„Formerly when great fortunes were only made in war, war was a business; but now, when great fortunes are only made by business, business is war.“
Zdroj: Intuitions and Summaries of Thought (1862), Volume I, p. 82.
— Joss Whedon American director, writer, and producer for television and film 1964
— Barbara W. Tuchman, kniha A Distant Mirror
Zdroj: A Distant Mirror (1978), p. 389
— Rutherford B. Hayes American politician, 19th President of the United States (in office from 1877 to 1881) 1822 - 1893
Letter to Lucy Webb Hayes, whose cousin was a prisoner and died at Andersonville prison (2 July 1864)
Kontext: You use the phrase “brutal Rebels.” Don’t be cheated in that way. There are enough “brutal Rebels” no doubt, but we have brutal officers and men too. I have had men brutally treated by our own officers on this raid [to Lynchburg, Va. ]. And there are plenty of humane Rebels. I have seen a good deal of it on this trip. War is a cruel business and there is brutality in it on all sides, but it is very idle to get up anxiety on account of any supposed peculiar cruelty on the part of Rebels. Keepers of prisons in Cincinnati, as well as in Danville, are hard-hearted and cruel.
— Thomas Jackson Confederate general 1824 - 1863
As quoted in Stonewall Jackson and the American Civil War (1904) by George Francis Robert Henderson http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/12233, Ch. 25 : The Soldier and the Man, p. 481
Kontext: War means fighting. The business of the soldier is to fight. Armies are not called out to dig trenches, to throw up breastworks, to live in camps, but to find the enemy and strike him; to invade his country, and do him all possible damage in the shortest possible time. This will involve great destruction of life and property while it lasts; but such a war will of necessity be of brief continuance, and so would be an economy of life and property in the end. To move swiftly, strike vigorously, and secure all the fruits of victory is the secret of successful war.
— John Lancaster Spalding Catholic bishop 1840 - 1916
Zdroj: Aphorisms and Reflections (1901), p. 115
„I was going to call it a mistake, but you could argue that there are no mistakes in war, only fortunate and less fortunate events.“
— Alastair Reynolds, kniha Revelation Space
Zdroj: Revelation Space (2000), Chapter 10 (p. 220).
„Fundamentally, Britain is responsible for the war. She was jealous. British business men wanted this war. It is a British business war. … We have no dislike for France, nor Russia. We think highly of the French. But Britain! We hate Britain!“
— Paul von Hindenburg Prussian-German field marshal, statesman, and president of Germany 1847 - 1934
Interview with Senator Beveridge (March 1915), Paul Dehn, Hindenburg, als Erzieher (1918), p. 43, quoted in W. W. Coole (ed.), Thus Spake Germany (London: George Routledge & Sons, 1941), p. 174
Supreme Commander of All German Forces in the East
„War is no longer made by simply analysed economic forces if it ever was. War is made or planned now by individual men, demagogues and dictators who play on the patriotism of their people to mislead them into a belief in the great fallacy of war when all their vaunted reforms have failed to satisfy the people they misrule.“
— Ernest Hemingway American author and journalist 1899 - 1961
Notes on the Next War (1935)
— George Marshall US military leader, Army Chief of Staff 1880 - 1959
As quoted by the Times-Herald [Washington, D.C.] (3 March 1942) p. 1
Kontext: The time has come when we must proceed with the business of carrying the war to the enemy, not permitting the greater portion of our armed forces and our valuable material to be immobilized within the continental United States.
— Torquato Tasso Italian poet 1544 - 1595
Actually from Goethe's Torquato Tasso, Act IV, scene iv, line 63. In the original German:
Ein Tag der Gunst ist wie ein Tag der Ernte:
Man muss geschäftig sein, sobald sie reift.
— Carl von Clausewitz, kniha On War
Zdroj: On War (1832), Book 1, Chapter 1, Section 3, Paragraph 1.
Kontext: Kind-hearted people might of course think there was some ingenious way to disarm or defeat the enemy without too much bloodshed, and might imagine this is the true goal of the art of war. Pleasant as it sounds, it is a fallacy that must be exposed: War is such a dangerous business that mistakes that come from kindness are the very worst.
— Charlie Chaplin British comic actor and filmmaker 1889 - 1977
Monsieur Verdoux (1947); Chaplin in this line is quoting an older statement of Bishop Beilby Porteus: "One murder makes a villain. Millions a hero."
„Now, if you two will excuse us, we'll get back to the relatively simple business of planning a war.“
— John Flanagan Irish-American hammer thrower 1873 - 1938
Varianta: Now, if you two will excuse us, we'll get back to the relatively simple buisness of planning a war," he said.
Zdroj: The Burning Bridge
„In the old days people had no time to harm the environment because they were busy doing harm to themselves, in the War, for instance.“
— Elfriede Jelinek, kniha Wonderful, Wonderful Times
Wonderful, Wonderful Times (1990)
„Fortune, which has a great deal of power in other matters but especially in war, can bring about great changes in a situation through very slight forces.“
— Julius Caesar Roman politician and general -100 - -44 pred n. l.
The Civil War, Book III, 68; variant translation: "In war, events of importance are the result of trivial causes."
Originál: (la) Sed fortuna, quae plurimum potest cum in reliquis rebus tum praecipue in bello, parvis momentis magnas rerum commutationes efficit; ut tum accidit.
— Abraham Lincoln 16th President of the United States 1809 - 1865
Comment on meeting Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom's Cabin, according to Charles Edward Stowe, Lyman Beecher Stowe, "How Mrs. Stowe wrote 'Uncle Tom's Cabin'", McClure's magazine 36:621 http://books.google.com/books?id=biAAAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA621&dq=%22little+woman+who+wrote+the+book+that+made+this+great+war%22 (April 1911), with a footnote stating: "Mr. Charles Edward Stowe, one of the authors of this article, accompanied his mother on this visit to Lincoln, and remembers the occasion distinctly."
Annie Fields, "Days with Mrs. Stowe", Atlantic Monthly 7:148 http://books.google.com/books?id=8F0CAAAAIAAJ&pg=PA148&dq=%22Is+this+the+little+woman+who+made+the+great+war%22 (August 1896)
Varianta: Her daughter was told that when the President heard her name he seized her hand, saying, "Is this the little woman who made the great war?"
Varianta: So you are the little woman who caused this great war!
„It seemed clear that wars were not made by generations and their special stupidities, but that wars were made instead by something ignorant in the human heart.“
— John Knowles, kniha A Separate Peace
Gene, on war.
Zdroj: A Separate Peace (1959), P. 193
— Ulysses S. Grant 18th President of the United States 1822 - 1885
Kontext: The war has made us a nation of great power and intelligence. We have but little to do to preserve peace, happiness and prosperity at home, and the respect of other nations. Our experience ought to teach us the necessity of the first; our power secures the latter.
„If I were running Apple, I would milk the Macintosh for all it's worth — and get busy on the next great thing. The PC wars are over. Done. Microsoft won a long time ago.“
— Steve Jobs American entrepreneur and co-founder of Apple Inc. 1955 - 2011
As quoted in Fortune (19 February 1996)