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Some prices are just too high, no matter how much you may want the prize. The one thing you can't trade for your heart's desire is your heart.
But pain... seems to me an insufficient reason not to embrace life. Being dead is quite painless. Pain, like time, is going to come on regardless. Question is, what glorious moments can you win from life in addition to the pain
War is not its own end, except in some catastrophic slide into absolute damnation. It's peace that's wanted. Some better peace than the one you started with.
Children might or might not be a blessing, but to create them and then fail them was surely damnation.
A tactical retreat is not a bad response to a surprise assault, you know. First you survive. Then you choose your own ground. Then you counterattack.
Adulthood isn't an award they'll give you for being a good child. You can waste... years, trying to get someone to give that respect to you, as though it were a sort of promotion or raise in pay. If only you do enough, if only you are good enough. No. You have to just... take it. Give it to yourself, I suppose. Say, I'm sorry you feel like that and walk away. But that's hard.
Any community's arm of force - military, police, security - needs people in it who can do neccesary evil, and yet not be made evil by it. To do only the necessary and no more. To constantly question the assumptions, to stop the slide into atrocity.
A hundred objective measurements didn't sum the worth of a garden only the delight of its users did that. Only the use made it mean something.
Honesty is the only way with anyone, when you'll be so close as to be living inside each other's skins.
Exile, for no other motive than ease, would be the last defeat, with no seed of future victory in it.
Good soldiers never pass up a chance to eat or sleep. They never know how much they'll be called on to do before the next chance.
His mother had often said, When you choose an action, you choose the consequences of that action. She had emphasized the corollary of this axiom even more vehemently when you desired a consequence you had damned well better take the action that would create it.
How could you be a Great Man if history brought you no Great Events, or brought you to them at the wrong time, too young, too old
If you're trying to take a roomful of people by surprise, it's a lot easier to hit your targets if you don't yell going through the door.
It's important that someone celebrate our existence... People are the only mirror we have to see ourselves in. The domain of all meaning. All virtue, all evil, are contained only in people. There is none in the universe at large. Solitary confinement is a punishment in every human culture.
Never... ever suggest they don't have to pay you. What they pay for, they'll value. What they get for free, they'll take for granted, and then demand as a right. Hold them up for all the market will bear.
Some men just aren't cut out for paternity. Better they should realize it before and not after they become responsible for a son.
Suicidal glory is the luxury of the irresponsible. We're not giving up. We're waiting for a better opportunity to win.
You couldn't be that good and not know it, somewhere in your secret heart, however much you'd been abused into affecting public humility.
You don't pay back your parents. You can't. The debt you owe them gets collected by your children, who hand it down in turn. It's a sort of entailment. Or if you don't have children of the body, it's left as a debt to your common humanity. Or to your God, if you possess or are possessed by one.
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