„War is capitalism with the gloves off and many who go to war know it but they go to war because they don't want to be a hero. It takes courage to sit down and be counted.“

—  Tom Stoppard, Travesties

Tzara, Act I
Travesties (1974)

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„A nice war is a war where everybody who is heroic is a hero, and everybody more or less is a hero in a nice war. Now this war is not at all a nice war.“

—  Gertrude Stein American art collector and experimental writer of novels, poetry and plays 1874 - 1946

Statement about World War II (written in 1943), p. 77
Wars I Have Seen (1945)

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„This crusade, this war on terrorism is going to take a while.“

—  George W. Bush 43rd President of the United States 1946

Remarks on the south lawn of the White House (September 16, 2001) http://georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov/news/releases/2001/09/20010916-2.html
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„The Romans never allowed a trouble spot to remain simply to avoid going to war over it, because they knew that wars don't just go away, they are only postponed to someone else's advantage.“

—  Niccolo Machiavelli, livro O Príncipe

Fonte: The Prince (1513), Ch. 3 (as translated by RM Adams). Variants [these can seem to generalize the circumstances in ways that the translation above does not.]: The Romans, foreseeing troubles, dealt with them at once, and, even to avoid a war, would not let them come to a head, for they knew that war is not to be avoided, but is only put off to the advantage of others.
There is no avoiding war; it can only be postponed to the advantage of others.
Contexto: The Romans never allowed a trouble spot to remain simply to avoid going to war over it, because they knew that wars don't just go away, they are only postponed to someone else's advantage. Therefore, they made war with Philip and Antiochus in Greece, in order not to have to fight them in Italy... They never went by that saying which you constantly hear from the wiseacres of our day, that time heals all things. They trusted rather their own character and prudence — knowing perfectly well that time contains the seeds of all things, good as well as bad.

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„The war against war is going to be no holiday excursion or camping party.“

—  William James American philosopher, psychologist, and pragmatist 1842 - 1910

1900s, The Moral Equivalent of War (1906)
Contexto: The war against war is going to be no holiday excursion or camping party. The military feelings are too deeply grounded to abdicate their place among our ideals until better substitutes are offered than the glory and shame that come to nations as well as to individuals from the ups and downs of politics and the vicissitudes of trade.

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„The only way there could be war is if they start it; we're not going to start a war.“

—  Ronald Reagan American politician, 40th president of the United States (in office from 1981 to 1989) 1911 - 2004

Declaring what he would tell Yuri Andropov, head of the Soviet Union, were he in the room; in an interview http://www.reagan.utexas.edu/archives/speeches/1983/120683c.htm for People magazine (12 June 1983)
1980s, First term of office (1981–1985)

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„Our people are going to war to perpetuate slavery, but the war will be its death knell.“

—  Sam Houston nineteenth-century American statesman, politician, and soldier, namesake of Houston, Texas 1793 - 1863

As quoted in "Revering Sam Houston, anti-Confederate patriot" http://grandoldpartisan.typepad.com/blog/2016/03/sam-houston.html (18 March 2016), by Michael Zak, Grand Old Partisan

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„Anytime the western countries go to war in the Middle East, it becomes a religious war.“

—  Rosie Malek-Yonan Assyrian actress, author, director, public figure and human rights activist 1965

As quoted in "For Iraqi Christians, Money Bought Survival" http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/26/world/middleeast/26christians.html?_r=2&oref=slogin&ref=middleeast&pagewanted=all&oref=slogin#125%u201CAnyt427+1e60d401 (26 June 2008), by Andrew E. Kramer, The New York Times, New York: Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Jr., p. 1.

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„Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.“

—  Sun Tzu ancient Chinese military general, strategist and philosopher from the Zhou Dynasty -543 - -495 a.C.

Original: (zh_Hant) 是故勝兵先勝而後求戰,敗兵先戰而後求勝。
Variante: Thus it is that in war the victorious strategist only seeks battle after the victory has been won, whereas he who is destined to defeat first fights and afterwards looks for victory.
Fonte: The Art of War, Chapter IV · Disposition of the Army

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