[M]orale is the spiritual capacity of a people to endure pain and suffering, and not a campaign of bill posters, pep talks and band concerts.
Ralph Austin Bard, United States Assistant Secretary of the Navy, to the Industrial Union of Marine and Shipbuilding Workers of America, New York City, September 24, 1942.: Vital Speeches of the Day, Vol. VII, pp. 21-23
A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself within. The essential causes of Rome’s decline lay in her people, her morals, her class struggle, her failing trade, her bureaucratic despotism, her stifling taxes, her consuming wars.will durant