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Elihu Root Quotes and Sayings
Quotes by Elihu Root

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

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

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 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

 

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

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

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

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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

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

War was forced upon mankind in his original civil and social condition.
- 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 theoretical postulate of all diplomatic discussion
between nations is the assumed willingness of every nation to do justice.
- Elihu Root

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

Fear makes the wolf bigger than he is.
- German Proverb

It is madness for sheep to talk peace with a wolf.
- Thomas Fuller

It never troubles the wolf how many the sheep may be.
- Virgil

Man is not man, but a wolf to those he does not know.
- Titus Maccius Plautus

Luxury is the wolf at the door and its fangs are the
vanities and conceits germinated by success.
When an artist learns this, he knows where the danger is.
- Tennessee Williams

A gentleman is simply a patient wolf.
- Lana Turner

Woman's destiny is to be wanton, like the bitch,
the she-wolf; she must belong to all who claim her.
- Marquis de Sade

It takes in reality only one to make a quarrel.
It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favor of vegetarianism,
while the wolf remains of a different opinion.
- Dean Inge

Man is to man either a god or a wolf.
- Desiderius Erasmus

Dick Wolf was my first boss after coming out of Sarah Lawrence.
- Elisabeth Rohm

Crying wolf is a real danger.
- David Attenborough

If you live among wolves you have to act like a wolf.
- Nikita Khrushchev

Susan, an only child who never had any roots,
and I, a lone wolf who got married 20 years to late,
were adopted by the kids as much as they were by us.
- Harpo Marx

A hungry wolf at all the herd will run,
In hopes, through many, to make sure of one.
- William Congreve

The modern Little Red Riding Hood, reared on singing commercials,
has no objection to being eaten by the wolf.
- Marshall McLuhan

It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favor of vegetarianism,
while the wolf remains of a different opinion.
- William Ralph Inge

Lefty Grove could throw a lamb chop past a wolf.
- Arthur Baer

Careless shepherd make excellent dinner for wolf.
- Earl Derr Biggers

A fox is a wolf who sends flowers.
- Ruth Brown

I've enjoyed doing Wolf Blitzer's program,
and I even enjoyed having a heated debate with Bill O'Reilly.
I will do it any time.
- Bianca Jagger

It's like Scott Wolf, I never thought he looked like
Tom Cruise until somebody said it and now that they've said it,
I see it every time I look at him!
- Jeremy London

Everybody needs his memories.
They keep the wolf of insignificance from the door.
- Saul Bellow

It was just like Howlin' Wolf.
Once you arrive at the point that you understand it,
the emotional factor is darker than some of the saddest blues stuff.
- Robert Quine

There's always the hyena of morality at the garden gate,
and the real wolf at the end of the street.
- David Herbert Lawrence

I got tackled once in a movie theater.
I was with my mom and brother, and then suddenly I
got hit from behind and sort of sprawled out on the candy counter.
- Scott Wolf

I would say that if you really wished to be a working member of the community,
don't go out on strike because then there's no work
and no potential of work.
- Dick Wolf

You can't do your work worrying about what people will think of it -
you kind of just have to do your work.
- Scott Wolf

I was always enamored with TV shows and movies.
But you didn't grow up in my town and turn into an actor.
- Scott Wolf

Drama or comedy programming is still the surest way
for advertisers to reach a mass audience.
Once that changes, all bets are off.
- Dick Wolf

I hardly see myself as a futurist.
- Dick Wolf

I guess I hit a point while I was in college when I
realized I would have to do something with my life!
- Scott Wolf

Looks like a pretty serious race unfolding.
- Wolf Blitzer

All species capable of grasping this fact manage better
in the struggle for existence than those which rely
upon their own strength alone:
the wolf,
which hunts in a pack, has a greater chance of survival than the lion,
which hunts alone.
- Christian Lous Lange

There are so few strong roles for women,
especially young women.
And Veronica is very serious but also very likable.
She's a lone wolf, and it appeals to people that she
isn't rich and doesn't have a lot of friends.
No posse.
She's just like you, like most of us.
- Kristen Bell

Everyone wants that sense of fulfilling a purpose in some way.
- Scott Wolf

But since I'm single, it's nice to get a kiss where I can.
- Scott Wolf

I still feel like I'm doing this for the same reasons
and working just as hard.
- Scott Wolf

And one of the things I want to say,
Wolf,
is we're 100 days from hurricane season,
and we've got to start focusing on what we're going
to do to make ourselves ready for the next hurricane.
- Michael Chertoff

We'll have to wait the old-fashioned way.
- Wolf Blitzer

It's show business.
No show, no business.
- Dick Wolf

Everybody knows things are not the same.
The people running the TV end of a major vertically
integrated company know how much money a successful show can make.
- Dick Wolf

There are so many people I would love to work with,
like Al Pacino, Paul Newman, Gary Oldman -
maybe Tom Cruise.
I wanna play his brother in something -
so call my agent!
- Scott Wolf


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