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Men grow tired of sleep, love, singing and dancing sooner than of war.

Men love war because it allows them to look serious; because it is the only thing that stops women laughing at them.

Militarism and warfare are childish things, if they are not more horrible than anything childish can be. They must become things of the past.

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord: He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored: He hath loosed the fateful lightning of his terrible swift sword: His truth is marching on.

Modern warfare is an intricate business about which no one knows everything and few know very much.

Moral disarmament is to safeguard the future; material disarmament is to save the present, that there may be a future to safeguard.

Morality is contraband in war.

Most people coming out of war feel lost and resentful. What had been a minute-to-minute confrontation with yourself, your struggle with what courage you have against discomfort, at the least, and death at the other end, ties you to the people you have known in the war and makes for a time others seem alien and frivolous.

Most sorts of diversion in men, children and other animals, are in imitation of fighting.

Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime.

No country can act wisely simultaneously in every part of the globe at every moment of time.

No one can guarantee success in war, but only deserve it.

O snap the fife and still the drums and show the monster as she is.

O war! thou son of Hell!

Of all the enemies of public liberty, war is perhaps the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other.

Older men declare war. But it is the youth that must fight and die.

One may know how to gain a victory, and know not how to use it.

One of the greatest casualties of the war in Vietnam is the Great Society... shot down on the battlefield of Vietnam.

One of the most remarkable things about war, as Thucydides has remarked, is that it takes away your freedom and puts you in a region of necessity. You may choose whether or not to fight, but once fighting, your power of choice is gone.

Only the dead have seen the end of war.


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