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63,779. These people are either too superstitiously religious, or too cowardly for arms; they either can not or dare not defend; their property is open to anyone who has the courage to attack them ... The supposed quietude of a good man allures the ruffian; while on the other hand, arms, like law, discourage and keep the invader and the plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property. The balance of power is the scale of peace. The same balance would be preserved were all the world destitute of arms, for all would be alike; but since some will not, others dare not lay them aside. And while a single nation refuses to lay them down, it is proper that all should keep them up. Horrid mischief would ensue were one-half the world deprived of the use of them; for while avarice and ambition have a place in the heart of man, the weak will become a prey to the strong. The history of every age and nation establishes these truths, and facts need but little arguments when they prove themselves. Thomas Paine, Thoughts on Defensive War, article Pennsylvania Magazine July 1775; signed A Lover of Peace and attributed to Paine
114. God is on everyone’s side ... And, in the last analysis, He is on the side of those with plenty of money and large armies. (God & Army & Money) Jean Anuihl, French Dramatist 1910-1987
77,408. I’m proud of my invention, but I’m sad that it is used by terrorists. (Invention & Arms & Gun) Mikhail Kalashnikov
75,273. A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed. (Guns & Arms) US Constitution 2nd Amendment
94,770. Foreign economies as well as our own are now mainly dependent on the scope of continued arms spending in this country. Magazine of Wall Street 1951
1,058. Here’s what we can do to change the world right now to a better ride: take all of that money we spend on weapons and defence each year and instead spend it feeding, clothing and educating the poor of the world, which it would many times over, and not one human being excluded, and we can explore space together, both inner and outer, in peace. I believe that God left certain drugs growing naturally upon our planet to help speed up and facilitate our evolution. (Life’s Like That & God & World & Armaments & Weapons & Poor & Space & Drugs & Evolution) Bill Hicks, Revelations, Dominion Theatre London
63,719. I’m so sick of arming the world and then sending troops over to destroy the fucking arms. You know what I mean? We keep arming these little countries then we go and blow the shit out of them. We’re like the bullies of the world. We’re like Jack Palance in the movie Shane throwing the pistol at the sheep herder’s feet. (Arms & Empire US) ibid.
93,439. Away with scrupulous wit! Now arms must rule. (Wit & Arms) William Shakespeare, Richard Duke of York IV viii 61, Hastings
25,910. For I am sure when he shall see our army
He’ll drop his heart into the sink of fear
And, fore achievement, offer us his ransom. (War & Army) William Shakespeare, Henry V III v 58-60, Constable to court
1,194. To be, or not to be – that is the question.
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them? – To die – to sleep –
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heart-ache, and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to; ’tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wished. To die – to sleep –
To sleep! Perchance to dream. Aye, there’s the rub;
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come,
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause. There’s the respect
That makes calamity of so long life.
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
The oppressor’s wrong, the proud man’s contumely,
The pangs of despised love, the law’s delay,
The insolence of office...’ (Life’s Like That & Be & Question & Noble & Mind & Suffer & Fortune & Arms & Trouble & Opposition & Death & Pain & Suicide & Dream & Oppress & Law & Office) William Shakespeare, Hamlet, III i 56-73
4,336. Mankind’s first full-time professional army. Each soldier is armed with a gladius. (Humanity & Empire Roman & Army) Mankind: The Story of All of Us III, History Channel 2012
6,742. One of the charges at the time of course was that in some way I must have known because I had been the chancellor, because I had been the foreign secretary, because I had been the prime minister. And there- -fore I must have known what was going on, but I didn’t. (Knowledge & Politics & Arms & Iraq) John Major, response to Scott Inquiry into Arms Sales to Iraq
28,445. The spirit of this country is totally adverse to a large military force. (United States & Army & Military) Thomas Jefferson
63,782. We did not raise armies for glory or for conquest. Thomas Jefferson
29,130. Senator Levin, you and other Democrats in the Congress have voiced fears that you simply don’t have enough for the large increases in defense that the Pentagon is seeking, especially for missile defense. Does this sort of thing convince you that an emergency exists in this country to increase defense spending? (United States & Military & Arms & War on Terror) Donald Rumsfeld berating Senator Carl Levin, then Chairman of Senate Armed Services Committee, evening of 9/11
29,346. In 2011 the US sold an astonishing 78% of the world’s arms. (United States & Arms) Oliver Stone's Untold History of the United States X: Bush & Obama: Age of Terror
29,842. We fought a military war; our opponents fought a political one. We sought physical attrition; our opponents aimed for our psychological exhaustion. In the process we lost sight of one of the cardinal maxims of guerrilla war: the guerrilla wins if he does not lose. The conventional army loses if it does not win. The North Vietnamese used their armed forces the way a bull-fighter uses his cape — to keep us lunging in areas of marginal political importance. (Kissinger & Army & Kissinger) Henry Kissinger, Foreign Affairs 48:2 1969
30,070. British society had embraced the arms race. (Great Britain & England & Arms) Bettany Hughes, Seven Ages of Britain 1500 B.C. - 43 A.D.
30,071. Tribal warfare, human sacrifice, this was a savage land for sure. (Great Britain & England & Arms) ibid.
30,883. Instead what they want is to secure a civilian form of government that would be friendly towards the army, and will fulfil the army’s military, religious, political, constitutional ambitions and agenda. (Civil War & Army) Dr Peter Gaunt, Chester College
30,888. The army was increasingly mistrustful of parliament ... They published demands for liberty, justice and freedom from tyranny. (England & Great Britain & Civil War & Cromwell & Army) Great Britons: Cromwell