​Thucydides quotes for Realist Foreign Policy

​Thucydides quotes

The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it.

The secret to happiness is freedom… And the secret to freedom is courage.

Be convinced that to be happy means to be free and that to be free means to be brave. Therefore do not take lightly the perils of war.

Ignorance is bold and knowledge reserved.

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It is frequently a misfortune to have very brilliant men in charge of affairs. They expect too much of ordinary men.

Men naturally despise those who court them, but respect those who do not give way to them.

History is Philosophy teaching by examples.

We secure our friends not by accepting favors but by doing them.

Wars spring from unseen and generally insignificant causes, the first outbreak being often but an explosion of anger.

Law Commission of India

Law Commission of India

• The first Law Commission was established in 1834 under the Charter Act of 1833 under the Chairmanship of Lord Macaulay which recommended codification of the Penal Code, the Criminal Procedure Code and a few other matters. 

• After independence,  though the Constitution stipulated the continuation of pre-Constitution Laws (Article 372) till they are amended or repealed, there had been demands in Parliament and outside for establishing a Central Law Commission to recommend revision and updating of the inherited laws to serve the changing needs of the country. 

• The Government of India reacted favourably and established the First Law Commission of Independent India in 1955 with the then Attorney-General of India, Mr. M. C. Setalvad, as its Chairman. Since then twenty one more Law Commissions have been appointed, each with a three-year term and with different terms of reference. 

• The Law Commission of India is a non-statutory body constituted by the Government of lndia from time to time. 

• The Commission was originally constituted in 1955 and is re-constituted every three years and works as an advisory body to the Ministry of Law and Justice. 

• The Union Cabinet, has given its approval on the Constitution of the 21st Law Commission of India, for a period of three years w.e.f. 1st September. 2015 to 31st August, 2018. 

• The Law Commission shall, on a reference made to it by the Central Government or suo-motu, undertake research in law and review of existing laws in India for making reforms therein and enacting new legislations. 

• It shall also undertake studies and research for bringing reforms in the justice delivery systems for elimination of delay in procedures, speedy disposal of cases, reduction in cost of litigation etc. The various Law Commissions have been able to make important contribution towards the progressive development and codification of laws of the country.

Indian National Anthem

Indian National Anthem Facts

​• Jana Gana Mana is the national anthem of India.

• The underlying message of Jana Gana Mana is pluralism. 

• Jana Gana Mana was written on 11 December 1911.

• It was first sung on 27 December 1911 at the Calcutta Session of the Indian National Congress and again in January 1912 at the annual event of the Adi Brahmo Samaj.

• The song “Jana Gana Mana” was first published in January 1912, under the title ‘Bharat Vidhata’ in the Ratva bodhini Patrika edited by Tagore.

• The song was translated in English by Tagore in 1919 under the title ‘Morning song of India’.

• It was adopted by the Constituent Assembly as the National Anthem of India on 24 January 1950.

• The song initially was largely unknown to the people, except to the readers of the Brahmo Samaj journal, Tattwabodhini Patrika, of which Tagore was the editor.

•  A formal rendition of the national anthem takes fifty-two seconds. A shortened version consisting of the first and last lines (and taking about 20 seconds to play) is also staged occasionally.

Dwight D. Eisenhower Quotes

​Dwight D. Eisenhower

Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.

A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.

You do not lead by hitting people over the head – that’s assault, not leadership.

In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.

Plans are nothing; planning is everything.

I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.

What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight – it’s the size of the fight in the dog.

We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex.

History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid.

If you want total security, go to prison. There you’re fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking… is freedom.

May we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.

Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you’re a thousand miles from the corn field.

Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him.

An intellectual is a man who takes more words than necessary to tell more than he knows.

Don’t join the book burners. Do not think you are going to conceal thoughts by concealing evidence that they ever existed.

I think that people want peace so much that one of these days government had better get out of their way and let them have it.

Peace and justice are two sides of the same coin.

The history of free men is never really written by chance but by choice; their choice!

The problem in defense is how far you can go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without.

Humility must always be the portion of any man who receives acclaim earned in the blood of his followers and the sacrifices of his friends.

Though force can protect in emergency, only justice, fairness, consideration and cooperation can finally lead men to the dawn of eternal peace.

Alexander Graham Bell

Alexander Graham Bell

When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.

Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.

Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.

Sometimes we stare so long at a door that is closing that we see too late the one that is open.

A man, as a general rule, owes very little to what he is born with – a man is what he makes of himself.

The most successful men in the end are those whose success is the result of steady accretion.

The nation that secures control of the air will ultimately control the world.

Man is an animal which, alone among the animals, refuses to be satisfied by the fulfilment of animal desires.

Thomas Edison

​Thomas Edison

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.

Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.

If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.

Hell, there are no rules here – we’re trying to accomplish something.

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.

Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.

Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless.

Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.

To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.

I never did a day’s work in my life. It was all fun.

There’s a way to do it better – find it.

There is no substitute for hard work.

The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.

The value of an idea lies in the using of it.

I have friends in overalls whose friendship I would not swap for the favor of the kings of the world.

Your worth consists in what you are and not in what you have.

What you are will show in what you do.

I never did anything by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work.

The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will instruct his patient in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.

Benjamin Franklin Quotes

Benjamin Franklin Quotes

 They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.

Our new Constitution is now established, everything seems to promise it will be durable; but, in this world, nothing is certain except death and taxes.

You may delay, but time will not.

Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.

Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.

Well done is better than well said.

