A State which dwarfs its men, in order that they may be more docile instruments in its hands — even for beneficial purposes — will find that with small men no great thing can really be accomplished.
Though defensive violence will always be ‘a sad necessity’ in the eyes of men of principle, it would be still more unfortunate if wrongdoers should dominate just men.
We have, I fear, confused power with greatness.
Real firmness is good for anything; strut is good for nothing.
Even to observe neutrality you must have a strong government.