War is cruelty. There is no use trying to reform it. The crueler it is, the sooner it will be over.
The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.
Only the dead have seen the end of war.
War's tragedy is that it uses man's best to do man's worst.
It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.
War does not determine who is right - only who is left.
Older men declare war. But it is the youth that must fight and die.
Man has no right to kill his brother. It is no excuse that he does so in uniform: he only adds the infamy of servitude to the crime of murder.
Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.
Only the dead have seen the end of the war.
When you have to kill a man, it costs nothing to be polite.
My mind lets go a thousand things,
Like dates of wars and deaths of kings
We need more leaders among our gente - more teachers, politicians, businesspeople, organizers, and such. Turn the energy that many young people are putting into "war" and "death" and put it into life and true justice.
He says we need to live in the real world, where war and death are a reality, not pretend.
These warriors of the Sacred Band were inscrutable; they loved their war and death and picking through the bones of time to sort out right from wrong, good from bad, holy from profane, honor from dishonor.
The basis of tragedy is man's helplessness against disease, war and death; the basis of comedy is man's helplessness against vanity (the vanity of love, greed, lust, power).
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