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But what a cruel thing is war
by Robert E. Lee

But what a cruel thing is war
to separate and destroy families and friends,
and mar the purest joys and happiness
God has granted us in this world,
to fill our hearts with hatred
instead of love for our neighbors,
and to devastate the fair face of this beautiful world!
- Robert E. Lee

I cannot trust a man to control others
who cannot control himself.
- Robert E. Lee

My heart bleeds at the death of every one of our gallant men.
- Robert E. Lee

But what a cruel thing is war
to separate and destroy families and friends.
- Robert E. Lee

 

Obedience to lawful authority is the foundation of manly character.
- Robert E. Lee

It is well that war is so terrible.
We should grow too fond of it.
- Robert E. Lee

Whiskey - I like it, I always did, and that is the reason I never use it.
- Robert E. Lee

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The education of a man is never completed until he dies.
- Robert E. Lee

Get correct views of life, and learn to see the world in its true light.
It will enable you to live pleasantly,
to do good, and, when summoned away,
to leave without regret.
- Robert E. Lee

I have been up to see the Congress and they do not
seem to be able to do anything except to eat peanuts and chew tobacco,
while my army is starving.
- Robert E. Lee

I tremble for my country when I hear of confidence expressed in me.
I know too well my weakness, that our only hope is in God.
- Robert E. Lee

This war is not about slavery.
- Robert E. Lee

The devil's name is dullness.
- Robert E. Lee

Do your duty in all things.
You cannot do more, you should never wish to do less.
- Robert E. Lee

My chief concern is to try to be an humble,
earnest Christian.
- Robert E. Lee

A true man of honor feels humbled himself when he cannot help humbling others.
- Robert E. Lee

Duty is the most sublime word in our language.
Do your duty in all things.
You cannot do more.
You should never wish to do less.
- Robert E. Lee

In all my perplexities and distresses,
the Bible has never failed to give me light and strength.
- Robert E. Lee

We must expect reverses, even defeats.
They are sent to teach us wisdom and prudence,
to call forth greater energies, and to prevent our
falling into greater disasters.
- Robert E. Lee

We failed, but in the good providence of God apparent
failure often proves a blessing.
- Robert E. Lee

The war...
was an unnecessary condition of affairs,
and might have been avoided if forebearance and wisdom
had been practiced on both sides.
- Robert E. Lee

I think it better to do right, even if we suffer in so doing,
than to incur the reproach of our consciences and posterity.
- Robert E. Lee

Never do a wrong thing to make a friend or to keep one.
- Robert E. Lee

Duty, then is the sublimest word in our language.
Do your duty in all things.
You cannot do more; you should never wish to do less.
- Robert E. Lee

It is good that war is so horrible, or we might grow to like it.
- Robert E. Lee

What a cruel thing war is...
to fill our hearts with hatred instead of love for our neighbors.
- Robert E. Lee

Let the tent be struck.
- Robert E. Lee

I like whiskey.
I always did, and that is why I never drink it.
- Robert E. Lee

We have fought this fight as long, and as well as we know how.
We have been defeated.
For us as a Christian people, there is now but one course to pursue.
We must accept the situation.
- Robert E. Lee

The trite saying that honesty is the best policy has
met with the just criticism that honesty is not policy.
The real honest man is honest from conviction of what is right,
not from policy.
- Robert E. Lee

What a book a devil's chaplain might write
on the clumsy, wasteful, blundering, low,
and horribly cruel work of nature!
- Charles Darwin

I am the Wizard. This world is mine.
I speak. It's done. My realm is fine.
My wand, my tongue. My sword, my voice.
It's good. It's bad. I speak my choice.
I say happy, or I say mad.
I say angry, or I say glad.
I name that drawing on the wall.
It's not graffiti after all.
The past has been broken. The prison's not real.
My word holds the magic - the power to heal.
Intent is my weapon - a sword from above.
Cruel hate, fear, and anger transmute into love.
This world's my joy. This mouth's my toy.
Reborn -I'm a brand new girl or boy.
I choose. I speak. My will is done.
Come join. Come play. This can be fun.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The greater the state, the more wrong and cruel its patriotism,
and the greater is the sum of suffering upon which its power is founded.
- Leo Tolstoy

