against fear is an incantation spoken by fictional characters in Frank Herbert's 1965 novel Dune, and its sequels, in order to focus their minds in times of peril.

There has never...

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

-- Sun Tzu, The Art of War

The poor in their place

"The extension of modest privilege to a significant number - is the surest guarantor that they will support whatever needs to be done to preserve their position in the middle class and whatever is necessary to keep the poor in their place."

-- Jeremy Seabrook, Class, Caste & Hierarchies, p. 114

Only after the last tree has been cut down.

"Only after the last tree has been cut down. Only after the last river has been poisoned. Only after the last fish has been caught. Only then you will find that money cannot be eaten."

-- Cree Indian

Evil as his secrets

"A man is only as evil as his secrets."


Fire in the lake...

"Fire in the lake: the image of revolution."

-- I Ching, Book I, c. 12th cent. B.C.