L'optimisme, ce n'est pas le refus de voir ce qui ne va pas, c'est le désir de ne pas s'y attarder. // Donne moi le courage de changer les choses que je peux changer, la sérénité d'accepter celles que je ne peux pas changer, et la sagesse de distinguer entre les deux. (Marc Aurèle) // Don't raise your voice; improve your argument. (Desmond Tutu) // Be the change you want to see in the world. (Gandhi)


Your successes are unheralded--your failures are trumpeted. 

"I WANT, FIRST OF ALL, TO EXPRESS my appreciation to you all for the opportunity that this ceremony gives to tell you how grateful we are in the government and in the country for the services that the personnel of this Agency render to the country.
"It is not always easy. I sometimes have that feeling myself. But I am sure your realize how important is your work, how essential--it isand how, in the long sweep of history, how significant your efforts will be judged.
"So I do want to express my appreciation to you now, and I'm confident that in the future you will continue to merit the appreciation of our country, as you have in the past."

(President John F. Kennedy, CIA Headquarters, 28 November 1961)

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