You have to just marvel at the stun-gun absurdity of fighting to the death over what happens after you die.
There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness.
1818 — 1885
The most disadvantageous peace is better than the most just war.
1469 — 1536
The first human who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilization.
1856 — 1939
You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you.
1902 — 1983
Nothing produces such odd results as trying to get even.
Franklin P. Jones
1853 — 1935
Don’t argue with idiots. They drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.
Quarrels would not last long if the fault were only on one side.
Duke François de La Rochefoucauld
1613 — 1680
An argument is two people trying to get in the last word first.
Starting a war in the name of peace is like poking a hole in a balloon to get more air into it.
No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. You won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country.
General George S. Patton
1885 — 1945
To Kenneth Clarke, who said, "Isn’t it terrible about losing to the Germans at our national sport?" when England lost to Germany in the 1990 World Cup Semifinal:
I shouldn’t worry too much; we’ve beaten them twice this century at theirs.
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
1925 — 2013
The greatest victory is a victory won without fighting.
Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.
1920 — 1992
Only the dead have seen the end of war.
427? — 348? B.C.
True reconciliation does not consist in merely forgetting the past.
1918 — 2013
Pick battles big enough to matter and small enough to win.
Make friends of your enemies, or kill them.
The man who strikes first admits that his ideas have given out.
Never cut what you can untie.
1754 — 1824