“What is called ‘foreknowledge’ cannot be elicited from spirits, nor from gods, nor by analogy with past events, nor from calculations. It must be obtained from men who know the enemy situation.”
SUN TZU,The Art of War(6th century B.C.).
“Let none say, ‘it cannot happen here.’”
SOPHOCLES,Ajax(5th century B.C.). He also said (in Acrisius), “To him who is in fear, everything rustles.”
“War, as the saying goes, is full of false alarms.”
ARISTOTLE,Nichomachean Ethics(c. 340 B.C.).
“In the beginning the world was so made that certain signs come before certain events.”