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As peace is of all goodness, so war is an emblem, a hieroglyphic, of all misery.

—John Donne, 1622

War to the castles; peace to the cottages.

—Nicolas Chamfort, 1790

War is the child of pride, and pride the daughter of riches.

—Jonathan Swift, 1697

Don’t talk to me about naval tradition. It’s nothing but rum, sodomy, and the lash.

—Winston Churchill, 1939

I am tired and sick of war. Its glory is all moonshine. War is hell.

—William Tecumseh Sherman, 1879

Sometime they’ll give a war and nobody will come.

—Carl Sandburg, 1936

Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.

—Mao Zedong, 1938

I went [to war] because I couldn’t help it. I didn’t want the glory or the pay; I wanted the right thing done.

—Louisa May Alcott, 1863

There never was a good war or a bad peace.

—Benjamin Franklin, 1773

The fear of war is worse than war itself.

—Seneca, c. 50

You furnish the pictures, and I’ll furnish the war. 

—William Randolph Hearst, 1898