Quote by William Safire
To know your place is a good idea in politics. That is not to say stay in your place or hang on to your place, because ambition or boredom may dictate upward or downward mobility, but a sense of place -- a feel for one's own position in the control room -- is useful in gauging what you should try to do.
This quote emphasizes the importance of understanding one's position in the political arena. It suggests that knowing your place does not entail passivity or complacency but rather having a profound awareness of where you stand. Whether driven by ambition or discontent, grasping this sense of place allows individuals to assess their influence and make informed decisions concerning their actions and aspirations. It urges individuals to recognize their control room and use this understanding to navigate their political endeavors wisely.
Those who believe in their truth -- the only ones whose imprint is retained by the memory of men -- leave the earth behind them strewn with corpses. Religions number in their ledgers more murders than the bloodiest tyrannies account for, and those whom humanity has called divine far surpass the most conscientious murderers in their thirst for slaughter.