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AUTHOR: George Frost Kennan (1904–)
QUOTATION: By this I mean that a political society does not live to conduct foreign policy; it would be more correct to say that it conducts foreign policy in order to live.
ATTRIBUTION: GEORGE F. KENNAN, “The Two Planes of International Reality,” Realities of American Foreign Policy, p. 4 (1954).

This was originally delivered as the first of the Stafford Little Lectures, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, March 1954.
SUBJECTS: Foreign policy