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   Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations.  1989.
 
 
NUMBER:784
AUTHOR:Sir John Cotesworth Slessor (1897–1979)
QUOTATION:It is customary in democratic countries to deplore expenditure on armaments as conflicting with the requirements of the social services. There is a tendency to forget that the most important social service that a government can do for its people is to keep them alive and free.
ATTRIBUTION:SIR JOHN COTESWORTH SLESSOR, marshal of the Royal Air Force, Strategy for the West, chapter 4, p. 75 (1954).
SUBJECTS:Government—purpose of
 
 
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