James Reston, Jr. quotes

  • There is no way to peace. Peace is the way.

  • All my life I've been aware of the Second World War humming in the background. I was born 10 years after it was finished, and without ever seeing it. It formed my generation and the world we lived in. I played Hurricanes and Spitfires in the playground, and war films still form the basis of all my moral philosophy. All the men I've ever got to my feet for or called sir had been in the war.

  • Here dead lie we because we did not choose to live and shame the land from which we sprung. Life, to be sure, is nothing much to lose; but young men think it is, and we were young.

  • The great armies, accumulated to provide security and preserve the peace, carried the nations to war by their own weight.

  • Lenin was the first to discover that capitalism 'inevitably' caused war; and he discovered this only when the First World War was already being fought. Of course he was right. Since every great state was capitalist in 1914.

  • Innocence can be redefined and called stupidity. Honesty can be called gullibility. Candor becomes lack of common sense. Interest in your work can be called cowardice. Generosity can be called soft-headedness, and observe : the former is disturbing

  • The idea that God will pardon a rebel who has not given up his rebellion is contrary both to the Scriptures and to common sense.

  • I'm an Einstein of the streets and an Oxford scholar of common sense.

  • Common sense is nothing more than a deposit of prejudices laid down by the mind before you reach eighteen.

  • There is no country in the world in which everything can be provided for by the laws, or in which political institutions can prove a substitute for common sense and public morality.

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