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I see in our relations with our alliance a fault of Prussia's, which we must cure sooner or later ferro et igne.
  [Ger., Ich sehe in unserm Bundesverhaltnisse ein Gebrechen Preussens, welches wir fruher oder spater ferro et igne werden heilen mussen.]
      - Karl Otto von Schonhausen Bismarck,
        in a letter to Baron von Schleinitz

The decision will come only from God, from the God of battles, when He lets fall from His hand the iron dice of destiny.
      - Karl Otto von Schonhausen Bismarck

The Herzegovina question is not worth the bones of a Pomeranian father.
  [Fr., L'affaire Herzegovinienne ne vaut pas les os d'un fusilier pomeranien.]
      - Karl Otto von Schonhausen Bismarck

[The great questions of the day] are not decided by speeches and majority votes, but by blood and iron.
      - Karl Otto von Schonhausen Bismarck,
        Declaration to the Prussian House of Delegates

What a place to plunder!
      - Gebhard Lebrecht von Blucher,
        his comment on viewing London from St. Paul's after the Peace Banquet at Oxford

It is magnificent, but it is not war.
      - Pierre Francois Joseph Bosquet,
        on the charge of the light brigade, also attributed to French Marshal Francois Canrobert

Every war involves a greater or less relapse into barbarism. Was, indeed, in its details, is the essence of inhumanity. It dehumanizes. It may save the state, but it destroys the citizen.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

In war there is no prize for runner-up.
      - Omar Bradley

The way to win an atomic war is to make certain it never starts.
      - Omar Bradley, in a speech on Armistice Day

War is like love, it always finds a way.
      - Bertolt Brecht

I abominate war as Unchristian. I hold it the greatest of human crimes. I deem it to involve all others,--violence, blood, rapine, fraud; everything that can deform the character, alter the nature, and debase the name of man.
      - Lord Henry Peter Brougham (Brougham and vaux)

War is a crime which involves all other crimes.
      - Lord Henry Peter Brougham (Brougham and vaux)

He who did well in war just earns the right
  To begin doing well in peace.
      - Robert Browning, Luria (act II, l. 354)

The Government of the United States would be constrained to hold the Imperial German government to a strict accountability for such acts of their naval authorities.
      - William Jennings Bryan,
        to the German government when Secretary of State, "European War Series of Department of State", no. I, p. 54

War, like all other situations of danger and of change, calls forth the exertion of admirable intellectual qualities and great virtues, and it is only by dwelling on these, and keeping out of sight the sufferings and sorrows, and all the crimes and evils that follow in its train, that it has its glory in the eyes of men.
      - William Cullen Bryant

Lay down the axe; fling by the spade;
  Leave in its track the toiling plough;
    The rifle and the bayonet-blade
      For arms like yours were fitter now;
        And let the hands that ply the pen
          Quit the light task, and learn to wield
            The horseman's crooked brand, and rein
              The charger on the battle-field.
      - William Cullen Bryant, Our Country's Call

None of out soldiers would understand not being asked to do whatever is necessary to re-establish a situation which is humiliated to us and unacceptable to our country's honor.--We are going to counter-attack.
      - credited to Major-General Robert Lee Bullard,
        also credited to Major-Gen. Omar Bundy, in reply to the French command to retire in the second batter of the Marne

The American flag has been forced to retire. This is intolerable.
      - Major-General Robert Lee Bullard,
        on leaving the Conference of French generals, expressing regret he could not obey orders

You are there, stay there.
      - Major-General Robert Lee Bullard,
        citation to American unit which captured Fay's wood, see New York "Herald" Nov. 3, 1919

If it were possible for members of different nationalities, with difference language and customs, and an intellectual life of a different kind, to live side by side in one and the same state, without succumbing to the temptation of each trying to force his own nationality on the other, things would look a good deal more peaceful. But it is a law of life and development in history where two national civilizations meet they fight for ascendancy. In the struggle between nationalities, one nation is the hammer and the other the anvil: one is the victor and the other the vanquished.
      - Count Bernhard von Bulow, Imperial Germany

I venture to say no war can be long carried on against the will of the people.
      - Edmund Burke

Laws are commanded to hold their tongues among arms; and tribunals fall to the ground with the peace they are no longer able to uphold.
      - Edmund Burke

The blood of man should never be shed but to redeem the blood of man. It is well shed for our family, for our friends, for our God, for our country, for our kind. The rest is vanity; the rest is crime.
      - Edmund Burke

War is the matter which fills all history; and consequently the only, or almost the only, view in which we can see the external of political society is in a hostile shape: and the only actions to which we have always seen, and still see, all of them intent, are such as tend to the destruction of one another.
      - Edmund Burke

War never leaves, where it found a nation.
      - Edmund Burke

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