„I am not carrying on a war of extermination against the Romans. I am contending for honour and empire. My ancestors yielded to Roman valour. I am endeavouring that others, in their turn, will be obliged to yield to my good fortune, and my valour.“
„I am Goya
of the bare field, by the enemy's beak gouged
till the craters of my eyes gape
I am grief
I am the tongue
of war, the embers of cities
on the snows of the year 1941
I am hunger.“
— Andrey Voznesensky Soviet poet 1933 - 2010
Antiworlds, and the Fifth Ace, "I am Goya"; translated by Stanley Kunitz, p. 3.
„I acknowledge the Roman Church to be our mother church, although defiled with some infirmities and corruptions…Let [the Papists] assure themselves, that, as I am a friend of their persons, if they be good subjects, so am I a vowed enemy, and do denounce mortal war to their errors.“
— James I of England king during union of English and Scottish crowns 1566 - 1625
On Roman Catholics, at the opening of parliament in 1604.
„The fact is I am guilty of sexual immorality. And I take responsibility for the entire problem. I am a deceiver and a liar. There’s a part of my life that is so repulsive and dark that I have been warring against it for all of my adult life.“
— Ted Haggard American minister 1956
MSNBC http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15536263/, accessed November 5, 2006
„I am against this Treaty not because I am a man of war but because I am a man of peace. I am against this Treaty because it will not end the centuries of conflict between the two nations of Great Britain and Ireland.“
— Éamon de Valera 3rd President of Ireland 1882 - 1975
I'm Glad You Asked Me That (2007), (18 December 1921).
„I cannot have chaos erupting around me until I am prepared for it. I am a collector. I am an observer. I don't participate. My resources, and my standing, must be secure before I can allow the uncertainty of war to crash down upon us.“
— Derek Landy, Skulduggery Pleasant
„The harsh realities of war impose
More searching tests of valour, be it said,
Than grace and style; and fortune too is needed,
Without which valour seldom has succeeded.“
— Ludovico Ariosto, kniha Orlando Furioso
Orlando Furioso (1532), Bisognan di valor segni più chiari, Che por con leggiadria la lancia in resta: Ma fortuna anco più bisogna assai; Che senza, val virtù raro o non mai. Canto XVI, stanza 46 (tr. B. Reynolds)
— Silius Italicus, Punica
Punica, Bellandum est astu; leuior laus in duce dextrae. Book V, line 100
„I regret that I am not clear as to what you intend by 'arisch'. I am not of Aryan extraction: that is Indo-Iranian; as far as I am aware none of my ancestors spoke Hindustani, Persian, Gypsy, or any related dialects. … But if I am to understand that you are enquiring whether I am of Jewish origin, I can only reply that I regret that I appear to have no ancestors of that gifted people. … I have been accustomed, nonetheless, to regard my German name with pride, and continued to do so throughout the period of the late regrettable war, in which I served in the English army. I cannot, however, forbear to comment that if impertinent and irrelevant inquiries of this sort are to become the rule in matters of literature, then the time is not far distant when a German name will no longer be a source of pride.“
— John Ronald Reuel Tolkien British philologist and author, creator of classic fantasy works 1892 - 1973
One of two draft letters (25 July, 1938) written for Stanley Unwin to select as a response to his German publishers inquiry about his ancestry. The other letter refused to answer altogether on his ancestry; since the quoted letter persists, it seems that the other letter was sent.
