The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.
- Sun Tzu
It is always the case that the one who is not your friend will request your neutrality, and that
the one who is your friend will request your armed support.
All treaties between great states cease to be binding when they come in conflict with the struggle for existence.
- Otto von Bismark
There are only two cases in which war is just: first, in order to resist the aggression of an enemy, and second,
in order to help an ally who has been attacked.
Any alliance whose purpose is not the intention to wage war is senseless and useless.
- Adolf Hitler
Close alliances with despots are never safe for free states.
An alliance with a powerful person is never safe.
Alliance does not mean love, any more than war means hate.
- Francis Parker Yockey
Friendship is but another name for an alliance with the follies and the misfortunes of others.
Our own share of miseries is sufficient: why enter then as volunteers into those of another?
- Thomas Jefferson
It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world.
- George Washington
An alliance is like a chain. It is not made stronger by adding weak links to it.
- Walter Lippmann
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.
- Benjamin Franklin
Alliances and international organizations should be understood as opportunities for leadership and a means to expand our influence,
not as constraints on our power.
- Chuck Hagel
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.
- Ambrose Bierce