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

“Yet the poor fellows think they are safe! They think that the war is over! Only the dead have seen the end of war.”

—  from George Santayana’s “Tipperary,” in his Soliloquies in England, 1924

(This quote is often misattributed to Plato, most notably by General Douglas MacArthur in a 1962 address at West Point, according to the online sources I consulted.)

 

Santayana

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