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War quotes (124)

A visitor from Mars could easily pick out the civilized nations. They have the best implements of war.
Herbert V. Prochnow   Category: War

War is the unfolding of miscalculations.
Barbara W. Tuchman   Category: War

The surest way to prevent war is not to fear it.
John Randolph of Roanoke   Category: War

Wars are caused by undefended wealth.
General Douglas MacArthur   Category: War

Military power wins battles but spiritual power wins wars.
General George Catlett Marshall   Category: War

One of the greatest casualties of the war in Vietnam is the Great Society... shot down on the battlefield of Vietnam.
Martin Luther King Jr.   Category: War

War is not at all such a difficult art as people think.... In reality it would seem that he is vanquished who is afraid of his adversary and the the whole secret lies in that.
Napoleon Bonaparte   Category: War

Both parties deprecated war; but one of them would make war rather than let the nation survive; and the other would accept war rather than let it perish. And the war came.
Abraham Lincoln   Category: War

Victory at all costs victory in spite of all terror victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory there is no survival.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: War

Men like war: they do not hold much sway over birth so they make up for it with death. Unlike women men menstruate by shedding other peoples blood.
Lucy Ellman   Category: War

War is a series of catastrophes which result in victory.
Sarah Cleghorn   Category: War

Men were made for war. Without it they wandered greyly about getting under the feet of the women who were trying to organize the really important things of life.
Alice Thomas Ellis   Category: War

War says Machiavelli ought to be the only study of a prince; and by a prince he means every sort of state however constituted. He ought says this great political doctor to consider peace only as a breathing-time which gives him leisure to contrive and furnishes ability to execute military plans. A meditation on the conduct of political societies made old Hobbes imagine that war was the state of nature.
Edmund Burke   Category: War

War is at first the hope that one will be better off; next the expectation that the other fellow will be worse off; then the satisfaction that he isnt any better off; and finally the surprise at everyones being worse off.
Karl Kraus   Category: War

The classic way to force other nations to do what they did not want to used to be war. Today there is a much bigger payoff in getting others to want what you want and that has to do with cultural attraction ideology and agenda setting. Think of the U.S. as a gambler who can play simultaneously at every table that mattersand with more chips than anybody else. It is the largest economy the fastest-running job machine and the worlds biggest exporter. Whichever heap you choose America sits on top of it.
Josef Joffe   Category: War

Wars may be fought with weapons but they are won by men. It is the spirit of the men who follow and of the man who leads that gains the victory.
General George Smith Patton Jr.   Category: War

Everyones a pacifist between wars. Its like being a vegetarian between meals.
Colman McCarthy   Category: War

WASHINGTONIAN n. A Potomac tribesman who exchanged the privilege of governing himself for the advantage of good government. In justice to him it should be said that he did not want to.
Ambrose Gwinett Bierce   Category: War

The quickest way to end a war is to lose it.
George Orwell   Category: War

In his later reminiscences Ulysses S. Grant roundly condemned the Mexican War in which he had served and even saw the Civil War as a sort of karmic retribution for Americas sins against its southern neighbor: Generally the officers of the army were indifferent whether the annexation [of Texas] was consummated or not; but not so all of them. For myself I was bitterly opposed to the measure and to this day regard the war which resulted as one of the most unjust ever waged by a stronger against a weaker nation. It was an instance of a republic following the bad example of European monarchies in not considering justice in their desire to acquire additional territory.
Ulysses S. Grant   Category: War

It seems like such a terrible shame that innocent civilians have to get hurt in wars otherwise combat would be such a wonderfully healthy way to rid the human race of unneeded trash.
Fred Woodworth   Category: War

The bomb that fell on Hiroshima fell on America too. It fell on no city no munitions plants no docks. It erased no church vaporized no public buildings reduced no man to his atomic elements. But it fell it fell.
Hermann Hagedorn   Category: War

Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy   Category: War

We hear war called murder. It is not: It is suicide.
Ramsay MacDonald   Category: War

It is well that war is so terrible or we should get too fond of it.
Robert E. Lee   Category: War

We best avoid wars by taking even physical action to stop small ones.
Sir Anthony Eden   Category: War

John Daltons records carefully preserved for a century were destroyed during the World War II bombing of Manchester. It is not only the living who are killed in war.
Isaac Asimov   Category: War

