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In order to govern, the question is not to follow out a more or less valid theory but to build with whatever materials are at hand. The inevitable must be accepted and turned to advantage.

Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) French emperor, military leader
Deathbed statement (17 Apr 1821)
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In foreign policy one must make do with what one has.

Henry Kissinger (b. 1923) German-American diplomat
Years of Upheaval, ch. 12 (1982)
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Let us resolve to do the best we can with what we’ve got.

William Feather (1889-1981) American publisher, author
(Attributed)
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Life is made up of constant calls to action, and we seldom have time for more than hastily contrived answers.

Learned Hand (1872-1961) American jurist
Speech in New York (27 Jan 1952)
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