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It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.
Voltaire
War


We kill because we are afraid of our own shadow, afraid that if we used a little common sense we'd have to admit that our glorious principles were wrong.
Henry Miller
The Wisdom of the Heart, 1941


Certain blood was being shed for uncertain reasons.
Tim O'Brien
The Things They Carried


We always prefer war on our own terms to peace on someone else's.
Mignon McLaughlin
The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966


I have no doubt that we will be successful in harnessing the sun's energy.... If sunbeams were weapons of war, we would have had solar energy centuries ago.
Sir George Porter
The Observer, 26 August 1973


We need a new law that owners of SUVs are automatically in the military reserve. Then they can go get their own goddamn oil.
Jello Biafra
The Guardian, 3 November 2007


Liberty and democracy become unholy when their hands are dyed red with innocent blood.
Mahatma Gandhi
Non-violence in Peace and War, 1948


You can't say civilization don't advance, however, for in every war they kill you in a new way.
Will Rogers
New York Times, 23 December 1929


It is easier to lead men to combat, stirring up their passions, than to restrain them and direct them toward the patient labors of peace.
André Gide
Journals, 13 September 1938


The most persistent sound which reverberates through men's history is the beating of war drums.
Arthur Koestler
Janus: A Summing Up


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