If you build a man a fire, he'll be warm for a day.
If you set a man on fire, he'll be warm for the rest of his life.
It's easy enough to theorize what you'd do...but some people have been in dicey situations in which they had to react and do know how they reacted in those situations. I do. Got the snot beaten out of me too, but I didn't think--I acted. No time to ponder. If you're instinct is to just stand there and do nothing or to run away, well, that's your instinct.
The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.
Fiddling While Rome Burns
Carthago Delenda Est
"I used to roll the dice; see the fear in my enemies' eyes... listen as the crowd would sing, 'now the old king is dead, Long Live the King.'.."
Maybe not eager to throw their lives away...maybe wired to try to do what's right.