Archive for the ‘statecraft’ Category

Quote of the day, Dec. 7

December 7, 2016

Richard Holbrooke, on history

“I think history is continuous. It doesn’t begin or end on Pearl Harbor Day or the day Lyndon Johnson withdraws from the presidency or on 9/11. You have to learn from the past but not be imprisoned by it. You need to take counsel of history but never be imprisoned by it.”

Quote of the day, Aug. 6

August 6, 2016

Thomas Jefferson, on history (from Letters of Thomas Jefferson)

“History, in general, only informs us what bad government is.”

Quote of the day, July 30

July 30, 2016

James Madison, on freedom

“There are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.”

Quote of the day, June 16

June 16, 2016

Ralph Bunche, on peace

“The world and its peoples being as they are, there is no easy or quick or infallible approach to a secure peace. It is only by patient, persistent, undismayed effort, by trial and error, that peace can be won. Nor can it be won cheaply, as the taxpayer is learning.”

Quote of the day, 9 May

May 9, 2016

Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, first president of Czechoslovakia

“Tell me what you read, and I’ll tell you who you are.”

Quote of the day, April 23

April 23, 2016

Thomas Paine, from The American Crisis

“What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives everything its value.”

Quote of the day, Sept. 7

September 7, 2015

Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., from The Cycles of American History (1986)

“The purpose of democratic statecraft is, or should be, to find the means of ordered liberty in a world condemned to everlasting change.”