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You go to war with the army you have, not the army you might want or wish to have.
      - Donald Rumsfeld,
        speaking to U.S. who complained about equipment in the Iraq war

[The Russians] dashed on towards that thin red line tipped with steel.
      - Sir William Howard Russell,
        The British Expedition to the Crimea
         (p. 187 (revised edition))

Sometime they'll give a war and nobody will come.
      - Carl Sandburg

To delight in war is a merit in the soldier, a dangerous quality in the captain, and a positive crime in the statesman.
      - George Santayana

He who flies can also return; but it is not so with him who dies.
  [Fr., Qui fuit peut revenir aussi;
    Qui meurt, il n'en est pas ainsi.]
      - Paul Scarron

Even in a righteous cause force is a fearful thing; God only helps when men can help no more.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

It was a slaughter rather than a battle.
  [Ger., Ein Schlachten war's, nicht eine Schlacht, zu nennen!]
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        Die Jungfrau von Orleans (I, 9, 50)

It is now as in the days of yore when the sword ruled all things.
  [Ger., Est ist hier wie in den alten Zeiten
    Wo die Klinge noch alles that bedeuten.]
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        Wallenstein's Lager (VI, 140)

A professional soldier understands that war means killing people, war means maiming people, war means families left without fathers and mothers. All you have to do is hold your first dying soldier in your arms, and have that terribly futile feeling that his life is flowing out and you can't do anything about it. Then you understand the horror of war. Any soldier worth his salt should should be antiwar. And still, there are things worth fighting for.
      - Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf

Give the enemy not only a road for flight, but also a means of defending it.
  [Lat., Hosti non solum dandam esse viam fugiendi verum etiam muniendam.]
      - Publius Cornelius Scipio Africanus Major,
        according to Frontinus "Strateg", IV, 7, 16

Their flag was furled, and mute their drum.
      - Sir Walter Scott

In the lost battle,
  Borne down by the flying.
    Where mingles war's rattle
      With groans of the dying.
      - Sir Walter Scott, Marmion
         (canto III, st. 11)

"Charge, Chester, charge! On, Stanley, on!"
  Were the last words of Marmion.
      - Sir Walter Scott, Marmion
         (canto VI, st. 32)

Still from the sire the son shall hear
  Of the stern strife, and carnage drear,
    Of Flodden's fatal field,
      When shiver'd was fair Scotland's spear,
        And broken was her shield!
      - Sir Walter Scott, Marmion
         (canto VI, st. 34)

And the stern joy which warriors feel
  In foemen worthy of their steel.
      - Sir Walter Scott, The Lady of the Lake
         (canto V, st. 10)

One blast upon his bugle horn
  Were worth a thousand men.
      - Sir Walter Scott, The Lady of the Lake
         (canto VI, st. 18)

Say to the seceded States: "Wayward sisters depart in peace."
      - Winfield Scott,
        in a letter addressed to W.H. Seward, Washington, Mar. 3, 1861

There was a stately drama writ
  By the hand that peopled the earth and air,
    And set the stars in the infinite,
      And made night gorgeous and morning fair;
        And all that had sense to reason knew
          That bloody drama must be gone through.
            Some sat and watched how the action veered--
              Waited, profited, trembled, cheered--
                We saw not clearly nor understood,
                  But yielding ourselves to the masterhand,
                    Each in his part as best he could,
                      We played it through as the author planned.
      - Alan Seeger, The Hosts

Men practice war; beasts do not.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

The fortune of war is always doubtful.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

It's easy to fight when everything's right
  And you're mad with the thrill and the glory;
    It's easy to cheer when victory's near,
      And wallow in fields that are gory.
        It's a different song when everything's wrong,
          When you're feeling infernally mortal;
            When it's ten against one, and hope there is none,
              Buck up, little soldier, and chortle!
      - Robert William Service, Carry On

When children's children shall talk of War as a madness that may not be;
  When we thank our God for our grief today, and blazon from sea to sea
    In the name of the Dead the banner of Peace
      . . . that will be Victory.
      - Robert William Service,
        The Song of the Pacifist

Fortune is always on the side of the largest battalions.
      - Marquise de Sevigne, Marie de Rabutin-Chantal,
        Letters (202)

It is an irrepressible conflict between opposing and enduring forces.
      - William Henry Seward,
        Speech--The Irrepressible Conflict
         (act I, sc. 3, l. 99)

Dying like men, though buried in your dunghills,
  They shall be fam'd; for there the stun shall greet them,
    And draw their honors reeking up to heaven;
      Leaving their earthly parts to choke your clime.
      - William Shakespeare

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