Saturday, August 31, 2013

Dead Reckoning --- Day 2/231

Walk:  Mindful Body, Trader Joe's
Distance: 2 miles and teach yoga class

 Huckleberry Finn is one of ciwt's favorite books. Don't necessarily agree with all things Mark Twain, but he's always worth turning to for how he looks at - and dares say - things.  Today I looked into his thoughts on war and this is a bit of what I found.


Portrait of Clemens

If the bubble reputation can be obtained only at the cannon's mouth, I am willing to go there for it, provided the cannon is empty. If it is loaded my immortal and inflexible purpose is to get over the fence and go home. My invariable practice in war has been to bring out of every fight two-thirds more men than when I went in. This seems to me Napoleonic in its grandeur.
- "Mark Twain as a Presidential Candidate," New York Evening Post, 9 June 1879

All war must be just the killing of strangers against whom you feel no personal animosity; strangers whom, in other circumstances, you would help if you found them in trouble, and who would help you if you needed it.
- "The Private History of the Campaign That Failed"

Before I had chance in another war, the desire to kill people to whom I had not been introduced had passed away.
- Autobiography of Mark Twain

An inglorious peace is better than a dishonorable war.
- "Glances at History," 1906


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