” From 1836, down to last year, there is no proof of the Government having any confidence in the duration of peace, or possessing increased security against war. “


” I came here as a practical man, to talk, not simply on the question of peace and war, but to treat another question which is of hardly less importance – the enormous and burdensome standing armaments which it is the practice of modern Governments to sustain in time of peace. “


” It has been one of my difficulties, in arguing this question out of doors with friends or strangers, that I rarely find any intelligible agreement as to the object of the war. “


” On the contrary, all the world would point to that nation as violating a treaty, by going to war with a country with whom they had engaged to enter into arbitration. “


” Treaties of peace, made after war, are entrusted to individuals to negotiate and carry out. “



All 5 Richard Cobden Quotes about War in picture


From 1836, down to last year, there is no proof of the Government having any confidence in the duration of peace, or possessing increased security against war.
I came here as a practical man, to talk, not simply on the question of peace and war, but to treat another question which is of hardly less importance - the enormous and burdensome standing armaments which it is the practice of modern Governments to sustain in time of peace.
It has been one of my difficulties, in arguing this question out of doors with friends or strangers, that I rarely find any intelligible agreement as to the object of the war.
On the contrary, all the world would point to that nation as violating a treaty, by going to war with a country with whom they had engaged to enter into arbitration.
Treaties of peace, made after war, are entrusted to individuals to negotiate and carry out.

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