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Courage, of all national qualities, is the most precarious; because it is exerted only at intervals, and by a few, in every nation; whereas industry, knowledge, civility may be constant and universal use, and for several ages may become habitual to the whole people

– David Hume

David Hume, 1711-1776, Scottish philosopher. The quote is from his work ‘Of National Characters’, Pt I, Essay XXI, p 212