Remy de Gourmont: If they wage war, in what state must the world be?

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remy_de_Gourmont
http://tiny.ph/Maoy -> La guerre au gaz hilarant
http://tiny.ph/npME -> 230 ans et 219 guerres

Antiwar literary and philosophical selections

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Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts

French writers on war and peace

Remy de Gourmont: Getting drunk at the dirty cask of militarism

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Remy de Gourmont
From Mr. Antiphilos, Satyr
Translated by John Howard

The great gods no longer descending to an earth soiled by war, ownership, gold and those human laws which so badly translate the gentle divine laws, we remain the sole immortals that a herdsman can chance upon at the fall of day, as he walks along the path…They say the golden age will return. Let us hope so.

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She faithfully returns, as she has promised, bringing on each trip a quantity of golden money with the most diverse effigies: I would never have supposed that the world contained so many tyrants. If they wage war, as was customary in the old days, in what state must the world be…?

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Love…

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