History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid.
— General Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1890–1969 An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.
— Prime Minister Winston Churchill
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again. Who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause. Who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.
— Theodore Roosevelt, The Man in the Arena
Of the four wars in my lifetime none came about because the U.S. was too strong.
— Ronald Reagan
To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.
— George Washington, first annual address to Congress, 1790
Cowards die many times before their deaths;
the valiant never taste death but once.
— William Shakespeare, 1564-1616, Julius Caesar
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