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.

Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.

Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy.

We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.

There never was a good war or a bad peace.

Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.

We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.

Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.

Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What’s a sundial in the shade?

If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write something worth reading or do things worth writing.

Beware of little expenses. A small leak will sink a great ship.

He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.

Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do.

Rudyard Kipling Quotes

Rudyard Kipling Quotes

Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.

We have forty million reasons for failure, but not a single excuse.

A woman’s guess is much more accurate than a man’s certainty.

I always prefer to believe the best of everybody, it saves so much trouble.

For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.

I keep six honest serving men (they taught me all i knew); Theirs names are What and Why and When And How And Where and Who.

Gardens are not made by singing ‘Oh, how beautiful,’ and sitting in the shade.

Fill the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds worth of distance run.

He travels the fastest who travels alone.

All the people like us are we, and everyone else is They.

If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.

He wrapped himself in quotations – as a beggar would enfold himself in the purple of Emperors.

The silliest woman can manage a clever man; but it needs a very clever woman to manage a fool!

Everyone is more or less mad on one point.

The female of the species is more deadly than the male.

And a woman is only a woman, but a good cigar is a smoke.

Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are your own fears.

And the first rude sketch that the world had seen was joy to his mighty heart, till the Devil whispered behind the leaves ’It’s pretty, but is it Art?’

Borrow trouble for yourself, if that’s your nature, but don’t lend it to your neighbours.

A people always ends by resembling its shadow.

The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it.

For the sin they do by two and two they must pay for one by one.

If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster And treat those two impostors just the same.

Take everything you like seriously, except yourselves.

If any question why we died, tell them, because our fathers lied.

A man’s mind is wont to tell him more than seven watchmen sitting in a tower.

Heaven grant us patience with a man in love.

When the moon gets up and night comes, he is the Cat that walks by himself, and all places are alike to him.

Take up the White Man’s burden, Send forth the best ye breed— Go, bind your sons to exile To serve your captives’ need.

Asia is not going to be civilized after the methods of the West. There is too much Asia and she is too old.

And the end of the fight is a tombstone white with the name of the late deceased, And the epitaph drear: “A Fool lies here who tried to hustle the East.”

And that is called paying the Dane-geld; but we’ve proved it again and again, that if once you have paid him the Dane-geld you never get rid of the Dane.

I never made a mistake in my life; at least, never one that I couldn’t explain away afterwards.

All we have of freedom — all we use or know — This our fathers bought for us, long and long ago.

Four things greater than all things are,— Women and Horses and Power and War.

If I were dammed of body and soul, I know whose prayers would make me whole, mother o’ mine o mother o’ mine.

If I were hanged on the highest hill, Mother o’ mine, O mother o’ mine! I know whose love would follow me still Mother o’ mine, O mother o’ mine!

More men are killed by overwork than the importance of the world justifies.

San Francisco is a mad city – inhabited for the most part by perfectly insane people whose women are of a remarkable beauty.

We be of one blood, ye and I.

Winds of the World, give answer! They are whimpering to and fro— And what should they know of England who only England know? The English Flag, Stanza

For it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Chuck ’im out, the brute!” But it’s “Savior of ’is country” when the guns begin to shoot.

Ave you ‘eard o’ the Widow at Windsor With a hairy gold crown on ‘er ‘ead? She ‘as ships on the foam—she ‘as millions at ‘ome, An’ she pays us poor beggars in red.

That’s the secret. ‘Tisn’t beauty, so to speak, nor good talk necessarily. It’s just It. Some women’ll stay in a man’s memory if they once walked down a street.

Too much work and too much energy kill a man just as effectively as too much assorted vice or too much drink

Bite on the bullet, old man, and don’t let them think you’re afraid.

Brothers and Sisters, I bid you beware Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.

Funny how the new things are the old things.

There’s no jealousy in the grave.

It takes a great deal of Christianity to wipe out uncivilized Eastern instincts, such as falling in love at first sight.

Gardens are not made by sitting in the shade.

George Orwell

George Orwell Quotes

Inn a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act.

If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever.

Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.

All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.

War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.

All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting.

Political language. . . is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.

The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them.

Every generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.

Big Brother is watching you.

War against a foreign country only happens when the moneyed classes think they are going to profit from it.

People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.

Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.

One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish a dictatorship.

The very concept of objective truth is fading out of the world. Lies will pass into history.

If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.

But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.

Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.

If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.

But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.

Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.

Oscar Wilde Quotes

Oscar Wilde

I can resist everything except temptation.

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.

Always forgive your enemies – nothing annoys them so much.

Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.

The truth is rarely pure and never simple.

Too many people today know the price of everything and the value of nothing.

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.

There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken

To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.

Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.

A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.

Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.

Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.

A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.

It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.

The only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.

I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.

There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.

I have nothing to declare except my genius.

I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.

The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.

I am not young enough to know everything.

There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.

All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That’s his.

A man who does not think for himself does not think at all.

Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong.

Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.

Ordinary riches can be stolen; real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.

Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.

Women are made to be loved, not understood.

Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.

I think that God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability.

I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.

If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you.

The old believe everything; the middle-aged suspect everything; the young know everything.

The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself.

An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.

If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life.

Life is too important to be taken seriously.

Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them.

Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.

Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.

It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.

When I was young I thought that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old I know that it is.

The very essence of romance is uncertainty.

The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast.

Art is the only serious thing in the world. And the artist is the only person who is never serious.

Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.

Work is the curse of the drinking classes.