“I never saw a finer death. He looked very brave and handsome up there, outlined against the sky, the only figure on the bank above, his helmet off, and his face very pale and blazing with anger, and his arm pointing forward. He fell down headlong, but we never turned back until we gave the… Read More
“General Ewell was so impressed by the conspicuous gallantry of a certain Federal cavalry officer in rallying his troops on the field of battle that he ordered his soldiers not to shoot at the man. [General ‘Stonewall’] Jackson later reprimanded Ewell for this quixotic action, remarking shrewdly, ‘Shoot the brave officers and the cowards will… Read More
“Live as brave men; and if fortune is adverse, front its blow with brave hearts.” Marcus Tullius Cicero (106 BC to 43 BC) Roman statesman, lawyer, scholar, and writer who vainly tried to uphold republican principles in the final civil wars that destroyed the Roman Republic. His writings include books of rhetoric, orations, philosophical and… Read More
“Bravery without forethought causes a man to fight blindly and desperately like a mad bull. Such an opponent must not be encountered with brute force, but may be lured into an ambush and slain.” Ts’ao Kung
“War is elevating, because the individual disappears before the great conception of the state … What a perversion of morality to wish to abolish heroism among men.” Heinrich von Treitschke (1834 to 196)Heinrich von Treitschke was a German historian and political writer whose advocacy of power politics was influential at home and contributed to distrust… Read More
“Be convinced that to be happy means to be free and that to be free means to be brave. Therefore do not tale lightly the perils of war.” Thucydides (460 to 404 BC) Considered the greatest of ancient Greek historians and author of the History of the Peloponnesian War, which recounts the struggle between Athens… Read More
“Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste death but once.” William Shakespeare (1564 to 1616), from Julius Caesar Shakespeare was an English poet, dramatist, and actor, often called the English national poet and considered by many to be the greatest dramatist of all time.