Mendacity and Faithlessness.
362. A stock of inherited conceptions of integrity and morality is a necessity for government.-- H. v. TREITSCHKE , P., Vol. i., p. 317.
363. When one really meditates a war, one must say no word about it; one must envelop one's designs in a profound mystery; then, suddenly and without warning, one leaps like a thief in the night--as the Japanese destroyers leapt upon the unsuspecting Port Arthur, as Frederick II. threw himself upon Silesia.*-- A. WIRTH , U.A.P., p. 36.
364. The brilliant Florentine was the first to infuse into politics the great idea that the State is Power. The consequences of this thought are far-reaching. It is the truth, and those who dare not face it had better leave politics alone.-- H. v. TREITSCHKE, P., Vol. i., p. 85.
365. As real might can alone guarantee the endurance of peace and security, and as war is the best test of real might, war contains the promise of future peace.
Frederick the Great's principle was: "When kings want war they begin it, and leave learned professors to come after and prove that it was just."


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