“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
–Lord Acton (1834-1902)
“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
“Diplomacy is the art of saying ‘nice doggie’ until you can find a rock.”
“It doesn’t matter if a cat is black or white, so long as it catches mice.”
“La guerre, c’est une chose trop grave pour la confier à des militaires.”
“War is too serious a matter to just be handed over to some military men.”
“Une dictature est un pays dans lequel on n’a pas besoin de passer toute une nuit devant son poste pour apprendre le résultat des élections.”
“A dictatorship is a country in which one doesn’t need to spend a whole night at one’s workplace in order to learn the result of elections.”
From: A Man for All Seasons (1966):
William Roper: So, now you give the Devil the benefit of law!
Sir Thomas More: Yes! What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil?
William Roper: Yes, I’d cut down every law in England to do that!
Sir Thomas More: Oh? And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned ’round on you, where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? This country is planted thick with laws, from coast to coast, Man’s laws, not God’s! And if you cut them down, and you’re just the man to do it, do you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? Yes, I’d give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety’s sake!
–Attributed to Sir Thomas Moore, in the film A Man for All Seasons (1966)