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“Alexander [ʻIolani Liholiho, later known as Kamehameha IV, the fourth monarch of Hawaii] found their birth [on the train from Washington D.C. to New York] and seated himself, and there occurred one of the pivotal moments of his life as he came face to face with the reality of how Americans regarded darker skinned people . . . ‘While I was sitting looking out of the window a man came to me and told me to get out of the carriage, rather unceremoniously, saying that I was in the wrong carriage. I immediately asked him what he meant. He continued his request. Finally, he came around by the door and I went out to meet him. Just as he was coming in, somebody whispered a word into his ears. By this time I came up to him and asked him his reasons for telling me to get out of that carriage. He then told me to keep my seat. I took hold of his arm and asked him his reasons and what right he had in turning me out and talking to me in the way that he did. He replied that he had some reasons but requested me to keep my seat, and I followed him out, but he took care to be out of my way after that. I found he was the conductor and probably had taken me for somebody's servant just because I had a darker a skin than he had, confounded fool. The first time that I ever received such treatment. Not in England or France or anywhere else, but in this country I must be treated like a dog to go and come at an American's bidding.’”

James L. Haley
Captive Paradise: A History of Hawaii

“Do not press a desperate foe too hard.”

Sun Tzu
The Art of War

Tom Bishop: “Ah, Jesus Christ, you just... You don't just trade these people like they're baseball cards! It's not a fucking game!”

Nathan Muir: “Oh yes it is. It's exactly what it is. And it's no kid's game either. This is a whole other game. And it's serious and it's dangerous. And it's not one you want to lose.”

Robert Redford as Nathan Muir to Brad Pitt as Tom Bishop in Spy Game, 2001