Posted by R. Berg on April 08, 2004
In Reply to: Wrong hill to die on??? posted by SR on April 07, 2004
: : : : Good morning
: : : : I was wondering if anyone knows about this saying ...
: : : : 'wrong hill to die on'
: : : : I think it has a military meaning, but a friend of mine says she thinks that it means it is better to die on a mountain than a hill.
: : : : does anyone have any ideas??
: : : : thanks and have a wonderful day
: : : : Jaime :)
: : : I'll look in my military sayings reference tonight. My first reaction is that maybe it means the soldier died in an obscure battle. That there would have been more glory to dying on another hill.
: : The phrase usually refers to an ideological battle as opposed to a military type battle.
: : For instance, a gay friend is currently obsessing about that Dr.Laura and her hateful homophobic comments concerning gay marriage. He wants to launch a letter writing campaign to have her ousted and blacklisted.
: : His companion told him that fighting Dr. Laura is "the wrong hill to die on".
: : Agreed. I believe the original quote is from a movie, the title escapes me, "Choose carefully the hill on which you choose to die." It reminded me of advice given by a former professor of mine,"You can fight City Hall, but be prepared to lose." Either way, be careful with choices.
Don't waste your energy (time, money, passion) defending an unimportant cause. If you're going to make sacrifices, choose an arena where the outcome will make them worthwhile.