It is a great misfortune to be alone, my friends; and it must be believed that solitude can quickly destroy reason.
When God desires to destroy a thing, he entrusts its destruction to the thing itself. Every bad institution of this world ends by suicide.
The mountains, the forest, and the sea, render men savage; they develop the fierce, but yet do not destroy the human.
The essential act of war is destruction, not necessarily of human lives, but of the products of human labour. War is a way of shattering to pieces, or pouring into the stratosphere, or sinking in the depths of the sea, materials which might otherwise be used to make the masses too comfortable, and hence, in the long run, too intelligent.