Some quotes on war and such from people who are/were wiser than me

"The great error of nearly all studies of war...  
 has been to consider war as an episode in foreign policies,  when it is (almost always) an act of interior politics."  ---   Simone Weil
"War is a racket."  --  Major General Smedley Darlington Butler, USMC, twice awarded Congressional Medal of Honor

"All victories are cover stories for the hidden crimes." -- Ana Popovic   

"The first casualty of war is not truth, but perspective. Once that's gone, truth -- like compassion, reason, and all the other virtues -- truth wanders around like a wounded orphan."
 Ente Grillenhaft --  "Treatise on Reason and Hysteria"

"Fanaticism is overcompensation for doubt." -- Robertson Davies

"All fanaticism is a strategy to prevent doubt from becoming conscious." --H. A. Williams

"...they were appalled by Strongbow's assertion that any military expedition was merely a disguised sexual   sickness, more specifically a profound fear of impotence... Thus armies were raised, he said, because it was   likely their raisers could raise nothing else."
                       Edward Whittemore in Sinai Tapestry

"Patriotism is the religion of hell." -- James Branch Cabell

"Statistics are human beings with the tears wiped off." -- Paul Brodeur

"If you get to it and you can NOT do it, there you jolly well are, aren't you?"  --- Lord Buckley


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