„Nor love they least
Who strike with right good will
To vanquish ill
And fight God’s battle upward from the beast.“

"The Call of the Bugles", p. 15.
Along the Trail (1898)

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„Though they be
Ill rulers of this household, be not thou
Too swift to strike ere time be ripe to strike,
Nor then by darkling stroke, against them: I
Have erred, who thought by wrong to vanquish wrong,
To smite by violence violence, and by night
Put out the power of darkness: time shall bring
A better way than mine, if God's will be —
As how should God's will be not?“

—  Algernon Charles Swinburne English poet, playwright, novelist, and critic 1837 - 1909

to redeem
Venice. I was not worthy — nor may man,
Till one as Christ shall come again, be found
Worthy to think, speak, strike, foresee, foretell,
The thought, the word, the stroke, the dawn, the day,
That verily and indeed shall bid the dead
Live, and this old dear land of all men's love
Arise and shine for ever: but if Christ
Came, haply such an one may come, and do
With hands and heart as pure as his a work
That priests themselves may mar not.
Faliero, Act V. Sc. 3.
Marino Faliero (1885)

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„Whatever rushes upward and helps God to ascend is good. Whatever drags downward and impedes God from ascending is evil.“

—  Nikos Kazantzakis, livre The Saviors of God

The Saviors of God (1923)
Contexte: What is the essence of our God? The struggle for freedom. In the indestructible darkness a flaming line ascends and emblazons the march of the Invisible. What is our duty? To ascend with this blood-drenched line.
Whatever rushes upward and helps God to ascend is good. Whatever drags downward and impedes God from ascending is evil.
All virtues and all evils take on a new value. They are freed from the moment and from earth, they exist completely within man, before and after man, eternally.
For the essence of our ethic is not the salvation of man, who varies within time and space, but the salvation of God, who within a wide variety of flowing human forms and adventures is always the same, the indestructible rhythm which battles for freedom.
We, as human beings, are all miserable persons, heartless, small, insignificant. But within us a superior essence drives us ruthlessly upward.
From within this human mire divine songs have welled up, great ideas, violent loves, an unsleeping assault full of mystery, without beginning or end, without purpose, beyond every purpose.

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„No man who fights with gods will live long or hear his children prattling about his knees when he returns from battle.“

—  Homér, Iliade

V. 407–409 (tr. Samuel Butler).
Iliad (c. 750 BC)
Original: (el) Ὅττι μάλ' οὐ δηναιὸς ὃς ἀθανάτοισι μάχηται,
οὐδέ τί μιν παῖδες ποτὶ γούνασι παππάζουσιν
ἐκ πολέμοιο καὶ αἰνῆς δηϊοτῆτος.

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„For all the ill that is in us comes from fear, and all the good from love.“

—  Eleanor Farjeon, livre Martin Pippin in the Apple Orchard

Martin Pippin in the Apple Orchard (1922)
Contexte: Women are so strangely constructed that they have in them darkness as well as light, though it be but a little curtain hung across the sun. And love is the hand that takes the curtain down, a stronger hand than fear, which hung it up. For all the ill that is in us comes from fear, and all the good from love.

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„An army unsupplied with grain and other necessary provisions will be vanquished without striking a blow.“

—  Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus, livre De re militari

General Maxims
De Re Militari (also Epitoma Rei Militaris), Book III, "Dispositions for Action"
Original: (la) Qui frumentum necessariaque non praeparat, uincitur sine ferro.

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„He who has a good woman's love is ashamed of every ill deed.“

—  Walther von der Vogelweide Middle High German lyric poet 1170 - 1230

Swer guotes wîbes minne hât,
der schamt sich aller missetât.
"Waz sol ein man, der niht engert", line 11; translation from Henry John Chaytor The Troubadours (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1912) p. 128.
Original: (lb) Swer guotes wîbes minne hât,<br/>der schamt sich aller missetât.

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„For joys fall not to the rich alone, nor has he lived ill, who from birth to death has passed unknown.“

—  Horace, livre Epistles

Book I, epistle xvii, line 9
Epistles (c. 20 BC and 14 BC)
Original: (la) Nam neque divitibus contingunt gaudia solis,
nec vixit male, qui natus moriensque fefellit.

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„So, there lies the brave de Kalb. The generous stranger, who came from a distant land to fight our battles and to water with his blood the tree of liberty. Would to God he had lived to share its fruits!“

—  George Washington first President of the United States 1732 - 1799

Upon visiting the grave of Johann de Kalb, some years after his death, as quoted in "Baron De Kalb" https://books.google.com/books?id=40wyAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA96&dq=%22Would+to+God+he+had+lived+to+share+its+fruits%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=2IoZVa3XLuyasQTXiIDoCg&ved=0CB0Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=%22Would%20to%20God%20he%20had%20lived%20to%20share%20its%20fruits%22&f=false (1827), by George R. Graham and Edgar Allan Poe, Graham's Illustrated Magazine of Literature, Romance, Art, and Fashion, Volume 2, Watson, p. 96.
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„For he who fights and runs away
May live to fight another day;
But he who is in battle slain
Can never rise and fight again.“

—  Oliver Goldsmith Irish physician and writer 1728 - 1774

The Art of Poetry on a New Plan (1761), vol. ii. p. 147.
The saying "he who fights and runs away may live to fight another day" dates at least as far back as Menander (ca. 341–290 B.C.), Gnomai Monostichoi, aphorism #45: ἀνήρ ὁ ϕɛύγων καὶ ράλίν μαχήɛṯαί (a man who flees will fight again). The Attic Nights (book 17, ch. 21) of Aulus Gellius (ca. 125–180 A.D.) indicates it was already widespread in the second century: "...the orator Demosthenes sought safety in flight from the battlefield, and when he was bitterly taunted with his flight, he jestingly replied in the well-known verse: The man who runs away will fight again".

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„All brave men love; for he only is brave who has affections to fight for, whether in the daily battle of life, or in physical contests.“

—  Nathaniel Hawthorne American novelist and short story writer (1804 – 1879) 1804 - 1864

William Cowper Prime in The Old House by the River (1853); first misattributed to Hawthorne in Notable Thoughts about Women: A Literary Mosaic (1882) by Maturin Murray Ballou, p. 239

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„The love of the Right, tho' cast down, the hate of victorious Ill,
All are sparks from the central fire of a boundless beneficent will.“

—  Lewis Morris (poet) Welsh poet in the English language 1833 - 1907

A new Orphic Hymn, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).

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