Quotation by John Dos Passos

The American people is out to get the kaiser. We are bending every nerve and every energy towards that end; anybody who gets in the way of the great machine the energy and devotion of a hundred million patriots is building towards the stainless purpose of saving civilization from the Huns will be mashed like a fly. I'm surprised that a collegebred man like you hasn't more sense. Don't monkey with the buzzsaw.
John Dos Passos (1896–1970), U.S. novelist, poet, playwright, painter. bald-headed official in 1919, of the trilogy U.S.A., The Modern Library, Random House, Inc. (1937).

Said in a luxurious office at the Hotel Crillon in order to shame the character Dick Savage during the First World War.
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