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    Life isn't easy, and leadership is harder still.
    — Walter Russell Mead
    tags: leadership 
     
    Jordan is the only Arab state that has provided citizenship to Palestinian refugees and integrated them. But something has to be done about the Palestinians living in refugee camps in Syria and Lebanon.
    — Walter Russell Mead
    tags: living 
     
    It is a kind of ego booster, the way Egypt's winning the 1973 war, in the first stages, was an uplift. But I did not find when I spoke to people that the war in Iraq was seen as the major issue in American-Arab relations.
    — Walter Russell Mead
    tags: people  ego  winning  war 
     
    We Americans look at the last 300 years of history, and we basically see a world that's getting better and better. The rule of freedom expands. The economy develops. We have risen to become the world's greatest power.
    — Walter Russell Mead
    tags: freedom  power  world  rules  american  year 
     
    This very individualistic form of Protestant Christianity that became so basic in English and then American life is to a large degree responsible for the historical success of Britain and America.
    — Walter Russell Mead
    The Arab states don't seem to do a good job of providing for their own people, so I am not sure why they would suddenly develop an ability to help the Palestinians.
    — Walter Russell Mead
    tags: people  help  job 
     
    The American people are extraordinarily comfortable, affluent, and secure. It's easy for us to make the argument that God's purpose is being fulfilled through history and through the rise of American power. And to some degree, it probably is.
    — Walter Russell Mead
    tags: people  power  god  american 
     
    When Edward Gibbon was writing about the fall of the Roman Empire in the late 18th century, he could argue that transportation hadn't changed since ancient times. An imperial messenger on the Roman roads could get from Rome to London even faster in A.D. 100 than in 1750. But by 1850, and even more obviously today, all of that has changed.
    — Walter Russell Mead
    tags: time  writing 
     
    There is not a great sense that the Americans know what they are doing, or are making much progress in Iraq. And there is satisfaction in seeing that the Iraqis are successful in resisting the United States.
    — Walter Russell Mead
    The historian assesses that the investment of the wealthy classes in the Bank of England wedded them to the fate of the nation as a whole and to the maintenance of its stability.
    — Walter Russell Mead
    tags: fate  england 
     
    Unlike some, I don't claim to hold the mystic key to the future. But judging from past events, it seems to me that those who want to prophesy the imminent end of America's unique global role have a harder case to make than those who think we will limp on for a while, making a mess of things as usual.
    — Walter Russell Mead
    tags: future  past  key  america 
     
    What begins in arrogance often ends in shame.
    — Walter Russell Mead
    tags: shame  arrogance 
     
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