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

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Diplomat's Daily Quotable- M

Morality: "Always do what's right. This will gratify some and astonish the rest." -Mark Twain

Memory, attention: "The true art of memory is the art of attention." -Samuel Johnson

Mediation, perils of:  "It is better to mediate between enemies than between friends, for one of the friends is sure to become an enemy and one of the enemies a friend."             -Bias, 550 B.C.

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