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WAR
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This new Katterfelto, his show to complete,
  Means his boats should all sink as they pass by our fleet;
    Then as under the ocean their course they steer right on,
      They can pepper their foes from the bed of old Triton.
      - Henry Kirke White, The Wonderful Juggler,
        anticipating the submarine in Napoleon's day

Now we remember over here in Flanders,
  (It isn't strange to think of You in Flanders?)
    This hideous warfare seems to make things clear.
      We never thought about You much in England,
        But now that we are far away from England
          We have no doubts, we know that You are here.
      - Mrs. C.T. Whitnall, Christ in Flanders,
        first appeared in the London "Spectator", later in the "Outlook", July 26, 1916, also attributed to an English soldier, circa Mar., 1916

We seemed to see our flag unfurled,
  Our champion waiting in his place
    For the last battle of the world,
      The Armageddon of the race.
      - John Greenleaf Whittier, Rantoul

As long as war is regarded as wicked it will always have its fascinations. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular.
      - Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde),
        Intentions

Germany's greatness makes it impossible for her to do without the ocean, but the ocean also proves that even in the distance, and on its farther side, without Germany and the German Emperor, no great decision dare henceforth be taken.
      - Kaiser Wilhelm II (William II),
        in a speech

Our German Fatherland to which I hope will be granted . . . to become in the future as closely united, as powerful, and as authoritative as once the Roman world-empire was, and that, just as in the old times they said, "Civis romanus sum," hereafter, at some time in the future, they will say, "I am a German citizen."
      - Kaiser Wilhelm II (William II),
        in a speech

Every bullet has its billet.
      - William III (William of Orange),
        according to Wesley "Journal", June 6, 1765

I will die in the last ditch. (Dyke.)
      - William III (William of Orange),
        see Hume "History of England", ch. XLIII

It's a long way to Tipperary, it's a long way to go;
  It's a long way to Tipperary, to the sweetest girl I know!
    Good-bye to Piccadilly, Farewell Leicester Square;
      It's a long way to Tipperary, but my Heart's right there!
      - Harry Williams and Jack Judge,
        It's a Long Way to Tipperary, a song

I am the friend of peace and mean to preserve it for America so long as I am able. . . . No course of my choosing or of their (nations at war) will lead to war. War can come only by the wilful acts and aggressions of others.
      - Thomas Woodrow Wilson,
        in an address to Congress

I can predict with absolute certainty that within another generation there will be another world war if the nations of the world do not concert the method by which to prevent it.
      - Thomas Woodrow Wilson

It is not an army that we must train for war; it is a nation.
      - Thomas Woodrow Wilson,
        in a speech at dedication of a Red Cross building

War is only a sort of dramatic representation, a sort of dramatic symbol of a thousand forms of duty. I fancy that it is just as hard to do your duty when men are sneering at you as when they are shooting at you.
      - Thomas Woodrow Wilson,
        in a speech at Brooklyn Navy Yard

You have laid upon me this double obligation: "we are relying upon you, Mr. President, to keep us out of war, but we are relying upon you, Mr. President, to keep the honor of the nation unstained."
      - Thomas Woodrow Wilson,
        in a speech at Cleveland

It is a fearful thing to lead this great peaceful people into war, into the most terrible and disastrous of all wars, civilization itself seeming to be in the balance. But the right is more precious than peace, and we shall fight for the things which we have always carried nearest our hearts--for democracy, for the right of those who submit to authority to have a voice in their own governments, for the rights and liberties of small nations, for a universal dominion of right by such a concert of free peoples as shall bring peace and safety to all nations and make the world itself at last free.
      - Thomas Woodrow Wilson,
        War Message to Congress

To such a task we can dedicate our lives and our fortunes, everything that we are and everything that we have, with the pride of those who know that the day has come when America is privileged to spend her blood and her might for the principles that gave her birth and happiness, and the peace which she has treasured. God helping her, she can do no other.
      - Thomas Woodrow Wilson,
        War Message to Congress

But Man is thy most awful instrument
  In working out a pure intent,
    Thou cloth'st the wicked in their dazzling mail,
      And for thy righteous purpose they prevail.
      - William Wordsworth,
        Poems dedicated to "National Independence and Liberty", ode XLV (version in later editions)

But thy most dreaded instrument
  In working out a pure intent,
    Is man,--arrayed for mutual slaughter,--
      Yea, Carnage is Thy daughter.
      - William Wordsworth,
        Poems dedicated to "National Independence and Liberty", ode XLV (suppressed in later editions)

They came with banner, spear, and shield;
  And it was proved in Bosworth field,
    Not long the Avenger was withstood--
      Earth help'd him with the cry of blood.
      - William Wordsworth,
        Song at the Feast of Brougham Castle
         (st. 3)

To murder thousands takes a specious name.
      - Edward Young

The enemy advances, we retreat; the enemy camps, we harass; the enemy tires, we attack; the enemy retreats, we pursue.
      - Mao Zedong (Mao Tse-Tung) (Chairman Mao)

War can only be abolished through war, and in order to get rid of the gun it is necessary to take up the gun.
      - Mao Zedong (Mao Tse-Tung) (Chairman Mao)

We shall heal our wounds, collect our dead and continue fighting.
      - Mao Zedong (Mao Tse-Tung) (Chairman Mao)

As regards Providence, he cannot shake off the prejudice that in war, God is on the side of the big battalions, which at present are in the enemy's camp.
      - Eduard Zeller,
        Frederick the Great as Philosopher,
        referring to "Oeuvres de Frederic", XVIII, 186-88, a letter from him to Duchess of Gotha (about 1757)

We have 500,000 reservists in America who would rise in arms against your government.
      - Arthur Zimmermann,
        to Ambassador James Gerard, in Gerard's "My Four Years in Germany"


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