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Eamon de Valera Quotes and Sayings
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If war comes upon us, it will come as a thief in the night.
- Eamon de Valera

By keeping the annuities, we could build up a national
industry every years as big as the Shannon Scheme.
- Eamon de Valera

From the moment this war began, there was,
for this state, only one policy possible,
neutrality.
- Eamon de Valera

The economic and social problems would tend to become,
like the military situation, more and more difficult
as time went on and we became more and more isolated.
- Eamon de Valera

 

Unemployment is due to the large import of goods from
Britain and other countries.
The Government haven't used the powers which they have
for the benefit of the country.
- Eamon de Valera

Here, in Cork district, you have in combination all
the dangers which war can inflict.
- Eamon de Valera

Since this war began our sympathy has gone out to all
the suffering people who have been dragged into it.
Further hundreds of millions have become involved since
I spoke at Limerick fortnight ago.
- Eamon de Valera

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We, of our time, have played our part in the perseverance,
and we have pledged ourselves to the dead generations
who have preserved intact for us this glorious heritage,
that we, too, will strive to be faithful to the end,
and pass on this tradition unblemished.
- Eamon de Valera

When we have done our best, we can, as a united people,
take whatever may befall with calm courage and confidence
that this old nation will survive and if death should come to many of us,
death is not the end.
- Eamon de Valera

Mr. Churchill is proud of Britain's stand alone,
after France had fallen and before America entered the War.
- Eamon de Valera

It is the duty of our men to enroll themselves in the national services.
We need all our manpower for defence.
For the military and...
we need a quarter of a million men.
- Eamon de Valera

God has been pleased to save us during the years of
war that have already passed.
We pray that He may be pleased to save us to the end.
But we must do our part.
- Eamon de Valera

The part which American friendship played in helping
us to win the freedom we enjoy in this part of Ireland
has been gratefully recognized and acknowledged by our people.
- Eamon de Valera

We are fully aware that, in a world at war,
each set of belligerents is over ready to regard those
who are not with them as against them;
but the course we have followed is a just course.
- Eamon de Valera

I shall strive not to be guilty of adding any fuel
to the flames of hatred and passion which,
if continued to be fed, promise to burn up whatever
is left by the war of decent human feeling in Europe.
- Eamon de Valera

We hope that the plain people - the labourers and small farmers -
will take this opportunity of coming together and working
out the National programme.
- Eamon de Valera

We cannot afford idleness, waste or inefficiency.
- Eamon de Valera

It is indeed hard for the strong to be just to the weak,
but acting justly always has its rewards.
- Eamon de Valera

If there is to be any hope of prosperity for this country
it is by reversing that policy which made us simply
the kitchen garden for supplying the British with cheap food.
- Eamon de Valera

You can discover what your enemy fears most
by observing the means he uses to frighten you.
- Michael Moncur

We have no enemies,
we have only friendships that we haven't yet developed
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When we step on the battlefield, I will be
The First Boots On and the Last Boots Off.
- LtG. Hal Moore PHOTO

The problems of victory are more agreeable
than those of defeat,
but they are no less difficult.
- Winston Churchill

A bad peace is better than a good war.
- Yiddish Proverb

I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.
- Winston Churchill

If we take the generally accepted definition of bravery
as a quality which knows no fear, I have never seen a brave man.
All men are frightened. The more intelligent they are,
the more they are frightened.
- George S. Patton

Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.
- Alfred, Lord Tennyson PHOTO

Men ought either to be indulged or utterly destroyed,
for if you merely offend them, they take vengeance,
but if you injure them greatly, they are unable to retaliate,
so that the injury done to a man
ought to be such that vengeance cannot be feared.
- Niccolo Machiavelli

If I am happy in spite of my deprivations,
if my happiness is so deep that it is a faith,
so thoughtful that it becomes a philosophy of life.
If, in short, I am an optimist,
my testimony to the creed of optimism is worth hearing.
- Helen Keller PHOTO
...
Helen Keller (1880-1968) overcame being both deaf and blind
to become a famous author, lecturer, and activist
for women's suffrage, workers' rights, and ending war.

Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory.
Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.
- Sun Tzu

When you have to kill a man,
it costs nothing to be polite.
- Winston Churchill

War settles nothing.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

We will not learn how to live together in peace
by killing each other's children.
- Jimmy Carter

When you are in any contest,
you should work as if there were -
to the very last minute - a chance to lose it.
This is battle, this is politics, this is anything.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

The scenes on this field would have cured anybody of war.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

War would end if the dead could return.
- Stanley Baldwin

All war is deception.
- Sun Tzu

The power to wage war is the power to wage war successfully.
- Charles Evans Hughes

When you are winning a war
almost everything that happens
can be claimed to be right and wise.
- Winston Churchill

War is a series of catastrophes which result in victory.
- Albert Pike

Only the dead have seen the end of the war.
- George Santayana

To jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war.
- Winston Churchill

If we are to teach real peace in this world,
and if we are to carry on a real war against war,
we shall have to begin with the children.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

I must study politics and war that my sons may have
liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.
- John Adams

War is hell.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants.
We know more about war that we know about peace,
more about killing that we know about living.
- Omar N. Bradley

We are all "neighbors."
Our world has gotten too small for us to be anything else.
We can no longer have "us" and "them" - friends and enemies.
A person from Iraq, or Russia, or Columbia is
no more a stranger or enemy than a person from across town.
A few people everywhere are troublemakers.
Every religion provokes a few people to become extremists.
Do we need police around the globe? Unfortunately, we always will.
Do we need war? Does that question even deserve an answer?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things.
The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic
feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse.
- John Stuart Mill

You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.
- Jeannette Rankin

War is only a cowardly escape from the problems of peace.
- Thomas Mann

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

The first casualty when war comes is truth.
- Hiram Johnson

We have been travelling through a cloud.
The sky has been dark ever since the war began.
- Black Kettle

I do not believe that the men who served in uniform
in Vietnam have been given the credit they deserve.
It was a difficult war against an unorthodox enemy.
- William Westmoreland

War makes thieves and peace hangs them.
- George Herbert

When the war of the giants is over,
the wars of the pygmies will begin.
- Winston Churchill

When the rich wage war, it's the poor who die.
- Jean-Paul Sartre

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

Sometime they'll give a war and nobody will come.
- Carl Sandburg

The supreme art of war is
to subdue the enemy without fighting.
- Sun Tzu

War does not determine who is right -
only who is left.
- Bertrand Russell

It has too often been too easy for rulers and governments to incite man to war.
- Lester B. Pearson

An unjust peace is better than a just war.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

The object of war is not to die for your country but
to make the other bastard die for his.
- George S. Patton

War is not an adventure.
It is a disease.
It is like typhus.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

A visitor from Mars could easily pick out the civilized nations.
They have the best implements of war.
- Herbert V. Prochnow

We have war when at least one of the parties to a conflict
wants something more than it wants peace.
- Jeane Kirkpatrick

You can't say civilization don't advance...
in every war they kill you in a new way.
- Will Rogers

If we don't end war, war will end us.
- H. G. Wells

We prefer world law in the age of self-determination
to world war in the age of mass extermination.
- John F. Kennedy

John Dalton's records, carefully preserved for a century,
were destroyed during the World War II bombing of Manchester.
It is not only the living who are killed in war.
- Isaac Asimov


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