„There is a price which is too great to pay for peace, and that price can be put in one word. One cannot pay the price of self-respect.“
— Woodrow Wilson American politician, 28th president of the United States (in office from 1913 to 1921) 1856 - 1924
1910s, Des Moines Iowa speech (1 February 1916) http://www.combat.ws/S3/BAKISSUE/CMBT01N2/SMOKE.HTM, on "The Westerm Preparedness Tour" http://www.allthingswilliam.com/presidents/wilson.html
„Freedom and the dignity of the individual have been more available and assured here than in any other place on earth. The price for this freedom at times has been high, but we have never been unwilling to pay the price.“
— Ronald Reagan American politician, 40th president of the United States (in office from 1981 to 1989) 1911 - 2004
1980s, First term of office (1981–1985), First Inaugural address (1981), Context: If we look to the answer as to why for so many years we achieved so much, prospered as no other people on earth, it was because here in this land we unleashed the energy and individual genius of man to a greater extent than has ever been done before. Freedom and the dignity of the individual have been more available and assured here than in any other place on earth. The price for this freedom at times has been high, but we have never been unwilling to pay the price.
— Harry Truman American politician, 33rd president of the United States (in office from 1945 to 1953) 1884 - 1972
Special Message to the Congress on the Threat to the Freedom of Europe (1948), Context: The recommendations I have made represent the most urgent steps toward securing the peace and preventing war. We must be ready to take every wise and necessary step to carry out this great purpose. This will require assistance to other nations. It will require an adequate and balanced military strength. We must be prepared to pay the price for peace, or assuredly we shall pay the price of war. We in the United States remain determined to seek peace by every possible means, a just and honorable basis for the settlement of international issues.
— Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband
An Ideal Husband (1895), Lord Goring, Act IV
„Peace without Justice is a low estate,—
A coward cringing to an iron Fate!
But Peace through Justice is the great ideal,—
We'll pay the price of war to make it real.“
— Henry Van Dyke American diplomat 1852 - 1933
The Price of Peace (December 28, 1916).
„Wasting our time? This is a waste of time, to live in peace and plenty with my wife and children? May I waste the rest of my life, then.“
— Orson Scott Card American science fiction novelist 1951
Homecoming saga, The Ships Of Earth (1994)
„I never dwell on past mistakes… There is too much to plan for the future to waste time complaining.“
— Cary Grant British-American film and stage actor 1904 - 1986
Context: I never dwell on past mistakes… There is too much to plan for the future to waste time complaining. Elsie Mendl was a great friend of mine for many, many years. And I remember the creed by which she lived: Never complain, never explain. Just think of the people you know who are always explaining their mistakes. It merely rubs the whole thing in. You’re reminded again of the mistake. And no one believes the explanation anyway.
„I don't regret my painful times, i bare my scars as if they were medals. I know that freedom has a high price, as high as that of slavery; the only difference is that you pay with pleasure and a smile, even when that that smile dimmed by tears“
— Paulo Coelho Brazilian lyricist and novelist 1947
— Donald Richie, A Lateral View: Essays on Culture and Style in Contemporary Japan
„Intellectuals tend to spend too much of their valuable time in study, critical analysis and debate. They usually have little or no time for practice.“
— K. Sri Dhammananda Maha Thera Sri Lankan Buddhist monk 1919 - 2006
What Buddhists Believe (1993), "Is Buddhism a Theory of a Philosophy?"
— Robert Lynn Asprin American science fiction and fantasy author 1946 - 2008
Time Scout (1995), Chapter 9 (p. 175)
— L. Frank Baum Children's writer, editor, journalist, screenwriter 1856 - 1919
„Everybody may have peace if they are willing to pay any price for it. Part of this any price is slavery, dishonor of your women, destruction of your homes, denial of your God. I have seen all of these abominations in other parts of the world paid as the price of not resisting invasion, and I have no thought that the inhabitants of this state of my birth have any desire for peace at that price, or that they lack the fortitude that is necessary to discourage aggression by the barbarians who are now about to be driven back to their kennels, or by any other savages who may arise at some later date against our civilized Christian world.“
— William D. Leahy United States admiral, ambassador to France, Chief of Staff 1875 - 1959
1940s, Commencement speech at Cornell College in Iowa on 5 June 1944, as quoted by Henry H. Adams in Witness to Power: The Life of Fleet Admiral William D. Leahy (1985), p. 246
— George Marshall US military leader, Army Chief of Staff 1880 - 1959
Misattributed, This has been attributed to Marshall, and he might have used the phrase, but earlier uses exist: There is an imperialism that deserves all honor and respect — an imperialism of service in the discharge of great duties. But with too many it is the sense of domination and aggrandisement, the glorification of power. The price of peace is eternal vigilance. Leonard H. Courtney as quoted in The Life Of Lord Courtney (I920) by G. P. Gooch Courtney's statement however is probably derived from an earlier statement with several variants: The price of freedom is eternal vigilance. The price of liberty is eternal vigilance. Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. These have often been attributed to Thomas Jefferson, but also Thomas Paine, Abraham Lincoln, and many others; Alfred Denning in The Road to Justice (1988) states that the phrase originated in a statement of Irish orator John Philpot Curran in 1790: "It is the common fate of the indolent to see their rights become a prey to the active. The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance."