The Saudis have no geographic interests per se, but their ideological bent is just as dangerous, since any attempt to spread an ideology in today’s world has inevitable geographic consequences, as would any attempt at territorial expansion at the point of a gun.
An ounce of mutual respect is worth a pound of friendship.
The tax on memories is by far the highest toll that any of us will ever be called upon to pay.
It is easier to fight one’s enemies than it is to protect one’s friends.
Anyone who approaches danger without a healthy sense of fear is actually neither prepared to ward off the threats of war nor to respond favorably to opportunities for peace. Nuclear energy may well extend electrical power to those who otherwise would only know the candle, but those who see nuclear energy as a source of power to threaten and coerce will only know the grave. And, from the grave, no man ever lit the home of another.
The core essential ingredient that makes life on this planet worth living is human dignity—wherever it exists in abundance, adversity can never triumph.
The solution to an act of terrorism is infinitely easier than its prevention.
Everyone wants to be Christ, but no one wants to be crucified—if you want to be the Savior, it is inevitable that you will have to bear the cross.
For the first time in human history, the ability to control fire is within our reach.
This new and emerging science is a reminder that every new advance in science brings with it the ability to build, to improve and possibly to cure, and at the same time brings with it the means to destroy, to coerce and to kill.
Oxford University thrives, because people with rather hefty responsibilities come not looking for answers in the way that word is normally used, but approaches to their problems. It is often useful when one is confronted with a problem to consult someone, who has a long-range interest in that particular subject.
I have never found it wise to present either side in a conflict a passport that has their adversary’s stamp in it.