Quotation by John Stuart Mill

War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse.... A war to protect other human beings against tyrannical injustice; a war to give victory to their own ideas of right and good, and which is their own war, carried on for an honest purpose by their own free choice—is often the means of their regeneration.
John Stuart Mill (1806–1873), British philosopher, economist. "The Contest in America," Dissertations and Discussions (1859).

Written to oppose England's siding with the Confederacy during the American Civil War.
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