Alliance. In international politics, the union of two thieves who have their hands so deeply inserted in each other’s pockets that they cannot separately plunder a third.
1842-1914 American Author Editor Journalist The Devil’s Dictionary
When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.
1729-1797 British Political Writer Statesman
Union may be strength, but it is mere blind brute strength unless wisely directed.
1612-1680 British Poet Satirist
Coalitions though successful have always found this, that their triumph has been brief.
1804-1881 British Statesman Prime Minister
I think that a young state, like a young virgin, should modestly stay at home, and wait the application of suitors for an alliance with her; and not run about offering her amity to all the world; and hazarding their refusal. Our virgin is a jolly one; and tho at present not very rich, will in time be a great fortune, and where she has a favorable predisposition, it seems to me well worth cultivating.
1706-1790 American Scientist Publisher Diplomat
All who think cannot but see there is a sanction like that of religion which binds us in partnership in the serious work of the world.
1838-1905 American Author Statesman
Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none.
1743-1826 Third President of the USA
We cannot always assure the future of our friends; we have a better chance of assuring our future if we remember who our friends are.
1923 American Republican Politician Secretary of State
An alliance is like a chain. It is not made stronger by adding weak links to it. A great power like the United States gains no advantage and it loses prestige by offering, indeed peddling, its alliances to all and sundry. An alliance should be hard diplomatic currency, valuable and hard to get, and not inflationary paper from the mimeograph machine in the State Department.
1889-1974 American Journalist
‘Tis our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world.
1732-1799 First President of the USA