Wisdom from Polonius


Robert Lynd

"The belief in the possibility of a short decisive war appears to be one of the most ancient and dangerous of human illusions."


Howard Thurman

"During times of war, hatred becomes quite respectable even though it has to masquerade often under the guise of patriotism."


George Gordon, Lord Byron

“I am so convinced of the advantages of looking at mankind instead of reading about them, and of the bitter effects of staying at home with all the narrow prejudices of an Islander, that I think there should be a law amongst us to set our young men abroad for a term among the few allies our wars have left us.”


Hermann Goering

“Of course the people don’t want war.  But after all, it’s the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it’s always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it’s a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship.  Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders.  That is easy.  All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger.”



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Harvard Square Commentary, January 22, 2007