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"The battle, Sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave." -
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Top 5 quotes from Patrick Henry
"Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel."
"The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government -- lest it come to dominate our lives and interests."
"If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable; and let it come! I repeat, Sir, let it come!"
"The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them."
"I know not what course others make take, but as for me: give me Liberty, or give me death."
Top 5 quotes from War & Peace
"Warmaking doesn't stop warmaking. If it did, our problems would have stopped millennia ago."
"A tyrant is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader."
"It is only necessary to make war with five things: with the maladies of the body, with the ignorances of the mind, with the passions of the body, with the seditions of the city, with the discords of families."
"If you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a small chance of survival. There may even be a worse case: you may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves."
"The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him."