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The offhand decision of some commonplace mind high in office at a critical moment influences the course of events for a hundred years.

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)
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The offhand decision of some commonplace mind high in office at a critical moment influences the course of events for a hundred years.

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)
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In democratic countries, the media and parliaments play a decisive role to oppose and control such decisions and yet there is not always the right person in the right place to issue the right decision.
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Context from :The Early Life of Thomas Hardy, 1840-1891
By Florence Emily Hardy

CHAPTER XII - WIMBORNE AND “TWO ON A TOWER,” 1882–1883:

It must have been his experiences at these nominally social but really political parties that gave rise to the following note at the same date:

"History is rather a stream than a tree. There is nothing organic in its shape, nothing systematic in its development. It flows on like a thunderstorm-rill by a road side; now a straw turns in this way, now a tiny barrier of sand that. The offhand decision of some commonplace mind high in office at a critical moment influences the course of events for a hundred years. Consider the evenings at Lord Carnarvon's, and the intensely average conversation on politics held there by average men who two or three weeks later were members of the Cabinet. A row of shopkeepers in Oxford Street taken just as they came would conduct the affairs of the nation as ably as these.

http://ebooks.cambridge.org/ebook.jsf?bid=CBO9781139060776


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The offhand decision of some commonplace mind high in office at a critical moment influences the course of events for a hundred years.
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Daemon wrote:
The offhand decision of some commonplace mind high in office at a critical moment influences the course of events for a hundred years.

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)


Yeah. Don’t let those – call them whatever you want - close to power buttons. That’s all that matters to me...
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Still valid today... Although now the responsability is a bit more shared by civilians as we choose such hands though.
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