George Orwell: High sentiments always win in the end. Leaders who offer blood, toil, tears and sweat always get more out of their followers then those who offer safety and a good time. When it comes to the pinch, human beings are heroic. – from collected Essays, Journalism and letter
John W. Gardner: An excellent plumber is infinitely more admirable than an incompetent philosopher. The society that scorn excellence is plumbing because plumbing is humble activity, and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because philosophy is an exalted activity, will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy. Neither its pipes not its theories will hold water.