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The warpipes are pealing, "The Campbells are coming."
  They are charging and cheering. O dinna ye hear it?
      - Alexander Maclagan, Jennie's Dream,
        variously called "Jessie's Dream", "Jessie Brown" or "The Relief at Lucknow"

Here I am and here I stay.
  [Fr., J'y suis, et j'y reste.]
      - attributed to Marie Edme Patrice Maurice de MacMahon, Duke of Magenta,
        on taking Malakoff fortress during the Crimean War, but denied by him

Of all the evils to public liberty, war is perhaps the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the genius of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debt and taxes. And armies and debts and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the dominion of the few.
      - James Madison

War is only a cowardly escape from the problems of peace.
      - Thomas Mann

And, though the warrior's sun has set,
  Its light shall linger round us yet,
    Bright, radiant, blest.
      - Don Jorge Manrique, Coplas De Manrique
         (last lines), (translated by Longfellow)

To the victors belong the spoils of the enemy.
      - William Learned Marcy

And silence broods like spirit on the brae,
  A glimmering moon begins, the moonlight runs
    Over the grasses of the ancient way
      Rutted this morning by the passing guns.
      - John Masefield, August 14,
        in "Philip the King"

Some undone widow sits upon mine arm,
  And takes away the use of it; and my sword,
    Glued to my scabbard with wronged orphan's tears,
      Will not be drawn.
      - Philip Massinger, New Way to Pay Old Debts
         (act V, sc. 1)

For a flying foe
  Discreet and provident conquerors build up
    A bridge of gold.
      - Philip Massinger, The Guardian
         (act I, sc. 1)

All quiet along the Potomac.
      - originated by George Brinton McClellan,
        a proverbial phrase supposedly originated by him

Take up our quarrel with the foe!
  To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high.
      If ye break faith with us who die
        We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
          In Flanders' fields.
      - Lieut.-Col. John McCrae,
        In Flanders' Fields (We shall not Sleep)

I'm fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in.
      - George McGovern

War should never be entered upon until every agency of peace has failed.
      - William McKinley

We want no war of conquest. . . . War should never be entered upon until every agency of peace has failed.
      - William McKinley, Inaugural Address,
        in Washington, D.C.

There's some say that we wan, some say that they wan,
  Some say that nane wan at a', man,
    But one thing I'm sure that at Sheriff-Muir,
      A battle there was which I saw, man.
        And we ran and they ran, and they ran and we ran,
          And we ran, and they ran awa', man.
      - Murdoch McLennan, Sheriff-Muir,
        an indecisive battle, Nov. 13, 1715

And high above the fight the lonely bugle grieves.
      - Grenville Mellen

Now deeper roll the maddening drums,
  And the mingling host like ocean heaves:
    While from the midst a horrid wailing comes,
      And high above the fight the lonely bugle grieves.
      - Grenville Mellen,
        The Lonely Bugle Grieves--Ode on the Celebration of Battle of Bunker Hill

A man that runs away may fight again.
      - Menander,
        after the battle of Chaeronea, 338 BC

In war, the heroes always outnumber the soldiers ten to one.
      - Henry Louis Mencken

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 mportant 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.
      - John Stuart Mill

Advise how war may, best upheld, move by her two main nerves, iron and gold.
      - John Milton

No war or battle sound
  Was heard the world around.
      - John Milton, Hymn of Christ's Nativity
         (l. 31)

What though the field be lost?
  All is not lost; the unconquerable will,
    And study of revenge, immortal hate
      And courage never to submit or yield,
        And what is else not to be overcome.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost (bk. I, l. 105)

Heard so oft
  In worst extremes, and on the perilous edge
    Of battle.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost (bk. I, l. 275)

Th' imperial ensign, which, full high advanc'd,
  Shone like a meteor, streaming to the wind.
    With gems and golden lustre rich emblazed,
      Seraphic arms and trophies.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost (bk. I, l. 536)


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