May 26, 2008

How Then, Shall We Live, In Light Of So Great a Sacrifice?

"Contemplate the mangled bodies of your countrymen, and then say, 'What should be the reward of such sacrifices?' ... If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animating contest of freedom, go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen!" --Samuel Adams

"War is an ugly thing but not the ugliest of things; the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feelings which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. A man 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

"You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life." -- Winston Churchill

Note: for a more perfect meditation on the somber holiness of this day, go here.

1 comments:

Anonymous said...

.... beautiful quotes..... and spot on...

Eric