“It was one of the most memorable meetings during my tenure as Secretary [of Defense]. It was also the only encounter with a foreign leader in which I lost my cool . . . He [King Abdullah] went on and on about how the United States was seen as weak by governments in the region. The longer he talked, the angrier I got . . . I told him that what he considered ‘America's great weakness’, showing restraint, was actually great strength. Because we could crush any adversary. I told him that neither he nor anyone else should ever underestimate the strength and power of the United States. Those who had — Imperial Germany, Nazi Germany, Imperial Japan, and the Soviet Union — were all now in the ashcan of history.”

U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia
Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War

“When I was shaking out at the hueco, I didn’t have any running thoughts aside from what is happening in that present moment: how my body feels, what my breathing is like, just how I’m feeling right then. I definitely felt pumped and my fingers were cold. I had those thoughts, but more as statement of fact and not a worried ‘Oh no, I’m pumped!’ There was no emotion whatsoever; it was super-mechanical. I turned into this machine."

Nina Williams on the ascent of Amborsia, Bishop

“Sun Tzu is represented as saying to Wu Yuan: ‘As a general rule, those who are waging war should get rid of all the domestic troubles before proceeding to attack the external foe.’”

Sun Tzu
The Art of War