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Men do not fail; they give up trying.

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The wolf always charges the lamb with muddying the stream.

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War was forced upon mankind in his original civil and social condition.

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No nation now sets forth to despoil another upon the avowed ground that it desires the spoils.

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Honest people, mistakenly believing in the justice of their cause, are led to support injustice.

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The theoretical postulate of all diplomatic discussion between nations is the assumed willingness of every nation to do justice.

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Secretary of War Stanton used to get out of patience with Lincoln because he was all the time pardoning men who ought to be shot.

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Nobody knows through how many thousands of years fighting men have made a place for themselves while the weak and peaceable have gone to the wall.

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Cruelty to men and to the lower animals as well, which would have passed unnoticed a century ago, now shocks the sensibilities and is regarded as wicked and degrading.

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The law of the survival of the fittest led inevitably to the survival and predominance of the men who were effective in war and who loved it because they were effective.

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