„Our country will be the better, and you will be the happier, because nothing brings greater happiness in life than to serve a cause greater than yourself.“

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„There is no greater vocation than to serve. But there is no greater purpose than to love. Live a life that does both, and you’ll be truly happy.“

—  John McCain politician from the United States 1936
Letter of advice to British diplomat Tom Fletcher's son. https://twitter.com/TFletcher/status/1033597850729570304

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„There can be no greater issue than that of conservation in this country.“

—  Theodore Roosevelt American politician, 26th president of the United States 1858 - 1919
Confession of Faith Speech, Progressive National Convention, Chicago http://www.bartleby.com/55/5.html (6 August 1912)

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„There is no greater romance in life than this adventure in realization.“

—  Meher Baba Indian mystic 1894 - 1969
Context: Life becomes meaningful and all activities are purposeful only on the basis of faith in the enduring reality. … The greatest romance possible in life is to discover this Eternal Reality in the midst of infinite change. Once, one has experienced this, one sees oneself in everything that lives, one recognises all of life as his life, everybody's interests as his own. One is no longer bound by habits of the past, no longer swayed by the hopes of the future — One lives in and enjoys each present moment to the full. There is no greater romance in life than this adventure in realization. Message at Pickfair, Beverly Hills, California (1 June 1932), as quoted in Life Is A Jest (1974) edited by A. K. Hajra <!-- or 6 January? 1932 Me p100-101 -->

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„There is no greater nobility than offering one’s life to the nation“

—  Barack Obama 44th President of the United States of America 1961
Context: There is no greater nobility than offering one’s life to the nation and, Mr. President, your father offered his life so that this nation might be free. Remarks by President Obama and President Aquino III of the Philippines during a State Dinner at Malacanang Palace in Manila, Philippines on April 28, 2014 http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/28/remarks-president-obama-and-president-aquino-iii-philippines-state-dinne

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„I can anticipate no greater calamity for the country than a dissolution of the Union.“

—  Robert E. Lee Confederate general in the Civil War 1807 - 1870
Context: I can anticipate no greater calamity for the country than a dissolution of the Union. It would be an accumulation of all the evils we complain of, and I am willing to sacrifice everything but honor for its preservation. I hope, therefore, that all constitutional means will be exhausted before there is a resort to force. Secession is nothing but revolution. The framers of our Constitution never exhausted so much labor, wisdom, and forbearance in its formation, and surrounded it with so many guards and securities, if it was intended to be broken by every member of the Confederacy at will. It is intended for 'perpetual Union,' so expressed in the preamble, and for the establishment of a government, not a compact, which can only be dissolved by revolution, or the consent of all the people in convention assembled. It is idle to talk of secession: anarchy would have been established, and not a government, by Washington, Hamilton, Jefferson, Madison, and all the other patriots of the Revolution. … Still, a Union that can only be maintained by swords and bayonets, and in which strife and civil war are to take the place of brotherly love and kindness, has no charm for me. I shall mourn for my country and for the welfare and progress of mankind. If the Union is dissolved and the Government disrupted, I shall return to my native State and share the miseries of my people, and, save in defense will draw my sword on none. Letter to his son http://radgeek.com/gt/2005/01/03/robert-e-Lee-owned-slaves-and-defended-slavery/, G. W. Custis Lee (23 January 1861).

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„It is important that those engaged in terrorism realise that our determination to defend our values and our way of life is greater than their determination to cause death and destruction to innocent people in a desire to impose extremism on the world.“

—  Tony Blair former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1953
Trevor Kavanagh, "We shall prevail .. terrorists shall not", The Sun, 8 July 2005, p. 18 7 July 2005, statement from Scotland's Gleneagles Hotel, in response to the terrorist attack on the London Underground.

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