— A. J. Cronin, kniha The Keys of the Kingdom
The Keys of the Kingdom (1941), p. 281
„I want war. To me all means will be right. My motto is not "Don't, whatever you do, annoy the enemy." My motto is "Destroy him by all and any means." I am the one who will wage the war!“
— Adolf Hitler Führer and Reich Chancellor of Germany, Leader of the Nazi Party 1889 - 1945
Other remarks, As quoted in Hitler and Nazism (1961) by Louis Leo Snyder, p. 66
— Francesco Petrarca, Il Canzoniere
Il Canzoniere (c. 1351–1353), To Laura in Death, I' so' colei che ti die' tanta guerra, et compie' mia giornata inanzi sera. Canzone 302, st. 2
— Cassandra Clare, kniha City of Heavenly Fire
„Maybe -- I am not affirming it -- these (NGO people) are carrying out some criminal actions to draw attention against me, against the government of Brazil. There is a war going on in the world against Brazil, an information war.“
— Jair Bolsonaro Brazilian president elect 1955
On 21 August 2019, claiming that NGOs were starting the fires in the Amazon rainforest. Bolsonaro says Brazil lacks means to fight Amazon fires, backtracks on NGO accusations https://www.france24.com/en/20190822-bolsonaro-brazil-lacks-resources-fight-amazon-fires. France 24 (22 August 2019).
„I have no doubt in the world that the sole object is the restoration of the Union. I will say further, though, that I am a Democrat--every man in my regiment is a Democrat--and whenever I shall be convinced that this war has for its object anything else that what I have mentioned or that the Government designs using its soldiers to execute the purposes of the abolitionists, I pledge you on my honor as a man and a soldier that I will not only resign my commission, but will carry my sword to the other side.“
— Ulysses S. Grant 18th President of the United States 1822 - 1885
Misattributed, Original quote from The Democratic Speaker's Hand-Book (1868), by Matthew Carey, p. 33. Often paraphrased as "If I thought this war was to abolish slavery, I would resign my commission and offer my sword to the other side".
— Charles Demuth American painter 1883 - 1935
Quoted in Speaking for Vice: Homosexuality in the Art of Charles Demuth, Marsden Hartley, and the First American Avant-Garde by Jonathan Weinberg (Yale University Press, 1993).
„Let me say finally that I oppose the war in Vietnam because I love America. I speak out against this war, not in anger, but with anxiety and sorrow in my heart, and, above all, with a passionate desire to see our beloved country stand as the moral example of the world. I speak out against this war because I am disappointed with America. And there can be no great disappointment where there is not great love. I am disappointed with our failure to deal positively and forthrightly with the triple evils of racism, economic exploitation, and militarism.“
— Martin Luther King, Jr. American clergyman, activist, and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement 1929 - 1968
1960s, Why I Am Opposed to the War in Vietnam (1967)
„The atrocities are, for me, the most horrible part of the accusation in this trial. They thought that I took it lightly or laughed about it or some such nonsense, in court. That is definitely a mistake. I am the type of person who is naturally against such things and my own psychological reaction is to laugh or smile in the face of adversity. Perhaps that explains my attitude in court. Besides, I was not to blame for these horrors. It's not just that I am a hard man because of my long experience in the army and in politics. It's true that I saw plenty in the First World War and during the air raids and at the front in this war. But I was always a person who felt the suffering of others. To paint me as an unfeeling ogre who laughs in court at the atrocities is stupid.“
— Hermann Göring German politician and military leader 1893 - 1946
The Nuremberg Interviews (2004), To Leon Goldensohn (24 May 1946)
„My voice is still for war.
Gods! Can a Roman senate long debate
Which of the two to choose, slavery or death?“
— Joseph Addison, kniha Cato
Cato, A Tragedy (1713), Context: My voice is still for war. Gods! Can a Roman senate long debate Which of the two to choose, slavery or death? No, let us rise at once, Gird on our swords, and, At the head of our remaining troops, attack the foe, Break through the thick array of his throng'd legions, And charge home upon him. Perhaps some arm, more lucky than the rest, May reach his heart, and free the world from bondage. Act II, scene i.
„I am making a very personal commitment myself. This is a war I am not accustomed to but it is a global war and we are in a global army, fighting against a global enemy - HIV/AIDS.“
— Epeli Ganilau Fijian politician 1951
Address to the Pan Pacific HIV/AIDS Conference, Auckland, New Zealand, October 2005