The Healing of Nations: And the Hidden Sources of Their Strife

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G. Allen & Unwin, 1915 - World War, 1914-1918 - 266 pages

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Page 260 - One man is shot by a shell, both in the arm and leg— both are amputated— there lie the rejected members. Some have their legs blown off— some bullets through the breast— some indescribably horrid wounds in the face or head, all mutilated, sickening, torn, gouged out— some in the abdomen— some mere boys— many rebels, badly hurt— they take their regular turns with the rest, just the same as any— the surgeons [55/56] use them just the same.
Page 227 - God\\, and gently glides along through all its borders. • — When it is represented as a temple, we are told, that instead of a golden ark placed in the remotest recess, to which only the high-priest might once a year approach, and on which he might not be allowed to gaze, The throne of God...
Page 241 - The so-called armed peace that prevails at present in all countries is a sign of a bellicose disposition, of a disposition that trusts neither itself nor its neighbour, and, partly from hate, partly from fear, refuses to lay down its weapons. Better to perish than to hate and fear, " and twice as far better to perish than to make oneself hated and feared...
Page 260 - Some have their legs blown off — some bullets through the breast — some indescribably horrid wounds in the face or head, all mutilated, sickening, torn, gouged out — some in the abdomen — some mere boys— many rebels, badly hurt — they take their regular turns with the rest, just the same as any — the surgeons use them just the same. Such is the camp of the wounded — such a fragment, a...
Page 105 - Nansen. England had, in the age of Shakespeare, Bacon, and Milton, a population little larger than that of Bulgaria to-day. The United States, in the days of Washington and Franklin and Jefferson and Hamilton and Marshall, counted fewer inhabitants than Denmark or Greece.
Page 259 - O heavens, what scene is this? —is this indeed humanity— these butchers' shambles? There are several of them. There they lie, in the largest, in an open space in the woods, from...
Page 264 - I wondered — and I suppose the others did — why we had fought each other at all. I looked at the Highlander, who was falling to sleep, exhausted, and, in spite of his drawn face and mud-stained uniform, he looked the embodiment of freedom. Then I thought of the Tricolor of France and all that France had done for liberty. Then I watched the German, who had ceased to speak. He had taken a prayer book from his knapsack, and was trying to read a service for soldiers wounded in battle.
Page 249 - There was no reason for war between the Western nations ; French, English, and German, we are all brothers and do not hate one another. The war-preaching press is envenomed by a minority, a minority vitally interested in maintaining these hatreds, but our peoples, I know, ask for peace and liberty and that alone.
Page 105 - In modern Europe what do we not owe to little Switzerland, lighting the torch of freedom 600 years ago, and keeping it alight through all the centuries when despotic monarchies held the rest of the European Continent ; and what to free Holland, with her great men of learning and her painters surpassing those of all other countries save Italy ? So the small Scandinavian nations have given to the world famous men of science, from Linnaeus downwards, poets like Tegne"r and Bjb'rnson, scholars like Madvig,...
Page 238 - We do not stand, and shall not place ourselves, before the Court of Europe. Our power shall create new law in Europe. Germany strikes. If it conquers new realms for its genius, the priesthood of all the gods will sing songs of praise to the good war.

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