War and Peace
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The pen may be stronger than the sword... but I'd rather have a sword in a dark alley.
Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.
The enemy is anybody who's going to get you killed, no matter which side he's on.
A citizen of America will cross the ocean to fight for democracy, but won't cross the street to vote in a national election.
It was a Roman who said it was sweet to die for one's country. The Greeks never said it was sweet to die for anything. They had no vital lies.
Riot: A popular entertainment given to the military by innocent bystanders.
When the rich make war it's the poor that die.
Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons.
Coward: one who, in a perilous emergency, thinks with his legs.
Cannon: An instrument used in the rectification of national boundaries.
To save your world you asked this man to die;
Would this man, could he see you now, ask why?
I have seen war. I have seen war on land and sea. I have seen blood running from the wounded... I have seen the dead in the mud. I have seen cities destroyed... I have seen children starving. I have seen the agony of mothers and wives. I hate war.
The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem, it is generally employed only by small children and large nations.
The only thing we have to fear is fear itself -- nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.