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).)
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.")
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.)
(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.)