— George Rogers Clark American general 1752 - 1818
Clark to the Virginia Council, Autumn 1775, requesting aid for Kentucky.
Origine: In the words of George Rogers Clark (link below)
— Bertrand Russell logician, one of the first analytic philosophers and political activist 1872 - 1970
Has Man a Future? (1962), p. 78
— Anatole France French writer 1844 - 1924
On croit mourir pour la patrie; on meurt pour les industriels.
L'Humanité (18 July 1922)
— Chiang Kai-shek Chinese politician and military leader 1887 - 1975
The Generalissimo's son: Chiang Ching-kuo and the revolutions in China and Taiwan, Jay Taylor, 2000, Harvard University Press, 59, 0674002873, 2010-06-28 http://books.google.com/books?id=_5R2fnVZXiwC&pg=PA59&dq=It+is+not+worth+it+to+sacrifice+the+interest+of+the+country+for+the+sake+of+my+son&hl=en&ei=vwe9TIvGF8L78Aa81ZzGDw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CCUQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=It%20is%20not%20worth%20it%20to%20sacrifice%20the%20interest%20of%20the%20country%20for%20the%20sake%20of%20my%20son&f=false,
Chiang Kai Shek: China's Generalissimo and the Nation He Lost, Jonathan Fenby, 2005, Carroll & Graf Publishers, 205, 0786714840, 2010-06-28 http://books.google.com/books?id=YkREps9oGR4C&pg=PA205&dq=It+is+not+worth+it+to+sacrifice+the+interests+of+the+country+for+the+sake+of+my+son&hl=en&ei=MgW9TNvcKsP78Abztqi1Dw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CCoQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=It%20is%20not%20worth%20it%20to%20sacrifice%20the%20interests%20of%20the%20country%20for%20the%20sake%20of%20my%20son&f=false,
— Tucker Carlson American political commentator 1969
Hardball with Chris Matthews, 11 February 2005
„I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor, dumb bastard die for his country.“
— George S. Patton United States Army general 1885 - 1945
Spoken by George C. Scott in the film Patton.
No man ever won a war by dying for his country. Wars were won by making the other poor bastard die for his.
You don't win a war by dying for your country. You win a war by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his.
War is not meant to be you dying for your country-it is by making the other bastard die for his.
„A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at, for it leaves out the one country at which Humanity is always landing.“
— Oscar Wilde, libro L'anima dell'uomo sotto il socialismo
The Soul of Man Under Socialism (1891)
„It is not worth my while to manufacture in three countries only; but I can find it very worthwhile to make it for the whole world.“
— James Watt British engineer 1736 - 1819
Attributed to James Watt in: Joel Mokyr, The lever of riches: Technological creativity and economic progress. Oxford University Press, 1992. p, 245
„With all that this country has given me, I felt it wasn't right for me to be enjoying life in Indian Hill when Marines were fighting and dying in Iraq.“
— Paul Hackett American lawyer and activist 1962
Interview with the Cincinnati Enquirer.
„The liberties of our Country, the freedom of our civil constitution are worth defending at all hazards: And it is our duty to defend them against all attacks.“
— Samuel Adams American statesman, Massachusetts governor, and political philosopher 1722 - 1803
Essay, written under the pseudonym "Candidus," in The Boston Gazette (14 October 1771), later published in The Life and Public Services of Samuel Adams (1865) by William Vincent Wells, p. 425
Contesto: The liberties of our Country, the freedom of our civil constitution are worth defending at all hazards: And it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have receiv'd them as a fair Inheritance from our worthy Ancestors: They purchas'd them for us with toil and danger and expence of treasure and blood; and transmitted them to us with care and diligence. It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle; or be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men. Of the latter we are in most danger at present: Let us therefore be aware of it. Let us contemplate our forefathers and posterity; and resolve to maintain the rights bequeath'd to us from the former, for the sake of the latter. — Instead of sitting down satisfied with the efforts we have already made, which is the wish of our enemies, the necessity of the times, more than ever, calls for our utmost circumspection, deliberation, fortitude, and perseverance. Let us remember that "if we suffer tamely a lawless attack upon our liberty, we encourage it, and involve others in our doom." It is a very serious consideration, which should deeply impress our minds, that millions yet unborn may be the miserable sharers of the event.
„The brave man inattentive to his duty, is worth little more to his country, than the coward who deserts her in the hour of danger.“
— Andrew Jackson American general and politician, 7th president of the United States 1767 - 1845
To troops who had abandoned their lines during the Battle of New Orleans (8 January 1815).
„The sun never shined on a cause of greater worth. 'Tis not the affair of a city, a country, a province, or a kingdom, but of a continent—of at least one eighth part of the habitable globe.“
— Thomas Paine English and American political activist 1737 - 1809
1770s, Common Sense (1776)
Contesto: The sun never shined on a cause of greater worth. 'Tis not the affair of a city, a country, a province, or a kingdom, but of a continent—of at least one eighth part of the habitable globe. 'Tis not the concern of a day, a year, or an age; posterity are virtually involved in the contest, and will be more or less affected, even to the end of time, by the proceedings now. Now is the seed time of continental union, faith and honor. The least fracture now will be like a name engraved with the point of a pin on the tender rind of a young oak; The wound will enlarge with the tree, and posterity read it in full grown characters.
„I'm tired of the moral high ground. We've already got more than our share of Gandhis in "the movement". We need a General Patton. No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor bastard die for HIS country.“
— Joey Comeau writer 1980