Defending Honor, Courage, and Chivalry in the Modern World

March 1, 2007

Great quotes, from great minds.

Filed under: Bush, Democrates, George W. Bush, Iraq, philosophy, Politics, Saddam, terrorism, US, War, War on Terror — knighthospitaller @ 4:28 pm

“No enterprise is more likely to succeed than one concealed from the enemy until it is ripe for execution.” -Niccolo Machiavelli

“If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known, that we are at all times ready for War.” -George Washington

“We make war so that we may live in peace.” -Aristole

“War gives the right of the conquerors to impose any conditions they please upon the vanquished.” -Gaius Julius Caesar

“Far better it is to have a stout heart always and suffer one’s share of evils, than to be ever fearing what may happen.” -Herodotus

“To those that flee comes neither power nor glory.” -Homer

“He serves me most, who serves his country best.” -Homer

“A glorious death is his who for his country falls.” -Homer

“A wise man in times of peace prepares for war.” -Horace

“Quae caret ora cruore nostro?” (What coast knows not our blood?) -Horace

“Only the dead have seen the end of the war.” -Plato

“The valiant profit more their country than the finest, cleverest speakers.” -Plautus

“The cruelty of war makes for peace.” -Publilius Syrus

“We should provide in peace what we need in war.” -Publilius Syrus

“He is best secure from dangers who is on his guard even when he seems safe.” -Publilius Syrus

“All warfare is based on deception.” -Sun Tzu

“A bad peace is even worse than war.” -Tacitus

“War is not so much a matter of weapons as of money.” -Thucydides

“Qui desiderat pacem praeparet bellum.” (Let him who desires peace prepare for war)
-Vegetius

“An adversary is more hurt by desertion than by slaughter.” -Vegetius

“When one side goes against the enemy with the gods’ gift of stronger morale, then their adversaries, as a rule, cannot withstand them.” -Xenophon

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29 Comments »

  1. The pioneers of a warless world are the youth that refuse military service.

    – Albert Einstein

    A country cannot simultaneously prepare and prevent war.

    – Albert Einstein

    Comment by enreal — March 1, 2007 @ 5:59 pm

  2. I greet you with cuts…

    “Those who would give up essential liberty for a little security deserve neither liberty or security.” – Benjamin Franklin

    Comment by jeremiasx — March 1, 2007 @ 6:41 pm

  3. Enreal,

    Good to hear from you again.

    “The pioneers of a warless world are the youth that refuse military service.”

    That is a good quote, but what if the pioneers are all only on one side of the conflict?

    Comment by knighthospitaller — March 1, 2007 @ 7:15 pm

  4. that was an interesting read

    Comment by airellb — March 2, 2007 @ 12:24 am

  5. “A bad peace is even worse than war.” -Tacitus

    This is an excellent quote and very appropriate when referring to the current conflict in Iraq….

    Comment by Delany — March 6, 2007 @ 6:20 pm

  6. Great website son, ONE actual article YOU wrote which was poorly written, in accurate in it’s logical and historical perspective, which I have adequately proved which YOU have not rebutted, just took pot shots at.

    The rest a couple of pictures which thought are from Iraq are complete devoid if much but reichwing sediment, and a serious of quotes to make you seem more intelligent that you could do on your own.

    Good start, hope you pass 7th grade this year also.

    Comment by clif — March 7, 2007 @ 10:15 pm

  7. I prefer the most unfair peace to the most righteous war.
    – Cicero

    Comment by Daniel — March 8, 2007 @ 9:55 am

  8. “Great website son…”

    Where is yours? You’re not trying to infring on my freedom of speech are you. You’re starting to remind me of richewinger…

    “which YOU have not rebutted, just took pot shots at.”

    Sort of like,
    “hope you pass 7th grade this year also.”

    Comment by knighthospitaller — March 8, 2007 @ 3:32 pm

  9. “We have been too often disappointed by the optimism of the American leaders, both in Vietnam and Washington, to have faith any longer in the silver linings they find in the darkest cloud.”

