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WAR
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A man is known by the Company he joins.
  Bad communication trenches corrupt good manners.
    Never look a gift gun in the mouth.
      A drop of oil in time saves time.
        One swallow doesn't make a rum issue.
          Where there's a war there's a way.
      - Proverb,
        popular in World War I, origin about 1917

War makes strange giant creatures out of us little routine men who inhabit the earth.
      - Ernie Pyle

It is only necessary to make war with five things: with the maladies of the body, the ignorances of the mind, with the passions of the body, with the seditious of the city, and the discords of families.
      - Pythagoras

If this bill passes . . . as it will be the right of all, so it will be the duty of some, to prepare definitely for a separation, amicably if they can, violently if they must.
      - Josiah Quincy (2),
        in a speech in Congress against the admission of Louisiana to the Union

(Slaughter) means blood and iron.
  [Lat., Coedes videtur significare sanguinem et ferrum.]
      - Quintilian (Marcus Fabius Quintilianus),
        Declamationes

Always open all gates and roads to your enemies, and rather make for them a bridge of silver, to get rid of them.
  [Fr., Ouvrez toujours a vos ennemis toutes les portes et chemin, et plutot leur faites un pont d'argent, afin de les renvoyer.]
      - Francois Rabelais, Gargantua
         (bk. I, ch. XLIII)

The bodies of men, munition, and money may justly be called the sinews of war.
      - Sir Walter Raleigh (1)

The necessity of war, which among human actions is the most lawless, hath some kind of affinity with the necessity of law.
      - Sir Walter Raleigh (1)

He that fights and runs away,
  May turn and fight another day;
    But he that is in battle slain,
      Will never rise to fight again.
      - James Ray, History of the Rebellion
         (p. 48)

Brother Jonathan sat by the kitchen fire,
  Nursin' his foot on his knee.
    "It's a turrible fight they're havin' out there,
      But they can't git over to me."
        And Jonathan jingled the coins in his han'
          An' thanked the good God for the sea.
      - Charles Alexander Richmond,
        Brother Jonathan

Twelve mailed men sat drinking late,
  The wine was red as blood.
    Cried one, "How long them must we wait
      Ere we shall thunder at the gate,
        And crush the cursed brood?"
          Twelve men of iron, drinking late,
            Strike hands, and pledge a cup of hate:
              "The Day!"
      - Charles Alexander Richmond, The Day

The morning came, there stood the foe;
  Stark eyed them as they stood;
    Few words he spoke--'twas a time
      For moralizing mood:
        "See there the enemy, my boys!
          Now, strong in valor's might,
            Beat them or Betty Stark will sleep
              In widowhood to-night."
      - J.P. Rodman, Battle of Bennington

I find war detestable but those who praise it without participating in it even more so.
      - Romain Rolland

Yesterday, December 7, 1941--a date which will live in infamy--the United States was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.
      - Franklin Delano Roosevelt,
        in an address to Congress

A just war is in the long run far better for a man's soul than the most prosperous peace.
      - Theodore Roosevelt

To you men who, in your turn, have come together to spend and be be spent in the endless crusade against wrong; to you who face the future resolute and confident; to you who strive in a spirit of brotherhood for the betterment of our nation; to you who gird yourselves for this great new fight in the never-ending warfare for the good of mankind, I say in closing what I said in that speech in closing: "We stand at Armageddon and we battle for the Lord."
      - Theodore Roosevelt,
        in a speech at the Progressive Convention in Chicago on Aug. 5, 1912, referring to his June speech

War is not merely justifiable, but imperative upon honorable men, upon an honorable nation, where peace can only be obtained by the sacrifice of conscientious conviction or of national welfare.
      - Theodore Roosevelt

Wars are, of course, as a rule to be avoided; but they are far better than certain kinds of peace.
      - Theodore Roosevelt

We live in a great and free country only because our forefathers were willing to wage war rather than accept the peace that spells destruction.
      - Theodore Roosevelt

The guard dies but never surrenders.
      - M.N.B. Rougemont, Baron de Rougemont

War! that in a moment
  Lay'st waste the noblest part of the creation,
    The boast and masterpiece of the great Maker,
      That wears in vain th' impression of his image,
        Unprivileged from thee!
      - Nicholas Rowe

Righteous Heaven,
  In thy great day of vengeance! Blast the traitor
    And his pernicious counsels, who, for wealth,
      For pow'r, the pride of greatness, or revenge,
        Would pledge his native land in civil wars.
      - Nicholas Rowe, Jane Shore
         (act III, sc. 1, l. 198)

War, the needy bankrupt's last resort.
      - Nicholas Rowe, Pharsalia

He never would believe that Providence had sent a few men into the world, ready booted and spurred to ride, and millions ready saddled and bridled to be ridden.
      - Col. Richard Rumbold,
        at his execution, see Macaulay "History of England", ch. V

The great respect that I have for your leadership, Mr. President, in this little-understood, unfamiliar war, the first war of the 21st century--it is not well-known, it was not well-understood; it is complex for people to comprehend. And I know with certainty that, over time, the contributions you've made will be recorded by history.
      - Donald Rumsfeld,
        speaking of the Iraq War while resigning as U.S. Secretary of Defense


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