Voices of our forebears

“Though much is taken, much abides; and though
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.”
– – Tennyson, “Ulysses”

“You ask, what is our policy? I can say: It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us: to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark, lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy. You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: It is victory, victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival.”
– – Winston Churchill 1940.

“finish each day and be done with it. you have done what you could. some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. tomorrow is a new day. you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”
– – emerson

“He who feels punctured
Must once have been a bubble
He who feels unarmed
Must have carried arms,
He who feels belittled
must have been consequential
He who feels deprived
Must have had privilege.”
– – Lao-Tzu

Can such vision and elevated thought be found anymore in our packaged, mass-marketed, palatable, bland culture?

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