    Walter Cronkite, February 27, 1968

    Change Vietnam to Iraq…………

    Comment by clif — March 8, 2007 @ 5:45 pm

  10. You should get back to work Cliffy, or are you just a janitor at UUNET Technologies, Inc?

    Comment by knighthospitaller — March 8, 2007 @ 5:56 pm

  11. You’re excommunicated, son…

    Comment by knighthospitaller — March 8, 2007 @ 6:04 pm

  12. “A man can marry a girl younger than nine years of age, even if the girl is still a baby being breastfed. A man, however is prohibited from having intercourse with a girl younger than nine, other sexual act such as forplay, rubbing, kissing and sodomy is allowed. A man having intercourse with a girl younger than nine years of age has not comitted a crime, but only an infraction, if the girl is not permanently damaged. If the girl, however, is permanently damaged, the man must provide for her all her life. But this girl will not count as one of the man’s four permanent wives. He also is not permitted to marry the girl’s sister.”

    Ayatollah Khomeini

    Comment by Fang — March 9, 2007 @ 5:59 am

  13. and?

    Comment by clif — March 9, 2007 @ 8:08 am

  14. Can’t defend your sorry widdle moronic ideas here so you wanna ban me?

    Typical reichwinger, tries to silence what they can not actually counter…….

    Like cheney tried to,

    and bush idiotic statement

    “yer either fur us or again’ us…..”

    wanna be knight wasn’t to have his delusional world but can’t actually defend his writing because it’s bloviated reichwing spin, lacking both truth and connections to the reality based world….

    Comment by clif — March 9, 2007 @ 8:11 am

  15. Thanks for stopping by Fang,

    I haven’t heard that one before, but it doesn’t surprise me.

    Comment by knighthospitaller — March 9, 2007 @ 1:52 pm

  16. There are plenty more quotes like that one.

    Comment by Fang — March 9, 2007 @ 3:01 pm

  17. A wanna be knight posted this on whitenoiseinsanity,

    I just filled in the missing parts of reality for the deluded little foole;

    “The truth is incontrovertible,……

    Too bad the re-pubies in the white House did not agree so they cooked the books to get the “truthiness” they wanted about the WMD’s in Iraq. Then Lied about Saddam’s supposed connections with al quaeda, before denying they always planned to go to war with Iraq even before 9-11.

    malice may attack it,….

    Dick Cheney, Douglas Feith, Scooter Libby, Donald Rumsfeld, KKkarl Rove are in league with malice then

    ignorance may deride itbut in the end; there it is.”

    Iraq was a bad decision, which was poorly executed by the senior leadership of the Pentagon State department and white House, which lead directly to the current Civil War wrapped in the illegal occupation we call the fiasco in Iraq today while Osama suns himself inside Pakistan safe from the US military, CIA and FBI efforts to get him.

    I’m sure -Winston Churchill, would agree with this assessment don’t cha thunk wanna be knight.

    Comment by clif — March 12, 2007 @ 4:24 pm

  18. You obtuse piece of flotsam…

    The intelligence was wrong, yes. It was not however, “cooked into the books”.

    The intelligence agencies of England, France, Russia, ect… all agreed that Saddam was pursuing weapons of mass destruction (again).

    The Bush administration did not “lie”. To lie is to “intentionally deceive, despite knowing the truth”.

    Why the hell, sir, would the president risk his career when he knew for sure that he would be proven wrong after the invasion? Grow up…

    Furthermore how was the president able to manipulate the intelligence of the other nations to support his “lie”? That sounds like an awful lot of work to go through, just to lose credibility with the public…

    Iraq was superbly executed. Congress, including your beloved far left liberal friends, voted for the war. The invasion was flawless; it was after the war that the unforeseen consequences arose. Why sir, did the democrats not warn of such consequences??? Answer, because it was unforeseeable. Never have I said that Iraq is going great, or that it has become a crummy situation… That is not in question. I have said, however, that it was understandable at the time the decision was made.

    “Osama suns himself inside Pakistan safe from the US military, CIA and FBI efforts to get him.”

    I will not defend the Bush administration when it comes to this issue, but I will not condemn them either. Clinton had far more luscious opportunities to kill this man, yet it is somehow Bushes fault.

    You, sir, are an excellent example of why our country cannot make any progress. You are stuck in the past, while the future whizzes by your head.

    “I never worry about action, but only about inaction.”
    -Winston Churchill

    “If you are going through hell, keep going.”
    -Winston Churchill

    “In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies.”
    -Winston Churchill

    I strongly doubt that Churchill would listen to your semi-socialist views, but, whatever floats your boat…

    At least this time you were able to resist your primal urge to utilize profanity… I think we can once more open discussion, so long as it remains civil

    Comment by knighthospitaller — March 13, 2007 @ 3:31 pm

  19. Sorry wanna be knight, But your complete ignorance of the “Iraq Intelligence group Douglas Feith formed INSIDE the pentagon, with the blessing of BOTH Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney to side step the CIA which was undermining the truth Cheney ET Al had to get their war they wanted since they founded PNAC in the 1990’s and was trying to push even on 9-11.

