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By the rude bridge that arched the flood, Their flag to April's breeze unfurl'd; Here once the embattl'd farmers stood, And fired the shot heard round the world.

Do not let us speak of darker days; let us speak rather of sterner days. These are not dark days: these are great days - the greatest days our country has ever lived.

Dress it as we may, feather it, daub it with gold, huzza it, and sing swaggering songs about it, what is war, nine times out of ten, but murder in uniform?

Either war is obsolete, or men are.

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.

Everyone's a pacifist between wars. It's like being a vegetarian between meals.

Ez for war, I call it murder, - There you hev it plain and flat; I don't want to go no furder Than my Testyment for that.

Fighting wars is not so much about killing people as it is about finding things out. The more you know, the more likely you are to win a battle.

For a moment, nothing happened. Then, after a second or so, nothing continued to happen.

Frankly I'd like to see the government get out of war altogether and leave the whole field to private industry.

God how the dead men Grin by the wall, Watching the fun Of the Victory Ball.

Good things, when short, are twice as good.

Hang yourself, brave Crillon. We fought at Arques, and you were not there.

He who joyfully marches to music rank and file, has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would surely suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be a part of so base an action. It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.

He who makes war his profession cannot be otherwise than vicious. - War makes thieves, and peace brings them to the gallows.

Human war has been the most successful of all our cultural traditions.

I abominate war as unchristian. I hold it to be the greatest of human crimes, and to involve all others - violence, blood, rapine, fraud - everything that can deform the character, alter the nature, and debase the name of man.

I am for anything in this world that keeps the problem of finding a substitute for war in people's minds.

I am of opinion that, unless you could bray Christianity in a mortar, and mould it into a new paste, there is no possibility of a holy war.

I do not believe that the men who served in uniform in Vietnam have been given the credit they deserve. It was a difficult war against an unorthodox enemy.


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