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Robert McNamara Quotes and Sayings

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Coercion, after all, merely captures man.
Freedom captivates him.
- Robert McNamara

It would be our policy to use nuclear weapons wherever
we felt it necessary to protect our forces and achieve our objectives.
- Robert McNamara

A computer does not substitute for judgment any more
than a pencil substitutes for literacy.
But writing without a pencil is no particular advantage.
- Robert McNamara

One cannot fashion a credible deterrent out of an incredible action.
- Robert McNamara

 

Neither conscience nor sanity itself suggests that the United States is,
should or could be the global gendarme.
- Robert McNamara

We burned to death 100,000 Japanese civilians in Tokyo -
men,
women and children.
LeMay recognized that what he was doing would be thought
immoral if his side had lost.
But what makes it immoral if you lose and not immoral if you win?
- Robert McNamara

Therefore coercion of the non-invasive,
when justifiable at all, is to be justified on the ground that it secures,
not a minimum of ' invasion, but a minimum of pain.
- Benjamin Tucker

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Dialectic thought is an attempt to break through the
coercion of logic by its own means.
- Theodor Adorno

A law is not a law without coercion behind it.
- James A. Garfield

Because politics rests on an irreducible measure of coercion,
it can never become a perfect realm of perfect love and justice.
- Christopher Lasch

True freedom is the capacity for acting according to one's true character,
to be altogether one's self, to be self-determined
and not subject to outside coercion.
- Corliss Lamont

To say that we mutually agree to coercion is not to
say that we are required to enjoy it,
or even to pretend we enjoy it.
- Garrett Hardin

The only kind of coercion I recommend is mutual coercion,
mutually agreed upon by the majority of the people affected.
- Garrett Hardin

Law is any application for the official use of coercion that succeeds.
- Bob Black

The social arrangements that produce responsibility
are arrangements that create coercion,
of some sort.
- Garrett Hardin

Remember that mindsets can not be changed through force and coercion.
No idea can ever be forcibly thrust upon any one.
- Pervez Musharraf

Was Islam spread by them through force and coercion? No.
They preached Islam by personal example.
- Pervez Musharraf

If we wish to preserve a free society,
it is essential that we recognize that the desirability
of a particular object is not sufficient justification for the use of coercion.
- Friedrich August von Hayek

The principle that human nature, in its psychological aspects,
is nothing more than a product of history and given
social relations removes all barriers to coercion and
manipulation by the powerful.
- Noam Chomsky

If he who employs coercion against me could mould me
to his purposes by argument,
no doubt he would.
He pretends to punish me because his argument is strong;
but he really punishes me because his argument is weak.
- William Godwin

Our identities have no bodies, so, unlike you,
we cannot obtain order by physical coercion.
We believe that from ethics, enlightened self-interest,
and the commonweal, our governance will emerge.
- John Perry Barlow

A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike.
And all plans, safeguards, policing,
and coercion are fruitless.
We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip;
a trip takes us.
- John Steinbeck

This system of encouragement proves serviceable as
a preventive of punishment,
the attainment of the tickets being a reward,
the forfeiture of them the reverse; and,
as such, boys seem often more affected by their loss than by coercion.
- Joseph Lancaster

Coercion may prevent many transgressions;
but it robs even actions which are legal of a part of their beauty.
Freedom may lead to many transgressions,
but it lends even to vices a less ignoble form.
- Wilhelm von Humboldt

I think therefore I am.
- Rene Descartes

In the long run, men hit only what they aim at.
Therefore, they had better aim at something high.
- Henry David Thoreau

All paths are the same, leading nowhere.
Therefore, pick a path with heart!
- Carlos Castaneda

Your pain is the breaking of the shell
that encloses your understanding.
Much of your pain is self-chosen.
It is the bitter potion by which the
physician within you heals your sick self.
Therefore trust the physician, and drink
his remedy in silence and tranquility.
- Khalil Gibran

The most erroneous stories are those
we think we know best -
and therefore never scrutinize or question.
- Stephen Jay Gould

No one is in control of your happiness but you;
therefore, you have the power to change anything
about yourself or your life that you want to change.
- Barbara De Angelis

Many people know so little about what
is beyond their short range of experience.
They look within themselves - and find nothing!
Therefore they conclude that there
is nothing outside themselves either.
- Helen Keller

I expect to pass through this world but once.
Any good therefore that I can do,
or any kindness that I can show to my fellow-creature,
let me do it now.
Let me not defer or neglect it,
for I shall not pass this way again.
- William Penn

We should not pretend to understand
the world only by the intellect;
we apprehend it just as much by feeling.
Therefore, the judgment of the intellect is,
at best, only the half of truth, and must, if it be honest,
also come to an understanding of its inadequacy.
- Carl Jung

Our problems are man-made, therefore they may be solved by man.
And man can be as big as he wants.
No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings.
- John F. Kennedy

