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War educates the senses, calls into action the will, perfects the physical constitution, brings men into such swift and close collision in critical moments that man measures man.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
  Their flag to April's breeze unfurl'd;
    Here once the embattl'd farmers stood,
      And fired the shot heard round the world.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Hymn,
        sung at the completion of the Concord Monument

War is delightful to those who had no experience of it.
      - Desiderius Gerhard Erasmus

That same man that renneth awaie
  Maie fight again on other daie.
      - Desiderius Gerhard Erasmus, Apothegms

Ares (the God of War) hates those who hesitate.
      - Euripides, Heraclidoe (722)

Have you ever thought that war is a madhouse and that everyone in the war is a patient?
      - Oriana Fallaci

When the red wrath perisheth, when the dulled swords fail,
  These three who have walked with Death--these shall prevail.
    Hell bade all its millions rise; Paradise sends three:
      Pity, and Self-sacrifice, and Charity.
      - Mrs. Frederic J. Faulks ("Theodosia Pickering Garrison"),
        These shall Prevail

Some general officers should pay a stricter regard to truth than to call the depopulating other countries the service of their own.
      - Henry Fielding

The essence of war is violence. Moderation in war is imbecility.
      - attributed to Lord John Arbutnoth Fisher, 1st Baron Fisher of Kilverstone,
        see Macaulay "Essay on Lord Nugent's Memorials of Hampden"

Jellicoe has all the Nelsonic attributes except one--he is totally wanting in the great gift of insubordination.
      - Lord John Arbutnoth Fisher, 1st Baron Fisher of Kilverstone,
        Letter to a Privy Councillor

I am going on to the Rhine. If you oppose me, so much the worse for you, but whether you sign an armistice or not, I do not stop until I reach the Rhine.
      - General Ferdinand Foch,
        to the Germans who came to ask for an armistice, as reported by G. Ward Price in the London "Daily Mail"

My right has been rolled up. My left has been driven back. My center has been smashed. I have ordered an advance from all directions.
      - General Ferdinand Foch,
        in a letter to Marshal Joffre during the Battle of the Marne

Then came the attack in the Amiens sector on August 8. That went well, too. The moment had arrived. I ordered General Humbert to attack in his turn. "No reserves." No matter. Allez-y (Get on with it) I tell Marshal Haig to attack, too. He's short of men also. Attack all the same. There we are advancing everywhere--the whole line! En avant! Hup!
      - General Ferdinand Foch,
        in an interview with G. Ward Price, correspondent of the London "Daily Mail"

All the same, the fundamental truths which govern that art are still unchangeable; just as the principles of mechanics must always govern architecture, whether the building be made of wood, stone, iron or concrete; just as the principles of harmony govern music of whatever kind. It is still necessary, then, to establish the principles of war.
      - General Ferdinand Foch, Principles of War,
        from the preface written for the post-bellum edition

I hate war, for it spoils conversation.
      - Bernard de Bovier de Fontenelle

Keep the home fires burning, while your hearts are yearning,
  Tho' your lads are far away they dream of home.
    There's a silver lining through the dark cloud shining;
      Turn the dark cloud inside out till the boys come home.
      - Mrs. Lena Guilbert Ford,
        theme suggested by Ivor Novello, who wrote the music, sung by soldiers during World War I

I renounce war for its consequences, for the lies it lives on and propagates, for the undying hatred it arouses, for the dictatorships it puts in the place of democracy, for the starvation that stalks after it.
      - Harry Emerson Fosdick,
        in an Armistice Day sermon in New York

I prefer the hardest terms of peace to the most just war.
      - Charles James Fox

It simply is not true that war never settles anything.
      - Justice Felix Frankfurter

There never was a good war or a bad peace.
      - Benjamin Franklin, Letter to Quincy

Don't forget your great guns, which are the most respectable arguments of the rights of kings.
      - Frederick, the Great (Frederick II),
        to his brother Henry

When you're in the battlefield, survival is all there is. Death is the only great emotion.
      - Sam Fuller, in the London "Guardian"

The soldier at the same time may shoot out his prayer to God, and aim his pistol at his enemy, the one better hitting the mark for the other.
      - Thomas Fuller (1)

Your flaming torch aloft we bear,
  With burning heart an oath we swear
    To keep the faith, to fight it through,
      To crush the foe or sleep with you
        In Flanders' fields.
      - Charles Burleigh Galbreath,
        answer to McCrae's "In Flanders' Fields"

Art, thou hast many infamies,
  But not an infamy like this.
    O snap the fife and still the drum
      And show the monster as she is.
      - Richard Le Gallienne, The Illusion of War


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