Archive for November 11th, 2012

2012

a cause

War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.

John Stuart Mill, “The Contest in America,” Harper’s New Monthly Magazine (1862)

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2012

the grateful

When our perils are past, shall our gratitude sleep?

George Canning, “The Pilot That Weathered the Storm” (1802)

2012

the wounded

In war, there are no unwounded soldiers.

Jose Narosky, Si todos los tiempos (1977)

Note: The first record I could find of this quote being translated into English is in Reader’s Digest, vol. 118, issue 1. (1981)

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