“Though boys throw stones at frogs in sport,
yet the frogs do not die in sport but in earnest.”
Bion of Borysthenes (Greek poet, c. 325 – c. 250 BC),
cited by Greek historian Plutarch (c. 46 – 120 AD)
“When a man fails to honor ladies,
his own honor must be dead.”
Percival’s mother, to Percival when he left home,
in the story of King Arthur
Ernie Pyle (1900-1945), from his book, Here Is Your War
“On the day of final peace, the last stroke of what we call the ‘Big Picture’ will be drawn. I haven’t written anything about the ‘Big Picture,’ because I don’t know anything about it. I only know what we see from our worm’s-eye view, and our segment of the picture consists only of tired and dirty soldiers who are alive and don’t want to die; of long darkened convoys in the middle of the night; of shocked silent men wandering back down the hill from battle; of chow lines and atabrine tablets and foxholes and burning tanks and Arabs holding up eggs and the rustle of high-flown shells; of jeeps and petrol dumps and smelly bedding rolls and C rations and cactus patches and blown bridges and dead mules and hospital tents and shirt collars greasy-black from months of wearing; and of laughter too, and anger and wine and lovely flowers and constant cussing. All these it is composed of; and of graves and graves and graves.
“That is our war, and we will carry it with us as we go on from one battleground to another until it is all over, leaving some of us behind on every beach, in every field. I don’t know whether it was their good fortune or their misfortune to get out of it so early in the game; I guess it doesn’t make any difference, once a man has gone. Medals and speeches and victories are nothing to them any more. They died and others lived and nobody knows why it is so. They died and thereby the rest of us can go on and on. When we leave here for the next shore, there is nothing we can do for the ones beneath the wooden crosses, except perhaps to pause and murmur, ‘Thanks, pal.'”
“The rifle is the first weapon you learn how to use, because it lets you keep your distance from the client. The closer you get to being a pro, the closer you can get to the client. The knife, for example, is the last thing you learn.”
Leon, The Professional (1994)
“Liberty is found in the pursuit of truth, not in the protection of opinions.”
Everett Piper, president, Oklahoma Wesleyan University (comment made while speaking about the role of liberal arts universities, 2015)
Go take a walk in the woods. Nature is great because it has birds and Bigfoot… …Bigfoot’s not alive, right?
Ian, 5, in an interview article titled “Life Advice from Kids,” Men’s Health, January/February 2017.