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Let's march without the noise of threat'ning drum,
  That from this castle's tottered battlements
    Our fair appointments may be well perused.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Second
         (Bolingbroke at III, iii)

Grim-visaged war hath smoothed his wrinkled front,
  And now, instead of mounting barbed steeds
    To fright the souls of fearful adversaries,
      He capers nimbly in a lady's chamber
        To the lascivious pleasing of a lute.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Third
         (King Richard at I, i)

Fellows in arms, and my most loving friends,
  Bruised underneath the yoke of tyranny,
    Thus far into the bowels of the land
      Have we marched on without impediment;
        And here receive we from our father Stanley
          Lines of fair comfort and encouragement
            The wretched, bloody, and usurping boar,
              That spoiled your summer fields and fruitful vines,
                Swills your warm blood like wash, and makes his trough
                  In your embowelled bosoms--this foul swine
                    Is now even in the centry of this isle,
                      Near to the town of Leicester, as we learn:
                        From Tamworth thither is but one day's march.
                          In God's name cheerly on, courageous friends,
                            To reap the harvest of perpetual peace
                              By this one bloody trial of sharp war.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Third
         (Richmond at V, ii)

Hark! I hear their drum.
  Fight, gentlemen of England! Fight, bold yeomen!
    Draw, archers, draw your arrows to the head!
      Spur your proud horses hard, and ride in blood!
        Amaze the welkin with your broken staves!
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Third
         (King Richard at V, iii)

O Thou, whose captain I account myself,
  Look on my forces with a gracious eye;
    Put in their hands thy bruising irons of wrath,
      That they may crush down with a heavy fall
        The usurping helmets of our adversaries;
          Make us thy ministers of chastisement,
            That we may praise thee in the victory.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Third
         (Richmond at V, iii)

There was only one virtue, pugnacity; only one vice, pacifism. That is an essential condition of war.
      - George Bernard Shaw,
        Heartbreak House--Preface--Madness in Court

In the arts of life man invents nothing; but in the arts of death he outdoes Nature herself, and produces by chemistry and machinery all the slaughter of plague, pestilence and famine.
      - George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman

They shall not pass, tho' battleline
  May bend, and foe with foe combine,
    Tho' death rain on them from the sky
      Till every fighting man shall die,
        France shall not yield to German Rhine.
      - Alice M. Shepard, They Shall Not Pass

Every attempt to make war easy and safe will result in humiliation and disaster.
      - General William Tecumseh Sherman

Hold the Fort! I am coming.
      - General William Tecumseh Sherman,
        signalled to Gen. Corse

War is cruelty, and you cannot refine it; and those who brought war into our country deserve all the curses and maledictions a people can pour out.
      - General William Tecumseh Sherman

War is Hell.
      - attributed to General William Tecumseh Sherman,
        reported by John Keelbeck as statement made by Sherman after Battle of Vicksburg in 1861

I existed.
  [Fr., J'ai vecu.]
      - Count Emmanuel Joseph Sieyes,
        when asked what he did during the Reign of Terror, see Mignet "Notices Hist.", I, 81

Sainte Jeanne went harvesting in France,
  But ah! what found she there?
    The little streams were running red,
      And the torn fields were bare;
        And all about the ruined towers
          Where once her king was crowned
            The hurtling ploughs of war and death
              Had scored the desolate ground.
      - Marion Couthouy Smith,
        Sainte Jeanne of France

Every shot has its commission, d'ye see? We must all die at one time, as the saying is.
      - Tobias George Smollett, The Reprisal
         (act III, 8)

I came, I saw, God overcame.
      - John Sobieski, John III, To the Pope,
        with the captured Mussulman standards

War never takes a wicked man by chance, the good man always.
      - Sophocles

War, even in the best state of an army, with all the alleviations of courtesy and honor, with all the correctives of morality and religion, is nevertheless so great an evil, that to engage in it without a clear necessity is a crime of the blackest dye. When the necessity is clear, it then becomes a crime to shrink from it.
      - Robert Southey

Then more fierce
  The conflict grew; the din of arms, the yell
    Of savage rage, the shriek of agony,
      The groan of death, commingled in one sound
        Of undistinguish'd horrors.
      - Robert Southey, Madoc (pt. II, XV)

Fly from wrath; sad be the sights and bitter fruits of war; a thousand furies wait on wrathful swords.
      - Edmund Spenser

Woe to the man that first did teach the cursed steel to bite in his own flesh, and make way to the living spirit!
      - Edmund Spenser

War! war! war!
  Heaven aid the right!
    God move the hero's arm in the fearful fight!
      God send the women sleep in the long, long night,
        When the breasts on whose strength they leaned shall heave no more.
      - Edmund Clarence Stedman, Alice of Monmouth
         (VII)

The crystal-pointed tents from hill to hill.
      - Edmund Clarence Stedman, Alice of Monmouth
         (XI)

But, Virginians, don't do it, for I tell you that the flagon,
  Filled with blood of Old Brown's offspring, was first poured by Southern hands;
    And each drop from Old Brown's life-veins, like the red gore of the Dragon,
      May spring up a vengeful Fury, hissing through your slave-worn lands:
        And Old Brown,
          Osawatomie Brown,
            May trouble you worse than ever, when you've nailed his coffin down.
      - Edmund Clarence Stedman,
        How Old Brown Took Harper's Ferry,
        written during Brown's Trial, Nov., 1859

Every creature lives in a state of war by nature.
      - Jonathan Swift


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