George Santayana on the End of War

“Only the dead have seen the end of war.”

George Santayana

“Soliloquies in England and Later Soliloquies ‘Tipperary’ (1922). Frequently attributed to Plato, as on the wall of the Imperial War Museum in London, in General Douglas MacArthur’s farewell address in West Point in 1962, and in the film Black Hawk Down, but it does not appear in Plato’s works.”

Excerpted from: Shapiro, Fred, ed. The Yale Book of Quotations. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2006.

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