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Elihu Root Quotes and Sayings

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Nobody knows through how many thousands of years fighting
men have made a place for themselves while the weak
and peaceable have gone to the wall.
- Elihu Root

Cruelty to men and to the lower animals as well,
which would have passed unnoticed a century ago,
now shocks the sensibilities and is regarded as wicked and degrading.
- Elihu Root

The line of least resistance in the progress of civilization
is to make that theoretical postulate real by the continually
increasing force of the world's public opinion.
- Elihu Root

Human life is held in much higher esteem,
and the taking of it, whether in private quarrel or by judicial procedure,
is looked upon much more seriously than it was formerly.
- Elihu Root

 

No nation now sets forth to despoil another upon the
avowed ground that it desires the spoils.
- Elihu Root

Honest people, mistakenly believing in the justice of their cause,
are led to support injustice.
- Elihu Root

The law of the survival of the fittest led inevitably
to the survival and predominance of the men who were
effective in war and who loved it because they were effective.
- Elihu Root

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It is to be observed that every case of war averted is a gain in general,
for it helps to form a habit of peace,
and community habits long continued become standards of conduct.
- Elihu Root

Prejudice and passion and suspicion are more dangerous
than the incitement of self-interest or the most stubborn
adherence to real differences of opinion regarding rights.
- Elihu Root

The wolf always charges the lamb with muddying the stream.
- Elihu Root

The theoretical postulate of all diplomatic discussion
between nations is the assumed willingness of every nation to do justice.
- Elihu Root

Men do not fail; they give up trying.
- Elihu Root

Human nature must have come much nearer perfection than it is now,
or will be in many generations, to exclude from such a control prejudice,
selfishness, ambition, and injustice.
- Elihu Root

Secretary of War Stanton used to get out of patience
with Lincoln because he was all the time pardoning
men who ought to be shot.
- Elihu Root

War was forced upon mankind in his original civil and social condition.
- Elihu Root

The popular tendency is to listen approvingly to the
most extreme statements and claims of politicians and
orators who seek popularity by declaring their own
country right in everything and other countries wrong in everything.
- Elihu Root

The methods of peace propaganda which aim at establishing
peace doctrine by argument and by creating a feeling
favorable to peace in general seem to fall short of
reaching the springs of human action and of dealing
with the causes of the conduct which they seek to modify.
- Elihu Root

The point of departure of the process to which we wish
to contribute is the fact that war is the natural reaction
of human nature in the savage state,
while peace is the result of acquired characteristics.
- Elihu Root

The attractive idea that we can now have a parliament
of man with authority to control the conduct of nations
by legislation or an international police force with
power to enforce national conformity to rules of right
conduct is a counsel of perfection.
- Elihu Root

The limitation upon this mode of promoting peace lies
in the fact that it consists in an appeal to the civilized side of man,
while war is the product of forces proceeding from
man's original savage nature.
- Elihu Root

The mere assemblage of peace loving people to interchange
convincing reasons for their common faith,
mere exhortation and argument to the public in favor
of peace in general fall short of the mark.
- Elihu Root

To deal with the true causes of war one must begin
by recognizing as of prime relevancy to the solution
of the problem the familiar fact that civilization is a partial,
incomplete, and, to a great extent, superficial modification of barbarism.
- Elihu Root

The growth of modern constitutional government compels
for its successful practice the exercise of reason
and considerate judgment by the individual citizens
who constitute the electorate.
- Elihu Root

In the first place, when there is a policy of intentional aggression,
inspired by a desire to get possession of the territory
or the trade of another country,
right or wrong, a pretext is always sought.
- Elihu Root

There is so much of good in human nature that men grow
to like each other upon better acquaintance,
and this points to another way in which we may strive
to promote the peace of the world.
- Elihu Root

Gradually, everything that happens in the world is
coming to be of interest everywhere in the world,
and, gradually, thoughtful men and women everywhere
are sitting in judgment upon the conduct of all nations.
- Elihu Root

It is not uncommon in modern times to see governments
straining every nerve to keep the peace,
and the people whom they represent, with patriotic
enthusiasm and resentment over real or fancied wrongs,
urging them forward to war.
- Elihu Root

