(George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (1921). Ecrasia, in Back to Methuselah, "As Far as Thought Can Reach," The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 5, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1972).)
(Sun Tzu (6th-5th century B.C.), Chinese general. The Art of War, ch. 5, axiom 17 (c. 490 B.C.), ed. James Clavell (1981).
The translator of this edition, Lionel Giles, added the explanatory note: "If you wish to feign confusion in order to lure the enemy on, you must first have perfect discipline; if you wish to display timidity in order to entrap the enemy, you must have extreme courage; if you wish to parade your weakness in order to make the enemy over- confident, you must have exceeding strength.")
By the year 2020, the year of perfect vision, the old will outnumber the young.
(Maggie Kuhn (b. 1905), U.S. senior rights activist. As quoted in The Great Divide, book 2, section 6, by Studs Terkel (1988).
Kuhn was the grand convener of the Gray Panthers, a militant organization that advocated the rights of the elderly.)
(John Dickinson (1732-1808), U.S. statesman, essayist. Quoted in C.J. Stillé, The Life and Times of John Dickinson, ch. 5 (1891). Declaration on the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms (pamphlet) (1775).)
The civility of no race can be perfect whilst another race is degraded.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Address Delivered in Concord on the Anniversary of the Emancipation of the Negroes in the British West Indies, August 1, 1844," Miscellanies (1883, repr. 1903).)