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Quotation by John Dos Passos
bald-headed official in 1919, of the trilogy U.S.A. The Modern Library, Random House, Inc. (1937) Ben Evans in The Forty-Second Parallel, of the trilogy U.S.A. The Modern Library, Random House, Inc. (1937) Bill Cermak in The Big Money, of the trilogy U.S.A. The Modern Library, Random House, Inc. (1937) Bob Henslowe in Three Soldiers Houghton Mifflin Company (1964) Bum in Fortune Heights Three Plays, Harcourt, Brace and Company (1934)
The Gospel of the army is cunning, as of all other human activities. The wisdom of the snake under the meekness of the sheep is what wins out. The first Commandment is—never let them get anything on you— The second: Graft—get privileges others haven't got—worm yourself into confidence The Third—seem neat and prosperous—as if you had money in the bank—
John Dos Passos (1896–1970), U.S. novelist, poet, playwright, painter. Diary entry, October 1918. The Fourteenth Chronicle: Letters and Diaries of John Dos Passos, ed. Townsend Ludington (1973).
Written in Camp Crane, Allentown, Pennsylvania, after Dos Passos joined the U.S. Army Medical Corps.
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