“Freedom is not a place to visit, or a thing to be achieved. Freedom is a commitment, a way of life that will endure only as long as men love it for themselves and their children, more than their weariness, or their fear, or vain comforts.”  – Michael Case

“Mankind as it is constituted,” Polynikes said, “is a boil and a canker.  Observe the specimens in any nation other than Lakedaemon.  Man is weak, greedy, craven, lustful, prey to every species of vice and depravity.  He will lie, steal, cheat, murder, melt down the very statues of the gods and coin their gold as money for whores.  This is man.  This is his nature, as all the poets attest.

“Fortunately God in his mercy has provided a counterpoise to our species’ innate depravity.  That gift, my young friend, is war.”

“War, not peace, produces virtue. War, not peace, purges vice.  War, and preparation for war, call forth all that is noble and honarable in a man.  It unites him with his brothers and binds them in selfless love, eradicating in the crucible of necessity all which is base and ignoble.  There in the holy mill of murder the meanest of men may seek and find that part of himself, concealed beneath the corrupt, which shines forth brilliant and virtuous, worthy of honor before the gods.  Do not despise war, my young friend, nor delude yourself that mercy and compassion are virtues superior to andreia, to many valor.” From Gates of Fire, by Steven Pressfield