Civic Virtue

from Starship Troopers (1959) by Robert A. HeinleinRating: 4.3     (101 ratings)

"You. What is the moral difference, if any, between the soldier and the civilian?"
"The difference," I answered carefully, "lies in the field of civic virtue. A soldier accepts personal responsibility for the safety of the body politic of which he is a member, defending it, if need be, with his life. The civilian does not."

- Lt. Col. Jean V. Dubois and Juan Rico

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