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Heroism

Men learn to do ill by doing nothing.

~ Cato

I propose to fight it out on this line if it takes all summer.

~ Ulysses S. Grant

Money motivates neither the best people, nor the best in people. It can move the body and influence the mind, but it cannot touch the heart or move the spirit; that is reserved for belief, principle, and morality. As Napoleon observed, “No amount of money will induce someone to lay down their life, but they will gladly do so for a bit of yellow ribbon.”

~ Dee Hock

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out — because I was not a Socialist. 

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out — because I was not a Trade Unionist. 

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out — because I was not a Jew. 

Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak for me.

~ Martin Niemoller (1892-1984)
Protestant pastor who opposed the Nazi regime
and spent the last 7 years of Nazi rule in concentration camps

Anyone can be heroic from time to time, but a gentleman is something which you have to be all the time. Which isn’t easy.

~ Luigi Pirandello