Posts tagged ‘sacrifice’

2013

courage

Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die.

G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy (1909)

Thank you to all our veterans. God bless and keep you all.

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2013

keep it well

Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic.

If other eyes grow dull, other hands slack, and other hearts cold in the solemn trust, ours shall keep it well as long as the light and warmth of life remain to us.

Gen. John A. Logan, General Order No. 11; Headquarters, Grand Army of the Republic (1868)

2013

witnesses

They hover as a cloud of witnesses above this nation.

Henry Ward Beecher, “The Honored Dead” (1863)

2013

courage

The brave die never, though they sleep in dust:
Their courage nerves a thousand living men.

Minot Judson Savage, “Decorating the Soldiers’ Graves” (1882?)

2013

heroism

Heroism is latent in every human soul…However humble or unknown, [the veterans] have renounced what are accounted pleasures and cheerfully undertaken all self-denials; privations, toils, dangers, sufferings, sicknesses, mutilations, life-long hurts and losses, death itself—for some great good, dimly seen but dearly held.

 Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, Memorial Day Address (1884)

2012

to obtain love

To obtain [love]…a man must give up his rib.

Anne Fortier, Juliet (2010)

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