This is the devilish thing about foreign affairs: they are foreign and will not always conform to our whim.
Acquaintance, n.: A person whom we know well enough to borrow from, but not well enough to lend to.
Ambrose Bierce (1842 - 1914), The Devil's Dictionary
I'm not worried about the bullet with my name on it... just the thousands out there marked 'Occupant.'
The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.
William James (1842 - 1910)
I particularly like that last one - maybe there is a point to all the futility we have to go through day in, day out.