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    Defense

  1. We are confident that we can penetrate any enemy defenses with our missiles. We know that we are more than the equal of any nation in the world.
       -- Robert McNamara

  2. If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known, that we are at all times ready for War.
       -- George Washington

  3. That is not to say that we can relax our readiness to defend ourselves. Our armament must be adequate to the needs, but our faith is not primarily in these machines of defense but in ourselves.
       -- Chester Nimitz

  4. To be prepared for War is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.
       -- George Washington

  5. The power and diversity of the Armed Forces, active Guard and Reserve, the resolve of our fellow citizens, the flexibility in our command to navigate international waters that remain troubled are all essential to our security.
       -- Gerald R. Ford


    Delusion

  6. The worst deluded are the self-deluded.
       -- Christian Nestell Bovee

  7. No man is happy without a delusion of some kind. Delusions are as necessary to our happiness as realities.
       -- Christian Nestell Bovee


    Democracy

  8. Democracy, I do not conceive that ever God did ordain as a fit government either for church or commonwealth. If the people be governors, who shall be governed?
       -- John Cotton

  9. In free countries, every man is entitled to express his opinions and every other man is entitled not to listen.
       -- G. Norman Collie

  10. Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.
       -- John Quincy Adams

  11. Democracy is the government of the people, by the people, for the people.
       -- Abraham Lincoln

  12. ... government that "substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few."
       -- George Bernard Shaw

  13. Democracy is the form of government that gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.
       -- James Russell Lowell

  14. Democracy is only a dream: it should be put in the same category as Arcadia, Santa Claus, and Heaven.
       -- H. L. Mencken

  15. You can never have a revolution in order to establish a democracy. You must have a democracy in order to have a revolution.
       -- Gilbert K. Chesterton

  16. Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.
       -- H. L. Mencken

  17. As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy.
       -- Abraham Lincoln

  18. Democracy is based upon the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people.
       -- Harry Emerson Fosdick

  19. Too many people expect wonders from democracy, when the most wonderful thing of all is just having it.
       -- Walter Winchell

  20. Democracy is good. I say this because other systems are worse.
       -- Jawaharlal Nehru

  21. Democracy ... is a system of self-determination. It's the right to make the wrong choice.
       -- John Patrick

  22. In a democracy, the individual enjoys not only the ultimate power but carries the ultimate responsibility.
       -- Norman Cousins

  23. Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man's inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.
       -- Reinhold Niebuhr


    Dependence

  24. The ship of heaven guides itself and will not accept a wooden rudder.
       -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  25. No degree of knowledge attainable by man is able to set him above the want of hourly assistance.
       -- Samuel Johnson

  26. Depend on no man, on no friend but him who can depend on himself. He only who acts conscientiously toward himself, will act so toward others.
       -- Johann Kaspar Lavater

  27. There is no dependence that can be sure but a dependence upon one's self.
       -- John Gay

  28. There is no one subsists by himself alone.
       -- Owen Felltham


    Desire

  29. By annihilating the desires, you annihilate the mind. Every man without passions has within him no principle of action, nor motive to act.
       -- Claude Adrien Helvétius

  30. All human activity is prompted by desire.
       -- Bertrand Russell

  31. We trifle when we assign limits to our desires, since nature hath set none.
       -- Christian Nestell Bovee

  32. What man knows is everywhere at war with what he wants.
       -- Joseph Wood Krutch

  33. While man's desires and aspirations stir he cannot choose but err.
       -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  34. Every human mind is a great slumbering power until awakened by a keen desire and by definite resolution to do.
       -- Edgar F. Roberts

  35. There are two tragedies in life. One is not get your heart's desire. The other is to get it.
       -- George Bernard Shaw

  36. It is much easier to suppress a first desire than to satisfy those that follow.
       -- François de La Rochefoucauld

  37. You will become as small as your controlling desire; as great as your dominant aspiration.
       -- James Allen

  38. Desire is the essence of a man.
       -- Benedict Spinoza

  39. Some people wanted champagne and caviar when they should have had beer and hot dogs.
       -- Dwight D. Eisenhower


    Despair

  40. Despair is like forward children, who, when you take away one of their playthings, throw the rest into the fire for madness. It grows angry with itself, turns its own executioner, and revenges its misfortunes on its own head.
       -- Pierre Charron

  41. Despair ruins some, presumption many.
       -- Benjamin Franklin

  42. The fact that God has prohibited despair gives misfortune the right to hope all things, and leaves hope free to dare all things.
       -- Anne Sophie Swetchine

  43. The man who lives only by hope will die with despair.
       -- Italian Proverb

  44. Despair is the conclusion of fools.
       -- Benjamin Disraeli

  45. It is a miserable state of mind to have few things to desire, and many things to fear.
       -- Francis Bacon

  46. When we are flat on our backs there is no way to look but up.
       -- Roger W. Babson

  47. What we call despair is often only the painful eagerness of unfed hope.
       -- George Eliot

  48. It becomes no man to nurse despair, but, in the teeth of clenched antagonisms, to follow up the worthiest till he die.
       -- Alfred, Lord Tennyson

  49. The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation ... A stereotyped but unconscious despair is concealed even under what are called the games and amusements of mankind.
       -- Henry David Thoreau


    Destiny

  50. One meets his destiny often in the road he takes to avoid it.
       -- French Proverb

  51. Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice: It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.
       -- William Jennings Bryan

  52. Men heap together the mistakes of their lives, and create a monster they call Destiny.
       -- John Oliver Hobbes

  53. Destiny. A tyrant's authority for crime and a fool's excuse for failure.
       -- Ambrose Bierce

  54. Our destiny changes with our thought; we shall become what we wish to become, do what we wish to do, when our habitual thought corresponds with our desire.
       -- Orison S. Marden

  55. Lots of folks confuse bad management with destiny.
       -- Kin Hubbard

  56. If a man is destined to drown, he will drown even in a spoonful of water.
       -- Yiddish Proverb

  57. Men are what their mothers made them.
       -- Ralph Waldo Emerson


    Difference

  58. The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug.
       -- Mark Twain

  59. The difference between a moral man and a man of honor is that the latter regrets a discreditable act even when it has worked.
       -- H. L. Mencken

  60. Honest differences are often a healthy sign of progress.
       -- Mahatma Gandhi

  61. Where there is no difference, there is only indifference.
       -- Louis Nizer

  62. If by saying that all men are born equal, you mean that they are equally born, it is true, but true in no other sense; birth, talent, labor, virtue, and providence, are forever making differences.
       -- Eugene Edwards

  63. The difference between a man and his valet: they both smoke the same cigars, but only one pays for them.
       -- Robert Frost

  64. The difference is no less real because it is of degree.
       -- Benjamin Nathan Cardozo

  65. If men would consider not so much where they differ, as wherein they agree, there would be far less of uncharitableness and angry feeling in the world.
       -- Joseph Addison

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