Either war is obsolete or men are.
R. Buckminster Fuller   Category: War

Wars horrid wars. Bella horrida bella.
Publius Vergilius Maro Virgil   Category: War

War therefore is an act of violence to compel our opponent to fulfil our will.
Carl von Clausewitz   Category: War

When people speak to you about a preventive war you tell them to go and fight it. After my experience I have come to hate war. War settles nothing.
General Dwight David Eisenhower   Category: War

Peace is not an absence of war it is a virtue a state of mind a disposition for benevolence confidence justice.
Baruch Spinoza   Category: War

Genuine religion is not so much a matter of feeling as a matter of principle.
Alexander Pope   Category: War

If there were no bad people there would be no good lawyers.
Charles Dickens   Category: War

All right theyre on our left theyre on our right theyre in front of us theyre behind us....they cant get away this time. [USMCwhen surrounded by 8 enemy divisions during the Korean War.]
General Chesty Puller   Category: War

Only two great groups of animals men and ants indulge in highly organized mass warfare.
Charles H. Maskins   Category: War

War is one of the scourges with which it has pleased God to afflict men.
Cardinal Richelieu   Category: War

War is hell.
William Tecumseh Sherman   Category: War

War is like love it always finds a way.
Bertolt Brecht   Category: War

All war is deception.
Sun Tzu   Category: War

It is open to a war resister to judge between the combatants and wish success to the one who has justice on his side. By so judging he is more likely to bring peace between the two than by remaining a mere spectator.
Mahatma Gandhi   Category: War

The outcome of the war is in our hands; the outcome of words is in the council.
Homer   Category: War

Nobody ever fergits where he buried a hatchet.
Frank McKinney Kin Hubbard   Category: War

In the Western Hemisphere the adherence of the United States to the Monroe Doctrine may force the United States however reluctantly in flagrant cases of such wrong doing or impotence to the exercise of an international police power.
Theodore Roosevelt   Category: War

I will ignore all ideas for new works on engines of war the invention of which has reached its limits and for whose improvements I see no further hope.
Sextus Julius Frontinus   Category: War

Today the real test of power is not capacity to make war but the capacity to prevent it.
   Category: War

Older men declare war. But it is the youth that must fight and die.
Herbert Clark Hoover   Category: War

War is a series of catastrophes that results in a victory.
Georges Clemenceau   Category: War

The only winner in the War of 1812 was Tchaikovsky.
Solomon Short   Category: War

Go tell the Spartans thou who passeth by That here obedient to their laws we lie.
Siminides   Category: War

War does not determine who is right only who is left.
Bertrand Russell   Category: War

The essence of war is violence. Moderation in war is imbecility.
John A. Fisher   Category: War

Are bombs the only way of setting fire to the spirit of a people? Is the human will as inert as the past two world-wide wars would indicate?
Gregory Clark   Category: War

I dream of giving birth to a child who will ask Mother what was war?
Eve Merriam   Category: War

No gilded dome swells from the lowly roof to catch the morning or evening beam; but the love and gratitude of united America settle upon it in one eternal sunshine. From beneath that humble roof went forth the intrepid and unselfish warrior the magistrate who knew no glory but his countrys good; to that he returned happiest when his work was done. There he lived in noble simplicity there he died in glory and peace. While it stands the latest generations of the grateful children of America will make this pilgrimage to it as to a shrine; and when it shall fall if fall it must the memory and the name of Washington shall shed an eternal glory on the spot.
Edward Everett   Category: War

If it were proved to me that in making war my ideal had a chance of being realized I would still say no to war. For one does not create a human society on mounds of corpses.
Louis Lecoin   Category: War

In war there are no unwounded soldiers.
Jose Narosky   Category: War

When the rich wage war its the poor who die.
Jean-Paul Sartre   Category: War

Were eye-ball to eye-ball and the other fellow just blinked.
Dean Rusk   Category: War

My views and feelings (are) in favor of the abolition of war and I hope it is practicable by improving the mind and morals of society to lessen the disposition to war; but of its abolition I despair.
Thomas Jefferson   Category: War

Sometimes I think war is Gods way of teaching us geography.
Paul Rodriguez   Category: War

