Most revolutionaries are potential Tories, because they imagine that everything can be put right by altering the shape of society; once that change is effected, as it sometimes is, they see no need for any other.
(George Orwell (1903-1950), British author. "Charles Dickens," Inside the Whale and Other Essays (1940).)
From the happy expression on their faces you might have supposed that they welcomed the war. I have met with men who loved stamps, and stones, and snakes, but I could not imagine any man loving war.
(Margot Asquith (1864-1945), British socialite. The Autobiography of Margot Asquith, vol. 2, ch. 7 (1922).
said of the crowds outside Downing Street, Aug. 3, 1914, the eve of the declaration of World War I...)
We imagine much more appropriately an artisan on his toilet seat or on his wife than a great president, venerable by his demeanor and his ability. It seems to us that they do not stoop from their lofty thrones even to live.
(Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of Repentance," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. III, ch. 2, Abel Langelier, Paris (1595).)
Children ... seldom have a proper sense of their own tragedy, discounting and keeping hidden the true horrors of their short lives, humbly imagining real calamity to be some prestigious drama of the grown-up world.
(Shirley Hazzard (b. 1931), Australian-American author. The Bay of Noon, ch. 1 (1970).)