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George Frost Kennan – Balance peril against peril

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George KennanThe heart of our problem, here, lies in our assessment of the relative importance of the various dangers among which we move; and until many of our people can be brought to understand that what we have to do is not to secure a total absence of danger but to balance peril against peril and to find the tolerable degree of each, we shall not wholly emerge from these confusions.

George Frost Kennan  

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Winston Churchill – Gratitude to British airmen

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Winston ChurchillThe gratitude of every home in our Island, in our Empire, and indeed throughout the world, except in the abodes of the guilty, goes out to the British airmen who, undaunted by odds, unwearied in their constant challenge and mortal danger, are turning the tide of the World War by their prowess and their devotion. Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few

Winston Churchill   (Nov 30, 1874-Jan 24, 1965)

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Confucius – The superior man, when resting in safety

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ConfuciusThe superior man, when resting in safety, does not forget that danger may come. When in a state of security he does not forget the possibility of ruin. When all is orderly, he does not forget that disorder may come. Thus his person is not endangered, and his States and all their clans are preserved.

Confucius  

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Maurice Maeterlinck – The great ancestral duty, the essential duty

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Maurice MaeterlinckThere is the great ancestral duty, the essential duty, stronger than death, which not even man’s will and anger are able to check. All our humble history, linked with that of the dog in our first struggles against every breathing thing, tends to prevent his forgetting it. And when, in our safer dwelling-places of to-day, we happen to punish him for his untimely zeal, he throws us a glance of astonished reproach, as though to point out to us that we are in the wrong and that, if we lose sight of the main clause in the treaty of alliance which he made with us at the time when we lived in caves, forests and fens, he continues faithful to it in spite of us and remains nearer to the eternal truth of life, which is full of snares and hostile forces.

Maurice Maeterlinck  

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John Adams – There is danger from all men

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John AdamsThere is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.

John Adams   (1735-1826)
Notes for an Oration at Braintree

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Albert Einstein – The world is a dangerous place to live

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Albert EinsteinThe world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.

Albert Einstein   (1879-1955)

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Abigail Adams – Man is a dangerous creature

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Abigail AdamsI am more and more convinced that man is a dangerous creature; and that power, whether vested in many or a few, is ever grasping, and, like the grave, cries, “Give, give!”

Abigail Adams   (1744-1818)
Letter to John Adams

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Amelia Earhart – I am aware of the hazards

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Amelia EarhartPlease know that I am aware of the hazards. I want to do it because I want to do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be a challenge to others.

Amelia Earhart  

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John F. Kennedy – The role of defending freedom

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John F. KennedyIn the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility — I welcome it. I do not believe that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it — and the glow from that fire can truly light the world.

And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.

John F. Kennedy   (1917-1963)

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