1. "My fellow God..."
...spoken by "RIchard Nixon" in the 1973 LP by Burns and Schreiber, "The Watergate Comedy Hour".
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2. Prime Minister of Britain, 1781, after hearing news of America's victory in the War of Independence: "We are ruined!"
Adam Smith replied to him: "There is a lot of ruin in a nation."
3. John Adams, American ambassador to Britain after the War of Independence, circa 1782, in a letter:
"The pride and vanity of that nation (Britain) is a disease; it is a delerium." Cf, America today.
4. Henry Kissinger to Chinese Premiere Zhou En Lai, circa 1972: "What do you Chinese think about the French Revolution?"
Zhou En Lai: "It's too early to tell."
5. "Ozymandias", by Shelley (c 1820):
I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: "Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
`My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!'
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
6. Old man born in the Russian city of St Petersburg in 1900, interviewed c. 1988:
Q: Where were you born?
A. St Petersburg.
Q. Where did you grow up?
Q. Where do you live now?
Q. Where do you expect to die?
A. St Petersburg.
7.. "Continuity is as strong as change." - American historian Barbara Tuchman, 1978.
8. Abraham Lincoln, 1865:
With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.