“It may be that life is not man’s most precious possession, after all. Certainly men can be induced to give it away freely at times, and the terms hardly seem to make sense unless there is something about the whole business that we don’t understand. Lives are spent for very insignificant things which benefit the dead not at all – a few rods of ground in a cornfield, for instance, or the temporary ownership of a little hill or a piece of windy pasture; and now and then they are simply wasted outright, with nobody gaining anything at all.”
– Bruce Catton, “Mr. Lincoln’s Army”
“There is yet something in this land worth fighting for.”
– Peter Welsh, Irish Brigade.