Frederick the Great, to retreating Prussian soldiers at the battle of Kolin in 1757:
Kerls, wollt ihr ewig leben?
(Dogs, would you live for ever?)
I fear the answer is ¨yes.¨ But then, why go into politics at all if you are frightened of dangerous achievements?
Note to language police: I know the dog metaphor is not in the original, but it is the traditional translation.