On the tree, Future, we build our nest; and in our solitude eagles shall bring us nourishment in their beaks!
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 4, p. 126, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980); Thus Spoke Zarathustra, p. 98, trans. by Walter Kaufmann, New York, Penguin Books (1978). Zarathustra, in Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Second Part, "On the Rabble," (1883).)
He who never sacrificed a present to a future good or a personal to a general one can speak of happiness only as the blind do of colors.
(Olympia Brown (1835-1900), U.S. minister, first woman ordained in U.S. sermon, c. Jan. 13, 1895, Mukwonago, Wisconsin; repr. In Annual Journal of the Universalist Historical Society, vol. 4 (1963). Olympia Brown, An Autobiography, ed. Gwendolen B. Willis (1960).)
Don't forget what I discoveredthat over ninety percent of all national deficits from 1921 to 1939 were caused by payments for past, present, and future wars.
(Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945), U.S. president. Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Search for Victory: American- Soviet Relations, 1939-1945, p. 27, Scholarly Resources, Inc. (1990). PSF II, Departmental Files, State Department, 1940-1941, Box 22, Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, Hyde Park, New York, FDR to Adolph A. Berle, Jr. (June 21, 1941).
This was a theme FDR harped on throughout his presidency. A first obligation of the President was to attempt arms limitation; failing this, the first obligation was to arm for defense.)