„In peace there's nothing so becomes a man as modest stillness and humility; but when the blast of war blows in our ears, then imitate the action of the tiger; stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood, disguise fair nature with hard-favor'd rage.“

Source: Henry V

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William Shakespeare688
English playwright and poet 1564 - 1616

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„War begun without good provision of money beforehand for going through with it is but as a breathing of strength and blast that will quickly pass away. Coin is the sinews of war.“

—  Francois Rabelais, book Gargantua and Pantagruel

Et guerre faicte sans bonne provision d'argent, n'a qu'un souspirail de vigueur. Les nerfz des batailles sont les pecunes.
Source: Gargantua and Pantagruel (1532–1564), Gargantua (1534), Chapter 44.

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„With equal rage, as when the southern wind,
Meeteth in battle strong the northern blast.“

—  Torquato Tasso Italian poet 1544 - 1595

Canto IX, stanza 52 (tr. Fairfax)
Gerusalemme Liberata (1581)
Original: (co) Come pari d'ardir, con forza pare
Quinci Austro in guerra vien, quindi Aquilone.

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„War rages, horrid war
Even in our bones; our double nature sounds
With armèd discord.“

—  Prudentius, book Psychomachia

Fervent bella horrida, fervent
ossibus inclusa fremit et discordibus armis
non simplex natura hominis.
Psychomachia, line 902; translation from C. S. Lewis The Allegory of Love (London: Oxford University Press, [1936] 1975) p. 72.
Original: (la) Fervent bella horrida, fervent
ossibus inclusa fremit et discordibus armis
non simplex natura hominis.

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„The essential job is to get people to recognise war propaganda when they see it, especially when it is disguised as peace propaganda.“

—  George Orwell English author and journalist 1903 - 1950

Review of The Men I Killed by Brigadier-General F. P. Crozier, CB, CMG, DSO, in New Statesman and Nation (28 August 1937)

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„Rage is for beasts, but shining peace for man.“

—  Ovid, book Ars amatoria

Book III, line 502 (tr. Len Krisak)
Ars Amatoria (The Art of Love)
Original: (la) Candida pax homines, trux decet ira feras.

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„This is he.
This is the man they ate at the green table
Putting their gloves on ere they touched the meat.
This is the fruit of war, the fruit of peace,
The ripeness of invention, the new lamb,
The answer to the wisdom of the wise.
And still he hangs, and still he will not die
And still, on the steel city of our years
The light falls and the terrible blood streams down.“

—  Stephen Vincent Benét poet, short story writer, novelist 1898 - 1943

Litany for Dictatorships (1935)
Context: For the man crucified on the crossed machine guns
Without name, without resurrection, without stars,
His dark head heavy with death and his flesh long sour
With the smell of his many prisons — John Smith, John Doe,
John Nobody — oh, crack your mind for his name!
Faceless as water, naked as the dust,
Dishonored as the earth the gas-shells poison
And barbarous with portent.
This is he.
This is the man they ate at the green table
Putting their gloves on ere they touched the meat.
This is the fruit of war, the fruit of peace,
The ripeness of invention, the new lamb,
The answer to the wisdom of the wise.
And still he hangs, and still he will not die
And still, on the steel city of our years
The light falls and the terrible blood streams down.

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„Corn is the sinews of war.“

—  Francois Rabelais, book Gargantua and Pantagruel

Source: Gargantua and Pantagruel (1532–1564), Gargantua (1534), Chapter 46.

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„Endless money forms the sinews of war.“

—  Marcus Tullius Cicero Roman philosopher and statesman -106 - -43 BC

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„Men endured so much for war, but for peace they dared nothing.“

—  Olaf Stapledon British novelist and philosopher 1886 - 1950

Source: The Seed and the Flower

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„All wars are civil ones; for it is still man spilling his own blood, tearing out his own bowels.“

—  François Fénelon Catholic bishop 1651 - 1715

Toutes les guerres sont civiles; car c'est toujours l'homme contre l'homme qui répand son propre sang, qui déchire ses propres entrailles.
Dialogues des morts, ch. 17, cited from De l'éducation des filles, Dialogues des morts et opuscules divers (Paris: Firmin Didot, 1857) p. 149; translation from Mr. Elphingston (trans.) Dialogues of the Dead, Together with Some Fable Composed for the Education of a Prince (Glasgow: Robert and Andrew Foulis, 1754) vol. 1, p. 87. (1700).

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„Peace with Germany and Japan on our terms will not bring much rest to you and me (if I am still responsible). As I observed last time, when the war of the giants is over, the war of the pygmies will begin.“

—  Winston S. Churchill Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1874 - 1965

Telegram to FDR, March 18, 1945 http://www.churchillarchiveforschools.com/themes/the-themes/anglo-american-relations/just-how-special-was-the-special-relationship-in-the-Second-World-War-Part-2-1942-44/the-sources/source-7
Post-war years (1945–1955)

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