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Peter Maurin: Disarmament of the heart

==== Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts American writers on peace and against war ==== Peter Maurin Moral Disarmament (1936) Theodore Roosevelt used to say:“If you want peaceprepare for war.” So everybody prepared for warbut war preparationsdid not bring peace;they brought war. Since war preparationsbrought warwhy not quit preparing for war? If nations […]

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William Makepeace Thackeray: Selections on war

Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts British writers on peace and war William Makepeace Thackeray: Selections on war William Makepeace Thackeray: Millions of innocent hearts wounded horribly William Makepeace Thackeray: “Pax in bello.” The death of a single soldier. William Makepeace Thackeray: War taxes men and women alike William Makepeace Thackeray: War’s slave dealers William Makepeace […]

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William Makepeace Thackeray: War’s slave dealers

==== Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts British writers on peace and war William Makepeace Thackeray: Selections on war ==== William Makepeace ThackerayFrom Barry Lyndon There are a thousand opportunities of plunder, &c., offered to the soldier in war-time, out of which he can get both pleasure and profit: make use of these, […]

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William Makepeace Thackeray: What human crime, misery, slavery, go to form that sum-total of glory!

==== Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts British writers on peace and war William Makepeace Thackeray: Selections on war ==== William Makepeace ThackerayFrom Barry Lyndon Such knaves and ruffians do men in war become! It is well for gentlemen to talk of the age of chivalry; but remember the starving brutes whom they […]

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F. V. Branford: Over the Dead

==== Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts British writers on peace and war ==== F. V. BranfordOver the Dead Who in the splendour of a simple thought,Whether for England or her enemies,Went in the night, and in the morning died;Each bleeding piece of human earth that liesStark to the carrion wind, and groaning […]

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Horace Walpole: Peace is the sole event of which I wish to hear

==== Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts British writers on peace and war Horace Walpole: Selections on war and peace ==== Horace WalpoleFrom his correspondence Peace is the sole event of which I wish to hear. I believe summer-correspondences often turn on complaints of want of news. it is unlucky that that is generally […]

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Jonathan Swift: We must have peace, let it be a bad or a good one

==== Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts British writers on peace and war Jonathan Swift: Selections on war ==== Jonathan SwiftFrom The Journal to Stella In my opinion we have nothing to save us but a Peace; and I am sure we cannot have such a one as we hoped…. *** He is […]

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Thomas McGrath: Senators mine our lives for another war

==== Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts American writers on peace and against war Thomas McGrath: All the Dead Soldiers ==== Thomas McGrathRemembering That Island Remembering that island lying in the rain(Lost in the North Pacific, lost in time and the war)With a terrible fatigue as of repeated dreams,Of running, climbing, fighting in the […]

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Maxime Du Camp: Gautier, war filled him with horror

==== Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts French writers on war and peace Théophile Gautier: One could imagine oneself in the Golden Age of Peace Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve: Théophile Gautier, lover of peace ==== Maxime du CampFrom Théophile GautierTranslated by G. E. Gordon Like most dreamers, he was rather prone to admire men of […]

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William James: The horrors of a war of conquest

==== Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts American writers on peace and against war William James: Selections on war ==== William JamesFrom his correspondence 1870 Now I feel much less interested in the success of the Germans, first because I think it’s time that the principle of territorial conquest were abolished….I should think […]

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