    The intel operation has been exposed by Ltc Karen Kwiatkowski,( a veteran of the Pentagon with firsthand experience of the administration’s cherry-picking of intelligence) a true American patriot who saw what they were doing, and because SHE had served instead of asking for FIVE deferments she understood the horrors they were about to impose on the world and middle east.

    Ltc Kwiatkowski and many others understood the real history of Iraq and how neither the British in Iraq, nor the Soviets in Afghanistan were able to impose their ideas of what a government should be, or use military forces to force the civilians to accept western domination of their countries.

    It is what you right wingers always miss, most indigenous peoples reject YOUR version of their reality.

    See son Ltc Kwiatkowski knows they cooked up parts of the intel, like the Italian memo’s which are forgeries, and upon which the entire Niger Yellow cake story rested. It was collapsing when Joe Wilson (a retired diplomat of the United States Foreign Service, who was posted to African nations and Iraq during the George H. W. Bush administration) was sent to niger by the CIA to look into questions Dick Cheney had about that story.

    No Cheney did NOT ask directly for Wilson, however since he ask a CIA breifer a series of questions, the CIA was going to send somebody to Niger to find out, and since Joe Wilson had been assigned to that part of Africa during the administration of George Bush 41, the CIA thought he would be a good pick, and THEN they asked his wife who was a covert NOT OFFICIAL COVER agent inside that agency. See she worked for the CIA and got paid by the CIA but her cover was so deep that the CIA wanted to deny she worked for the CIA,

    another FACT you right wingnuts seem to either mis or are willing to LIE about.

    BTW you ask a very good question;

    Why the hell, sir, would the president risk his career when he knew for sure that he would be proven wrong after the invasion?

    Because Bush, but especially Cheney and Rumsfeld who were working in the Gerald Ford administration when congress tried to curb the power of the presidency which Nixon had claimed but got into trouble for, who disagreed with the new congressional actions, decided to IGNORE what they disagreed with.

    they wanted the War with Iraq since they both were founding partners of PNAC, and entered this administration with the plan of toppling Saddam to reverse Saddam’s decision of selling Oil for Euro’s which undermines the Petrodollar, and threatens the relative values of the US currency vis a viv the EURO and Asian currencies. The other reason is the Oil under Iraq which for a large part is undeveloped wads some of the cheapest oil to produce on this planet, but with Saddam’s cutting the US and British firms out of the development contracts it placed the US and British firms at a distinct disadvantage in the future of the petrochemical markets when their attempts to get Oil from the arctic regions, or deep water gulf of Mexico wells costs so much more.

    If Bush ET Al could topple Saddam and replace him with a pro-western government then the US-UK oil corporations like Exxon Mobile BP ET AL could reap in the trillions of dollars of profits which are going to come out fo Iraq over the next 30-40 years.

    People like Bush and Cheney who have been deep into the oil industries for a large part of their civilian careers see upholding that oil corporations profits and advantages far into the future is justified even if they have to “bend” a few rules, and especially if they can set up large military bases inside a middle east country to replace those in Saudi Arabia which Bush’;s father had after Desert Storm. It may not look good from this point in time when the BAD from all their actions have been exposed, but they thought they could use executive privilege, republican control of congress to keep out oversight hearings, and muzzling of the press with their criticism of the troops war or commander in chief is unpatriotic pronouncements.

    Too bad their understanding how this country and it’s media works is as bad as their understanding if Iraqi, and afghani culture and history was.

    If the y had really looked into what had been tried in the past and accepted the failures militarily by the British in Afghanistan and Iraq, both 19th, and early 20th cen, the failures of the Soviet attempts to control Afghanistan, and the utter failure of the US attempt to create south Vietnam in our image, then they might have avoided most of the mistakes already made by others in the past,

    however since they did NOT George Santayana’s quote” Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” is very relevant, don’t cha think?