Confused Memories of Childhood:
Hate to my father, cruel hate,
confused with love - a mix not great.
The man I love - the man I hate;
the man I want to emulate.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

An angry father is most cruel towards himself.
- Publilius Syrus

I find it rather easy to portray a businessman.
Being bland, rather cruel and incompetent comes naturally to me.
- John Cleese

I think women can be as cruel as men,
and men as tender as women, and vice versa.
- Aaron Eckhart

I'll do humor about myself, I'll poke fun and everything,
but that's me and I can do it to me.
I think it's cruel to do it to somebody else.
- Delta Burke

You can't look in the face of adoration and be cruel.
- Claudia Christian

I don't think I'd ever be cruel to an animal.
- David Duchovny

I think I've finally proven something to people who were cynical about me.
Because they were cruel.
- Nancy Sinatra

That he delights in the misery of others no man will confess,
and yet what other motive can make a father cruel?
- Joseph Addison

Jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire.
- Solomon Ibn Gabirol

Melancholy and sadness are the start of doubt...
doubt is the beginning of despair; despair is the cruel
beginning of the differing degrees of wickedness.
- Isidore Ducasse Lautreamont

Africa is a cruel country; it takes your heart and
grinds it into powdered stone -
and no one minds.
- Elspeth Huxley

Cruel persecutions and intolerance are not accidents,
but grow out of the very essence of religion,
namely, its absolute claims.
- Morris Raphael Cohen

Bored people, unless they sleep a lot,
are cruel.
- Renata Adler

Others too would occasionally entertain and privately express such doubts;
though we all had been most solemnly warned by the
cruel murder of Saint Francis.
- Maria Monk

Cruel and cold is the judgment of man,
Cruel as winter, and cold as the snow;
But by-and-by will the deed and the plan Be judged
by the motive that lieth below.
- Lewis J. Bates

Perhaps it should only be added that the Gorean master,
though often strict, is seldom cruel.
The girl knows, if she pleases him, her lot will be an easy one.
- John Norman

It is cruel, you know, that music should be so beautiful.
It has the beauty of loneliness of pain:
of strength and freedom.
The beauty of disappointment and never-satisfied love.
The cruel beauty of nature and everlasting beauty of monotony.
- Benjamin Britten

I like animals because they are not consciously cruel
and don't betray each other.
- Taylor Caldwell

In a cruel and evil world, being cynical can allow
you to get some entertainment out of it.
- Daniel Waters

Bush promised a foreign policy of humility and a domestic policy of compassion.
He has given us a foreign policy of arrogance and a
domestic policy that is cynical,
myopic and cruel.
- Joe Klein

The mad, cruel, and accursed American war.
- Lord George Gordon

Cruel leaders are replaced only to have new leaders turn cruel.
- Che Guevara

He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men.
We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.
- Immanuel Kant

War is wretched beyond description, and only a fool
or a fraud could sentimentalize its cruel reality.
- John McCain

Every social injustice is not only cruel,
but it is economic waste.
- William Feather

The bottom of the sea is cruel.
- Hart Crane

Fantastic tyrant of the amorous heart.
How hard thy yoke, how cruel thy dart.
Those escape your anger who refuse your sway,
and those are punished most, who most obey.
- Matthew Prior

The foolish and cruel notion that a wife is to obey
her husband has sent more women to the grave than to
the courts for a divorce.
- Lemuel K. Washburn

You know, I'm Australian, and we have got the worst sense of humor.
We are cruel to each other.
- Steve Irwin

I don't mean to sound bitter, cold, or cruel,
but I am, so that's how it comes out.
- Bill Hicks

He who is only just is cruel.
Who on earth could live were all judged justly?
- Lord Byron

One can't be kind to one person and cruel to another.
- Morarji Desai

I do not see why man should not be just as cruel as nature.
- Adolf Hitler

The truth is cruel, but it can be loved,
and it makes free those who have loved it.
- George Santayana

Bond was how Fleming saw himself; the sardonic,
cruel mouth, the hard, tight skinned face.
- Terence Young

It is quite cruel that a poet cannot wander through
his regions of enchantment without having a critic,
forever, like the old man of the sea,
upon his back.
- Marianne Moore

Idle people are often bored and bored people,
unless they sleep a lot, are cruel.
It is not accident that boredom and cruelty are great
preoccupations in our time.
- Renata Adler


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