War, in one form or another, appeared with the first man. At the dawn of history, its morality was not questioned; it was simply a fact, like drought or disease — the manner in which tribes and then civilizations sought power and settled their differences.
Barack Obama, Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech
It makes no difference what men think of war, said the judge. War endures. As well ask men what they think of a stone. War was always here. Before man was, war waited for him. That ultimate trade awaiting it’s ultimate practitioner. That is the way it was and will be. That way and not some other way.
Cormac McCarthy, “Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West”
To be free of the insane rationalizations for our desire to kill one another — that surely would be to have life more abundantly.
Wendell Berry, “Blessed are the Peacemakers”