Three quotes which, in my mind, seem very related – and timely.
Orwell: “We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.”
C. S. Lewis: “We make men without chests and expect from them virtue and enterprise.”
Solzhenitsyn: “A decline in courage may be the most striking feature that an outside observer notices in the West today. The Western world has lost its civic courage, both as a whole and separately, in each country, in each government, in each political party, and, of course, in the United Nations. Such a decline in courage is particularly noticeable among the ruling and intellectual elite, causing an impression of a loss of courage by the entire society.”