Quotations About / On: WAR

  • 31.
    War is a blessing compared with national degradation.
    (Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), U.S. president. Letter, May 2, 1845, to James K. Polk, Jackson Papers, Library of Congress.)
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  • 32.
    War is a contagion.
    (Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945), U.S. Democratic politician, president. speech, Oct. 5, 1937, Chicago. Quoted in The Wit and Wisdom of Franklin D. Roosevelt, "War," ed. Maxwell Meyersohn (1950).)
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  • 33.
    Let him who desires peace prepare for war.
    (Vegetius (c. 4th century), Roman military strategist. De Rei Militari, prologue, bk. 3.)
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  • 34.
    Don't mention the war.
    (John Cleese (b. 1939), British comic actor, author, and Connie Booth. Basil, in Fawlty Towers (TV series), broadcast 1975, published in The Complete Fawlty Towers (1988). On the pending arrival of German guests at Basil's hotel.)
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  • 35.
    All oppression creates a state of war.
    (Simone De Beauvoir (1908-1986), French novelist, philosopher, autobiographer, and social critic. The Second Sex, foreword (1953; first French edition: 1949).)
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  • 36.
    In war personal revenge maintains its silence.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 10, p. 196, selection 5[1], number 79, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Unpublished fragments dating to November 1882February 1883. Originally meant to be attributed to Zarathustra in Thus Spoke Zarathustra.)
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  • 37.
    Organize, agitate, educate, must be our war cry.
    (Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906), U.S. suffragist. As quoted in The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony, ch. 41, by Ida Husted Harper (1898). Said in 1893.)
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  • 38.
    Wars are made to make debt.
    (Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. Interview in Writers at Work, Second Series, ed. George Plimpton (1963).)
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  • 39.
    Accurst be he that first invented war.
    (Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593), British dramatist, poet. Mycetes, King of Persia, in Tamburlaine the Great, pt. 1, act 2, sc. 4 (1590).)
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  • 40.
    War is the trade of Kings.
    (John Dryden (1631-1700), British poet, dramatist, critic. Arthur, in King Arthur, act 2, sc. 2 (1691).)
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