Some quotes I hope may resonate with you.
"Generations of men establish a growing mastery over the earth, but are destined to become fossils in its soil." - Will and Ariel Durant
"Only six people in the Galaxy knew that the job of the Galactic President was not to wield power but to attract attention away from it." - Douglas Adams
"In the end China went her own way as if the Americans had never come." - Barbara Tuchman
"Animals eat one another without qualm; civilized men consume one another by due process of law." - Will and Ariel Durant
"The duty of a foreign service officer is to report the truth as he sees it without adjusting it to American domestic considerations." - Raymond Ludden (1945)
"'Aspiring' is not a word you want in your obituary." - Aaron Haspel