“But a kingdom that has once been destroyed can never come again into being; nor can the dead ever be brought back to life."

"Hence the enlightened ruler is heedful, and the good general full of caution. This is the way to keep a country at peace and an army intact.”

Sun Tzu
The Art of War

“It only added to the allure of this shimmering fantasy land in the desert [Nellis Air Force Base] that it was one of the most dangerous places on Earth. Rarely did a week go by that a fighter pilot did not crash. And when a fighter crashed at 400 knots, it was for keeps. When a pilot ‘augered in’, ‘screwed the pooch’, ‘fucked the duck’, and ‘bought the farm’, then the base siren wailed and the blue car drove slowly and wives stood in the windows and the Chaplin consoled and the flag hung at half staff. But it always happened to someone else, never to the best fighter pilot in the world. And if you have to ask who the best is, it sure as hell ain't you.”

Robert Coram
Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War

“When Pope Benedict asked Giotto to prove his worth as an artist Giotto drew a perfect circle, freehand. Perfection. It's a powerful message.”

Liev Schreiber as Dr. Ted Fielding in Sphere, 1998