Thomas Edward Lawrence; Lawrence of Arabia

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All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act out their dream with open eyes, to make it possible. Human Nature
Focus your vision by giving it a goal. Miscellaneous
In matters of business deal only with the commander of the army, column, or party in which you serve. Never give orders to anyone at all, and reserve your directions or advice for the C.O., however great the temptation (for efficiency’s sake). Diplomacy & Diplomats
In retirement there are no ranks...we are all ‘have-beens’ together: Elderly, Aging. Old Age, Social Security & Pensions
In the Middle East persons were more trusted than institutions. Management & Managing Government
Irregular war is far more intellectual than a bayonet charge. War & Peace
It is possible, starting thus level with them, for the European to beat the Arabs at their own game, for we have stronger motives for our action and put more heart into it than they. Diplomacy & Diplomats
Learn to understand the culture of those that you wish to influence. Diplomacy & Diplomats
Wear an Arab headcloth when with a tribe. Bedouin have a malignant prejudice against the hat, and believe the persistence in wearing it (due probably to British obstinacy of dictation) is founded on some immoral or irreligious principle…. if you can wear Arab kit when with the tribes, you will acquire their trust and intimacy to a degree impossible in uniform. Diplomacy & Diplomats
Win and keep the confidence of your leader. Never refuse or quash schemes he puts forward: but ensure that they are put forward in the first instance privately to you. Always approve them, and after praise modify them insensibly causing the suggestions to come from him, until they are in accord with your own opinion. When you attain this point, hold him to it, keep a tight grip of his ideas, and push him forward as firmly as possible, but secretly so that no one but himself (and he not too clearly) is aware of your pressure. Policy & Policy Making
You do not need to be in a position of power. You need only be in a position to influence those in power. Power ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs