It would be very sad if nowadays social democrats could not in every case determine with certainty whether a war is aggressive or defensive.
[Quoted in Georges Haupt, Socialism and the Great War: The Collapse of the Second International (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1972), p. 25.]
It will be a violent storm but very short : I count on a war of three, or at most of four months, and I have organised all my policy on that assumption.
[Quoted in Admiral Sir Herbert Richmond, British Strategy, Military and Economic: A Historical View and its Contemporary Lessons (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1941), p. 131.]