"To be a good soldier you must love the army. But to be a good officer you must be willing to order the death of the thing you love. This is . . . a very hard thing to do. No other profession requires it. That is one reason why there are so few good officers. Although there are many good men."
That was from The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara. General Lee is a favorite historical figure of mine, in no small part thanks to this book (and the movie, Gettysburg). And no, I'm not a crazy southern confederate bigot. I just like General Lee. And I actually have a lot of sympathy for the southern cause. But that is a post for another day.
New quote up!