“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

“We cannot enter into alliances until we are acquainted with the designs of our neighbors.”

Sun Tzu
The Art of War

“A friend once said, ‘You can't get so hung up on where you'd rather be that you forget to make the most of where you are.’ We got lost along the way, but we found each other, and we made a life. A beautiful life. Together."

Jennifer Lawrence as Aurora Lane in Passengers, 2016