?

Log in

entries friends calendar profile AT: Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn Previous Previous Next Next
Writer's Block: Words to Live by - Wemyss's Appalling Hobby:
From the Party Guilty of Committing 'Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn'
wemyss
wemyss
Writer's Block: Words to Live by
What is your favorite quote?

JS Mill: But war, in a good cause, is not the greatest evil which a nation can suffer. War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse. When a people are used as mere human instruments for firing cannon or thrusting bayonets, in the service and for the selfish purposes of a master, such war degrades a people. A war to protect other human beings against tyrannical injustice; a war to give victory to their own ideas of right and good, and which is their own war, carried on for an honest purpose by their free choice – is often the means of their regeneration. A man who has nothing which he is willing to fight for, nothing which he cares more about than he does about his personal safety, is a miserable creature, who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself. As long as justice and injustice have not terminated their ever renewing fight for ascendancy in the affairs of mankind, human beings must be willing, when need is, to do battle for the one against the other.

Tags:

6 comments or Leave a comment
Comments
pathology_doc From: pathology_doc Date: January 3rd, 2012 03:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's posts like this which make me wish LJ had share and like buttons.

edited to change icons.

Edited at 2012-01-03 03:45 pm (UTC)
wemyss From: wemyss Date: January 4th, 2012 01:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yr servant, sir.

Obliged to you.
taradiane From: taradiane Date: January 3rd, 2012 06:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hear, hear!
wemyss From: wemyss Date: January 4th, 2012 01:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thankee, lass.

Quite so.
embolinaoz From: embolinaoz Date: January 4th, 2012 07:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Heartily I concur.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: January 4th, 2012 01:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you.

So ought we all to do. Acute man, Mill.
6 comments or Leave a comment