We who live in the modern age would do well to remember the old adage, “Character is what we are in the dark, when no one is there to see us.”
Statesmanship is a quality that, though it may be betrayed, is always ready to be taken up again merely by honest subscription to its great themes.
We believe that our form of government, as articulated in the Constitution, has brought forth the most successful society in the history of the world.
I said at the outset that this stage in Russia’s transition to democracy is cause for optimism and pessimism. Ultimately, I think optimism will triumph.
Eastward across the sea from Greece lay the ancient citadel of Troy. Legend tells how a thousand ships once sailed there carrying an invading army.
World War II was a godsend to American liberals. The New Deal had been dead in the water since 1937, torpedoed by its fundamental failure to effect an end to depression and its increasingly annoying meddling with traditional patterns of American life.
Seventy-three years ago, the First World War ended in Europe. The armistice took effect at eleven o’clock in the morning—the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month: a symbolic acknowledgement that European civilization had come close to irreversible ruin.
Ours has been the century of the total State. When, in the 1920s, Benito Mussolini coined the term “totalitarian,” he captured the spirit of the age.
In words that would inspire for centuries, Socrates refused to stoop to a genuine defense of his actions and what he saw as begging for forgiveness
What happened to the Russian POWs after that, however, was far from glorious. They were thrown into wired camps on the open steppe.