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Vauvenargues: Soldiers

==== Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts French writers on war and peace Vauvenargues: If we could discover the secret of banishing war forever ==== VauvenarguesFrom Reflections and MaximsTranslated by F. G. Stevens Small men must be given small duties; they perform them with ability and self-respect; so far from despising their subordinate functions, […]

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Vauvenargues: If we could discover the secret of banishing war forever

==== Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts French writers on war and peace Vauvenargues: Soldiers ==== VauvenarguesFrom Reflections and MaximsTranslated by F. G. Stevens If we could discover the secret of banishing war forever, of increasing the human race, and of securing to every man the means of subsistence, how ignorant and barbarous […]

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Jules Renard: Almost succeed in making you accept the butcheries of war

==== Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts French writers on war and peace ==== Jules RenardFrom his journalTranslated by Louise Bogan and Elizabeth Roget At the bottom of all patriotism is war: that is why I am no patriot. You may be full of horror for war: Victor Hugo and Rostand almost succeed […]

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Henri Troyat: War, war, war! Oh, why?

==== Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts French writers on war and peace Henri Troyat: Selections on war ==== Henri TroyatFrom Strangers on EarthTranslated by Anthony Hinton “All my life I’ll be a foreigner, a Frenchman in Russia, a Russian in France. It’s a sad thought.” “No, it’s not. It’s a wonderful thing […]

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Philip Freneau: Death smiles alike at battles lost or won

==== Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts American writers on peace and against war Philip Freneau: The Prospect of Peace ==== Philip FreneauA Picture of Our Times (1782)With Occasional Reflections Still round the world triumphant Discord flies,Still angry kings to bloody contest rise;Hosts bright with steel, in dreadful order plac’d,And ships contending on the […]

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Stephen Vincent Benét: Toy soldiers

==== Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts American writers on peace and against war Stephen Vincent Benét: The dead march from the last to the next blind war Stephen Vincent Benét: Nightmare For Future Reference: The second year of the Third World War ==== Stephen Vincent BenétFrom Spanish Bayonet He opened the door. Three […]

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Henri Troyat: I prefer to die, so that I no longer have to see the others die

==== Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts French writers on war and peace Henri Troyat: Selections on war ==== Henri TroyatFrom The Red and the White Since war had broken out, intelligence was of no avail. Decisions were made with flesh, blood, heart, belly, with everything in fact except with the brain. *** […]

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Francis Saltus Saltus: Selections on peace and war

==== Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts American writers on peace and against war ==== Francis Saltus Saltus: Selections on peace and war Francis Saltus Saltus: Deem you one ambitious whose subjects bleed and perish on a field? Francis Saltus Saltus: If we saw but a century of peace Francis Saltus Saltus: Peace […]

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Jorge Guillén: Rest peacefully, free of our presences

==== Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts Jorge Guillén: The monsters have passed over ==== Jorge GuillénCemetery Neither grieving nor imprisoned but lying aloneQuiet at last between earth and still moreEarth: the unsuffering skeleton, made bone.Rest peacefully, free of our presences, under our war. *** Camposanto Yacente a solas, no está afligido, no […]

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Francis Saltus Saltus: Deem you one ambitious whose subjects bleed and perish on a field?

==== Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts American writers on peace and against war Francis Saltus Saltus: Selections on peace and war ==== Francis Saltus SaltusFrom An Answer Call’st thou ambitious one who greeds to ruleA horde of savage soldiers armed in steel,Who straggle to the fray as would a muleKicked at and […]

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