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My men never retire. They go forward or they die.
      - Col. William Hayward,
        said to a French colonel who cried to him to retire his troops, the 369th Infantry, see the New York "Herald"

Napoleon healed through sword and fire the sick nation.
      - Heinrich Heine,
        see Scherer "History of German Literature", II, 116

Terrible as is war, it yet displays the spiritual grandeur of man daring to defy his mightiest hereditary enemy--death.
      - Heinrich Heine

The measure of civilization in a people is to be found in its just appreciation of the wrongfulness of war.
      - Sir Arthur Helps

There is strength and a fierce instinct, even in common souls, to bear up manhood with a stormy joy when red swords meet in lightning.
      - Mrs. Felicia D. Hemans

But in modern war, you die like a dog for no good reason.
      - Ernest Hemingway

Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime.
      - Ernest Hemingway

Hang yourself, brave Crillon. We fought at Arques, and you were not there.
      - Henry IV of Navarre ("LeGrand"),
        to Crillon after a great victory, appeared in a note to Voltaire's "Henriade", VIII, 109

War makes thieves and peace hangs them.
      - George Herbert

Strategy is the most important department of the art of war, and strategical skill is the highest and rarest function of military genius.
      - George Stillman Hillard

A war is not won if the defeated enemy has not been turned into a friend.
      - Eric Hoffer

War is a child that devours its nurses one after another, until it is claimed by its true parents.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Bleak are our shores with the blasts of December,
  Fettered and chill is the rivulet's flow;
    Throbbing and warm are the hearts that remember
      Who was our friend when the world was our foe.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.,
        Welcome to the Grand Duke Alexis,
        referring to the fleet sent by Russia in Sep., 1863, an act with mixed motives,

I war not with the dead.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Iliad
         (bk. VII, l. 485), (Pope's translation)

Take thou thy arms and come with me,
  For we must quit ourselves like men, and strive
    To air our cause, although we be but two.
      Great is the strength of feeble arms combined,
        And we can combat even with the brave.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Iliad
         (bk. XIII, l. 289),
        (Bryant's translation)

The chance of war
  Is equal, and the slayer oft is slain.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Iliad
         (bk. XVIII, l. 388),
        (Bryant's translation)

Our business in the field of fight
  Is not to question, but to prove out might.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Iliad
         (bk. XX, l. 304), (Pope's translation)

So ends the bloody business of the day.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Odyssey
         (bk. XXII, l. 516), (Pope's translation)

It is not right to exult over slain men.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Odyssey
         (XII, 412),
        quoted by John Morley in a speech during the Boer War

A day of battle is a day of harvest for the devil.
      - William Hook,
        in a sermon at Taunton, Massachusetts, 1640

No one will consider the day as ended, until the duties it brings have been discharged.
      - Joseph Hooker,
        order upon assuming command of the Department of the Northwest, 1865

Older men declare war. But it is youth who must fight and die.
      - Herbert Clark Hoover,
        in a speech at the Republican National Convention in Chicago

Here indeed I am; this is my position.
  [Lat., Nimirum hic ego sum.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus),
        Epistles (bk. I, 15, 42)

When discord dreadful bursts her brazen bars,
  And shatter locks to thunder forth her wars.
    [Lat., Postquam Discordia tetra
      Belli ferratos postes portasque refregit.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Satires
         (I, 4, 60),
        quoted, original not known but thought to be from Ennius

Ye who made war that your ships
  Should lay to at the beck of no nation,
    Make war now on Murder, that slips
      The leash of her hounds of damnation;
        Ye who remembered the Alamo,
          Remember the Maine!
      - Richard Hovey,
        The Word of the Lord from Havana


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