Quotation by Herman Melville

A chaplain is the minister of the Prince of Peace serving the host of the God of War—Mars. As such, he is as incongruous as a musket would be on the altar at Christmas. Why, then, is he there? Because he indirectly subserves the purpose attested by the cannon; because too he lends the sanction of the religion of the meek to that which practically is the abrogation of everything but brute Force.
Herman Melville (1819–1891), U.S. author. Billy Budd, Sailor (posthumous), ch 24, eds. Harrison Hayford and Merton M. Sealts, Jr. (1962).
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