Common Themes, East & West:
Goddess of Liberty
Copyright © Sandra Stanton: used with the artist's kind permission
My first wish is to see this plague of
mankind, war, banished from the earth.
George Washington (1732-1799)
Patriots always talk of dying for their
country and never of killing for their country.
Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)
Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind. And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind has closed, the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the citizenry. Rather, the citizenry, infused with fear and blinded by patriotism, will offer up all of their rights unto their leader and gladly so. How do I know? For this is what I have done. And I am Caesar.
Incorrectly ascribed to: Julius Caesar (100-44 BCE)[Update 19 February 2009: a librarian at UC Berkeley informed me some weeks ago that this widely circulated quote is not from Caesar at all. Just for openers, he writes, ancient Rome did not use "drums of war." The quote, in fact, never appeared anywhere until after 9/11. Still, it's well written and reflects an accurate diagnosis of what happened in the USA after 9/11, so I am keeping it. If you ever cite it, however, be sure to clarify that the actual author is Anonymous.]
I agree with a teacher of mine, Howard Zinn, that war is as objectionable as cannibalism and slavery; it is beyond obsolete as a means of improving life.
Alice Walker When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.
As long as war is regarded as wicked,
it will always have its fascination.
When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
War is not an adventure. It is
a disease. It is like typhus.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900-1944)
You can no more win a war than you can
win an earthquake.
Jeannette Rankin (1880-1973)
All wars are civil wars, because all
men are brothers.
Francois Fenelon (1651-1715)
Since wars begin in the minds of men,
it is in the minds of men that the defenses of peace must be constructed.
The Charter of UNESCO, established in 1945.
(Also see Early History of the Culture of Peace at UNESCO).
OTHER RELEVANT MYTH*ING LINKS PAGES:
Common Themes: Wars,
Weapons, and Lies: The Dehumanizing Impulse
Common Themes: Artists & Muses: The Creative Impulse
Eastern Europe: Kosovo-Serbian Invocation's Background
(Includes quoted passages from Simone Weil's work, The Illiad, or the Poem of Force)
Common Themes: Rough-draft notes on James Hillman 2002 Conference: The Terrible Love of War
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Page designed and launched 21 November 2007, 12:20pm;
23 November 2007: removed closing image.
28 April 2008: changed background from dark red to dark blue & altered text colors, etc; added some new quotes.
19 February 2009: corrected fake "Julius Caesar" quote, thanks to a UC Berkeley librarian who took the time to warn me.