We’ve sourced some of the most interesting and thought-provoking War Quotes from James Madison, Miguel de Cervantes, Douglas MacArthur, Harold Edward Holt, Sam Ervin. Each of the following quotes is overflowing with creativity, and knowledge.
The operations of the federal government will be most extensive and important in times of war and danger; those of the state governments, in times of peace and security.
Love and war are the same thing, and stratagems and policy are as allowable in the one as in the other.
In war there is no substitute for victory.
The marshalling of those resources in order to obtain the maximum war effort for Australia, and a maximum degree of help and cooperation for Great Britain and the sister Dominions, is the primary objective of the new Department.
I used to think that the Civil War was our country’s greatest tragedy, but I do remember that there were some redeeming features in the Civil War in that there was some spirit of sacrifice and heroism displayed on both sides. I see no redeeming features in Watergate.
Something is wanting, and something must be done, or we shall be involved in all the horror of failure, and civil war without a prospect of its termination.
We don’t even know how strong we are until we are forced to bring that hidden strength forward. In times of tragedy, of war, of necessity, people do amazing things. The human capacity for survival and renewal is awesome.
The next war… may well bury Western civilization forever.
So I ask the nuclear powers to abandon the out-of-date thinking of the Cold War period and take a fresh look. Above all, I appeal to them to bear in mind the long-term threat that nuclear weapons pose to humankind and to begin action towards their elimination.
Be convinced that to be happy means to be free and that to be free means to be brave. Therefore do not take lightly the perils of war.
Kashmiri people are fighting the war for freedom. And India cannot stop this freedom movement through atrocities, as Kashmir dispute is a problem of humanity, human rights, and freedom.
There is an alternative to war. It has been with us forever.
Women don’t go to war to kill other women. Wars and armies and nuclear weapons are essentially heterosexual hobbies.
Politics is the womb in which war develops.
The United States is not, and never will be, at war with Islam.
I know I had no hand in making this war, and I know I will make more sacrifices today than any of you to secure peace.
When you go to war as a boy, you have a great illusion of immortality. Other people get killed, not you… Then, when you are badly wounded the first time, you lose that illusion, and you know it can happen to you.
You can think of the entire Internet as a place where ideas embodied in cyberspace are having a war, and it’s not much different than the war of gods in heaven, which has been taking place since there’s been human beings.
There is always inequality in life. Some men are killed in a war and some men are wounded and some men never leave the country. Life is unfair.
There’s war – there’s always been war, as long as most of us have been alive. There have always been people being abused, there’s always been horrible things in the world. Why are we outraged? We should just be quiet and figure it out, and work it out together.
So I would say God hates war, but God loves every soldier.
All great civilizations, in their early stages, are based on success in war.
In war, you win or lose, live or die – and the difference is just an eyelash.
A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny.
War makes strange bedfellows.
The art of war is of vital importance to the state. It is a matter of life and death, a road either to safety or to ruin. Hence it is a subject of inquiry which can on no account be neglected.
The first panacea for a mismanaged nation is inflation of the currency; the second is war. Both bring a temporary prosperity; both bring a permanent ruin. But both are the refuge of political and economic opportunists.
War is a contagion.
War is the trade of Kings.
It is an unfortunate fact that we can secure peace only by preparing for war.
Throughout my career, I learned plenty about war on the battlefield, but I learned even more about the importance of finding peace. And that is what the State Department and U.S.A.I.D. do: prevent the wars that we can avoid so that we fight only the ones we must.
When you see a 14-year-old boy who has never known what peace looks like for a day in his life, there’s part of you as a human being that feels some degree, you can say, compassion for the fact that these boys have known war, famine, violence and death from the day they were born.
The use of drones is rapidly transforming the way we go to war. On the battlefield, a squad leader can receive real-time data from a drone that enables him to view the landscape for miles in every direction, dramatically expanding the capabilities of what would normally have been a small and isolated unit.
In most communities it is illegal to cry ‘fire’ in a crowded assembly. Should it not be considered serious international misconduct to manufacture a general war scare in an effort to achieve local political aims?
The power to wage war is the power to wage war successfully.
When the war started, we became refugees, and it was a really tough time. I was six years old. These were really hard times. I remember them vividly, but it’s not something you want to remember or think about.
Brave men rejoice in adversity, just as brave soldiers triumph in war.
