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It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.

It is not right to exult over slain men.

It is only necessary to make war with five things: with the maladies of the body, the ignorances of the mind, with the passions of the body, with the seditions of the city, and the discords of families.

It is perhaps significant that the adherents of war are more and more justifying it by its past record and reminding us of its ancient origin. . . . The little lad who stoutly defends himself on the school ground may be worthy of much admiration, but if we find him, a dozen years later, the bullying leader of a street-gang . . . our admiration cools amazingly.

It is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know your enemies but do know yourself, you will win one and lose one; if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle.

It is the business of the church to make my business impossible.

It is well that war is so terrible. We should grow too fond of it.

It seems like such a terrible shame that innocent civilians have to get hurt in wars, otherwise combat would be such a wonderfully healthy way to rid the human race of unneeded trash.

It simply is not true that war never settles anything.

It would indeed be a tragedy if the history of the human race proved to be nothing more than the story of an ape playing with a box of matches on a petrol dump.

It's an important fact of life, war.

It's one of the most serious things that can possibly happen to one in a battle - to get one's head cut off.

John Dalton's records, carefully preserved for a century, were destroyed during the World War II bombing of Manchester. It is not only the living who are killed in war.

Laws are commanded to hold their tongues among arms; and tribunals fall to the ground with the peace they are no longer able to uphold.

Let the gulled fool the toils of war pursue, where bleed the many to enrich the few.

Let us not be deceived - we are today in the midst of a cold war. Our enemies are to be found abroad and at home. Let us never forget this: Our unrest is the heart of their success. The peace of the world is the hope and the goal of our political system; it is the despair and defeat of those who stand against us.

Let us pity and forgive those who urge increased armaments, for "they know not what they do."

Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say: "This was their finest hour."

Man has no right to kill his brother. It is no excuse that he does so in uniform: he only adds the infamy of servitude to the crime of murder.

Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind.


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