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If the cause and end of war be justifiable, all the menus that appear necessary to the end are justifiable also.
      - William Paley, Archdeacon of Saragossa

It cannot be made, it shall not be made, it will not be made; but if it were made there would be a war between France and England for the possession of Egypt.
      - 3rd Viscount Palmerston, Henry John Temple,
        in a speech, referring to the Suez Canal (an example of an indiscreet and unfulfilled prophecy)

Can anything be more ridiculous than that a man should have the right to kill me because he lives on the other side of the water, and because his ruler has a quarrel with mine.
      - Blaise Pascal

Civil wars are the greatest of evils. They are inevitable, if we wish to reward merit, for all will say that they are meritorious.
      - Blaise Pascal

The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his.
      - George S. Patton

Hell, Heaven or Hoboken by Christmas.
      - attributed to Gen. John Joseph Pershing

Lafayette, we are here.
      - Gen. John Joseph Pershing,
        at the tomb of Lafayette on authority of a Jan. 4, 1919 letter from his military secretary to George Morgan

Infantry, Artillery, Aviation--all that we have--are yours to dispose of as you will. . . . I have come to say to you that the American people would be proud to be engaged in the greatest battle in history.
      - Gen. John Joseph Pershing, Lerrer,
        from Office of the Commander-in-Chief, American Expeditionary Forces, to Gen. Foch, in France, see "Literary Digest History of World War", vol. V, p. 43

They shall not pass.
  [Fr., Ils ne passeront pas.]
      - credited to Henri Phillipe Petain

Civil war is a momentous evil. * * * Civil war needs momentous and solemn justification.
      - Wendell Phillips

War and Niagara thunder to a music of their own.
      - Wendell Phillips

From the Rio Grande's waters to the icy lakes of Maine,
  Let all exult, for we have met the enemy again.
    Beneath their stern old mountains we have met them in their pride;
      And rolled from Buena Vista back the battle's bloody tide,
        Where the enemy came surging swift like the Mississippi's flood,
          And the Reaper, Dearth, with strong arms swung his sickle red with blood.
            Santa Anna boasted loudly that before two hours went past
              His lancers through Saltillo should pursue us fierce and fast.
                On comes his solid infantry, line marching after line.
                  Lo! their great standards in the sun like sheets of silver shine.
      - Gen. Albert Pike, Battle of Buena Vista

If I were an American, as I am an Englishman, while a foreign troop was landed in my country I never would lay down my arms,--never! never! never!
      - William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham,
        in a speech

Only the dead have seen the end of conflict.
      - Plato (originally Aristocles},
        as cited by George H.W. Bush in his inaugural address

Passing the Rubicon.
      - Plutarch, Life of Caesar,
        said of Caesar who, when advancing against Pompey, arrived at the Rubicon, which divides Cisalpine Gaul from the rest of Italy, and stated "The die is cast." ("Jacta alea est.")

He who first called money the sinews of the state seems to have said this with special reference to war.
      - Plutarch, Life of Cleomenes (27)

Sylla proceeded by persuasion, not by arms.
      - Plutarch, Lysander and Sylla Compared

It is the province of kings to bring wars about; it is the province of God to end them.
      - Cardinal Reginald Pole, To Henry VIII

Cease to consult, the time for action calls,
  War, horrid war, approaches to your walls!
      - Alexander Pope

Intestine war no more our passions wage,
  And giddy factions bear away their rage.
      - Alexander Pope

The nations bleed where'er her steps she turns; the groan still deepens, and the combat burns.
      - Alexander Pope

She saw her sons with purple death expire,
  Her sacred domes involved in rolling fire,
    A dreadful series of intestine wars,
      Inglorious triumphs and dishonest scars.
      - Alexander Pope, Windsor Forest (l. 323)

War its thousands slays,
  Peace its ten thousands.
      - Bishop Beilby Porteus, Death (l. 178)

The fearful thunder-roar of red-breathed cannon and the wailing cry of myriad victims filled the air.
      - George Denison Prentice

The waves
  Of the mysterious death-river moaned;
    The tramp, the shout, the fearful thunder-roar
      Of red-breathed cannon, and the wailing cry
        Of myriad victims, filled the air.
      - George Denison Prentice, Lookout Mountain
         (l. 16)

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