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I have always said that a conference was held for one reason only, to give everybody a chance to get sore at everybody else. Sometimes it takes two or three conferences to scare up a war, but generally one will do it.

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Source Notes: Source: WILL ROGERS, syndicated column, July 5, 1933.The New York Times, July 6, 1933, p. 23.Disraeli is another who had an unsanguine view of conferences: The Conference lasted six weeks. It wasted six weeks. It lasted as long as a Carnival, and, like a Carnival, it was an affair of masks and mystification. Our Ministers went to it as men in distressed circumstances go to a place of amusementto while away the time, with a consciousness of impending failure.Speech in the House of Commons on Denmark and Germany, vote of censure, July 4, 1864, Hansards Parliamentary Debates, 3d series, vol. 176, col. 743.

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William Penn Adair “Will” Rogers (November 4, 1879 - August 15, 1935) was a Cherokee-American cowboy, comedian, humorist, social commentator, vaudeville performer and actor. He was the father of U.S. Congressman and WWII Veteran Will Rogers, Jr.

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