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Definition of War

  WAR   noun
A by-product of the arts of peace.  The most menacing political condition is a period of international amity.  The student of history who has not been taught to expect the unexpected may justly boast himself inaccessible to the light.  'In time of peace prepare for war' has a deeper meaning than is commonly discerned; it means, not merely that all things earthly have an end -- that change is the one immutable and eternal law -- but that the soil of peace is thickly sown with the seeds of war and singularly suited to their germination and growth.  It was when Kubla Khan had decreed his 'stately pleasure dome' -- when, that is to say, there were peace and fat feasting in Xanadu -- that he
            heard from afar   Ancestral voices prophesying war.

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The Devil's Dictionary
by Ambrose Bierce, 1911


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