This is a world of struggle. The word "peace" has only a relative meaning. The notion that a society, a civilization, or an individual can exist in a continuously inert state is an illusory one. As soon as one kind of war ends, another kind of war begins. A peace of endless stagnation is impossible. The last kind of peace is that wherein the forces which must inevitably contend against each other are properly balanced.
-- Notebooks Category 11: The Negatives > Chapter 3: Their Presence in The World > # 142
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