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Ulysses S. Grant

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Although a soldier by profession, I have never felt any sort of fondness for war, and I have never advocated it, except as a means of peace.
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Speech in London, as quoted in Memorial Life of Gen. Ulysses S. Grant (1889) Edited by y Stephen Merrill Allen, p. 95.

 
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