"Men do not care how nobly they live, but only how long they live, although it is within the reach of every man to live nobly, but within no man's power to live long."
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Roman Stoic philosopher
As quoted from "Private Sector" by Brian Haig (p436). Which is a good [fiction] novel about the continuing adventures of an Army JAG, Sean Drummond. Haig has about six books published with Drummond as the main protagonist. I've read - and liked - them all.