Man is the only animal that deals in that atrocity of atrocities War. He is the only one that gathers his brethren about him and goes forth in cold blood and calm pulse to exterminate his kind. He is the only animal that for sordid wages will march out... and help to slaughter strangers of his own species who have done him no harm and with whom he has no quarrel... And in the intervals between campaigns he washes the blood off his hands and works for the universal brotherhood of man - with his mouth.
Mark Twain   Category: War

More than an end to war we want an end to the beginning of all wars yes an end to this brutal inhuman and thoroughly impractical method of settling the differences between governments.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt   Category: War

As long as war is looked upon as wicked it will always have its fascination. When it is looked on as vulgar it will cease to be popular.
Oscar Wilde   Category: War

The most disadvantageous peace is better than the most just war.
Gerard Didier Erasmus   Category: War

The tragedy of war is that it uses mans best to do mans worst.
Harry Emerson Fosdick   Category: War

War is not an adventure. It is a disease. It is like typhus.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery   Category: War

All delays are dangerous in war.
John Dryden   Category: War

Once more unto the breach dear friends once more Or close the wall up with our English dead! In peace theres nothing so becomes a man As modest stillness and humility; But when the blast of war blows in our ears Then imitate the action of the tiger: Stiffen the sinews summon up the blood. Disguise fair nature with hard-favourd rage; Then lend the eye a terrible aspect; .... Now set the teeth and stretch the nostril wide Hold hard the breath and bend up every spirit To his full height. On on you noblest English.
William Shakespeare   Category: War

What is human warfare but just this; an effort to make the laws of God and nature take sides with one party.
Henry David Thoreau   Category: War

Wars never hurt anybody except the people who die.
Salvador Dali   Category: War

There will one day spring from the brain of science a machine or force so fearful in its potentialities so absolutely terrifying that even man the fighter who will dare torture and death in order to inflict torture and death will be appalled and so abandon war forever.
Thomas A. Edison   Category: War

War is an ugly thing but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight nothing which is more important than his own personal safety is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.
John Stuart Mill   Category: War

Mankind will never win lasting peace so long as men use their full resources only in tasks of war. While we are yet at peace let us mobilize the potentialities particularly the moral and spiritual potentialities which we usually reserve for war.
John Foster Dulles   Category: War

Give me the money that has been spent in war and I will clothe every man woman and child in an attire of which kings and queens will be proud. I will build a schoolhouse in every valley over the whole earth. I will crown every hillside with a place of worship consecrated to peace.
Charles Sumner   Category: War

When women have a voice in national and international affairs wars will cease forever.
Augusta Stowe-Gullen   Category: War

War is a poor chisel to carve out tomorrow.
Martin Luther King Jr.   Category: War

War grows out of the desire of the individual to gain advantage at the expense of his fellow man.
Napoleon Hill   Category: War

Be at war with your vices; at peace with your neighbors and let every new year find you a better man.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: War

We do nto want any more wars but a man is a damn fool to think there will not be any more of them.
General Smedly Darlington Butler   Category: War

Ez fer war I call it murder There you hev it plain an flat; I don't want to go no furder Than my Testyment fer that. .... . An you ve gut to git up airly Ef you want to take in God.
James Russell Lowell   Category: War

The Establishment center... has led us into the stupidest and cruelest war in all history. That war is a moral and political disaster - a terrible cancer eating away at the soul of our nation.
George McGovern   Category: War

Nations have recently been led to borrow billions for war; no nation has ever borrowed largely for education. Probably no nation is rich enough to pay for both war and civilization. We must make our choice; we cannot have both.
Abraham Flexner   Category: War

Our chiefs are killed.... The little children are freezing to death.... My people have no blankets no food.... My heart is sick and sad.... I will fight no more forever.
Chief Joseph   Category: War

War! When I but think of this word I feel bewildered as though they were speaking to me of sorcery of the Inquisition of a distant finished abominable monstrous unnatural thing. When they speak to us of cannibals we smile proudly as we proclaim our superiority to these savages. Who are the real savages? Those who struggle in order to eat those whom they vanquish or those who struggle merely to kill?
Guy de Maupassant   Category: War

How despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be part of so base an action! It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.
Albert Einstein   Category: War

It simply is not true that war never settles anything.
Felix Frankfurter   Category: War

Wars are not acts of God. They are caused by man by man-made institutions by the way in which man has organized his society. What man has made man can change.
Frederick Moore Vinson   Category: War

