The Logic Of War


"But war, taking away the affluence of daily necessaries, is a most violent master and conformeth most men's passions to the present occasion ... The received value of names imposed for signification of things was changed into arbitrary. For inconsiderate boldness was counted true-hearted manliness; provident deliberation, a handsome fear; modesty, the cloak of cowardice; to be wise in everything, to be lazy in everything. A furious suddenness was reputed a point of valour.

To re-advise for the better security was held a fair pretext of tergiversation. He that was fierce was always trusted, and he that contraried such a one was suspected," - Thucydides, Peloponnesian War, translated by Thomas Hobbes.

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