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It follows that any commander in chief who undertakes to carry out a plan
which he considers defective is at fault; he must put forth his reasons,
insist of the plan being changed, and finally tender his resignation rather
than be the instrument of his army's downfall.
-- Napoleon, "Military Maxims and Thought"
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It got to the point where I had to get a haircut or both feet firmly
planted in the air.
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It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees.
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It is better to wear chains than to believe you are free, and weight
yourself down with invisible chains.
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It is difficult to legislate morality in the absence of moral legislators.
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It is easier to be a "humanitarian" than to render your own country its
proper due; it is easier to be a "patriot" than to make your community a
better place to live in; it is easier to be a "civic leader" than to treat
your own family with loving understanding; for the smaller the focus of
attention, the harder the task.
-- Sydney J. Harris
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It is easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them.
-- Alfred Adler
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It is enough to make one sympathize with a tyrant for the determination
of his courtiers to deceive him for their own personal ends...
-- Russell Baker and Charles Peters
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It is impossible to defend perfectly against the attack of those who want
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It is like saying that for the cause of peace, God and the Devil will
have a high-level meeting.
-- Rev. Carl McIntire, on Nixon's China trip