Elihu Root

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Elihu Root

Elihu Root

Men do not fail; they give up trying.More Elihu Root [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Elihu Root [11/30/2012 04:11:57]
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.More Elihu Root [11/30/2012 05:11:12]
Honest people, mistakenly believing in the justice of their cause, are led to support injustice.More Elihu Root [11/30/2012 05:11:22]
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.More Elihu Root [11/30/2012 05:11:33]
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.More Elihu Root [11/30/2012 05:11:43]
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.More Elihu Root [11/30/2012 05:11:56]
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. More Elihu Root [11/30/2012 05:11:21]
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.More Elihu Root [11/30/2012 05:11:38]
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.More Elihu Root [11/30/2012 05:11:46]
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.More Elihu Root [11/30/2012 05:11:55]
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.More Elihu Root [11/30/2012 05:11:05]
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.More Elihu Root [11/30/2012 05:11:20]
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.More Elihu Root [11/30/2012 05:11:32]
The theoretical postulate of all diplomatic discussion between nations is the assumed willingness of every nation to do justice.More Elihu Root [11/30/2012 05:11:42]
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.More Elihu Root [11/30/2012 05:11:54]
War was forced upon mankind in his original civil and social condition.More Elihu Root [11/30/2012 05:11:09]
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.More Elihu Root [11/30/2012 05:11:14]
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.More Elihu Root [11/30/2012 05:11:09]
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.More Elihu Root [11/30/2012 05:11:21]
The worst, the hardest, the most disagreeable thing that you may have to do may be the thing that counts most, because it is the hard discipline, and it alone, that makes possible the highest efficiencyMore Elihu Root [11/30/2012 05:11:54]
I observe that there are two entirely different theories according to which individual men seek to get on in the world.More Elihu Root [11/30/2012 05:11:04]
One theory leads a man to pull down everybody around him in order to climb up on them to a higher place.More Elihu Root [11/30/2012 05:11:10]
The other leads a man to help everybody around him in order that he may go up with them.More Elihu Root [11/30/2012 05:11:16]
No nation now sets forth to despoil another upon the avowed ground that it desires the spoils.More Elihu Root [11/30/2012 05:11:26]

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