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There are no friends at cards or world politics

Finley Peter Dunne (1867-1936) American humorist and journalist
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Added on 12-Feb-16 | Last updated 12-Feb-16
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The most perilous moment is often when an adversary is seemingly prepared to retreat and then is jolted into new defiance by an assault on his self-esteem.

Henry Kissinger (b. 1923) German-American diplomat
Years of Upheaval, ch. 12 (1982)
Added on 15-Sep-15 | Last updated 15-Sep-15
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Saints can be pure but statesmen must be responsible. As trustees for others, they must defend interests and compromise principles. In politics, practical and prudential judgment must have priority over moral verdicts.

Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. (1917-2007) American historian, author, social critic
“The Necessary Amorality of Foreign Affairs,” Harper’s (Aug 1971)
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Reading Lenin or Mao or Stalin, one is struck by the emphasis on the relationship between political, military, psychological, and economic factors … and on the need for dominating a situation by flexible tactics and inflexible purpose.

Henry Kissinger (b. 1923) German-American diplomat
“Reflections on American Diplomacy” (5), Foreign Affairs (Oct 1956)
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In asymmetric warfare, the moral high ground truly is the defensible position: there is more power in trust than in any weapon. Battles and even wars might be won on the battlefield, but the future is won by the elapsed time between the last American shame and today’s date on the calendar. It is won by using our power to elevate others. It is won by our courage not to back down from our principles in search of an illusion of security. Our real strength isn’t anything that explodes; it’s something that only endures as long as we insist on it.

George Wiman (contemp.) American blogger, computer technician
“Build the Right Monument” (11 Sep 2011)
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Added on 2-Dec-13 | Last updated 2-Dec-13
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