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"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself."

-- John Stuart Mill
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Among my favorite quotations. He who has nothing to fight for is indeed a miserable sort-as he either has everything and needs nothing from anyone, or values nothing but self-preservation and is an island unto himself...
 
I have this quote framed and hanging in my home office. :)
 
I have an engraved plaque in the family room :)
 
Oh dear, is this going to devolve into a "My shrine to Mill is bigger than your shrine to Mill" contest? ;-)
 
Nope... ;) The words themselves mean FAR more than how they are displayed... Just as long as they are shared...
 
Dr. E, Since Mill supported proportional representation, I'd say it be best to conclude that we render equal homage. CPT Blankenship had so poetically stated, it's sharing of the idea that counts...
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