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Men do not fail; they give up trying. Elihu Root#Men 103
Elihu Root#Men 103
The theoretical postulate of all diplomatic discussion between nations is the assumed willingness of every nation to do justice. Elihu Root#Uncategorized 65
Elihu Root#Uncategorized 65
The limitation upon this mode of promoting peace lies in the fact that it consists in an appeal to the civilized side of man, while war is the product of forces proceeding from man's original savage nature. Elihu Root#Peace 60
Elihu Root#Peace 60
It is not uncommon in modern times to see governments straining every nerve to keep the peace, and the people whom they represent, with patriotic enthusiasm and resentment over real or fancied wrongs, urging them forward to war. Elihu Root#Peace 58
Elihu Root#Peace 58
Secretary of War Stanton used to get out of patience with Lincoln because he was all the time pardoning men who ought to be shot. Elihu Root#Lincoln 54
Elihu Root#Lincoln 54
It is to be observed that every case of war averted is a gain in general, for it helps to form a habit of peace, and community habits long continued become standards of conduct. Elihu Root#Peace 51
Elihu Root#Peace 51
The point of departure of the process to which we wish to contribute is the fact that war is the natural reaction of human nature in the savage state, while peace is the result of acquired characteristics. Elihu Root#Peace 46
Elihu Root#Peace 46
There is so much of good in human nature that men grow to like each other upon better acquaintance, and this points to another way in which we may strive to promote the peace of the world. Elihu Root#Peace 38
Elihu Root#Peace 38
Nobody knows through how many thousands of years fighting men have made a place for themselves while the weak and peaceable have gone to the wall. Elihu Root#Uncategorized 35
Elihu Root#Uncategorized 35
The mere assemblage of peace loving people to interchange convincing reasons for their common faith, mere exhortation and argument to the public in favor of peace in general fall short of the mark. Elihu Root#Faith 34
Elihu Root#Faith 34
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