It is really a strange thing that there should not be room enough in the world for men to live, without cutting one anothers throats.
George Washington, letter to Marquis de Lafayette, June 19, 1788
Nations are never content to confine their rivalships and enmities to themselves. It is their usual policy to disseminate them as widely, as they can, regardless how far it may interfere with the tranquility or happiness of the nations which they are able to influence.
Alexander Hamilton, The Defence No. 1, July 22, 1795