A man’s life is interesting primarily when he has failed – I well know. For it’s a sign that he tried to surpass himself.
For a long time, it was believed that war was waged by armies which could not be identified with the nation itself. Professional soldiers took upon themselves the job of defending national interests, and it was understood that the war affected only them; the country itself went on living and working.
A collective tyrant, spread over the length and breadth of the land, is no more acceptable than a single tyrant ensconced on his throne.
America is the only nation in history which miraculously has gone directly from barbarism to degeneration without the usual interval of civilization.
We must not forget that chemical warfare will sooner or later bring in its wake bacteriological warfare, pest propagation, typhus and other serious diseases.
If you’re treated a certain way you become a certain kind of person. If certain things are described to you as being real they’re real for you whether they’re real or not.
I don’t know whether war is an interlude during peace, or peace an interlude during war.
My home policy: I wage war; my foreign policy: I wage war. All the time I wage war.