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Editorial The New York Times

If happiness consists in being safe while others are in danger, and in being comfortable while others sweat and suffer, we as a nation have lost it for the duration of the war. At best, that kind of happiness, at this time, was stolen goods. Only if we had been without self-respect, without pity and without hope could we have retained it.

We are better without it. We are better knowing that the price of true and lasting happiness is sacrifice. We are better knowing that only those nations and those families and those individuals that are willing to accept their fair share of the burden of calamity are entitled also to their fair share of the peace and freedom that are to come.

January 2, 1943

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