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Quotes of the Day for 21 October 2004 – Peace

Alfred Bernhard Nobel was born at Stockholm, Sweden on this day in 1833. The son of an inventor, he was intrigued by the discovery of the explosive but unstable compound nitroglycerine, and worked to make it practical. First he invented the blasting cap in 1865, then Dynamite in 1867, and Ballistite (for artillery) in 1887. In 1888 his brother Ludwig died at Cannes, France and the newspaper thought it was the wealthy explosives manufacturer, running the headline "The merchant of death is dead". It could be that this triggered his decision to use most of his fortune to fund what we now know as the Nobel Prizes. I don't seem to have a lot of quotes on explosives, and I suspect he'd rather have us remember him with quotes on Peace on the anniversary of his birth.

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The quotes:

It is easier to lead men to combat, stirring up their passion, than to restrain them and direct them toward the patient labors of peace.
     - André Gide, 1869 - 1951

No one would be foolish enough to choose war over peace - in peace sons bury their fathers, but in war fathers bury their sons.
     - Croesus of Lydia, 595 - 547 BC

The world will never have lasting peace so long as men reserve for war the finest human qualities. Peace, no less than war, requires idealism and self-sacrifice and a righteous and dynamic faith.
     - John Foster Dulles, 1888 - 1959

Peace has its victories no less than war, but it doesn't have as many monuments to unveil.
     - Kin (Frank McKinney) Hubbard, 1868 - 1930

Peace is such a precious jewel that I would give anything for it but truth.
     - Matthew Henry, 1662 - 1714

Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy, and I wish we may be permitted to pursue it.
     - Thomas Jefferson, 1743 - 1826

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