It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things.
Related: In a closed system, entropy (disorganization) will always increase unless energy is applied to the system.
–Second Law of Thermodynamics, Sir Isaac Newton
Rhetoric is a poor substitute for action, and we have trusted only to rhetoric. If we are really to be a great nation, we must not merely talk; we must act big.
“The one absolute certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to be become a tangle of squabbling nationalities.”
Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.