Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

John G. Stoessinger

Austrian-born American Political Scholar, Diplomat, Professor, Analyst and Prize-winning Author

"Perhaps the most important single factor in the outbreak of war is misperception: a leader's image of himself; [his] view of his adversary's character; his view of his adversary's intentions, and of his adversary's capabilities."

"Intelligence alone, without wisdom and empathy for suffering, is hollow. "

"It has become almost banal to say that the atomic age has fundamentally altered the nature of war. No nuclear power can tell another: “Do as I say or I shall kill you,” but is reduced to saying: “Do as I say or I shall kill us both,” which is an entirely different matter."