"The higher level of grand strategy [is] that of conducting war with a far-sighted regard to the state of the peace that will follow."
— Sir Basil H. Liddel-Hart
"This is not a peace. It is an armistice for twenty years."
— Ferdinand Foch, referring to the Treaty of Versailles (1919) which ended World War One
Tywin: War swallowed gold like a pit in the earth.
Cerse: I suppose that explains why we did so well in the last one.
Tywin: Do you know how much gold was mined in the Westerlands this past year?
Cersei: Haven't a clue.
Tywin: Go on, your best guess.
Cersei: Pounds, tons, ounces?
Tywin: King Robert was strong. He won the rebellion and crushed the Targaryen dynasty. And he attended three Small Council meetings in 17 years. He spent his time whoring, drinking and hunting, untill the last two killed him.
"Winning is easy, young man, governing's harder."
— George Washington, Hamilton
"When I went under, the world was at war. I wake up, they say we won. They didn't say what we lost."
"A lady asked Franklin: 'Well, Doctor, what have we gotóa Republic or a Monarchy?'. Franklin replied: 'A Republic, if you can keep it.'"
— The notes of Dr. James McHenry, one of Marylandís delegates to the Constitutional Convention of 1787.