We live in a war of two antagonistic ethical philosophies, the ethical policy taught in the books and schools, and the success policy.
If you want war, nourish a doctrine. Doctrines are the most frightful tyrants to which men ever are subject.
If America becomes militant, it will be because its people choose to become such; it will be because they think that war and warlikeness are desirable.
If you want a war, nourish a doctrine. Doctrines are the most frightful tyrants to which men are ever subject, because doctrines get inside a man's reason and betray him against himself. Civilized men have done their fiercest fighting for doctrines.
A wiser rule would be to make up your mind soberly what you want, peace or war, and then to get ready for what you want; for what we prepare for is what we shall get.
The great force for forging a society into a solid mass has always been war.
I have lived through the best years of this country's history. The next generations are going to see war and social calamities. I am glad I don't have to live on into them.
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