„So long as men worship the Caesars and Napoleons, Caesars and Napoleons will duly rise and make them miserable.“

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„For you a hundred years is a very long time; for us it does not amount to much. I knew men who had seen Napoleon with their own eyes. We have our conception of history and it cannot be the same as yours.“

—  Georges Clemenceau French politician 1841 - 1929
Remarks to Woodrow Wilson (28 March 1919), quoted in Anthony Adamthwaite, Grandeur and Misery: France's Bid for Power in Europe 1914-1940 (London: Arnold, 1995), p. 49.

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„If he has a fault it is... that like Caesar, he is ambitious... cutting up apes is his forté, cutting up men is his foible.“

—  Thomas Henry Huxley English biologist and comparative anatomist 1825 - 1895
"A Devonshire Man" in the Pall Mall Gazette (18 January 1870)

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„Men nowadays Worship the Rising Sun, and not the Setting.“

—  Jonathan Swift Anglo-Irish satirist, essayist, and poet 1667 - 1745
Context: ALL Rivers go to the Sea, but none return from it. Xerxes wept when he beheld his Army, to consider that in less than a Hundred Years they would be all Dead. Anacreon was' Choakt with a Grape-stone, and violent Joy Kills as well as violent Grief. There is nothing in this World constant but Inconstancy; yet Plato thought that if Virtue would appear to the World in her own native Dress, all Men would be Enamoured with her. But now since Interest governs the World, and Men neglect the Golden Mean, Jupiter himself, if he came on the Earth would be Despised, unless it were as he did to Danae in a Golden Shower. For Men nowadays Worship the Rising Sun, and not the Setting.

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„This is an old and well-tried method of justifying aggression. Louis XIV and Napoleon I, Wilhelm II and Hitler were the most peace-loving of all men. When they invaded foreign countries, they did so only in just self-defence. Russia was as much menaced by Estonia or Latvia as Germany was by Luxemburg or Denmark.“

—  Ludwig von Mises austrian economist 1881 - 1973
Context: It is, they say, not Russia that plans aggression but, on the contrary, the decaying capitalist democracies. Russia wants merely to defend its own independence. This is an old and well-tried method of justifying aggression. Louis XIV and Napoleon I, Wilhelm II and Hitler were the most peace-loving of all men. When they invaded foreign countries, they did so only in just self-defence. Russia was as much menaced by Estonia or Latvia as Germany was by Luxemburg or Denmark.

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„The forces of Hannibal, Drake and Napoleon moved at best with the horses' gallop or the speed of wind on sail. Now, aviation brings a new concept of time and distance to the affairs of men. It demands adaptability to change, places a premium on quickness of thought and speed of action.“

—  Charles Lindbergh American aviator, author, inventor, explorer, and social activist 1902 - 1974
Context: The forces of Hannibal, Drake and Napoleon moved at best with the horses' gallop or the speed of wind on sail. Now, aviation brings a new concept of time and distance to the affairs of men. It demands adaptability to change, places a premium on quickness of thought and speed of action. Military strength has become more dynamic and less tangible. A new alignment of power has taken place, and there is no adequate peacetime measure for its effect on the influence of nations. There seems no way to agree on the rights it brings to some and takes from others.

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„Men who fuck easily, and can give themselves without difficulty, have only a very diminished creative potency... Look at Leonardo da Vinci, Hitler, Napoleon, they all left their mark on their times, and they were more or less impotent.“

—  Salvador Dalí Spanish artist 1904 - 1989
Quote from Entretiens avec Salvador Dali, Alain Bosquet, 1966; as cited in The shameful life of Salvador Dali, Ian Gibson, New York / London, Norton & Co, 1997

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„So men believe
And worship what they know not, nor receive
Delight from.“

—  Robert Browning English poet and playwright of the Victorian Era 1812 - 1889
Context: So men believe And worship what they know not, nor receive Delight from. Book the Second

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„So long as there are men, there will be wars.“

—  Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955

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„Solid men of Boston, banish long potations!
Solid men of Boston, make no long orations!“

—  Charles Morris British poet, born 1745 1745 - 1838
Pitt and Dundas's Return to London from Wimbledon, "American Song", from Lyra Urbanica. Compare: "Solid men of Boston, make no long orations! Solid men of Boston, banish strong potations!", "Billy Pitt and the Farmer", from Debrett’s Asylum for Fugitive Pieces, vol. ii. p. 250.

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„Law makes long spokes of the short stakes of men.“

—  William Empson English literary critic and poet 1906 - 1984
"Legal Fiction" (1928), line 1; cited from John Haffenden (ed.) The Complete Poems (London: Allen Lane, 2000) p. 37.

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