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A steady hand in military affairs is more requisite than in peace, because an error committed in war may prove irremediable.
      - Francis Bacon

Providence for war is the best prevention of it.
      - Francis Bacon

War is honorable
  In those who do their native rights maintain;
    In those whose swords an iron barrier are
      Between the lawless spoiler and the weak;
        But is, in those who draw th' offensive blade
          For added power or gain, sordid and despicable
            As meanest office of the worldly churl.
      - Joanna Baillie

War would end if the dead could return.
      - Stanley Baldwin

They shall not pass till the stars be darkened:
  Two swords crossed in front of the Hun;
    Never a groan but God has harkened,
      Counting their cruelties one by one.
      - Katharine Lee Bates, Crossed Swords

O great corrector of enormous times,
  Shaker of o'er-rank states, thou grand decider
    Of dusty and old titles, that healest with blood
      The earth when it is sick, and curest the world
        O' the pleurisy of people.
      - Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher,
        The Two Noble Kinsmen (act V, sc. 1)

Most of the debts of Europe represent condensed drops of blood.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

All quiet along the Potomac they say
  Except now and then a stray picket
    Is shot as he walks on his beat, to and fro,
      By a rifleman hid in the thicket.
      - Ethel Lynn Beers (Ethelinda Eliot),
        The Picket Guard

She is a wall of brass;
  You shall not pass! You shall not pass!
    Spring up like Summer grass,
      Surge at her, mass on mass,
        Still shall you break like glass,
          Splinter and break like shivered glass,
            But pass?
              You shall not pass!
      - Harold Begbie (used pseudonym "A Gentleman with a Duster"),
        You Shall Not Pass,
        in the New York "Tribune"

Carry on, carry on, for the men and boys are gone,
  But the furrow shan't lie fallow while the women carry on.
      - Janet Begbie, Carry On

We have become so ingrained to the face of war that we can no longer see that it solves nothing. I will no longer participate.
      - Kevin Benderman

Gaily! gaily! close our ranks!
  Arm! Advance!
    Hope of France!
      Gaily! gaily! closed our ranks!
        Onward! Onward! Gauls and Franks!
      - Pierre Jean de Beranger,
        Les Gaulois et Francois,
        (C.L. Bett's translation)

The inevitableness, the idealism, and the blessing of war, as an indispensable and stimulating law of development, must be repeatedly emphasized.
      - Friedrich von Bernhardi,
        Germany and the next War (ch. I)

War is a biological necessity of the first importance, a regulative element in the life of mankind which cannot be dispensed with. . . . But it is not only a biological law but a moral obligation, and, as such, an dispensable factor in civilization.
      - Friedrich von Bernhardi,
        Germany and the next War (ch. I)

Our next war will be fought for the highest interests of our country and of mankind. This will invest it with importance in the world's history. "World power or downfall" will be our rallying cry.
      - Friedrich von Bernhardi,
        Germany and the next War (ch. VII)

We Germans have a far greater and more urgent duty towards civilization to perform than the Great Asiatic Power. We, like the Japanese, can only fulfil it by the sword.
      - Friedrich von Bernhardi,
        Germany and the next War (ch. XIII)

Just for a word--"neutrality," a word which in war-time had so often been disregarded--just for a scrap of paper, Great Britain was going to make war on a kindred nation who desired nothing better than to be friends with her.
      - Theobald Theodore Frederic Alfred von Bethmann-Hollweg,
        to Sir Edward Goschen, British ambassador

There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither hath he power in the day of death: and there is no discharge in that war; neither shall wickedness deliver those that are given to it.
      - Bible, Ecclesiastes (ch. VIII, v. 8)

Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereupon thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
      - Bible, I Timothy (ch. VI, v. 12)

He saith among the trumpets, Ha, ha; and he smelleth the battle afar off the thunder of the captains, and the shouting.
      - Bible, Job (ch. XXXIX, v. 25)

Now there were men lying in wait, abiding with her in the chamber. And she said unto him, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he brake the withs, as a thread of tow is broken when it toucheth the fire. So his strength was not known.
      - Bible, Judges (ch. XVI, v. 9)

And all the people arose as one man, saying, We will not any of us go to his tent, neither will we any of us turn into his house.
      - Bible, Judges (ch. XX, v. 8)

And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
      - Bible, Matthew (ch. XXIV, v. 6)

And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.
      - Bible, Revelation (ch. XVI, v. 16)

Better pointed bullets than pointed speeches.
  [Ger., Lieber Spitzkugeln als Spitzreden.]
      - Karl Otto von Schonhausen Bismarck,
        in a speech relative to Manteuffel's dealings with Austria during the insurrection of the People of Hesse-Cassel

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