Wars throughout history have been waged for conquest and plunder.... the master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles.
Eugene Victor Debs   Category: War

War kills men and men deplore the loss; but war also crushes bad principles and tyrants and so saves societies.
Charles Caleb Colton   Category: War

Yes; quaint and curious war is! You shoot a fellow down Youd treat if met where any bar is Or help to half-a-crown.
Thomas Hardy   Category: War

When wars do come they fall upon the many the producing class who are the sufferers.
Ulysses S Grant   Category: War

I have always said that a conference was held for one reason only to give everybody chance to get sore at everybody else. Sometimes it takes two or three conferences to scare up a war but generally one will do it.
Will Rogers   Category: War

All wars are civil wars because all men are brothers.
Francois Fenelon   Category: War

Men love war because it allows them to look serious. Because it is the one thing that stops women from laughing at them.
John Fowles   Category: War

The arms race can kill though the weapons themselves may never be used ... by their cost alone armaments kill the poor by causing them to starve.
Unknown   Category: War

Aggression unopposed becomes a contagious disease.
Jimmy Carter   Category: War

War alone brings up to its highest tension all human energy and puts the stamp of nobility upon the peoples who have the courage to face it.
Benito Mussolini   Category: War

The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his.
General George S. Patton   Category: War

We have war when at least one of the parties to a conflict wants something more than it wants peace.
Jeane J. Kirkpatrick   Category: War

The real war will never get in the books.
Walt Whitman   Category: War

War is not its own end except in some catastrophic slide into absolute damnation. Its peace thats wanted. Some better peace than the one you started with.
Lois McMaster Bujold   Category: War

One is left with the horrible feeling now that war settles nothing; that to win a war is as disastrous as to lose one.
Agatha Christie   Category: War

Sometime theyll give a war and nobody will come.
Carl Sandburg   Category: War

For Americans war is almost all of the time a nuisance and military skill is a luxury like Mah-Jongg. But when the issue is brought home to them war becomes as important for the necessary period as business or sport. And it is hard to decide which is likely to be the more ominous for the Axis - an American decision that this is sport or that it is business.
D. W. Brogan   Category: War

Theyve got us surrounded again the poor bastards.
Creighton W. Abrams Jr.   Category: War

Here dead lie we because we did not choose To live and shame the land from which we sprung Life to be sure is nothing much to lose; But young men think it is and we were young.
Alfred Edward Housman   Category: War

There would be no great ones if there were no little ones.
George Herbert   Category: War

Whence comes war and fighting and factions? Whence but from the body and the lust of the body? Wars are occasioned by the love of money and money has to be acquired for the same and service of the body.
Plato   Category: War

The essence of war is violence.
Lord Thomas Babington Macaulay   Category: War

War will never cease until babies begin to come into the world with larger cerebrums and smaller adrenal glands.
Henry Louis Mencken   Category: War

Men are at war with each other because each man is at war with himself.
Francis Meehan   Category: War

Never think that war no matter how necessary nor how justified is not a crime. Ask the infantry and ask the dead.
Ernest Hemingway   Category: War

There is nothing that war has ever achieved that we could not better achieve without it.
Henry Havelock Ellis   Category: War

To the memory of the Man first in war first in peace and first in the hearts of his countrymen.
Colonel Henry Lee   Category: War

The day when nobody comes back from a war it will be because the war has at last been properly organized.
Thomas Vian   Category: War

In executing an Artful Strategy: When ten times greater surround them; When five times greater attack them; When two times greater scatter them. If the opponent is ready to challenge: When fewer in number be ready to evade them; When unequal to the match be ready to avoid them. Even when the smaller opponents have a strong position the larger opponent will capture them.
Tzu Sun   Category: War

War would end if the dead could return.
Stanley Baldwin   Category: War

If the B2 is invisible just announce youve built 100 of them and don't build them.
John Kasich   Category: War

He who lives by the sword dies by the sword.
Proverb   Category: War

War is the science of destruction.
John Abbott   Category: War

Ideas are the great warriors of the world And a war that has no idea behind it is simply a brutality.
James Garfield   Category: War

War is not nice.
Barbara Pierce Bush   Category: War

I do not believe in God because I do not believe in Mother Goose.
Clarence Seward Darrow   Category: War