    BTW your second question;

    Furthermore how was the president able to manipulate the intelligence of the other nations to support his “lie”

    Is much easier to answer, the forgeries were quite good and since the US and UK were pushiung them, most other intel agencies were accepting them ON FACE VALUE, even though they were total frauds, and when this was exposed the other countries dropped backing the intel, and eventually US efforts to impose Bush ET Al’s will on Iraq.

    Simple PEOPLE around this planet used to trust the US, after Bush they will no longer make that intel mistake…..heck of a job georgie…..

    And son this comment is totally stupid,

    Iraq was superbly executed. The invasion was flawless; it was after the war that the unforeseen consequences arose.

    read Cobra II, read Fiasco, read Tony Zinni, read most anything about how Iraq or any other war should be fought from the Powell Doctrine which was what the US used to keep out of situations like this until Rumsfeld and Bush threw that out and have repeated the very same mistakes the US did in Vietnam but with much worse consequences when it eventually falls completely apart.

    The invasion was deeply flawed, it ignored large very important sections of what the US should do when it takes enemy territory. Like securing ALL enemy POW’s, and securing their weapons and ammunition. There was NO plan for security even though we were going to topple the government and disable the entire security apparatus which stabilized Iraq. No the invasion was deeply flawed. If the Iraqi Military had not been as pathetic after 12 years of sanctions and the defeat they suffered in 1991 which destroyed their air force and large amounts of their armor and artillery assets the invasion would have gone much worse.

    BTW all the consequences of post invasion Iraq were laid out in an army War college paper;

    Reconstructing Iraq: Insights, Challenges, and Missions for Military Forces in a Post-Conflict Scenario, written by Conrad C Crane and W Andrew Terril, both who TEACH at the army war college. They for saw what would happen if what Rumsfeld demanded was actually followed.

    BTW they wrote this paper in February 2003, a month before Rumsfeld’s demanded cut down plans fo Tommy Franks were put into action. Yes a good portion of the original “anti-war” crowd from a military perspective was because we saw what was happening and why it was doomed to fail.

    People Like Scott Ritter a marine Captain from Deseret storm, Gen Paul Van Ripper a three star marine General, and Paul Odom, Reagan’s national security advisor among others…….people LIKE you just called us unpatriotic back then, and IGNORED what we said, sort of what your trying to do NOW.

    Sorry but those are the facts, and your on the wrong side of history, military strategy and political realities which in the end will determine what happens inside Iraq.

    Comment by clif — March 13, 2007 @ 6:56 pm

  20. BTW quote Churchill all you want, HE would disagree militarily with this flawed and illegal operation both from a military standpoint, and the realization that it was counter productive in real political terms for what Bush ET Al is trying to do.

    Comment by clif — March 13, 2007 @ 6:58 pm

  21. Oh and wanna be knight, you’ll find THIS interesting son;

    Exclusive: Curveball, the Defector Whose Lies Led to War

    The Iraqi defector known as Curveball, whose fabricated stories of “mobile biological weapons labs” helped lead the U.S. to war four years ago, is still being protected by the German intelligence service, an ABC News investigation has found.

    Intelligence sources, who provided ABCNews.com with the first known photo of the man, say he has been resettled in a small town near the Munich headquarters of the German service, which has continued to honor its original commitment made when he fled Iraq in 1999.

    Curveball’s false tales became the centerpiece of Secretary of State Colin Powell’s speech before the United Nations in February 2003, even though he was considered an “unstable, immature and unreliable” source by some senior officials at the CIA.

    Powell told ABC News he is “angry and disappointed” that he was never told the CIA had doubts about the reliability of the source.

    “I spent four days at CIA headquarters, and they told me they had this nailed,” Powell said.

    Behind the scenes at the CIA, however, a former senior official says he was trying to keep the Curveball information out of the Powell speech.

    “People died because of this,” said Tyler Drumheller, the former chief of European operations at the CIA, who has written about it in a new book, “On the Brink.” “All off this one little guy who all he wanted to do was stay in Germany.”

    Drumheller says he personally redacted all references to Curveball material in an advance draft of the Powell speech.

    “We said, ‘This is from Curveball. Don’t use this,'” Drumheller says. Powell says neither he nor his chief of staff Col. Larry Wilkerson was ever told of any doubts about Curveball.

    “In fact, it was the exact opposite,” Wilkerson told ABC News. “Never from anyone did we even hear the word ‘Curveball,’ let alone any expression of doubt in what Secretary Powell was presenting with regard to the biological labs,” Wilkerson said.

