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Engrave this Quote The desire to conquer is itself a sort of subjection.
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-George Eliot
Engrave this Quote War is not a life: it is a situation, one which may neither be ignored nor accepted.
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-TS (Thomas Stearns) Eliot
Engrave this Quote There is nothing that war has ever achieved we could not better achieve without it.
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-Havelock Ellis
Engrave this Quote The triumphs of peace have been in some proximity to war. Whilst the hand was still familiar with the sword-hilt, whilst the habits of the camp were still visible in the port and complexion of the gentleman, his intellectual power culminated; the compression and tension of these stern conditions is a training for the finest and softest arts, and can rarely be compensated in tranquil times, except by some analogous vigor drawn from occupations as hardy as war.
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-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Engrave this Quote War is delightful to those who have had no experience of it.
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-Desiderius Erasmus
Engrave this Quote Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!
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-David G. Farragut, Battle of Mobile Bay, August 5, 1864
Engrave this Quote As she came up to the arch Elizabeth saw with a start that it was written on. She went closer. She peered at the stone. There were names on it. Every grain of the surface had been carved with British names; their chiselled capitals rose from the level of her ankles to the height of the great arch itself; on every surface of every column as far as her eyes eyes could see there were names teeming, reeling, over surfaces of yards, of hundreds of yards, over furlongs of stone.
She moved through the space beneath the arch where the man was sweeping. She found the other pillas identically marked, their faces obliterated on all sides by the names that were carved on them.
'Who are these, these ...?; She gestured with her hand.'
'These?' The man with the brush sounded surprised. 'The lost.'
'Men who died in battle?'
'No. The lost, the ones they did not find. The others are in cemetries.'
'These are just the ... unfound?'
She looked at the vault above her head and then around in panic at the endless writing, as though the surface of the sky had been papered in footnotes.
When she could speak again, she said, 'from the whole war?'
The man shook his head. 'Just these fields.' He gestured with his arm.
Elizabeth went and sat on the steps on the other side of the monument. Beneath her was a formal garden with some rows of white headstones, each with a tended plant or flower at its base, each cleaned and beautiful in the weak winter sunlight.
'Nobody told me.' She ran her fingers with their red-painted nails back through her thick dark hair. 'My God, nobody told me.

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-Sebastian Faulks
'Birdsong' p. 264.
Engrave this Quote Those who actually set out to see the fall of a city or those who choose to go to a front line, are obviously asking themselves to what extent they are cowards. But the tests they set themselves -- there is a dead body, can you bear to look at it? -- are nothing in comparison with the tests that are sprung on them. It is not the obvious tests that matter (do you go to pieces in a mortar attack?) but the unexpected ones (here is a man on the run, seeking your help -- can you face him honestly?).
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-James Fenton
Engrave this Quote I have tamed men of iron in my day, shall I not easily crush these men of butter?
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-Duke of Alba Ferdinand Alvarez De Toledo
Engrave this Quote My centre is giving way, my right is retreating, situation excellent, I am attacking.
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-Marshal Ferdinand Foch, message sent during the first battle of the Marne, September, 1914
Engrave this Quote I don't believe that the big men, the politicians and the capitalists alone are guilty of the war. Oh, no, the little man is just as keen, otherwise the people of the world would have risen in revolt long ago! There is an urge and rage in people to destroy, to kill, to murder, and until all mankind, without exception, undergoes a great change, wars will be waged, everything that has been built up, cultivated and grown, will be destroyed and disfigured, after which mankind will have to begin all over again.
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-Anne Frank
Engrave this Quote What, oh, what is the use of the war? Why can
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-Anne Frank
Diary of a Young Girl; entry dated May 3, 1944
Engrave this Quote What vast additions to the conveniences and comforts of living might mankind have acquired, if the money spent in wars had been employed in works of public utility; what an extension of agriculture even to the tops of our mountains; what rivers rendered navigable, or joined by canals; what bridges, aqueducts, new roads, and other public works, edifices, and improvements might not have been obtained by spending those millions in doing good, which in the last war have been spent in doing mischief.
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-Benjamin Franklin
Engrave this Quote Morality is contraband in war.
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-Mahatma Gandhi
Engrave this Quote It is open to a war resister to judge between the combatants and wish success to the one who has justice on his side. By so judging he is more likely to bring peace between the two than by remaining a mere spectator.
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-Mahatma Gandhi
Engrave this Quote No country without an atom bomb could properly consider itself independent.
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-Charles De Gaulle
Engrave this Quote A war is like when it rains in New York and everybody crowds into doorways, ya know? And they all get chummy together. Perfect strangers. The only difference, of course, is in a war it's also raining on the other side of the street and the people who are chummy over there are trying to kill the people who are over here who are chums.
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-Larry Gelbart
Hawkeye Pierce, M*A*S*H episode The Interview aired Feb. 24, 1976
Engrave this Quote Unless they are immediate victims, the majority of mankind behaves as if war was an act of God which could not be prevented; or they behave as if war elsewhere was none of their business. It would be a bitter cosmic joke if we destroy ourselves due to atrophy of the imagination.
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-Martha Gellhorn
Engrave this Quote Safeguarding the rights of others is the most noble and beautiful end of a human being.
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-Kahlil Gibran, "The Voice of the Poet"
Engrave this Quote What if somebody gave a war and
Nobody came?
Life would ring the bells of Ecstasy and
Forever be Itself again.

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-Allen Ginsberg
Graffiti, 1972
Engrave this Quote Guns will make us powerful; butter will only make us fat.
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-Hermann Goering
Engrave this Quote I don't know a greater advantage, than to appreciate the worth of an enemy.
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-Johann von Goethe
Engrave this Quote I feel sure that coups d'?tat would go much better if there were seats, boxes, and stalls so that one could see what was happening and not miss anything.
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-Edmond de Goncourt
Engrave this Quote War is the great scavenger of thought. It is the sovereign disinfectant, and its red stream of blood is the Condy's Fluid that cleans out the stagnant pools and clotted channels of the intellect. We have awakened from an opium-dream of comfort, of ease, of that miserable poltroonery of the sheltered life. Our wish for indulgence of every sort, our laxity of manners, our wretched sensitiveness to personal inconvenience, these are suddenly lifted before us in their true guise as the specters of national decay; and we have risen from the lethargy of our dilettantism to lay them, before it is too late, by the flashing of the unsheathed sword.
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-Sir Edmund Gosse
Engrave this Quote The Southern rebellion was largely the outgrowth of the Mexican war. Nations, like individuals, are punished for their transgressions. We got our punishment in the most sanguinary and expensive war of modern times.
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-Ulysses Simpson Grant
Personal Memoirs, 1885

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