War is not an accident: it is an outcome. One cannot look back too far to ask, of what?
Elizabeth Bowen, Bowen’s Court (quoted by Margaret MacMillan in The War That Ended Peace).
I’m going to remember this next time our children are indignantly crying, of some breakage or injury that they have occasioned, “But it was an accident!”
"No it wasn’t," I will say solemnly. "It was an outcome.”