War and Peace
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War is one of the scourges with which it has pleased God to afflict men.
I once played a sheriff who thought he could do the job without a gun. I was dead in twenty-seven minutes of a thirty minute show.
War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.
The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his.
I am become death, shatterer of worlds.
Today the real test of power is not the capacity to make war but the capacity to prevent it.
The superpowers often behave like two heavily armed blind men feeling their way around a room, each believing himself in mortal peril from the other, whom he assumes to have perfect vision. Each tends to ascribe to the other side a consistency, foresight and coherence that its own experience belies. Of course, even two blind men can do enormous damage to each other, not to speak of the room.
It was involuntary. They sank my boat.
And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.
I believe that Ronald Reagan will someday make this country what it once was... an arctic wilderness.
I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast; for I intend to go in harms way.