A Quote by Carl von Clausewitz on peace, preparation, security, and war

To secure peace is to prepare for war.

Carl von Clausewitz (1780 - 1831)

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A Quote by Carl von Clausewitz on facts, humanity, and war

The fact that slaughter is a horrifying spectacle must make us take war more seriously, but not provide an excuse for gradually blunting our swords in the name of humanity. Sooner or later someone will come along with a sharp sword and hack off our arms.

Carl von Clausewitz (1780 - 1831)

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A Quote by Carl Sandburg on soldiers, study, and war

The little girl saw her first troop parade and asked, "What are those?" "Soldiers." "What are soldiers?" "They are for war. They fight and each tries to kill as many of the other side as they can." The girl held still and studied. "Do you know . . . I know something." "Yes, what is it you know?" "Sometime they'll give a war and nobody will come."

Carl Sandburg (1878 - 1967)

Source: "The Little Girl Saw Her First Troop Parade" in The People, Yes (1936)

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A Quote by Cardinal Richelieu on god, men, and war


War is one of the scourges with which it has pleased God to afflict men.

Cardinal Richelieu (1585 - 1642)

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A Quote by Boris Leonidovich Pasternak on blessings, death, lies, and war

And when the war broke out, its real horrors, its real dangers, its menace of real death were a blessing compared with the inhuman reign of the lie, and they brought relief because they broke the spell of the dead letter.

Boris Pasternak (1890 - 1960)

Source: Doctor Zhivago, 1958, The Poems of Yurii Zhivago, Winter Night, epilogue

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A Quote by Andrew Bonar Law on failure, war, and wisdom

There is no such thing as an inevitable war. If war comes it will be from failure of human wisdom.

Bonar Law (1858 - 1923)

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A Quote by Robert ‘Bob' Dole on america, beginning, compassion, country, death, doubt, family, fatherhood, future, generosity, god, home, learning, lies, life, love, needs, neighbors, richness, strength, understanding, war, wealth, world, worth, and yout

Anyone who wants to understand me must first understand Russell, Kansas. It is my home, where my roots lie, and a constant source of strength. My father's view of the world as "stewers versus doers" registered early. From my neighbors, I learned to feel deeply for God, country and family. In Russell, I came to understand there are things worth living for, and, if need be, dying for. The Russell of my youth was not a place of wealth. Yet it was generous with the values that would shape my outlook and the compassion that would restore life's richness after I had begun to doubt my future following the war. Ever since, I have tried in my own way to give back some of what the town has given me. I have tried to defend and serve the America I learned to love in Russell.

Bob Dole (1923 -)

Source: Unlimited Partners by Bob and Elizabeth Dole

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A Quote by Blaise Pascal on adultery, animals, desires, destruction, earth, emptiness, god, good, happiness, lies, losing, nature, plants, reason, survival, present, vices, and war

What does this desire and this inability of ours proclaim to us but that there was once in man a genuine happiness, of which nothing now survives but the mark and the empty outline; and this he vainly tries to fill from everything that lies around him, seeking from things that are not there the help that he does not get from those that are present? Yet they are quite incapable of filling the gap, because this infinite gulf can only be filled by an infinite and immutable object - that is, God, Himself. He alone is man's veritable good, and since man has deserted Him it is a strange thing that there is nothing in nature that has not been capable of taking His place for man: stars, sky, earth, elements, plants, cabbages, leeks, animals, insects, calves, serpents, fever, plague, war, famine, vices, adultery, incest. And since he has lost the true good, everything can equally appear to him as such - even his own destruction, though that is so contrary at once to God, to reason, and to nature.

Blaise Pascal (1623 - 1662)

Source: Pensées. 1670.

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A Quote by Bishop Fulton John Sheen, D.D. on adversity, death, disease, god, repentance, and war

Calamity, war, famine, plague, death, adversity, disease, injury do not necessarily produce repentance. We may become better in a calamity but it does not necessarily make us repent. The essence of repentance is that we cannot be repentant until we confront our own self righteousness with God's righteousness.

Bishop John Sheen (1895 - 1979)

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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on war


War does not determine who is right - only who is left.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

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