|Henry L. Stimson, U.S. Secretary of War (1911-1913 and 1940-1945) and Secretary of State (1929-1933)|
"Those who read this book will mostly be younger than I, men of the generations who must bear the active part in the work ahead. Let them charge us with our failures and do better in their turn. But let them not turn aside from that which they have to do, nor think that criticism excuses inaction. Let them have hope, and virtue, and let them believe in mankind and its future, for there is good as well as evil, and the man who tries to work for the good, believing in its eventual victory, while he may suffer setback and even disaster, will never know defeat. The only deadly sin I know is cynicism."
— Henry L. Stimson, in his memoirs On Active Service in Peace and War (1948)
[Digested from The Reader's Digest Reader (Pleasantville, NY, The Reader's Digest Association, Inc., 1951).]