We are all connected to everyone and everything in the universe.
Therefore, everything one does as an individual affects the whole.
All thoughts, words, images, prayers, blessings,
and deeds are listened to by all that is.
- Serge Kahili King

Truth always rests with the minority,
and the minority is always stronger than the majority,
because the minority is generally formed by those
who really have an opinion,
while the strength of a majority is illusory,
formed by the gangs who have no opinion -
and who, therefore, in the next instant
(when it is evident that the minority is the stronger)
assume its opinion... while truth again reverts to a new minority.
- Soren Kierkegaard

If someone irritates you, it is only
your own response that is irritating you.
Therefore, when anyone seems to be provoking you,
remember that it is only your judgment
of the incident that provokes you. -
- Epictetus

One cannot have wisdom without perspective,
but once gaining perspective, one attains wisdom.
Wisdom is the ability to view every situation
as each person who is in any way affected
by that situation might view it.
Wisdom benefits from having a knowledge of history,
and therefore a historical perspective,
as well from as having the perspective of imagination -
the realm of the what-might-be
inhabited by futurists and science-fiction writers.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I can, therefore I am.
- Simone Weil

It is necessary for me to establish a winner image.
Therefore, I have to beat somebody.
- Richard M. Nixon

I rant, therefore I am.
- Dennis Miller

A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food;
therefore,
if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life
merely for the sake of his appetite.
- Leo Tolstoy

A boxer's diet should be low in fat and high in proteins and sugar.
Therefore you should eat plenty of lean meat,
milk, leafy vegetables, and fresh fruit and ice cream for sugar.
- Gene Tunney

Architecture arouses sentiments in man.
The architect's task therefore, is to make those sentiments more precise.
- Adolf Loos

It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are
punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.
- Voltaire

We, therefore, here in Britain stand shoulder to shoulder
with our American friends in this hour of tragedy,
and we, like them, will not rest until this evil is driven from our world.
- Tony Blair

"Therefore" is a word the poet must not know.
- Andre Gide

Since new developments are
the products of a creative mind,
we must therefore stimulate and encourage
that type of mind in every way possible.
- George Washington Carver

Time = Life, Therefore, waste your time and waste of your life,
or master your time and master your life.
- Alan Lakein

To read a newspaper is to refrain from reading something worth while.
The first discipline of education must therefore be
to refuse resolutely to feed the mind with canned chatter.
- Aleister Crowley

We eat, therefore we hunt.
- Sarah Palin

The key battleground in the war on terrorism,
therefore, is in the minds of the American public.
- Patrick J. Kennedy

I think it's very important that you make your own
decision about what you are.
Therefore you're responsible for your actions,
so you don't blame other people.
- Prince William

Therefore, vegetarianism alone can give us the quality of com-passion,
which distinguishes man from the rest of the animal world.
- Morarji Desai

If there is any secret to my success,
I think it's that my characters are very real to me.
I feel everything they feel, and therefore I think
my readers care about them.
- Sidney Sheldon

Both oligarch and tyrant mistrust the people,
and therefore deprive them of their arms.
- Aristotle

I have therefore concluded to apply for the privilege
of becoming a Cadet at West Point.
- George Stoneman

He that speaketh against his own reason speaks against his own conscience,
and therefore it is certain that no man serves God
with a good conscience who serves him against his reason.
- Jeremy Taylor

Lack of culture means what it has always meant:
ignoble civilization and therefore imminent downfall.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

Practice meditation regularly.
Meditation leads to eternal bliss.
Therefore meditate, meditate.
- Swami Sivananda

The longer mathematics lives the more abstract -
and therefore,
possibly also the more practical - it becomes.
- E. T. Bell

A Boss in Heaven is the best excuse for a boss on earth,
therefore If God did exist, he would have to be abolished.
- Mikhail Bakunin

Whatever I know how to do, I've already done.
Therefore I must always do what I do not know how to do.
- Eduardo Chillida

You largely constructed your depression.
It wasn't given to you.
Therefore, you can deconstruct it.
- Albert Ellis

We ought, therefore, to lessen the price of food to our manufacturers,
and place them more on a level with the manufacturers who have cheaper food,
and also much lighter taxation.
- Joseph Hume

Therefore keep in the midst of life.
Do not isolate yourself.
Be among men and things, and among troubles,
and difficulties, and obstacles.
- Henry Drummond

The first act of religion, therefore,
concerns those things which are communicated to us from God.
The other concerns those things which we yield to God.
- William Ames

You just never know when movies are going to take off or not.
The lucky thing about this was that it didn't cost a lot of money,
and therefore there wasn't loads of pressure on me.
- Sam Mendes

It is as deadly for a mind to have a system as to have none.
Therefore it will have to decide to combine both.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

A great source of calamity lies in regret and anticipation;
therefore a person is wise who thinks of the present alone,
regardless of the past or future.
- Oliver Goldsmith

It is a thoroughly anti-christian doctrine that the Spirit of God,
and therefore the life and governing power of the Church,
resides in the ministry, to the exclusion of the people.
- Charles Hodge


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