The supreme Art of War is to subdue the enemy without fighting. Sun Tzu, The Art of War, c. 500 BCE The Art of War is one of those books that I’ve known about for decades: and for decades have been intending to read. I am sure I even have a copy somewhere. But I…
When you go home, tell them of us and say
For your tomorrow, we gave our today.
My good friends, for the second time in our history, a British Prime Minister has returned from Germany bringing peace with honour. I believe it is peace for our time. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Go home and get a nice quiet sleep. — British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, 30 September…
That is the only reality in the world, all else is folly. It is the one thing we are interested in here.
— Leo Tolstoy
Despite the vision and farseeing wisdom of our wartime heads of state, the physicists have felt the peculiarly intimate responsibility for suggesting, for supporting, and in the end, in large measure, for achieving the realisation of atomic weapons. Nor can we forget that these weapons as they were in fact used dramatised so mercilessly the…
Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far. — Theodore Roosevelt Roosevelt used the expression to encapsulate his foreign policy of negotiating peacefully, whilst parading the power of his country’s military. Including sending a ‘Great White Fleet’ around the globe. I can no longer recall when I first heard this. Yet, in all that time…
Would this man, could he see you now, ask why?
— Epitaph for the Unknown Soldier, written by W. H. Auden
and now doth time waste me
There is borne an empty hearse
covered over for such as appear not.
Heroes have the whole earth for their tomb.