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Until the millennium arrives and countries cease trying to enslave others, it will be necessary to accept one’s responsibilities and be willing to make sacrifices for one’s country – as my comrades did. As the troops used to say, “If the country is good enough to live in, it’s good enough to fight for.” With privilege goes responsibility.

Eugene B. Sledge, With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa
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The wide world is all about you: you can fence yourselves in, but you cannot for ever fence it out.

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Courage is being the only only one who knows how terrified you are.

Tom Clancy, Red Rabbit

We can’t make you do anything, but we can make you wish you had. – Army saying

Stephen E. Ambrose, Band of Brothers

The easiest thing in the world is to convince yourself that you’re right. As one grows old, it is easier still.

Robert Ludlum, The Bourne Identity

A Christian society is not going to arrive until most of us really want it: and we are not going to want it until we become fully Christian. I may repeat “Do as you would be done by” till I am black in the face, but I cannot really carry it out till I love my neighbour as myself: and I cannot learn to love my neighbour as myself till I learn to love God: and I cannot learn to love God except by learning to obey Him. And so, as I warned you, we are driven on to something more inward – driven on from social matters to religious matters

C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

The Christian idea of marriage is based on Christ’s words that a man and wife are to be regarded as a single organism – for that is what the words ‘one flesh’ would be in modern English. And the Christians believe that when He said this He was not expressing a sentiment but stating a fact – just as one is stating a fact when one says that a lock and its key are one mechanism, or that a violin and a bow are one musical instrument.

C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity