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Spanish writers on war and peace

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

Spanish writers on war and peace

Cervantes: Everything then was friendship, everything was harmony

Jorge Guillén: The monsters have passed over

Miguel Hernández: Wretched Wars

Federico García Lorca: War goes crying with a million gray rats

Benito Pérez Galdós: Cannon should be cast into church bells

Benito Pérez Galdós: Good God! why are there wars?

Francisco de Quevedo: Metal against metal: Learning causes peace to be sought after

Francisco de Quevedo: The soldierly virtues of ardor, candor, honor and valor

Miguel de Salabert: I first learned about men from their bombs

Miguel de Salabert: “What have you done with my legs?”

Miguel de Salabert: When they gave me a rifle to carry, I knew my life was over

Armando Palacio Valdés: “He would be better with a pickaxe in his hand, and more useful to his country”

Juan Valera: Thou art the God of peace

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