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Last argument of kings. [Cannon.]
  [Lat., Ultima ratio regum.]
      - Louis XIV ("Le Grand"),
        order this engraved on cannon, but removed by the National Assembly, Aug. 19, 1790

Ez fer war, I call it murder,--
  Ther you hev it plain and flat;
    I don't want to go no furder
      Than my Testyment fer that.
      - James Russell Lowell, The Biglow Papers
         (no. 1)

We kind o' thought Christ went agin war an' pillage.
      - James Russell Lowell, The Biglow Papers
         (no. 3)

Not but wut abstract war is horrid,
  I sign to thet with all my heart,--
    But civilysation doos git forrid
      Sometimes upon a powder-cart.
      - James Russell Lowell, The Biglow Papers
         (no. 7)

It don't seem hardly right, John,
  When both my hands was full,
    To stump me to a fight, John,
      Your cousin, too, John Bull!
        Ole Uncle S. sez he, "I guess
          We know it now," sez he,
            "The lion's paw is all the law,
              According to J.B.,
                That's fit for you an' me."
      - James Russell Lowell,
        The Biglow Papers--Jonathan to John
         (st. 1)

The Campbells are comin'.
      - Robert T.S. (Trail Spence) Lowell,
        The Relief of Lucknow

For what this whirlwind all aflame?
  This thunderstroke of hellish ire,
    Setting the universe afire?
      While millions upon millions came
        Into a very storm of war?
          For a scrap of paper.
            [Fr., Pourquoi cette trombe enflammee
              Qui vient foudroyer l'univers?
                Cet embrasement de l'enfer?
                  Ce tourbillonnement d'armees
                    Par mille milliers de milliers?
                      --C'est pour un chiffon de papier.]
      - Charles Jean Marie Loyson (Pere Hyacinthe),
        Pour un Chiffon de Papier,
        (translated by Edward Brabbook), in "Notes and Queries", Jan. 6, 1917, p. 5

The wounds of civil war are deeply felt.
  [Lat., Alta sedent civilis vulnera dextrae.]
      - Lucanus (Marcus Annaeus Lucan), Pharsalia
         (I, 32)

The conqueror is not so much pleased by entering into open gates, as by forcing his way. He desires not the fields to be cultivated by the patient husbandman; he would have them laid waste by fire and sword. It would be his shame to go by a way already opened.
  [Lat., Non tam portas intrare papentes
    Quam fregisse juvat; nec tam patiente colono
      Arva premi, quam si ferro populetur et igni;
        Concessa pudet ire via.]
      - Lucanus (Marcus Annaeus Lucan), Pharsalia
         (II, 443)

Make us enemies of every people on earth, but prevent a civil war.
  [Lat., Omnibus hostes
    Reddite nos populis--civile avertite bellum.]
      - Lucanus (Marcus Annaeus Lucan), Pharsalia
         (II, 52)

'Aig [F.-M. Sir Douglas Haig] 'e don't say much; 'e don't, so to say, say nothin'; but what 'e don't say don't mean nothin', not 'arf. But when 'e do say something--my Gawd!
      - Edward Verrall Lucas, Boswell of Baghdad

Here I stand. I can do no other. God help me. Amen.
      - Martin Luther,
        end of his speech at the Diet of Worms, inscribed on his monument at Worms

War is one of the greatest plagues than can afflict humanity: it destroys religion, it destroys states, it destroys families. Any scourge, in fact, is preferable to it. Famine and pestilence become as nothing in comparison with it.
      - Martin Luther

I beg that the small steamers . . . be spared if possible, or else sunk without a trace being left. [Spurlos versenkt.]
      - Count Karl von Luxburg,
        in a telegram to the Berlin Foreign Office

War, when decisive, has a quick and practical philosophy of its own, and the difficulties that seem largest in its progress usually vanish at its close.
      - Lord Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton ("Owen Meredith")

There is war in the skies!
      - Lord Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton ("Owen Meredith"),
        Lucile (pt. I, canto IV, st. 12)

I shall return.
      - General Douglas MacArthur

On the fields of friendly strife are sown the seeds that on other days and other fields will bear the fruits of victory.
      - General Douglas MacArthur

Wars are caused by undefended wealth.
      - General Douglas MacArthur

We are not retreating--we are advancing in another Direction.
      - General Douglas MacArthur

War is never lenient but where it is wanton; where men are compelled to fight in self-defence, they must hate and avenge. This may be bad, but it is human nature; it is the clay as it came from the hands of the Potter.
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay

Oh! wherefore come ye forth in triumph from the North,
  With your hands and your feet, and your raiment all red?
    And wherefore doth your rout send forth a joyous shout?
      And whence be the grapes of the wine-press which ye tread?
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay,
        The Battle of Naseby

He who makes war his profession cannot be otherwise than vicious. War makes thieves, and peace brings them to the gallows.
      - Niccolo Machiavelli (Macchiavelli)

Hence it happened that all the armed prophets conquered, all the unarmed perished.
  [It., Di qui nacque che tutti li profeti armati vincero, e li disarmati rovinarono.]
      - Niccolo Machiavelli (Macchiavelli),
        Il Principe (C, 6)

War in men's eyes shall be
  A monster of iniquity
    In the good time coming.
      Nations shall not quarrel then,
        To prove which is the stronger;
          Nor slaughter men for glory's sake;--
            Wait a little longer.
      - Charles Mackay, The Good Time Coming


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