"In the military I could exercise the power of being automatically respected because of the medals on my chest, not because I had done anything right at the moment to earn that respect. This is pretty nice. It's also a psychological trap that can stop one's growth and allow one to get away with just plain bad behavior."
"An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law."Karl Marlantes on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized."Karl Marlantes on Albert Einstein
"Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized."Karl Marlantes on Albert Einstein
"Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery."Karl Marlantes on Malcolm X
"If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem."Karl Marlantes on Abraham Lincoln