Wednesday, July 11, 2007

"Tis folly in one Nation to
look for disinterested favors
from another; that it must pay
with a portion of its Independence
for whatever it may accept under that
character; that by such acceptance, it may
place itself in the condition of having given
equivalents for nominal favours and yet of being reproached with

ingratitude for not giving more. There can be no greater error than

to expect, or calculate upon real favours from Nation to Nation.

'Tis an illusion which experience must cure, which a just pride ought to discard."

-- George Washington (Farewell Address, 19 September 1796) Reference: Washington's Maxims, 71.

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