    Drumheller also says he met personally with the then-deputy director of the CIA, John McLaughlin, to raise questions about the reliability of Curveball, well before the Powell speech.

    “And John said, ‘Oh my, I hope not. You know this is all we have,’ and I said, ‘This can’t be all we have.’ I said, ‘There must be another, there must be something else.’ And he said, ‘No, this is really the only tangible thing we have.'”

    McLaughlin adamantly denies any such meeting or warning from Drumheller and also denies knowing that Drumheller had attempted to redact the Curveball portions of Powell’s speech.

    “This man never came into my office, sat down, looked me in the eye and made a case that Curveball was a fabricator. That didn’t happen,” McLaughlin, now retired, told ABC News.

    The CIA has since issued an official “burn notice” formally retracting more than 100 intelligence reports based on his information.

    ****************************************************

    I guess Curveballs lies which were supported by some(Douglas Feith) and trumpeted top Powell to give at his UN speech is NOT something we need to know?

    LIKE I SAID, LIES TO GET A WAR THEY WANTED.

    Cheney never questioned this because it was what he wanted to hear, he only questioned when somebody told him the Yellow Cake stories were unreliable………interesting right?

    Comment by clif — March 13, 2007 @ 8:47 pm

  22. “Is the Oil under Iraq which for a large part is undeveloped wads some of the cheapest oil to produce on this planet?”

    Why are the gas prices rising? If the president wanted to invade Iraq for oil, he would be bribing the public with cheap gas…

    Sorry sir, but you are misguided.

    You can shine all the negative liberal propaganda in the world on what “happened” leading up to the conflict. That FACT is we are there now. And recent reports show improvement. I posted the article.

    You think that conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan is the war on terror. They are but two small pieces of a much larger puzzle. We are fighting a war of “ideas”. If we lose in Iraq and Afghanistan, you will have a hard time putting the puzzle together… Even if we win, this war of “ideas” will continue.
    You should watch Ted Koppel’s “Our children’s, children’s war.” It talks about ALL that the US is doing. It is pretty unbiased.

    Comment by knighthospitaller — March 14, 2007 @ 11:58 am

  23. First of all son, gas prices have more to do with refinery capacity inside the US then what OIL costs, ever wonder why Shell shut down a profitable refinery in California, even though many were saying we did NOT have enough excess capacity in case of any accident or natural disaster?

    Well if they can shrink capacity they can manipulate the market with less gas available.

    Second a “war of ideas” is never won with direct combat, unless ALL other avenues have been exhausted.

    Other wise you mike be going after flies with a sledge hammer which causes far more damage then necessary, and creates blow-back which exists for decades, like the US sponsored coup of the democratically elected government of Iran did in 1953, it lead directly to the revolution of 1979, and all the fall out from that. Seems your not the historical expert you pretend to be, otherwise you’d stop cherry picking what you choose to look at for your “proofs”

    Just because you wanna say we are winning with the “surge” option, the historical perspective begs to differ. In Vietnam right before TET, both Westmoreland in country, and Johnson from the white House made very similar statements about THAT war, which of course after the TET attacks of the Viet Cong and NVA were proved to be false. Johnson replaced Westmoreland, but also lost theAmerican people’s trust. In fact TET lead directly to Johnson’s decision to NOT run for re-election in 1968. The same could be said of Douglas MacArthur’s boasts in Korea as he Raced north into North Korea toward china. He made statements about the coming victory, but his lack of checking ALL the facts, lead directly to the route the Chinese foisted upon the UN troops lead by MacArthur back into the south, and ended right back near the 38th parallel. Of course Hitlers boasts in 1042 are legond, but his lack of understanding how the Soviets and both French and Tito’s forces in Yugoslavia lead to his demise.

    fourth Generaytion warfare is full of examples where a temporary lowering in the violence and seemingly positive news is shattered when the insurgents return with adjusted tactics and a renewed vigor to fight.

    In fact given your penchant for just looking at isolated news, the Revolution should have been lost BY Washington, because the British prevailed in battle for YEARS, however Washington’s determination, combined with the revolutionaries refusal to give up lead to a small band of Americans defeating the reigning super power of it’s time!

    The very same thing happened in Afghanistan during the 1980′;s, where a rag tag band of Muslim freedom fighters fought the soviet superpower to a stand still, then with a small amount of assistance from the CIA began to shoot down the soviet helicopter forces upon which they relied to control the air and quickly move forces around the battle field. If somebody had decided the situation in 1985 was what would decide that war they would be wrong historically.

