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A nation is not worthy to be saved if, in the hour of its fate, it will not gather up all its jewels of manhood and life, and go down into the conflict however bloody and doubtful, resolved on measureless ruin or complete success.
      - James Abram Garfield

Battles are never the end of war; for the dead must be buried and the cost of the conflict must be paid.
      - James Abram Garfield

Sufficeth this to prove my theme withal,
  That every bullet hath a lighting place.
      - George Gascoigne, Dulce Bellum Inexpertis

O, send Lewis Gordon hame
  And the lad I maune name,
    Though his back be at the wa'
      Here's to him that's far awa'.
        O, hon! my Highlandman,
          O, my bonny Highlandman,
            Weel would I my true love ken
              Among ten thousand Highlandmen.
      - Accredit to Alexander Geddes, Lewis Gordon,
        in "Scotch Songs and Ballads"

I told him that we had five hundred thousand and one lamp posts in America, and that was where the German reservists would find themselves if they tried any uprising.
      - James Watson Gerard,
        My Four Years in Germany (p. 237)

As long as mankind shall continue to bestow more liberal applause on their destroyers than on their benefactors, the thirst of military glory will ever be the vice of the most exalted characters.
      - Edward Gibbon

Ye living soldiers of the mighty war,
  Once more from roaring cannon and the drums
    And bugles blown at morn, the summons comes;
      Forget the halting limb, each wound and scar:
        Once more your Captain calls to you;
          Come to his last review!
      - Richard Watson Gilder, The Burial of Grant

An attitude not only of defence, but defiance.
      - Thomas Gillespie, The Mountain Storm

What if someone gave a war & Nobody came?
  Life would ring the bells of Ecstasy and Forever be Itself again?
      - Allen Ginsberg, Graffiti

All wars are wars among thieves who are too cowardly to fight and therefore induce the young manhood of the whole world to do the fighting for them.
      - Emma Goldman

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.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

Although a soldier by profession, I have never felt any fondness for war, and I have never advocated it except as a means of peace.
      - Ulysses Simpson Grant

No term s except an unconditional and immediate surrender can be accepted. I propose to move immediately upon your works.
      - Ulysses Simpson Grant,
        to General S.B. Buckner at Fort Donelson

No terms except an unconditional and immediate surrender can be accepted. I propose to move immediately upon your works.
      - Ulysses Simpson Grant

I . . . purpose to fight it out on this line if it takes all summer.
      - Ulysses Simpson Grant,
        Despatch from Spottsylvania Court House

The British army should be a projectile to be fired by the British navy.
      - Lord Edward Grey (Grey of Fallodon, 1st Viscount),
        quoted by Lord John Fisher in "Memories", as "the splendid words of Sir Edward Grey"

We fight to great disadvantage when we fight with those who have nothing to lose.
  [It., Con disavvantaggio grande si fa la guerra con chi non ha che perdere.]
      - Franceso Guicciardini, Storia d'Italia

Every position must be held to the last man. There must be no retirement. With our backs to the wall, and believing in the justice of our cause, each one of us must fight to the end.
      - Sir Douglas Haig,
        at the Battle of Picardy in World War I, song probably well know to Haig

I am at war with the living, I have come to terms with the dead.
      - Hamilcar Barca,
        in response to request by Romans to bury their dead after losing battle in First Punic War

Yes; quaint and curious war is!
  You shoot a fellow down
    You'd treat if met where any bar is,
      Or help to half-a-crown.
      - Thomas Hardy, The Man he Killed

They were left in the lurch
  For want of more wadding--He ran to the church--
    . . . .
      With his arms full of hymnbooks . . .
        Rang his voice, "Put Watts into 'em--Boys, give 'em Watts."
      - Bret Harte (Francis Bret Harte),
        Caldwell of Springfield

An hour ago, a Star was falling.
  A star? There's nothing strange in that.
    No, nothing; but above the thicket,
      Somehow it seemed to me that God
        Somewhere had just relieved a picket.
      - Bret Harte (Francis Bret Harte),
        Relieving Guard

Hark! I hear the tramp of thousands,
  And of armed men the hum;
    Lo, a nation's hosts have gathered
      Round the quick alarming drum--
        Saying, Come
          Freemen, Come!
            Ere your heritage be wasted,
              Said the quick alarming drum.
      - Bret Harte (Francis Bret Harte),
        The Reveille

War is hell, and all that, but it has a good deal to recommend it. It wipes out all the small nuisances of peace-time.
      - Ian Hay (pseudonym of Major John Hay Beith),
        The First Hundred Thousand

Let the only walls the foe shall scale
  Be ramparts of the dead!
      - Paul Hamilton Hayne, Vicksburg

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