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You sleep safe in your beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do you harm.
Kipling sees clearly that men can only be highly civilized while other men, inevitably less civilised, are there to guard and feed them.
To see what is in front of one's nose requires a constant struggle.
No advance in wealth, no softening of manners, no reform or revolution has ever brought human equality a millimeter nearer.
All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.
Enlightened people seldom or never possess a sense of responsibility.
Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence. In other words, it is war minus the shooting.
Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence: in other words, it is war minus the shooting... there are quite enough real causes of trouble already, and we need not add to them by encouraging young men to kick each other on the shins amid the roars of infuriated spectators.
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