"We are not to expect to be translated from despotism to liberty in a feather bed" - Thomas Jefferson (American 3rd US President (1801-09). Author of the Declaration of Independence. 1762-1826)
"The soldier does not wish to appear a coward, disloyal, or un-American. The situation has been so defined that he can see himself as patriotic, courageous, and manly only through compliance." - Stanley Milgram
“Cowardice asks the question - is it safe? Expediency asks the question - is it politic? Vanity asks the question - is it popular? But conscience asks the question - is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular; but one must take it because it is right.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“I hate it when they say, 'He gave his life for his country.' Nobody gives their life for anything. We steal the lives of these kids. We take it away from them. They don't die for the honor and glory of their country. We kill them." - Admiral Gene LaRocque.
The ultimate measure of a person is not where one stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where one stands in times of challenge and controversy: Martin Luther King
No one has a right to sit down and feel hopeless. There is too much work to do: Dorothy Day