FAO Quotables

"But being right, even morally right, isn't everything. It is also important to be competent, to be consistent, and to be knowledgeable. It's important for your soldiers and diplomats to speak the language of the people you want to influence. It's important to understand the ethnic and tribal divisions of the place you hope to assist."
-Anne Applebaum

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Diplomat's Dictionary Daily Quotables

Diplomat's Dictionary Daily Quotables

Geography: "Geography is destiny."
-Chinese Military aphorism

Government, weak: "You can tell a weak government by its eagerness to resort to strong measures."
-Benjamin Disraeli

Gratitude: "If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you.  This is the principle difference between a dog and a man."
-Mark Twain

Gratitude: "Nations are never so grateful as their benefactors expect."
-Wellington, 1814

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