Claims of right and insistence upon obligations may
depend upon treaty stipulations,
or upon the rules of international law,
or upon the sense of natural justice applied to the
circumstances of a particular case,
or upon disputed facts.
- Elihu Root

Nothing is more important in the preservation of peace
than to secure among the great mass of the people living
under constitutional government a just conception of
the rights which their nation has against others and
of the duties their nation owes to others.
- Elihu Root

Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson PHOTO

Nobody can hurt me without my permission.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi PHOTO

You can't stop the music, nobody can stop the music.
- Village People PHOTO

Sing like no one's listening,
love like you've never been hurt,
dance like nobody's watching,
and live like its heaven on earth.
- Mark Twain

Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Existence needs you.
Without you, something will be missing
in existence and nobody can replace it.
Thats what gives you dignity,
that the whole existence will miss you.
- Osho

Nobody cares how much you know,
until they know how much you care.
- attributed to Theodore Roosevelt, among others,
but probably earlier and anonymous

Work like you don't need the money.
Love like you've never been hurt.
Dance like nobody's watching.
- Satchel Paige

A somebody was once a nobody who wanted to and did.
- John Burroughs

Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.
- Dave Barry

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment
before starting to improve the world.
- Anne Frank

Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

An error does not become truth
by reason of multiplied propagation,
nor does truth become error because nobody sees it.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

I have a great deal of company in the house,
especially in the morning when nobody calls.
- Henry David Thoreau

Nobody has ever asked the nuclear family to live
all by itself in a box the way we do.
With no relatives, no support,
we've put it in an impossible situation.
- Margaret Mead

One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody.
- Mother Teresa

Nobody, as long as he moves about
among the chaotic currents of life,
is without trouble.
- Carl Jung

I grew up in a house where nobody had to tell me to
go to school every day and do my homework.
- Constance Baker Motley

Nobody loves a woman because she is handsome or ugly,
stupid or intelligent.
We love because we love.
- Honore de Balzac

Nobody's a natural.
You work hard to get good and then work to get better.
It's hard to stay on top.
- Paul Coffey

Managers in all too many American companies do not
achieve the desired results because nobody makes them do it.
- Harold S. Geneen

Imagine if every Thursday your shoes exploded if you tied them the usual way.
This happens to us all the time with computers,
and nobody thinks of complaining.
- Jef Raskin

Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.
- H. L. Mencken

Sometime they'll give a war and nobody will come.
- Carl Sandburg

Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years.
We grow old by deserting our ideals.
Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.
- Samuel Ullman

Nobody really believes in equality anyway.
- Warren Farrell

Nobody can give you wiser advice than yourself.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Housework is what a woman does that nobody notices
unless she hasn't done it.
- Evan Esar

There is nobody so irritating as somebody with less
intelligence and more sense than we have.
- Don Herold

Nobody is as powerful as we make them out to be.
- Alice Walker

My dreams were all my own; I accounted for them to nobody;
they were my refuge when annoyed -
my dearest pleasure when free.
- Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

The secret of business is to know something that nobody else knows.
- Aristotle Onassis

Nobody has ever measured, not even poets,
how much the heart can hold.
- Zelda Fitzgerald

Nobody climbs mountains for scientific reasons.
Science is used to raise money for the expeditions,
but you really climb for the hell of it.
- Edmund Hillary

I realized my family was funny, because nobody ever
wanted to leave our house.
- Anthony Anderson

Nobody ever asks a father how he manages to combine marriage and a career.
- Sam Ewing

Where large sums of money are concerned,
it is advisable to trust nobody.
- Agatha Christie

Nobody ever gets to see what could have been.
- the 2010 movie Charlie St. Cloud

The world is a country which nobody ever yet knew by description;
one must travel through it one's self to be acquainted with it.
- Lord Chesterfield

Do what nobody else can do for you.
Omit to do anything else.
- Henry David Thoreau

A man who trusts nobody is apt to be the kind of man nobody trusts.
- Harold MacMillan

I think a major element of jetlag is psychological.
Nobody ever tells me what time it is at home.
- David Attenborough


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