Quotations About / On: WAR

  • 21.
    You say it is the good cause that hallows even war? I say unto you: it is the good war that hallows any cause.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 4, p. 59, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980); Thus Spoke Zarathustra, p. 47, trans. by Walter Kaufmann, New York, Penguin Books (1978). Zarathustra, in Thus Spoke Zarathustra, First Part, "On War and Warriors," (1883).)
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  • 22.
    Strikes and boycotting are akin to war, and can be justified only on grounds analogous to those which justify war, viz., intolerable injustice and oppression.
    (Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822-1893), U.S. president. Diary and Letters of Rutherford Birchard Hayes: Nineteenth President of the United States, vol. IV, p. 280, ed. Charles Richard Williams, The Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society, 5 vols. (1922-1926), Diary (April 6, 1886).)
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  • 23.
    The utter helplessness of a conquered people is perhaps the most tragic feature of a civil war or any other sort of war.
    (Rebecca Latimer Felton (1835-1930), U.S. author. Country Life in Georgia in the Days of My Youth, ch. 2 (1919). Remembering the aftermath of the Civil War. This remark comes from Felton's synopsis of an address she gave in 1900, in Augusta, Georgia, to the Daughters of the Confederacy.)
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  • 24.
    [W]e must remember that so long as war exists on earth there will be some danger that even the Nation that most ardently desires peace may be drawn into war.
    (Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945), U.S. president. Ed. Samuel I. Rosenman, The Public Papers and Addresses of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Speech at Chautauqua, New York, August 14, 1936, vol. 5, p. 292, New York, Random House (1938-1950). Edward M. Bennett, Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Search for Security: American-Soviet Relations, 1933-1939, p. 79, Scholarly Resources, Inc. (1985). FDR wished to make Americans aware that no matter how much they wished to remain insulated from foreign entanglements and war that the decision might not be up to them.)
  • 25.
    A self-respecting nation is ready for anything, including war, except for a renunciation of its option to make war.
    (Simone Weil (1909-1943), French philosopher, mystic. repr. In Selected Essays, ed. Richard Rees (1962). "The Power of Words," Nouveaux Cahiers (April 1 and 15, 1937).)
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  • 26.
    Civil strife is as much a greater evil than a concerted war effort as war itself is worse than peace.
    (Herodotus (c. 484-424 B.C.), Greek historian. The Histories, 8.3.)
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  • 27.
    Those wars are unjust which are undertaken without provocation. For only a war waged for revenge or defense can be just.
    (Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher, statesman. De re publica, 35.)
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  • 28.
    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).)
  • 29.
    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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  • 30.
    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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