Quotation by Ruth Benedict

... it is a commonplace that men like war. For peace, in our society, with the feeling we have then that it is feeble-minded to strive except for one's own private profit, is a lonely thing and a hazardous business. Over and over men have proved that they prefer the hazards of war with all its suffering. It has its compensations.
Ruth Benedict (1887–1948), U.S. anthropologist. An Anthropologist at Work, part 4 (1959).

From "Primitive Freedom," a paper written in 1942.
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