It would be superfluous in me to point out to your lordship that this is war.
1863 Despatch to Earl Russell during the Civil War, 5 Sep. Quoted in C F Adams Charles Francis Adams (1900), ch.17.
In this country ... men seem to live for action as long as they can and sink into apathy when they retire.Adams, Charles Francis, Sr.Diary entry (15 April 1836), as quoted in The Travellers' Dictionary of Quotation : Who Said What, About Where? (1983) by Peter Yapp, p. 862.
It would be superfluous in me to point out to your Lordship that this is war.Adams, Charles Francis, Sr.Dispatch to John Russell at a period of diplomatic tensions between the US and Britain during the US Civil War (5 September 1863); more information on the significance of this statement is available at "The American Question Abroad in the Civil War"
More than all, and above all, Washington was master of himself. If there be one quality more than another in his character which may exercise a useful control over the men of the present hour, it is the total disregard of self when in the most elevated positions for influence and example.Adams, Charles Francis, Sr.As quoted in Washington's Birthday : Its History, Observance, Spirit, and Significance as Related in Prose and Verse (1918) by Robert Haven Schauffler, p. 143.
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