Elihu Root war quotes

The limitation upon this mode of promoting peace lies in the fact that it consists in an appeal to the civilized side of man, while war is the product of forces proceeding from man's original savage nature. ---->>>

The point of departure of the process to which we wish to contribute is the fact that war is the natural reaction of human nature in the savage state, while peace is the result of acquired characteristics. ---->>>

To deal with the true causes of war one must begin by recognizing as of prime relevancy to the solution of the problem the familiar fact that civilization is a partial, incomplete, and, to a great extent, superficial modification of barbarism. ---->>>

It is not uncommon in modern times to see governments straining every nerve to keep the peace, and the people whom they represent, with patriotic enthusiasm and resentment over real or fancied wrongs, urging them forward to war. ---->>>

The law of the survival of the fittest led inevitably to the survival and predominance of the men who were effective in war and who loved it because they were effective. ---->>>

It is to be observed that every case of war averted is a gain in general, for it helps to form a habit of peace, and community habits long continued become standards of conduct. ---->>>

Secretary of War Stanton used to get out of patience with Lincoln because he was all the time pardoning men who ought to be shot. ---->>>

War was forced upon mankind in his original civil and social condition. ---->>>

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Biography

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Nationality: American
Born: February 15, 1845
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Die: 02-07, 1937
Occupation: Lawyer
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