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WAR
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Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord:
  He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored:
    He hath loosed the fateful lightning of his terrible swift sword: His truth is marching on.
      - Julia Ward Howe (Howel),
        Battle Hymn of the Republic

The English took the eagle and Austrians the eaglet.
  [Fr., L'Angleterre prit l'aigle, et l'Autriche l'aiglon.]
      - Victor Hugo,
        Napoleon adopted the lectern eagle for his imperial standard, his son was the eaglet

Earth was the meadow, he the mower strong.
      - Victor Hugo, La Legende des Siecles

The sinews of war are those two metals (gold and silver).
      - Arthur Hull,
        to Robert Cecil, in a "Memorial"

We don't want to fight, but by jingo if we do,
  We've got the ships, we've got the men, we've got the money too.
    We've fought the Bear before and while we're Britons true,
      The Russians shall not have Constantinople.
      - George William Hunt ("Kipling of the Halls"),
        as sung by the "Great McDermott" in 1878 and made the term "jingo" popular

The closeness of their intercourse [the intercourse of nations] will assuredly render war as absurd and impossible by-and-by, as it would be for Manchester to fight with Birmingham, or Holborn Hill with the Strand.
      - Leigh Hunt (James Henry Leigh Hunt),
        Preface to Poems

The natural principle of war is to do the most harm to our enemy with the least harm to ourselves; and this of course, is to be effected by stratagem.
      - Washington Irving

If ever there was a holy war, it was that which saved our liberties and gave us independence.
      - Thomas Jefferson

War is an instrument entirely inefficient toward redressing wrong; and multiplies, instead of indemnifying losses.
      - Thomas Jefferson

We prefer war in all cases to tribute under any form and to any people whatever.
      - Thomas Jefferson

Whatever enables us to go to war, secures our peace.
      - Thomas Jefferson

Oh! if I were Queen of France, or, still better, Pope of Rome,
  I would have no fighting men abroad and no weeping maids at home;
    All the world should be at peace; or if kings must show their might,
      Why, let them who make the quarrels be the only ones to fight.
      - Charles Jefferys (Jeffreys or Jeffries),
        Jeannette and Jeannot

If Christian nations were nations of Christians, there would be no wars.
      - Soame Jenkyns (Jenyns)

What a fine-looking thing is war!
  Yet, dress it as we may, dress and feather it, daub it with gold, huzza it, and sing swaggering songs about it,--what is it, nine times out of ten, but murder in uniform!
      - Douglas William Jerrold

The safety of the country is at stake. . . . We must let ourselves be killed on the spot rather than retreat. . . . No faltering can be tolerated today.
      - General Joseph Jacques Cesaire Joffre,
        Proclamation

The first casualty of war is truth.
      - Hiram Warren Johnson

I feel like a hitchhiker on a Texas highway in the middle of a hailstorm; I can't run, I can't hide, and I can't make it go away.
      - Lyndon Baines Johnson,
        regarding the Vietnam War

The king who makes war on his enemies tenderly distresses his subjects most cruelly.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

I have prayed in her fields of poppies,
  I have laughed with the men who died--
    But in all my ways and through all my days
      Life a friend He walked beside.
        I have seen a sight under Heaven
          That only God understands,
            In the battles' glare I have seen Christ there
              With the Sword of God in His hand.
      - Gordon Johnstone, On Fields of Flanders

I have not yet begun to fight.
      - John Paul Jones,
        when asked whether he had lowered his flag as his ship was sinking

I look upon the whole world as my fatherland, and every war has to me the horror of a family feud.
      - Helen Adams Keller

Mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind.
      - John Fitzgerald Kennedy,
        in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly, September 25, 1961

Soon the men of the column began to see that though the scarlet line was slender, it was very rigid and exact.
      - Alexander William Kinglake,
        Invasion of the Crimea
         (vol. III, p. 455)

Dreary East winds howling o'er us,
  Clay-lands knee-deep spread before us;
    Mire and ice and snow and sleet;
      Aching backs and frozen feet;
        Knees which reel as marches quicken,
          Ranks which thin as corpses thicken;
            While with carrion birds we eat,
              Culling puddle-water sweet,
                As we pledge the health of our general, who fares as rough as we:
                  What can daunt us, what can turn us, led to death by such as he?
      - Charles Kingsley

If any question why we died,
  Tell them, because our fathers lied.
      - Rudyard Kipling, Common Form,
        in "Epitaphs of War 1914-1918" from in The Years Between


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