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Luise Mühlbach: Battle-field writes names of its heroes in blood

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

German writers on peace and war

Women writers on peace and war

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Luise Mühlbach
From Frederick the Great and His Court
Translator not identified

“The gleaming phantom known as of fame appears before me every day. I know it is folly, but folly from which a man frees himself with difficulty when once possessed by her. Do not speak to me of dangers, cares, wear, and tear; what are they all in comparison with fame? It is so mad a passion that I cannot comprehend why it does not turn everyone’s head.”

“Your Majesty, for thousands this passion has not only turned their heads, but cost their heads,” said Jordan, sadly. “The battle-field is, of course, the golden book of the heroes, but their names are written in it in blood.”

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