a fair and balanced birdthing (raaven) wrote,
a fair and balanced birdthing
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A series of quotes

These have all struck me, in my reading today. Thought I'd share.

"A nation which can prefer disgrace to danger is prepared for a master, and deserves one." - Alexander Hamilton


"There are some things worse than avoiding all casualties in warfare.One of those things is abandoning the core meaning of what a country and a civilization stand for. If America does not stand against thetorture of individuals seized without due process by an unchecked executive power, then American stands for nothing. In fact, if this standard had applied two centuries ago, America would not exist at all. The president takes an oath not to prevent any American life from being lost in wartime, but to protect and defend the Constitution which is the sole guarantor of such liberty. Churchill upheld that rule, even as London was reduced to rubble and hundreds of thousands of mother's children were lost. Washington made it a central hallmark of the meaning of his new republic. To destroy the constitution, the rule of law, and habeas corpus and to legalize torture in the false hope of saving lives is the action of those who do not understand freedom and who do not understand America. It is the action of cowards and slaves." - Andrew Sullivan, The Daily Dish

The Bene Gesserit Litany against Fear.

I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain. - Frank Herbert, Dune
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