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When statesman gravely say...

When Statesman gravely say 'We must be realistic',
The chances are they're weak, and, therefore, pacifistic,
But when they speak of Principles, look out: perhaps
Their generals are already poring over maps.


W.H. Auden, Collected Shorter Poems 1927-1957, Faber & Faber, London 1996, p. 191.

Pubblicato il 28/10/2008 alle 20.47 nella rubrica Quotes.

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