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War suspends the rules of moral obligation, and what is long suspended is in danger of being totally abrogated. Civil wars strike deepest of all into the manners of the people. They vitiate their politics; they corrupt their morals; they pervert even the nature taste and relish of equity and justice. By teaching us to consider our fellow-citizens in a hostile light, the whole body of our nation becomes gradually less dear to us. The very names of affection and kindred, which were the bond of charity, whilst we agreed, become new incentives to hatred and rage, when the communion of our country is dissolved.
      - Edmund Burke

Wars are just to those to whom they are necessary.
  [Lat., Justa bella quibus necessaria.]
      - quoted by Edmund Burke,
        Reflections on the Revolution in France

"War," says Machiavel, "ought to be the only study of a prince"; and by a prince he means every sort of state, however constituted. "He ought," says this great political doctor, "to consider peace only as a breathing-time, which gives him leisure to contrive, and furnishes ability to execute military plans."
      - Edmund Burke,
        Vindication of Natural Society
         (vol. I, p. 15)

Scots, wha hae wi' Wallace bled;
  Scots, wham Bruce has aften led,
    Welcome to you gory bed,
      Or to victory!
      - Robert Burns,
        Bruce to His Men at Bannockburn

America has entered a great struggle that tests our strength, and even more our resolve. Our nation is patient and steadfast. We continue to pursue the terrorists in cities and camps and caves across the earth. We are joined by a great coalition of nations to rid the world of terror. And we will not allow any terrorist or tyrant to threaten civilization with weapons of mass murder. Now and in the future, Americans will live as free people, not in fear, and never at the mercy of any foreign plot or power.
      - George Walker Bush,
        in a speech at Ellis Island, New York, New York, on Sep. 11, 2002

. . . if you're interested in avoiding World War III, it seems like you ought to be interested in preventing them from having the knowledge necessary to make a nuclear weapon.
      - George Walker Bush, October 17, 2007

Our response involves far more than instant retaliation and isolated strikes. Americans should not expect one battle, but a lengthy campaign, unlike any other we have ever seen. It may include dramatic strikes, visible on TV, and covert operations, secret even in success. We will starve terrorists of funding, turn them one against another, drive them from place to place, until there is no refuge or no rest. And we will pursue nations that provide aid or safe haven to terrorism. Every nation, in every region, now has a decision to make. Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists. From this day forward, any nation that continues to harbor or support terrorism will be regarded by the United States as a hostile regime.
      - George Walker Bush,
        in a speech before the U.S. Congress on Sep. 20, 2001, on the destruction of New York's World Trade Center

The course of this conflict is not known, yet its outcome is certain. Freedom and fear, justice and cruelty, have always been at war, and we know that God is not neutral between them.
      - George Walker Bush,
        in a speech before the U.S. Congress on Sep. 20, 2001, on the destruction of New York's World Trade Center

Those who make war against the United States have chosen their own destruction.
      - George Walker Bush,
        on the destruction of New York's World Trade Center

What happened to our nation on a September day set in motion the first great struggle of a new century. The enemies who struck us are determined and they are resourceful. They will not be stopped by a sense of decency or a hint of conscience--but they will be stopped.
      - George Walker Bush,
        in a speech at Washington, D.C., on Sep. 11, 2002

God is generally for the big squadrons against the little ones.
  [Fr., Dieu est d'ordinaire pour les gros escadrons contre les petits.]
      - Roger de Bussy-Rabutin (de Bussy), Letter

And when the fight becomes a chase,
  Those win the day that win the race;
    And that which would not pass in fights,
      Has done the feat with easy flights.
      - Samuel Butler (1)

For he who fights and runs away
  May live to fight another day;
    But he who is in battle slain
      Can never rise and fight again.
      - Samuel Butler (1),
        as misquoted by Goldsmith in a publication of Newbery, the publisher, in "The Art of Poetry on a New Plan", vol. II, p. 147

For those that run away, and fly,
  Take place at least o' th' enemy.
      - Samuel Butler (1), Hudibras
         (pt. I, canto III, l. 609)

In all the trade of war, no feat
  Is nobler than a brave retreat.
      - Samuel Butler (1), Hudibras
         (pt. I, canto III. l. 607)

There's but the twinkling of a star
  Between a man of peace and war.
      - Samuel Butler (1), Hudibras
         (pt. II, canto III, l. 957)

For those that fly may fight again,
  Which he can never do that's slain.
      - Samuel Butler (1), Hudibras
         (pt. III, canto III, l. 243)

Bloody wars at first began,
  The artificial plague of man,
    That from his own invention rise,
      To scourge his own iniquities.
      - Samuel Butler (1),
        Satire--Upon the Weakness and Misery of Man
         (l. 105)

O proud was our army that morning
  That stood where the pine darkly towers,
    When Sherman said--"Boys, you are weary,
      This day fair Savannah is ours."
        Then sang we a song for our chieftain
          That echoed o'er river and lea,
            And the stars on our banner shone brighter
              When Sherman marched down to the sea.
      - Samuel Hawkins Marshall Byers,
        Sherman's March to the Sea (last stanza)

All that the mind would shrink from, of excesses;
  All that the body perpetrates, of bad;
    All that we read, hear, dream, of man's distresses;
      All that the devil would do, if run stark mad;
        All that defies the worst which pen expresses
          All by which hell is peopled, or is sad
            As hell--mere mortals who their power abuse--
              Was here (as heretofore and since) let loose.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

All was prepared--the fire, the sword, the men
  To wield them in their terrible array.
    The army, like a lion from his den,
      March'd forth with nerves and sinews bent to slay--
        A human Hydra, issuing from its fen
          To breathe destruction on its winding way,
            Whose heads were heroes, which cut off in vain,
              Immediately in others grew again.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

By heaven! it is a splendid sight to see
  (For one who hath no friend, no brother there)
    Their rival scarfs of mix'd embroidery,
      Their various arms that glitter in the air!
        What gallant war-hounds rouse them from their lair,
          And gnash their fangs, loud yelling for the prey!
            All join the chase, but few the triumph share;
              The grave shall bear the chiefest prize away,
                And havoc scarce for joy can number their array.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

I own my natural weakness; I have not
  Yet learn'd to think of discriminate murder
    Without some sense of shuddering; and the sight
      Of blood, which spouts through hoary scalps, is not,
        To me, a thing or triumph, nor the death
          Of men surprised, a glory.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

The death-shot hissing from afar--
  The shock--the shout--the groan of war--
    Reverberate along that vale,
      More suited to the shepherd's tale:
        Though few the numbers--theirs the strife,
          That neither spares, nor speaks for life.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

The feast of vultures, and the waste of life.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

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