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Alliance. In international politics, the union of two thieves who have their hands so deeply inserted in each other's pockets that they cannot separately plunder a third.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) American newspaperman and short-story writer.

When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.

Edmund Burke (1729-1797) British political writer.

Union may be strength, but it is mere blind brute strength unless wisely directed.

Samuel Butler (1612-1680) British poet and satirist.

Coalitions though successful have always found this, that their triumph has been brief.

Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881) British politician and author.

Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none.

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) Third president of the United States.

'Tis our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world.

George Washington (1732-1799) First President of the USA.