By Lord Ashcroft
First published in the Daily Express on 06 June 2020.
MY passion for bravery has spanned well over half a century and yet, even now, certain quotations associated with courage still stir my blood.
Thucydides was one of the first Greek historians and a skilled military general.
In the fifth century BC, he wrote: “The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it.”
Nelson Mandela once said: “The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”
These two quotations, which I have long cherished, explain why I have such a deep-rooted admiration and respect for our emergency service workers. (more…)