Quotes About War

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There never was a good war or a bad peace.  ~ Benjamin Franklin

You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war.  ~ Albert Einstein

War does not decide who is right but who is left.  ~ George Bernard Shaw

War is a series of catastrophes which result in victory.  ~ Georges Clemenceau

All war is a symptom of man's failure as a thinking animal.  ~ John Steinbeck

It is not merely cruelty that leads men to love war, it is excitement.  ~ Henry Ward Beecher

The object of war is not to die for your country, but to make the other bastard die for his.  ~ George Patton

Either war is obsolete, or men are.  ~ Buckminster Fuller

Fighting for peace is like screwing for virginity. ~ George Carlin

As long as war is regarded as wicked, it will always have its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular.  ~ Oscar Wilde

Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime.  ~ Ernest Hemingway

In time of war the first casualty is truth.  ~ Boake Carter

Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men. It is the spirit of men who follow and of the man who leads that gains the victory.  ~ George S. Patton Jr.

A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon.  ~ Napoleon

It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.  ~ Voltaire

How is it possible to have a civil war?  ~ George Carlin

The problem in defense is how far you can go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without.  ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower

No country can act wisely simultaneously in every part of the globe at every moment of time.  ~ Henry Kissinger

We are going to have peace even if we have to fight for it.  ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower

Only the dead have seen the end of war.  ~ Plato

We make war that we may live in peace.  ~ Aristotle

A conventional army loses if it does not win. The guerrilla wins if it does not lose.  ~ Henry Kissinger

In a war of ideas it is people who get killed.  ~ Stanislaw J. Lec

Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.  ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

The basic problems facing the world today are not susceptible to a military solution.  ~ John F. Kennedy

I have never advocated war except as a means of peace.  ~ Ulysses S. Grant

All wars are popular for the first 30 days.  ~ Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.

War creates peace like hate creates love.  ~ David L. Wilson

How good bad music and bad reasons sound when we march against an enemy!  ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Older men declare war.  But it is the youth that must fight and die.  ~ Herbert Hoover

Seems nothing draws men together like killing other men.  ~ Susan Glaspell

Everything you do in a war is crime in peace.  ~ Helen McCloy

Death has a tendency to encourage a depressing view of war.  ~ Donald Rumsfeld

The only way to win a war is to prevent it.  ~ George Marshall

It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it.  ~ General Douglas MacArthur

A democracy which makes or even effectively prepares for modern, scientific war must necessarily cease to be democratic. No country can be really well prepared for modern war unless it is governed by a tyrant, at the head of a highly trained and perfectly obedient bureaucracy.  ~ Aldous Huxley

It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.  ~ Voltaire

Occasionally the tree of Liberty must be watered with the blood of Patriots and Tyrants.  ~ Thomas Jefferson

You don't spread democracy with a barrel of a gun.  ~ Helen Thomas

War is the business of barbarians.  ~ Napoleon Bonaparte

The choice is not between violence and nonviolence but between nonviolence and nonexistence.  ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

There will be no veterans of World War III.  ~ Walter Mondale

I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.  ~ Albert Einstein

The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it.  ~ George Orwell

Morale is the greatest single factor in successful wars.  ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower

There is nothing that war has ever achieved that we could not better achieve without it.  ~ Havelock Ellis

In war there is no substitute for victory.  ~ General Douglas MacArthur

Morality is contraband in war.  ~ Mahatma Gandhi

When the rich wage war, it's the poor who die.  ~ Jean-Paul Sartre

War is mainly a catalogue of blunders.  ~ Winston Churchill

War is the unfolding of miscalculations.  ~ Barbara Tuchman

The object of war is to survive it.  ~ John Irving

Governments constantly choose between telling lies and fighting wars, with the end result always being the same. One will always lead to the other.  ~ Thomas Jefferson

The first casualty when war comes is truth.  ~ Hiram Johnson

In peace, sons bury their fathers; in war, fathers bury their sons.  ~ Herodotus

Vice stirs up war; virtue fights.  ~ Vauvenargues

In the long run all battles are lost, and so are all wars.  ~ H.L. Mencken

You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.  ~ Jeannette Rankin

There is nothing certain about war except that one side won't win.  ~ Sir Ian Hamilton

Lest I keep my complacent way I must remember somewhere out there a person died for me today. As long as there must be war, I ask and I must answer was I worth dying for?  ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or in the holy name of liberty or democracy?  ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war.  ~ Maria Montessori

War is what happens when language fails.  ~ Margaret Atwood

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

Sometimes by losing a battle you find a new way to win the war.  ~ Donald Trump

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