This is a war universe. War all the time. That is its nature. There may be other universes based on all sorts of other principles, but ours seems to be based on war and games.
(William Burroughs (b. 1914), U.S. author. repr. In Painting and Guns, in a slightly different form (1992). "The War Universe," first published in Grand Street, no. 37 (New York, 1992).
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.)
(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.)
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.)