What vast additions to the conveniences and comforts of living might mankind have acquired, if the money spent in wars had been employed in works of public utility; what an extension of agriculture even to the tops of our mountains; what rivers rendered navigable, or joined by canals; what bridges, aqueducts, new roads, and other public works, edifices, and improvements ... might not have been obtained by spending those millions in doing good, which in the last war have been spent in doing mischief.
Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790), U.S. statesman, writer. Letter, July 27, 1783, to Sir Joseph Banks, President of the Royal Society, after the American War of Independence. Complete Works, vol. 8, ed. John Bigelow (1887-1888).