The greatest patriotism is to tell your country when it is behaving dishonorably, foolishly, viciously.
She heard him mutter, ‘Can you take away this grief?’ ‘I’m sorry,’ she replied. ‘Everyone asks me. And I would not do so even if I knew how. It belongs to you. Only time and tears take away grief; that is what they are for.
Terry Pratchett, I Shall Wear Midnight
"It is so easy to give in, so easy to accept; to be indifferent if you are not hurt. It is the loneliness of taking a courageous decision which is the worst part, the necessity for turning yourself against the laissez-faire of the crowd. And in return for being an individual you get nothing but pride."
~ Alan Moore, A Late Education
*my slightly battered 'Slightly Foxed' edition
And most importantly, whatever happens in this life, it’s not legendary unless your friends are there to see it.
There has never been a sadness that can’t be cured by breakfast food.
It’s always surprising to be reminded that while you’re watching and thinking about people, all knowing and superior, they’re watching and thinking about you, right back at you.
Those people who say that words have no power know nothing of the nature of words. Words, well placed, can end a regime; can turn affection to hatred; can start a religion or even a war. Words are the shepherds of lies; they lead the best of us to the slaughter.