Literary Liaisons, Wily Wordplay

Wily Wordplay- On War

With the specter of war hanging over the Korean Penninsula, it seemed appropriate to share some quotes that are pertinent to the decisions that will need to be made in the months to come. I do not agree with every sentiment expressed here but found these all worthy of discussion.

1.”The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.” -Sun Tzu

2. “War does not determine who is right – only who is left.” -Bertrand Russell

3. “All war is a symptom of man’s failure as a thinking animal.” ― John Steinbeck

4. “I am tired and sick of war. Its glory is all moonshine. It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, for vengeance, for desolation. War is hell.” -William Tecumseh Sherman

5. “Sometimes you have to pick the gun up to put the gun down.” ― Malcolm X

6. “The world is full enough of hurts and mischances without wars to multiply them.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien

7.“It is not enough to win a war; it is more important to organize the peace.”― Aristotle

8. “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.” –Albert Einstein

9. “War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good. We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other’s children.” –Jimmy Carter

10. “War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.” – John Stuart Mill

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