Poit! Brain … I thought DNA was the National Dyslexics Association.
The more the people are discontented with the oppression of taxes; the greater need the prince has of money to distribute among his partisans and pay the troops that are to suppress all resistance, and enable him to plunder at pleasure. There is scarce a king in a hundred who would not, if he could, follow the example of Pharaoh, get first all the peoples money, then all their lands, and then make them and their children servants for ever . . .
Now civilizations, I believe, come to birth and proceed to grow by successfully responding to successive challenges. They break down and go to pieces if and when a challenge confronts them which they fail to meet.
—Arnold J. Toynbee
The world is full enough of hurts and mischances without wars to multiply them.
—J. R. R. Tolkein
It isn’t necessary to imagine the world ending in fire or ice — there are two other possibilities: one is paperwork, and the other is nostalgia.
On 11 September, 2001, two airplanes were flown into the towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. The airplanes did not take aim at the buildings. Evil men, backed up by teams of other evils men, piloted them into the targets. You’d think that a newspaper in New York City could keep those facts straight, but …
UPDATE—Tough, but fair …
UPDATE 2—Well, that didn’t last long, did it?
In today’s wars, there are no morals.
—Osama bin Laden