Heart's Kindred

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Macmillan, 1915 - 234 pages

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Page 214 - I have great satisfaction ; and my first wish is (although it is against the profession of arms, and would clip the wings of some of our young soldiers who are soaring after glory) to see the whole world in peace, and the inhabitants of it as one band of brothers, striving who should contribute most to the happiness of mankind.
Page 214 - A day will come when a cannon-ball will be exhibited in public museums, just as an instrument of torture is now, and people will be amazed that such a thing could ever have been. A day will come when these two immense groups, the United States of America and the United States of Europe, will be seen placed in the presence of each other, extending the hand of fellowship across the ocean,— exchanging their produce, their...
Page 219 - It is the mind of love. I am not afraid to say that beside it, governments are nothing. It is the mind of love. It may be in the simplest cottage of a peasant who goes to the war for a false ideal. But of this as yet the nations do not know. " What is it that we must know ? " That the nations are nothing — the people are everything. That the people are bound together by ties which the nations must cease to break. That the people are heart's kindred, met here together for their world-work, and that...
Page 194 - ... knowledge of which would have developed untold wealth beyond their crude dreams of transmuted gold. The final moral reaction may at last come, accompanied by deep remorse, too tardy to reclaim all the human life which has been spent and the treasure which has been wasted, or it may come with a great sense of joy that all voluntary destruction of human life, all the deliberate wasting of the fruits of labor, have become a thing of the past, and that whatever the future contains for us, it will...
Page 218 - Something will come into the world, and it will know nothing of nations. " The little loyalties will go. National pride, national 'honor,' patriotism — all the little scaffolds will fall away.
Page 199 - ... millions of wrecked bodies and souls of your husbands, sweethearts, and sons, the outrages inflicted on your sex. Can these things not rouse you to blazing protest ? In South Europe men have come together to exchange words of peace. In the North of Europe men have met to work for peace. Women of Europe, where is your voice, that should be sowing seeds of peace ? Do not let yourselves be deterred by those who accuse you of weakness because you wish for peace, who say you cannot hold back the bloody...
Page 199 - ... maidens unfalteringly let their sons and sweethearts go forth to death and destruction. At home women labored and strove without pause or rest to provide against the spiritual, physical, and economic distress resulting from the crisis. Summer passed, autumn came and went, we are now in mid-winter. Millions of men have been left on the battlefield. They will never see home again. Others have returned, broken and sick in body and soul. Towns of the highest civilization, homes of simple human happiness,...
Page 233 - of the man's love was born his dim knowledge — which had long been the woman's knowledge — that the people are bound together by ties which the nations must cease to break. That the people are heart's kindred met here for their world-work, which the nations must cease to interrupt.
Page 200 - ... at least to put a spoke in the bloody wheel of Time, with strength, courage, and humanity worthy of your sex. Come together in the North or South of Europe, protest with all your might against this war, which is murdering the nations, and make preparations for peace, return to your own country and perform your duty as wives and mothers, as protectors of true civilization and humanity.

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