Statecraft Quotes

Quotes tagged as "statecraft" (showing 1-24 of 24)
Niccolò Machiavelli
“For, although one may be very strong in armed forces, yet in entering a province one has always need of the goodwill of the natives.”
Machiavelli, Niccolo, The Prince

Frank Herbert
“One must always keep the tools of statecraft sharp and ready. Power and fear – sharp and ready.”
Frank Herbert, Dune

George F. Will
“Diplomacy without armaments is like music without instruments. – Frederick the Great”
George F. Will, The Woven Figure: Conservatism and America's Fabric

Barbara W. Tuchman
“Confronted by menace or what is perceived as menace, governments will usually attempt to smash it, rarely to examine it, understand it, and drefine it.”
Barbara W. Tuchman, The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam

John Webster
“Princes give rewards with their own hands,
But death or punishment by the hands of other.”
John Webster, The White Devil

Frank Herbert
“Deceit is a tool of statecraft," Irulan agreed.
"There are limits to power, as those who put their hopes in a constitution always discover," Paul said.”
Frank Herbert, Dune Messiah

Geraldine Brooks
“He is able to put aside personal feelings and see the broad strokes. Experience counts in these things.”
Geraldine Brooks, The Secret Chord

“Under (Lyndon) Johnson, the Senate functions like a Greek tragedy. All the action takes place offstage, before the play begins. Nothing is left for the participants but the enactment of their prescribed roles.”
Bobby Baker

John Ferling
“For leaders, wars are filled with guesses.”
John Ferling, Jefferson and Hamilton: The Rivalry That Forged a Nation

“Moral action – humble and honest – is the tribute that power must at some point pay to reason.”
Ron Suskind, The Way of the World: A Story of Truth and Hope in an Age of Extremism

Geraldine Brooks
“Finally, we were notorious enough to give our enemies pause.”
Geraldine Brooks, The Secret Chord

Geraldine Brooks
“If soldiering did not interest him, the soldiers themselves were another matter. He loved to sit with the men and draw out their first-hand stories of past campaigns.”
Geraldine Brooks, The Secret Chord

Geraldine Brooks
“No one sits, as you do, so close to a king, who does not begin to grasp how the levers of power work, and the cost of the oil that must grease them.”
Geraldine Brooks, The Secret Chord

John Ferling
“The feelings of politicians are rarely transparent.”
John Ferling, Jefferson and Hamilton: The Rivalry That Forged a Nation

John Ferling
“Pointing out the possible, and expensive, entanglements that could come with widespread commercial enterprise, the author calculates the Great Britain was at war half the time between 1689 and 1783.”
John Ferling, Jefferson and Hamilton: The Rivalry That Forged a Nation

Barbara W. Tuchman
“He was always acting, always enveloping himself in artificiality, perhaps to conceal the volcano within.”
Barbara W. Tuchman, The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam

“Initial uniformity can be deceiving, warns the author, because parties arrive at that state from so many different motives which will be exposed over time.”
Donald R. Hickey, The War of 1812: A Forgotten Conflict

“As the pace of the campaign quickened, politics began to clash with Kennedy's innate sense of responsibility. – Arthur Schlesinger”
David Pietrusza, 1960--LBJ vs. JFK vs. Nixon: The Epic Campaign That Forged Three Presidencies

“A sense of messianic purpose makes the national interest almost indistinguishable from the political interests of the president.”
Ron Suskind, The Way of the World: A Story of Truth and Hope in an Age of Extremism

T.E. Lawrence
“We had deluded ourselves that perhaps peace might find the Arabs able, unhelped and untaught, to defend themselves with paper tools. Meanwhile we glozed our fraud by conducting their necessary war purely and cheaply. But now this gloss had gone from me. Chargeable against my conceit were the causeless, ineffectual deaths of Hesa. My will had gone and I feared to be alone, lest the winds of circumstance, or power, or lust, blow my empty soul away.”
T.E. Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph

“Whether you extrapolate from Machiavelli or Castiglione, a kind of unworthy wisdom has stood the test of time in statecraft: you should have principles to make your conduct predictable, but at the same time know that you are limiting your options. It works if you are strong because you can force others to conform; but if you are weak, then having no principles means you have limitless options for action and can adjust through flexibility to acts dictated by others.”
Khaled Ahmed, Sleepwalking to Surrender: Dealing with Terrorism in Pakistan

Amit Kalantri
“State first, subject second, statesman last.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

“Intelligence analysts should be self-conscious about their reasoning processes. They should think about how they make judgments and reach conclusions, not just about the judgments and conclusions themselves.”
Richard Heuer

Bangambiki Habyarimana
“If you look at it closely, every individual is a separate entity, state and culture. The macro state is a federation of citizens who accept to live under the same law.”
Bangambiki Habyarimana, Book of Wisdom