Quotations About / On: WAR

  • 21.
    War talk by men who have been in a war is always interesting; whereas moon talk by a poet who has not been in the moon is likely to be dull.
    (Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. Life on the Mississippi, ch. 45 (1883).)
  • 22.
    Of course in war all madnesses come out in a man, that is the fault of war not of a man or a nation.
    (Frieda Lawrence (1879-1956), German wife of D.H. Lawrence. letter, c. Sept. 13, 1914. The Letters of D.H. Lawrence, vol. 2, eds. George J. Zytaruk and James T. Boulton (1981). Frieda's brother was the celebrated pilot Manfred von Richthofen—the "Red Baron.")
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  • 23.
    If we justify war, it is because all peoples always justify the traits of which they find themselves possessed, not because war will bear an objective examination of its merits.
    (Ruth Benedict (1887-1948), U.S. anthropologist. Patterns of Culture, ch. 1 (1934).)
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  • 24.
    Rape is a part of war; but it may be more accurate to say that the capacity for dehumanizing another which so corrodes male sexuality is carried over from sex into war.
    (Adrienne Rich (b. 1929), U.S. poet. repr. In On Lies, Secrets, and Silence (1980). "Caryatid," American Poetry Review (Philadelphia, May-June 1973).)
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  • 25.
    In a war everybody always knows all about Switzerland, in peace times it is just Switzerland but in war time it is the only country that everybody has confidence in, everybody.
    (Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author; relocated to France. Wars I Have Seen (1945). Written in 1943.)
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  • 26.
    The real trouble with war (modern war) is that it gives no one a chance to kill the right people.
    (Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. repr. In Gaudier-Brzeska: a Memoir (1916, rev. 1960). "Gaudier: A Postscript," Esquire (New York, Aug. 1934).)
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  • 27.
    Differences between sad remembrance ceremonies honouring the dead, and government romance parades glorifying war, justifying new wars; remembrance of sad tragic youth soldiers lost serves as a warning, do not enter lightly into conflict zones swift foolish run off to fight wars, saber rattling foolish leaders politicians too soon condemn, new generations of healthy steadfast youth into hellstorm baptism of fire; abstain from war, let children bury parents in natural cycle of life, let not old crippled parents bury their babies as young men as slain blown apart dead.
    (Terence George Craddock 25.4.2015)
  • 28.
    Then down came the lid—the day was lost, for art, at Sarajevo. World-politics stepped in, and a war was started which has not ended yet: a "war to end war." But it merely ended art. It did not end war.
    (Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957), British author, painter. "Toward an Art-Less Society," pt. 5, Blasting and Bombardiering (1937).)
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  • 29.
    Both parties deprecated war; but one of them would make war rather than let the nation survive; and the other would accept war rather than let it perish. And the war came.
    (Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. second inaugural address, Mar. 4, 1865. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 8, p. 332, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).)
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  • 30.
    This is not Johnson's war. This is America's war. If I drop dead tomorrow, this war will still be with you.
    (Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973), U.S. president. Lyndon Johnson's War, preface, p. vi, W.W. Norton (1989). On Vietnam.)
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