    Militarily Iraq was lost when the Iraqi people tacitly decided to back their own sectarian sides and choose to fight each other which destroyed any idea of a unified central government, which BTW has little authority besides that which the US military can enforces for it. If four years on we are still the lead agency for legitimizing the central government in that country, then they have nothing but a propped up group of people we talk to and support with our military forces and tax payers dollars, but the majority of the citizenry which they are supposed to lead reject. That was the real problem with the government we created in Saigon also, they never had the backing of the people either. seems whether the British attempts to create a puppet government in Iraq after WW1 or the soviet failure to get the population to back their puppet government in Afghanistan in the 1980’s we have ignored the basic tenet of counter insurgency in Iraq from the beginning, if the people do not support what a foreign military force is trying to do, it is doomed to fail.

    OH and BTW the truth is NOT liberal propaganda JUST the truth, and just Like the Pentagon papers shows the truth about Vietnam the Government of Both Johnson ands Nixon tried in vain to cover up, the lies and spin in the run up to this illegal war of agression is just that the truth, and your stupid attempt to ignore that shows your less concerned with the true history of what happened and where that leads us then finding a way to…” justify Iraq” in your mind.

    Comment by clif — March 14, 2007 @ 6:56 pm

  24. In Vietnam, during operation rolling thunder, we brought the north and its Viet-cong supporters to their knees. That made Washington all gitty. They thought it was safe to stop applying pressure militarily now that they were at the table. Well, the rest is history, as you mentioned above.

    “Militarily Iraq was lost when the Iraqi people tacitly decided to back their own sectarian sides and choose to fight each other which destroyed any idea of a unified central government…”

    If you kept yourself up to date, you would realize that sectarian violence is at an all time low. Progress is being made. Did you read the article?

    I think you make a mistake by immediately dismissing any info given to you by government sources. They see a much larger picture then you or I could ever hope to see. Does this mean that all Intel is accurate? Of course not. It is, after all, run by humans.

    What I’m trying to tell you, Clif, is that you should at least take into account both sides.

    I can see you do know your history. That is excellent. And your latest post have become more to the point, and less personal. It make it much more interesting to debate these issues with you.

    Using your knowledge of history, think of how many times America (among other nations) has taken extreme measures in order to defend itself. They are very numerous. (Nuclear bombs on Nagasaki and Hiroshima, Japanese internment, the draft, we even fought our own countrymen to reestablish the Union.)

    I ask you, are we any less free because of those occasions? Were the presidents at the time considered dictators?

    I don’t agree with most of the presidents policies. That doesn’t mean I don’t respect the office. He was democratically elected by over 50% of our country.

    What I’m trying to say is, you can voice your dislike of his policies, but you should not compare him to Hitler. This country is going through hard times and we need everyone to help get her through them. Try to think less about why we are there, but how we can make a difference now that we are there. If we could get both Republicans and Democrats to start thinking about that and pull their heads out of their asses, we be much better off in Iraq and in our Country.

    Comment by knighthospitaller — March 14, 2007 @ 8:42 pm

  25. Peace with all nations, and the right which that gives us with respect to all nations, are our object.

    We ask for peace and justice from all nations.

    We love and we value peace; we know its blessings from experience.

    The happiness of mankind is best promoted by the useful pursuits of peace.

    The state of peace is that which most improves the manners and morals, the prosperity and happiness of mankind.

    Our desire is to pursue ourselves the path of peace as the only one leading surely to prosperity.

    Said Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826) the third President of the United States (1801–09), the principal author of the Declaration of Independence (1776.)

    Comment by balkan — May 19, 2007 @ 12:58 pm

  26. If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known, that we are at all times ready for War.

    -George Washington

    Comment by knighthospitaller — May 19, 2007 @ 1:21 pm

  27. “We make war that we may live in peace”
    -Aristotle

    “Wars begin when you will, but they do not end when you please”
    -Machiavelli

    Comment by enreal — May 26, 2007 @ 8:18 pm

  28. Thank you for the post Enreal. Always good to hear from you.

    Comment by knighthospitaller — May 27, 2007 @ 12:44 pm

  29. NICE! Good quotes

    Comment by jamesesz — November 8, 2009 @ 7:07 pm


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