“When the civil leadership is ignorant of military manoeuvres but shares equally in the command of armies, the soldiers get confused.” Sun Tzu (400 BCE to 301 BCE) Sunzi, Wade-Giles romanisation Sun-tzu, also spelled Sun Tzu, personal name Sun Wu, (flourished 5th century BC), reputed author of the Chinese classic Bingfa (The Art of War),… Read More
“Follow me if I advance! Kill me if I retreat! Revenge me if I die!” Ngo Dinh Diem on becoming president of Vietnam (1901 to 1963) (1954, from The Concise Columbia Dictionary of Quotations) Ngo Dinh Diem was a Vietnamese political leader who served as president, with dictatorial powers, of what was then South Vietnam,… Read More
“Whether you like it or not, history is on our side. We will bury you!” Nikita Khrushchev (1894 to 1971) Nikita Khrushchev, in full Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev, was the first secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1953-64) and premier of the Soviet Union (1958-64) whose policy of de-Stalinisation had widespread repercussions throughout… Read More
“Obsolete weapons do not deter.” Margaret Thatcher (1925 to 2013) Margaret Thatcher , in full Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven, née Margaret Hilda Roberts, was a British Conservative Party politician and prime minister (1979-90), Europe’s first woman prime minister. The only British prime minister in the 20th century to win three consecutive terms… Read More
“You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.” Attributed to Golda Meir (1898 to 1978) & Indira Gandhi (1917 to 1984) Golda Meir, original name Goldie Mabovitch, later Goldie Myerson was an Israeli politician who helped found the State of Israel (1948) and later served as its fourth prime minister (1969-74). She was the first… Read More
“The more we sweat in peace the less we bleed in war.” Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit (1900 to 1990) Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, née Swarup Kumari Nehru, was an Indian political leader and diplomat, one of the world’s leading women in public life in the 20th century.
“The bastards have never been bombed like they’re going to be bombed this time.” Richard Nixon (1913 to 1994), during the 1972 North Vietnamese Easter Offensive Richard Milhous Nixon was the 37th president of the United States (1969-74), who, faced with almost certain impeachment for his role in the Watergate scandal, became the first American… Read More