"Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other." (Benjamin Franklin)
"History proves that dictatorships do not grow out of strong and successful governments, but out of weak and helpless ones." (Franklin Delano Roosevelt)
"The thing is the colonial system means war. Exploit the resources of an India, Burma, Java; take all the wealth out of those countries, but never put anything abck into them, thigns like education, decent standards of living, minimum health requirements--all you're doing is storing up the kind of trouble that leads to war." President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. 1943. Source: Elliot Roosevelt. As I Saw It. (New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1946). p. 74.
"Why should American boys die to recreate the colonial empires of the British and their Dutch and French satelites?" John Davies, political advisor to General "Vinegar Joe" Stilwell. Source: U.S. Department of State, Foreign Relations of the United States, 1943: China. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1956. p. 188.
"The armed citizen can in the end only protect as far as his gun can shoot. Government of the people and for the people can protect an entire land." Joan Burbick. Gun Show Nation. The New Press. 2006. p. 29. ISBN 1595580875.
"Patriotic discourses tend to deify and thereby immunize from examination (not to mention challenge) certain fundamental matters--whether the core values of the republic, the way of life of the people, or the identity of the nation as a perpetual project....For patriotism demands both emotional guarantees and behavioural assurances crippling to the democratic character of the political order that it ostensibly reveres. It wants in advance, before the fact, what ought to be the result of a robust way of life." Steven Johnston. The Truth about Patriotism. Duke University Press. 2007. Pp. 24-25. ISBN 9780822341109.
"Geography can't be changed no matter how one wishes it away." Comment on the proximity of Iran to Afghanistan. Richard Holbrooke. NPR Interview November 2, 2010.
"Paradoxes of washing not properly done. When a hard rain falls, men get smeared withg mud and pigs are left nice and clean." Augusto Roa Bastos. I The Supreme. trans. Helen Lane. Dalkey Archive. p. 148. ISBN 9781564782472.