Wednesday, 27 February 2013

War Quotes



When civil dudgeon first grew high, A men fell out, knew not why; When hard words, jealousies and fears, Set folks together by the ears, And made them fight, like mad or drunk, For dame Religion as for punk;...
{Butler, Hudibras opening lines}
The Assyrian came down like the wolf on the fold, And his cohorts were gleaming in purple and gold; And the sheen of their spears was like stars on the sea, When the blue waves roll nightly on deep Galilee.
{Byron, The Destruction of Sennacherib}
 And ' mid the tumult Kubla heard from far Ancestral voices prophesying war.
{S. T. Coleridege, Kubla Khan}
By the rude bridge that arched the flood, Their flag to April's breeze unfurled, Here once the embattled farmers stood, And fired the shot heard round the world.
{Emerson, Concord Hymn}
Yes; quaint and curious war is! You shoot a fellow down You'd treat if met where any bar is, Or help to half-a-crown.
{Thomas Hardy, The Man He Killed}
They wrote in the old days that it Is sweet and fitting to die for one's country. But in modern war there is nothing sweet nor fitting In your dying. You will die like a dog for no good reason,
{Ernest Hemingway, Notes on the Next War}
The tumult and the shouting dies, The captains and the kings depart,
{Kipling, The Recessional}
Doughboys were paid a whole dollar a day and received free burial under the clay. And movie heroes are paid even more shooting one another in a Hollywood war.
{Kreymborg, What Price Glory}
There was laughter and loving In the lanes at evening; Handsome were the boys then, and girls were gay.'' But lost in Flanders by medalled commanders The lads of the village are vanished away.
{Cecil Day Lewis, A Time to Dance}
War should be the only study of a prince. He should consider peace only as a breathing time, which gives him leisure to contrive, and furnishes as ability to execute, military plans,
{Macchiavelli, The Prince}
War alone keys up all human energies to their maximum tension and sets the seal of nobility on those peoples who have the courage to face it.
{Benito Mussolini, Fascism}
I still remember the effect I produced on a small group of Galla tribesmen massed around a man in black clothes, I dropped an aerial torpedo right in the center, and the group opened up like a flowering rose, It was most entertaining.
{Vittorio Mussolini, In an account of his Ethiopian fighting}
They shall not pass. (Ils ne passeront pas)
{General Petain (1916) }
Stand! the ground's your own, my braves! Will ye give it up to sllaves?
{John Pierpont, Warren's Address}
From the Rio Crande'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.
{Gen. Albert Pike, The Battle of Buena Vista}
The terrible rumble, grumble and roar Telling the battle was on once more-and Sheridan twenty miles away!
{T. B. Read, Sheridan's Ride}
The American people will not relish the idea of any American citizen growing rich and fat in an emergency of blood and slaughter and human suffering.
{Franklin D. Roosevelt, Radio chat, May, 1940}
In order for a war to be just, three things are necessary. First, the authority of the sovereign... Secondly, a just cause... Thirdly a rightful intention.
{St. Thomas Aquinas}
Croesus said to Cambyses; That peace was better then war; because in peace the sons did bury their fathers, but in wars the fathers did bury their sons.
{Francis Bacon}

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