When one ceases from conflict, whether because he has won, because he has lost, or because he cares no more for the game, the virtue passes out of him.
Humanity has won its battle. Liberty now has a country.
Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.
It is true we have won all our wars, but we have paid for them. We don’t want victories anymore.
Violence as a way of achieving racial justice is both impractical and immoral. I am not unmindful of the fact that violence often brings about momentary results. Nations have frequently won their independence in battle. But in spite of temporary victories, violence never brings permanent peace.
Only the mob and the elite can be attracted by the momentum of totalitarianism itself. The masses have to be won by propaganda.
We as the governments, workers, employers and civil society must declare a war on child labour. This war cannot be won without strong, committed, coherent, and well-resourced worldwide movement. Equally needed is a genuine and active coordination between intergovernmental agencies at the highest level.
One of the first things the PT government did when it took office in 2003, after Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva won the presidency, was to create a ‘dirty list’ of hundreds of companies and individual employers who were investigated by labor prosecutors and found to be using slaves.
Wilson won re-election in 1916, his campaign running on the slogan, ‘He kept us out of war.’ But he could then betray his anti-war supporters knowing that a rising political coalition – made up, in part, of men looking to redeem a lost war by finding new wars to fight – had his back.
They envy the distinction I have won; let them therefore, envy my toils, my honesty, and the methods by which I gained it.