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That man is not truly brave who is afraid either to seem or to be, when it suits him, a coward.

Dishonesty, cowardice and duplicity are never impulsive.
Cowardice, as distinguished from panic, is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend the functioning of the imagination.
Faint heart never won fair lady.
Anyone who has ever looked into the glazed eyes of a soldier dying on the battlefield will think hard before starting a war.
America is addicted to wars of distraction.
Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong.
It is far easier to make war than to make peace.
Hence that general is skilful in attack whose opponent does not know what to defend; and he is skilful in defense whose opponent does not know what to attack.
Wars are made to make debt.
The real trouble with war (modern war) is that it gives no one a chance to kill the right people.
How is the world ruled and led to war? Diplomats lie to journalists and believe these lies when they see them in print.
Those who are at war with others are not at peace with themselves.
What vast additions to the conveniences and comforts of living might mankind have acquired, if the money spent in wars had been employed in works of public utility; what an extension of agriculture even to the tops of our mountains; what rivers rendered navigable, or joined by canals; what bridges, aqueducts, new roads, and other public works, edifices, and improvements might not have been obtained by spending those millions in doing good, which in the last war have been spent in doing mischief.
Every gun that is fired, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. The world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.
The effects of our actions may be postponed but they are never lost. There is an inevitable reward for good deeds and an inescapable punishment for bad. Meditate upon this truth, and seek always to earn good wages from Destiny.
Always reward your long hours of labor and toil in the very best way, surrounded by your family. Nurture their love carefully, remembering that your children need models, not critics, and your own progress will hasten when you constantly strive to present your best side to your children. And even if you have failed at all else in the eyes of the world, if you have a loving family, you are a success.
With every deed you are sowing a seed, though the harvest you may not see.
One of the chief misfortunes of honest people is that they are cowardly.
The human race is a race of cowards; and I am not only marching in that procession, but carrying a banner.
It is better to be killed than frightened to death.
The greatest braggarts are usually the biggest cowards.
It is better to be a coward for a minute than dead for the rest of your life.
A coward is much more exposed to quarrels than a man of spirit.
It is better to be the widow of a hero than the wife of a coward.
Cowards falter, but danger is often overcome by those who nobly dare.
For cowards the road of desertion should be left open; they will carry over to the enemy nothing, but their fears.
To see, to hear, means nothing. To recognize (or not to recognize) means everything. Between what I do recognize and what I do not recognize there stands myself. And what I do not recognize I shall continue not to recognize.
It is fortunate that war is so terrible, lest we become to fond of it.
A just war is hospitable to every self-deception on the part of those waging it, none more than the certainty of virtue, under whose shelter every abomination can be committed with a clear conscience.
If you insist upon fighting to protect me, or our country, let it be understood soberly and rationally between us that you are fighting to gratify a sex instinct which I cannot share; to procure benefits which I have not shared and probably will not share.
As long as war is regarded as wicked, it will always have it's fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular.
A self-respecting nation is ready for anything, including war, except for a renunciation of its option to make war.
War -- what a waist of time. It's all about great achievements for the very few but hideous losses for the very many.
There are two things which will always be very difficult for a democratic nation: to start a war and to end it.
You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.
In war there is no substitute for victory.
Of course in war all madnesses come out in a man, that is the fault of war not of a man or a nation.
War: first, one hopes to win; then one expects the enemy to lose; then, one is satisfied that he too is suffering; in the end, one is surprised that everyone has lost.
If any question why we died, tell them, because our fathers lied.