Vulgarity in a king flatters the majority of the nation. George Bernard Shaw, "Man and Superman"
War is hell and all that, but it has a good deal to recommend it. It wipes out all the small nuisances of peace-time. Ian Hay, "The First Hundred Thousand"
War is not a true adventure. It is a mere ersatz. Where ties are established, where problems are set, where creation is stimulated - there you have adventure. But there is no adventure in heads-or-tails, in betting that the toss will come out of life or death. War is not an adventure. It is a disease. It is like typhus. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, "Flight to Arras"
We are all conceived in close prison; in our mothers' wombs, we are close prisoners all; when we are born, we are born but to the liberty of the house; prisoners still, though within larger walls; and then all our life is but a going out to the place of execution, to death. John Donne, "Eighty Sermons"
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. Oscar Wilde, "Lady Windermere's Fan"
We are all of us resigned to death: it's life we aren't resigned to. Graham Greene, "The Heart of the Matter"
We are all serving a life-sentence in the dungeon of self. Cyril Connolly, "Unquiet Grave"