After we lay wreaths to the fallen, let those who are not soldiers remember these words of men who think. Let those who were soldiers head on down to the Legion to forget the deeds of men who didn't.
“We are mad, not only individually, but nationally. We check manslaughter and isolated murders; but what of war and the much-vaunted crime of slaughtering whole peoples? There are no limits to our greed, none to our cruelty. And as long as such crimes are committed by stealth and by individuals, they are less harmful and less portentous; but cruelties are practiced in accordance with acts of senate and popular assembly, and the public is bidden to do that which is forbidden to the individual. Deeds that would be punished by loss of life when committed in secret, are praised by us because uniformed generals have carried them out. Man, naturally the gentlest class of being, is not ashamed to revel in the blood of others, to wage war, and to entrust the waging of war to his sons, when even dumb beasts and wild beasts keep the peace with one another.”
- Seneca from Epistles
“War is now a form of TV entertainment...”
- Kurt Vonnegut from I Love You, Madame Librarian
“When the tyrant has disposed of foreign enemies by conquest or treaty, and there is nothing to fear from them, then he is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader.”
- Plato from The Republic
"And happiness is thought to depend on leisure; for we are busy that we may have leisure, and make war that we may live in peace."
- Aristotle from Nicomachean Ethics
“All of us have heard this term "preventive war" since the earliest days of Hitler. I recall that is about the first time I heard it.”
- Dwight D. Eisenhower
"Most people would die sooner than think- in fact, they do so."
- Bertrand Russell from The ABC of Relativity
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