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Either this or upon this. (Either bring this back or be brought back upon it.)
      - Unattributed Author,
        said to be a Spartan mother's words to her son on giving him his shield

We will fight them in the air, land and sea, and their aggression will achieve nothing but failure.
      - Unattributed Author,
        about U.S./British air strikes on Iraq, broadcast on Iraqi television

Oft he that doth abide
  Is cause of his own paine,
    But he that flieth in good tide
      Perhaps may fight again.
      - Unattributed Author,
        A Pleasant Satyre or Poesie,
        from the French (about 1595)

Neither ridiculous shriekings for revenge by French chauvinists, nor the Englishmen's gnashing of teeth, nor the wild gestures of the Slavs will turn us from our aim of protecting and extending German influence all the world over.
      - Unattributed Author,
        Official secret report of the Germans,
        quoted in the "French Yellow Book"

He who flies at the right time can fight again.
  [Lat., Celuy qui fuit bonne heure
    Peut combattre derechef.]
      - Unattributed Author, Satyre Menippee

If war has its chivalry and its pageantry, it has also its hideousness and its demoniac woe. Bullets respect not beauty. They tear out the eye, and shatter the jaw, and rend the cheek.
      - John S.C. (Stevens Cabot) Abbott

War is science of destruction.
      - John S.C. (Stevens Cabot) Abbott

It would be superfluous in me to point out to your Lordship that this is war.
      - Charles Francis Adams,
        Dispatch of Earl Russell

Both Regiments or none.
      - Samuel Adams,
        to Gov. Hutinson demanding the withdrawal of British troops from Boston after Mar. 5, 1776 for the Boston Town Meeting

'Twas in Trafalgar's bay
  The saucy Frenchmen lay.
      - Samuel James Adams, Trafalgar Bay

A thousand glorious actions that might claim
  Triumphant laurels, and immortal fame,
    Confus'd in crowds of glorious actions lie,
      And troops of heroes undistinguished die.
      - Joseph Addison

My voice is still for war.
      - Joseph Addison, Cato

From hence, let fierce contending nations know,
  What dire effects from civil discord flow.
      - Joseph Addison, Cato (act V, sc. 4)

Fighting men are the city's fortress.
      - Alcaeus, Fragment (XXII)

Fifty-four forty, or fight.
      - William Allen,
        in the U.S. Senate, on the Oregon Boundary Question

"I cannot bear it!" said the pewter soldier. "I have shed pewter tears! It is too melancholy! Rather let me go to the wars and lose arms and legs! It would at least be a change. I cannot bear it longer! Now, I know what it is to have a visit from one's old thoughts, with what they may bring with them! I have had a visit from mine, and you may be sure it is no pleasant thing in the end; I was at last about to jump down from the drawers."
      - Hans Christian Andersen, The Old House

War cannot be put on a certain allowance.
      - Archidamus III

Let who will boast their courage in the field,
  I find but little safety from my shield,
    Nature's, not honour's law we must obey:
      This made me cast my useless shield away.
      - Archilochus, one version of his quote

And by a prudent flight and cunning save
  A life which valour could not, from the grave.
    A better buckler I can soon regain,
      But who can get another life again?
      - Archilochus, Fragment (VI),
        see Plutarch's "Morals", vol. I, "Essay of the Laws, etc., of the Lacedemonians", one version of quote

Human war has been the most successful of our cultural traditions.
      - Robert Ardrey

Instead of breaking that bridge, we should, if possible, provide another, that he may retire the sooner out of Europe.
      - Aristides ("The Just"),
        referring to proposal to destroy Xerxes' bridge of ships over the Hellespont

We make war that we may live in peace.
      - Aristotle

If I am asked what we are fighting for, I can reply in two sentences. In the first place, to fulfil a solemn international obligation . . . an obligation of honor which no self-respecting man could possibly have repudiated. I say, secondly, we are fighting to vindicate the principle that small nationalities are not to be crushed in defiance of international good faith at the arbitrary will of a strong and overmastering Power.
      - Rt. Hon. Herbert Henry Asquith, 1st Earl of Oxford and Asquith,
        to House of Commons, Declaration of War with Germany, Aug. 4, 1914

War is what happens when language fails.
      - Margaret Atwood

A just fear of an imminent danger, though there be no blow given, is a lawful cause of war.
      - Francis Bacon

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