Act nothing in a furious passion. It's putting to sea in a storm.
- Thomas Fuller, English Clergyman and Author (1608-1661)
It has often been said that the British acquired their empire in a fit of absent mindedness, as consequence of automatic trends, yielding to what seemed possible and what was tempting, rather than as a result of deliberate policy. If this is true, then the road to hell may just as well be paved with no intentions as with the proverbial good ones.
“The Origins of Totalitarianism” – Hannah Arendt, 1951