Quote by Edwin Hubbell Chapin
Whatever touches the nerves of motive, whatever shifts man's moral position, is mightier than steam, or calorie, or lightening.
This quote suggests that emotions and moral beliefs hold more power and influence over human behavior than the physical forces of nature, such as steam, calories, or lightning. It implies that what truly motivates individuals and can change their ethical standpoint is something deeper and more profound than mere physical energy. It highlights the importance of emotional and moral factors in shaping human actions and emphasizes their significance in comparison to technological advancements or natural phenomena.
They imply, first of all, that it must be a peace without victory. It is not pleasant to say this. I beg that I may be permitted to put my own interpretation upon it and that it may be understood that no other interpretation was in my thought. I am seeking only to face realities and to face them without soft concealments. Victory would mean peace forced upon the loser, a victor's terms imposed upon the vanquished. It would be accepted in humiliation, under duress, at an intolerable sacrifice, and would leave a sting, a resentment, a bitter memory upon which terms of peace would rest, not permanently, but only as upon quicksand. Only a peace between equals can last, only a peace the very principle of which is equality and a common participation in a common benefit. The right state of mind, the right feeling between nations, is as necessary for a lasting peace as is the just settlement of vexed questions of territory or of racial and national allegiance.