Hence, a prohibitive regime is a permanent source of war; I would even say that, nowadays, it is almost the only one.
The day will come, I hope, when you will be able to convert your war ships into merchant ships and that we will give back our young soldiers to the industry.
Wars no longer have vested interest as their cause or even their pretext, since they are always contrary to the real interests of the masses.
One day, people will say: “as we are not in a position to send the army back home, we need to send it over to rise up against other peoples”
I would have dismissed half of the army and three quarters of the navy. However, I am not a minister.
The characteristic feature of plunder is its inability to provide any satisfaction without a corresponding privation…
God forbid that I should deny the existence of self-sacrifice. But it will be admitted that examples of it are exceptional…
To harm others is to harm ourselves; to spread obstacles, tariffs, coalitions, or wars along the path of others is to obstruct our own progress.
All this proves to us that, while the minds of governments are full of war, those of the governed are full of peace
But when we have gone down the wrong road for so long, it is childish to refuse to join the right road because it will cause some discomfort.
To have less iron because you work less and more iron in spite of working less are situations that are more than different; they are quite opposite to one another.
The meaning of three or four words is altered, strained, and degraded, and this says it all.
I am fully aware that I will be blamed (for this is the current fashion) for resting fraternity between nations on self-interest, vile and prosaic interest.
For the channeling of the Garonne would encourage the invasion of products from Toulouse to the detriment of Bordeaux and the flooding of products from Bordeaux to the detriment of Toulouse.
Protectionist systems, colonial systems: these are therefore just two aspects of the same theory.
I would like to be told what the great standing armies and the powerful navies would be used for if trade were free.