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Milton: Men levy cruel wars, wasting the earth, each other to destroy

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Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts

John Milton: What can war but endless war still breed?

Milton: Without ambition, war, or violence

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John Milton
From Paradise Lost

Oh shame to men! Devil with Devil damn’d
Firm concord holds, men only disagree
Of creatures rational, though under hope
Of Heavenly Grace: and God proclaiming peace,
Yet live in hatred, enmity, and strife
Among themselves, and levy cruel wars,
Wasting the earth, each other to destroy:
As if (which might induce us to accord)
Man had not hellish foes enow besides,
That day and night for his destruction wait.

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  1. February 24, 2012 at 2:05 am

    Only a little man feels great and mighty in war. The right for breaking every law, to forget all human principles, to kill, torture, rape and enslave others – make a grey rat imagine himself as mighty king…

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