quotes tagged with 'war'

At either of those places you felt that you were taking part in a crusade.  That was the only word for it although it was a word that had been so worn and abused that it no longer gave its true meaning.  You felt, in spite of all bureaucracy and inefficiency and part strife, something that was like the feeling you expected to have and did not have when you made your first communion.  It was a feeling of consecration to a duty toward all of the oppressed of the world which would be as difficult and embarrassing to speak about as religious experience and yet it was authentic as the feeling you had when you heard Bach, or stood in Chartres Cathedral or the Cathedral at Leon and saw the light coming through the great windows; or when you saw Mantegna and Greco and Brueghel in the Prado.  It gave you a part in something that you could believe in wholly and completely and in which you felt an absolute brotherhood with the others who were engaged in it.  It was something that you had never known before but that you had experienced now and you gave such importance to it and the reasons for it that your own death seemed of complete unimportance; only a thing to be avoided because it would interfere with the performance of your duty.  But the best thing was that there was something you could do about this feeling and this necessity too.  You could fight.

Author: Ernest Hemingway, Source: For Whom the Bell TollsSaved by l1nds4y in religion fight war death helpless 2 months ago[save this] [permalink]

"Teancum and Amalickiah typify this principle. It's always the wicked against the wicked in the Book of Mormon, never the righteous against the wicked. In the duel between Amlici and Alma (see Alma 2:29-31), wasn't that a good guy against a bad guy? No, when the war was over they mourned terribly because they were convinced that the war had been because of their wickedness. They had brought it on themselves. They weren't fighting bad guys as good guys after all. In the same way, Mormon counsels, Don't worry about the wicked; surely the "judgments of God will overtake the wicked; and it is by the wicked that the wicked are punished" (Mormon 4:5)." (Nibley, Warfare and the Book of Mormon)

Author: Hugh Nibley, Source: Warfare and the Book of MormonSaved by Dmotola87 in war peace 2 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Only the dead have seen the end of war.

Author: George Santayana, Source: Soliloquies in England and Later Soliloquies, 102Saved by cpaulhurtado in war english 5 years ago[save this] [permalink]

We are a warlike people, easily distracted from our assignment of preparing for the coming of the Lord. When enemies rise up, we commit vast resources to the fabrication of gods of stone and steel—ships, planes, missiles, fortifications—and depend on them for protection and deliverance. When threatened, we become antienemy instead of pro-kingdom of God; we train a man in the art of war and call him a patriot, thus, in the manner of Satan’s counterfeit of true patriotism, perverting the Savior’s teaching:


“Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;


“That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven.” (Matt. 5:44–45.)



Author: Spencer W Kimball, Source: The False Gods We Worship, June 1976 EnsignSaved by cmiket in war idols 5 years ago[save this] [permalink]

The sinews of war are infinite money.

Author: Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BC), Source: unknownSaved by libertyquotes in liberty war money endthefed 6 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Wars are seldom caused by spontaneous hatreds between people, for peoples in general are too ignorant of one another to have grievances and too indifferent to what goes on beyond their borders to plan conquests. They must be urged to the slaughter by politicians who know how to alarm them.

Author: H. L. Mencken, Source: http://www.libertarianism.org/people/h-l-menckenSaved by jr00ck in war propaganda oppression enemies political 6 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Of course the people don't want war. But after all, it's the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it's always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it's a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders.  That is easy.  All you have to do is tell them  they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger.

Author: Herman Goering, Source: Nuremberg trials Saved by jr00ck in war propaganda hitler nazis 6 years ago[save this] [permalink]

The very search by observers and historians for purity and unmixed motives in a revolution betrays an unrealistic naivete. Revolutions are mighty upheavals made by a mass of people, people who are willing to rupture the settled habits of a lifetime, including especially the habit of obedience to an existing government. They are made by people willing to turn from the narrow pursuits of their daily lives to battle vigorously and even violently together in a general cause. Because a revolution is a sudden upheaval by masses of men, one cannot treat the motives of every participant as identical, nor can one treat a revolution as somehow planned and ordered in advance. On the contrary, one of the major characteristics of a revolution is its dynamism, its rapid and accelerating movement in one of several competing directions. Indeed, the enormous sense of exhilaration (or fear, depending on one’s personal values and place in the social structure) generated by a revolution is precisely due to its unfreezing of the political and social order, its smashing of the old order, of the fixed and relatively stagnant political structure, its transvaluation of values, its replacement of a reigning fixity with a sense of openness and dynamism. Hope, especially among those submerged by the existing system, replaces hopelessness and despair.

Author: Murray Rothbard, Source: Conceived in Liberty, vol. 1, p. 103-4Saved by cboyack in politics war rebellion revolution independence 7 years ago[save this] [permalink]

America was conquered, and her settlements made, and firmly established, at the expence of individuals, and not of the British public.  Their own blood was spilt in acquiring lands for their settlement, their own fortunes expended in making that settlement effectual; for themselves they fought, for themselves they conquered, and for themselves alone they have right to hold.

Author: Thomas Jefferson, Source: A Summary View of the Rights of British AmericaSaved by ImaWriterIII in government america war thomasjefferson revolution EDS expense 8 years ago[save this] [permalink]

It is the soldier, not the reporter,
who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the soldier, not the poet,
who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the soldier, not the campus organizer,
who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.
It is the soldier, not the lawyer,
who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the soldier,
who salutes the flag,
who serves under the flag,
and whose coffin is draped by the flag,
who allows the protester to burn the flag.

Author: Father Dennis Edward O'Brien, USMC, Source: UnknownSaved by ImaWriterIII in sacrifice war soldier lawyer poet flag EDS reporter 8 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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