Here's a couple of quotes from the remarkable book I'm reading right now, Finite and Infinite Games by James P. Carse. Mostly I want to preserve them for myself.
To be prepared against surprise is to be trained. To be prepared for surprise is to be educated.

Only by free self-concealment can persons believe that they obey the law because the law is powerful; in fact, the law is powerful for persons only because they obey it. We do not proceed through a traffic intersection because the signal changes, but when it changes.

And one that's especially relevant to today's society:
Conflict with other societies is, in fact, an effective way for a society to restrain its own culture. Powerful societies do not silence their poietai [original thinkers, artists, etc.] in order that they may go to war; they go to war as a way of silencing their poietai.

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