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'Tis a principle of war that when you can use the lightning, 'tis better than cannon.
      - Napoleon Bonaparte (Napoleon I)

Baptism of fire.
      - Charles Louis Napoleon III,
        in a letter to the Empress Eugenie after Saarbruecken, referring to the experience of the Prince Imperial

England expects every officer and man to do his duty this day.
      - Lord Horatio Nelson, Viscount Nelson,
        a signal to the British fleet before the battle of Trafalgar, as reported in the "London Times", Dec. 26, 1805

This is too warm work, Hardy, to last long.
      - Lord Horatio Nelson, Viscount Nelson,
        Life of Nelson,
        at the battle of Trafalgar

It is my turn now; and if I come back, it is yours.
      - Lord Horatio Nelson, Viscount Nelson,
        Life of Nelson (ch. 1)

For bragging time was over and fighting time was come.
      - Henry John Newboldt, Hawks

Against war it may be said that it makes the victor stupid and the vanquished revengeful.
      - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

A soldier of the Legion day dying in Algiers;
  There was lack of woman's nursing, there was dearth of woman's tears.
      - Lady Caroline Sheridan Norton (Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Norton),
        Bingen on the Rhine

If you are able,
  save them a place
    inside of you
      and save one backward glance
        when you are leaving
          for the places they can
            no longer go.
              Be not ashamed to say
                you loved them,
                  though you may
                    or may not have always.
                      Take what they have left
                        and what they have taught you
                          with their dying
                            and keep it with your own.
                              And in that time
                                when men decide and feel safe
                                  to call the war insane,
                                    take one moment to embrace
                                      those gentle heroes
                                        you left behind.
      - Michael Davis O'Donnell,
        written at Dak To, Vietnam, January 1, 1970

It is an olde saw, he fighteth wele (well) that fleith faste.
      - Old English Writing,
        Gesta Romanorum--Wolf and the Hare--15th Century Manuscript

Marlbrough s'en va-t-en guerre,
  Mironton, mironton, mirontaine,
    Marlbrough s'en va-t-en guerre,
      Ne sait quand reviendra.
      - Old Song,
        Marbrough (or Marlebrouck) S'en va-t-en Guerre,
        old French song, attributed to Mme. de Sevigne, found in "Rondes avec Jeux et Petites Chansons traditionnelles", published by Augener

March to the battle-field,
  The foe is now before us;
    Each heart is Freedom's shield,
      And heaven is shining o'er us.
      - Barry Edward O'Meara,
        March to the Battle-Field

A toast to the weapons of war, may they rust in peace.
      - Robert Orben

The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it.
      - George Orwell (pseudonym of Eric Blair)

War is evil, but it is often the lesser evil.
      - George Orwell (pseudonym of Eric Blair)

"Go, with a song of peace," said Fingal: "go, Ullin, to the king of swords. Tell him that we are mighty in war; that the ghosts of our foes are many."
      - Ossian, Carthon (l. 269)

In war the olive branch of peace is of use.
  [Lat., Adjuvat in bello pacatae ramus olivae.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso),
        Epistoloe Ex Ponto (I, 1, 31)

There is a hill in Flanders,
  Heaped with a thousand slain,
    Where the shells fly night and noontide
      And the ghosts that died in vain,
        A little hill, a hard hill
          To the souls that died in pain.
      - Edward Charles Everard Owen, Three Hills

It is not a field of a few acres of ground, but a cause, that we are defending, and whether we defeat the enemy in one battle, or by degrees, the consequences will be the same.
      - Thomas Paine

War involves in its progress such a train of unforeseen circumstances that no human wisdom can calculate the end; it has but one thing certain, and that is to increase taxes.
      - Thomas Paine

War ought to be no man's wish.
      - Thomas Paine

These are the times that try men's souls. The Summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the Service of their country, but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like Hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have the consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheaply we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything of value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated.
      - Thomas Paine, The American Crisis (no. 1)

It is the object only of war that makes it honorable. And if there was ever a just war since the world began, it is this in which America is now engaged. . . .
  We fight not to enslave, but to set a country free, and to make room upon the earth for honest men to live in.
      - Thomas Paine, The American Crisis (no. 5)

War even to the knife.
      - Jose de Palafox y Melzi, Duke of Saragossa,
        when summoned to surrender to the French, who besieged Saragossa in 1808, generally quoted as "At the point of the knife."

Christianity hath harmonized the conduct of war.
      - William Paley, Archdeacon of Saragossa

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