When a system of oppression has become institutionalized it is unnecessary for individuals to be oppressive.
What ordinary men are directly aware of and what they try to do are bounded by the private orbits in which they live; their visions and their powers are limited.
The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in.
Dying is only one thing to be sad over… Living unhappily is something else.
The musket, always a muzzleloader, took minutes to reload; an archer could aim and fire up to a dozen arrows in a minute. Muskets required continual cleaning and repair; bows were quickly made and easily maintained.
After you have wept and grieved for your physical losses, cherish the functions and the life you have left.
One hundred and ten years from now no one who is here now will be alive.
Between 1776 and 1789, Americans replaced a government over them with a government under them. They have worried ever since about keeping it under. Distrust of its powers has been more common and more visible than distrust of the imperial authority of England ever was before the Revolution.
Not wishing to be disturbed over moral issues of the political economy, Americans cling to the notion that the government is a sort of automatic machine, regulated by the balancing of competing interests.
A diplomat is a man who thinks twice before he says nothing.