“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
“Miss Taggart, do you know the hallmark of the second-rater? It’s resentment of another man’s achievement.” -from Atlas Shrugged
“The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it.” – Thucydides
“I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend.” – J.R.R. Tolkien
“Less good there lies than most believe
In ale for mortal men:
For the more he drinks the less does man
Of his mind the mastery hold.” The Poetic Edda
“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
“Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” -A.Einstein
“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.” – Thomas Paine
the wind paints a path through the
dry, colorful leaves.
of your infinite arms….and
my thoughts drift to you.
*Inspired by Band of Horses “Infinite Arms”