Skip to comments.War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things.
Posted on 02/19/2003 1:54:25 PM PST by ShelleyAa
Recently my son sent this quote to me. Would any have an interest in commenting on the substance of the stated?
War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing that 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 [people] than himself."
-- John Stewart Mill
For your information regarding the author of the quote: John Stewart Mill (1806-1873) May 1999 John Stewart Mill stands as a bridge between the 18th-century concern for liberty, reason and science, and the 19th-century trend toward empiricism and collectivism. In philosophy, he systematized the utilitarian doctrines of his father and Jeremy Bentham in such works as Utilitarianism (1836), basing knowledge upon human experience and emphasizing human reason. In political economy, Mill advocated those policies that he believed most consistent with individual liberty, and he emphasized that liberty could be threatened as much by social as by political tyranny. He is probably most famous for his essay "On Liberty" (1859). He studied pre-Marxian socialist doctrine, and, although he did not become a socialist, he worked actively for improvement of the conditions of the working people. In Parliament, Mill was considered a radical because he supported such measures as public ownership of natural resources, equality for women, compulsory education, and birth control. His advocacy of women's suffrage in the debates on the Reform Bill of 1867 led to the formation of the suffrage movement. --Microsoft Encarta 96 Encyclopedia
Amen!!We still have Chelsea and Hill.
Hillary Clinton is the ugliest of things, inside and outside.
Here's one more for ya: "Beware the fury of a patient man" -- John Dryden
Oh, yeah, he's patient, and determined....
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