When Surrounded By Enemies

A soldier surrounded by enemies, if he is to cut his way out, needs to combine a strong desire for living with a strange carelessness about dying. He must not merely cling to life, for then he will be a coward, and will not escape. He must not merely wait for death, for then he will be a suicide, and will not escape. He must seek his life in a spirit of furious indifference to it; he must desire life like water and yet drink death like wine.

G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy, New York: John Lane Company, London: John Lane, The Bodely Head MCMXIV, Copyright, 1908, John Lane Company, VI The Paradoxes of Christianity, pg.171

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