„After the wars and the killings had ended, when usually there survived only some boys, some women, and children, these survivors were distributed among the Christians to be slaves.“

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„You know we were in the Argonne Forest twenty-eight days, and had some mighty hard fighting in there. A lot of our boys were killed off.“

—  Alvin C. York United States Army Medal of Honor recipient 1887 - 1964

On how he came to be known as "Sergeant York" when he was still technically only a corporal, as quoted in Sergeant York And His People (1922) http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/19117 by Sam K. Cowan, Ch. I : A Fight In The Forest Of The Argonne.
Context: You know we were in the Argonne Forest twenty-eight days, and had some mighty hard fighting in there. A lot of our boys were killed off. Every company has to have so many sergeants. They needed a sergeant; and they jes' took me.

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„War is the father and king of all, and has produced some as gods and some as men, and has made some slaves and some free.“

—  Heraclitus pre-Socratic Greek philosopher -535

G. T. W. Patrick, 1889 http://www.classicpersuasion.org/pw/heraclitus/herpatu.htm

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„War is the father and king of all: some he has made gods, and some men; some slaves and some free.“

—  Heraclitus pre-Socratic Greek philosopher -535

Original: (el) Πόλεμος πάντων μὲν πατήρ ἐστι πάντων δὲ βασιλεύς, καὶ τοὺς μὲν θεοὺς ἔδειξε τοὺς δὲ ἀνθρώπους, τοὺς μὲν δούλους ἐποίησε τοὺς δὲ ἐλευθέρους.

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„If christian nations therefore were nations of christians, all war would be impossible and unknown among them.“

—  Soame Jenyns British writer 1704 - 1787

A View of the Internal Evidence of the Christian Religion (1776), p. 47

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„As it had been explained to David long ago, genetic diversity was very, very important. The more diverse the human gene pool was, the better were humanity’s chances of adapting to any new and unexpected conditions it might encounter, now that it was beginning to push outward into Space, to say nothing of surviving any unexpected natural disasters such as polar shifts or meteor strikes on Earth.
Unfortunately, humanity had been both unlucky and foolish. Out of the dozens of races that had once lived in the world, only a handful had survived into modern times. Some ancient races had been rendered extinct by war. Some had been simply crowded out, retreating into remote regions and forced to breed amongst themselves, which killed them off with lethal recessives.
That had been the bad luck. The foolishness had come when people began to form theories about the process of Evolution. They got it all wrong: most people interpreted the concept of “survival of the fittest” to mean they ought to narrow the gene pool, reducing it in size. So this was done, in genocidal wars and eugenics programs, and how surprised people were when lethal recessives began to occur more frequently! To say nothing of the populations who died in droves when diseases swept through them, because they were all so genetically similar there were none among them with natural immunities.“

—  Kage Baker, book The Machine's Child

Source: The Machine's Child (2006), Chapter 29, “Still Another Morning in 500,000 BCE” (p. 330)

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„True believing Christians are sheep among wolves. … They employ neither worldly sword nor war, since with them killing is absolutely renounced.“

—  Conrad Grebel co-founder of the Swiss Brethren movement 1498 - 1526

Letter to Thomas Müntzer (1524), as cited in William R. Estep, The Anabaptist Story (1996), pp. 41-42
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