A Quote by John Fowles on laughter, life, love, mankind, men, politics, rest, seriousness, war, and women

I am going to explain to you why we went to war. Why mankind always does to war. It is not social or political. It is not countries that go to war, but men. It is like salt. Once one has been to war, one has salt for the rest of one's life. Men love war because it allows them to look serious. Because it is the one thing that stops women from laughing at them.

John Fowles (1926 -)

Source: The Magus,1965

Contributed by: Zaady