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Quotations About / On: WAR

  • 71.
    The only compensation which war offers for its manifold mischiefs, is in the great personal qualities to which it gives scope and occasion.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. Speech, September 12, 1835, on the occasion of the second centennial anniversary of the town of Concord. "Historical Discourse at Concord," Miscellanies (1883, repr. 1903).)
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  • 72.
    The sinews of art and literature, like those of war, are money.
    (Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 160, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).)
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  • 73.
    I'm not sentimental about war. I see nothing noble in widows.
    (Paddy Chayefsky (1923-1981), U.S. author, screenwriter, and Arthur Hiller. Charlie Madison (James Garner), The Americanization of Emily (1964). Based On The Novel By William Bradford Huie.)
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  • 74.
    One must know that war is common, justice is strife, and everything happens according to strife and necessity.
    (Heraclitus (c. 535-475 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Diels-Kranz, Fragmente der Vorsokratiker, 22B80. Heraclitus, one of the two or three most influential philosophers before Socrates, was known as "the riddler" or "the obscure.")
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  • 75.
    There is no avoiding war; it can only be postponed to the advantage of others.
    (Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527), Italian political philosopher, statesman. The Prince, ch. 3 (1514).)
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  • 76.
    At last, after innumerable glamorous and frightful years, mankind approaches a war which is totally predictable from beginning to end.
    (Frederic Raphael (b. 1931), British author, critic. New Society (May 10, 1984).)
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  • 77.
    War is regarded as nothing but the continuation of state policy with other means.
    (Karl Von Clausewitz (1780-1831), Prussian soldier, strategist. On War, author's note (1833), trans. by O.J. Matthijs Jolles (1943). The notion is expressed in variant forms in different parts of the book.)
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  • 78.
    Communism has never come to power in a country that was not disrupted by war or corruption, or both.
    (John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963), U.S. Democratic politician, president. Speech, July 3, 1963, to NATO.)
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  • 79.
    In peace the sons bury their fathers, but in war the fathers bury their sons.
    (Croesus (d. c. 560 B.C.), Lydian king. quoted in Francis Bacon, Apophthegms, no. 149. Said to the Persian king Cambyses.)
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  • 80.
    This ain't a war.... It's a goddam whorehouse.
    (John Dos Passos (1896-1970), U.S. novelist, poet, playwright, painter. Fred Summers in 1919, of the trilogy U.S.A., The Modern Library, Random House, Inc. (1937). Description of the European theater in the First World War.)
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