Statecraft is the art of attending to small matters as diligently as grand ones.Politics, Small ThingsAr-Pharazôn in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, Season 1 Episode 4
Pharazôn: "Sometimes the folly of youth is enough to make an old man weep."
Kemen: "Is it folly to try and stop a war?"
Pharazôn: "It's folly to kick against the current. You see, the tide may rise and drown a man, or fall and sweep him out to sea. The trick of mastering the current is to know which way it will turn next."
Cleverness is for men of small ambition. I'd much rather it if you were wise, my son.IntelligenceAr-Pharazôn in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, Season 1 Episode 4