Victory is always possible for the person who refuses to stop fighting.
Who are you, reader, reading my poems an hundred years hence?I cannot send you one single flower from this wealth of the spring, one single streak of gold from yonder clouds.Open your doors and look abroad.From your blossoming garden gather fragrant memories of the vanished flowers of an hundred years before.In the joy of your heart may you feel the living joy that sang one spring morning, sending its glad voice across a hundred years.
Genial manners are good, and power of accommodation to any circumstance, but the high prize of life, the crowning fortune of a man is to be born with a bias to some pursuit, which finds him in employment and happiness, -- whether it be to make baskets, or broadswords, or canals, or statutes, or songs. I doubt not this was the meaning of Socrates, when he pronounced artists the only truly wise, as being actually, not apparently so.http://rwe.org/comm/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=173&Itemid=210
The war of words is done;The red-lipped cannon speak;The battle has begun.The web your speeches spunTears and blood shall streak;The war of words is done.Smoke enshrouds the sun;Earth staggers at the shriekOf battle new begun.Poltroons and braggarts run:Woe to the poor, the meek!The war of words is done.And hope not now to shunThe doom that dogs the weak,Thunders every gun;Victory must be won.When the red-lipped cannon speak,The war of words is done,The slaughter has begun.
The difference between a man who faces death for the sake of an idea and an imitator who goes in search of martyrdom is that whilst the former expresses his idea most fully in death it is the strange feeling of bitterness which comes from failure that the latter really enjoys; the former rejoices in his victory, the latter in his suffering.
I favor the policy of economy, not because I wish to save money, but because I wish to save people. The men and women of this country who toil are the ones who bear the cost of the Government. Every dollar that we carelessly waste means that their life will be so much the more meager. Every dollar that we prudently save means that their life will be so much the more abundant. Economy is idealism in its most practical form.