You will recall the proud statement made recently by a Fascist general"We have four columns in front of Madrid and a fifth inside the city."
(Howard Koch (1901-1995), U.S. screenwriter. Michael Curtiz. Litvinov (Oscar Homolka), Mission to Moscow, supposedly a historical statement made by a general in the Spanish Civil Warthe origin of the term "fifth column," (1943).
Although in reality highly fictionalized, the film purports to be based on Ambassador Joseph E. Davies memoirs of the same title. Davies himself introduces the film in a prologue.)
When we retreat to the country, we are hiding not from people, but from our pride, which, in the city and among people, operates unfairly and immoderately.
(Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, March 17, 1892, to his editor and friend, A.S. Suvorin. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 5, p. 25, "Nauka" (1976).)