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Quotations About / On: WAR

  • 41.
    I am happy to be through with the war.
    (Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822-1893), U.S. president. Diary and Letters of Rutherford Birchard Hayes: Nineteenth President of the United States, vol. II, p. 585, ed. Charles Richard Williams, The Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society, 5 vols. (1922-1926), Hayes to Sophia Birchard Hayes (June 11, 1865). Written to his mother on getting out of the army.)
  • 42.
    I have not made a study of it, but believe that it is a minor point in the history of the war.
    (Jean-Marie Le Pen (b. 1928), French Nationalist politician. Quoted in Sunday Times (London, December 27, 1987). Said of the Holocaust.)
  • 43.
    Anyone who thinks must think of the next war as they would of suicide.
    (Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962), U.S. First Lady, author, and speaker. As quoted in Eleanor and Franklin, ch. 51, by Joseph P. Lash (1971). In a January 21, 1941, speech at the National Conference on the Cause and Cure of War.)
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  • 44.
    We have always said that in our war with the Arabs we had a secret weapon—no alternative.
    (Golda Meir (1898-1978), Israeli politician, prime minister. Life (New York, Oct. 3, 1969).)
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  • 45.
    This spirit of mob-law is becoming as great an evil as a servile war.
    (Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), U.S. president. Correspondence, letter, August 9, 1835, to Amos Kendall, V, 360. The Charleston post office had been attacked by a mob protesting the delivery there of abolitionist literature.)
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  • 46.
    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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  • 47.
    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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  • 48.
    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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  • 49.
    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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  • 50.
    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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