I started to make a study of the art of war and revolution and, whilst abroad, underwent a course in military training. If there was to be guerrilla warfare, I wanted to be able to stand and fight with my people and to share the hazards of war with them.
They say that truth is the first casualty of war. But there is another casualty as well: trust. As conflict escalates, trust between people and political leaders crumbles away as surely as night follows day.
One cannot wage war under present conditions without the support of public opinion, which is tremendously molded by the press and other forms of propaganda.
We are all tourists in history, and irony is what we win in wars.
Wanton killing of innocent civilians is terrorism, not a war against terrorism.
There is many a boy here today who looks on war as all glory, but, boys, it is all hell.
We are not at war with Egypt. We are in an armed conflict.
War is mainly a catalogue of blunders.
In nuclear war all men are cremated equal.
War: a massacre of people who don’t know each other for the profit of people who know each other but don’t massacre each other.
My mom, Irmelin, taught me the value of life. Her own life was saved by my grandmother during World War II.
If it were not for the war, this war would suit me down to the ground.
This union has been divided in like a civil war – brother against brother – sister against sister. And I’m pulling it together. We’ve already seen evidence of that in New York, in Pennsylvania, in California. The first thing is we have to get on the same page. We have to be united in one cause.
To make a film is easy; to make a good film is war. To make a very good film is a miracle.
War is never a lasting solution for any problem.
Isn’t it essential in any prelude to a war to be sure of your allies and be sure of your objectives?
The Green New Deal we are proposing will be similar in scale to the mobilization efforts seen in World War II or the Marshall Plan. We must again invest in the development, manufacturing, deployment, and distribution of energy, but this time green energy.
There is no glory in war, yet from the blackness of its history, there emerge vivid colours of human character and courage. Those who risked their lives to help their friends.
We have always said that in our war with the Arabs we had a secret weapon – no alternative.
After every war someone has to tidy up.
War is at its best barbarism.
Remember that politics, colonialism, imperialism and war also originate in the human brain.
War is not cheap, but it’s the human cost that’s the highest.
Humanity should question itself, once more, about the absurd and always unfair phenomenon of war, on whose stage of death and pain only remain standing the negotiating table that could and should have prevented it.
We became convinced that, regardless of Stalin’s awful brutality and his reign of terror, he was a great war leader. Without Stalin, they never would have held.
We are unnecessarily wasting our precious resources in wars… if we must wage war, we have to do it on unemployment, disease, poverty, and backwardness.
Hiroshima has become a metaphor not just for nuclear war but for war and destruction and violence toward civilians. It’s not just the idea we should not use nuclear arms. We should not start another war because it’s madness.
My child, you are going to be a great king; do not imitate me in the taste I have had for building, or in that I have had for war; try, on the contrary, to be at peace with your neighbors.
I was a soldier in WWII. The last couple of months of the war I was actually in combat.
Allow the president to invade a neighboring nation whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion,and you allow him to do so whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such purpose – and you allow him to make war at pleasure.
Our life is half natural and half technological. Half-and-half is good. You cannot deny that high-tech is progress. We need it for jobs. Yet if you make only high-tech, you make war. So we must have a strong human element to keep modesty and natural life.
It’s an interesting combination: Having a great fear of being alone, and having a desperate need for solitude and the solitary experience. That’s always been a tug of war for me.
Man has no right to kill his brother. It is no excuse that he does so in uniform: he only adds the infamy of servitude to the crime of murder.
It is the same in love as in war; a fortress that parleys is half taken.
It is important to emphasize that guerrilla warfare is a war of the masses, a war of the people. The guerrilla band is an armed nucleus, the fighting vanguard of the people. It draws its great force from the mass of the people themselves.
What a cruel thing war is… to fill our hearts with hatred instead of love for our neighbors.
War is a blessing compared with national degradation.
No alliance in history has done more to prevent war, and no alliance is more rooted in the values America champions, than NATO.
Happiness is a byproduct of function, purpose, and conflict; those who seek happiness for itself seek victory without war.
I have seen periods of progress followed by reaction. I have seen the hopes and aspirations of Negroes rise during World War II, only to be smashed during the Eisenhower years. I am seeing the victories of the Kennedy and Johnson Administrations destroyed by Richard Nixon.
I don’t know why you use a fancy French word like detente when there’s a good English phrase for it – cold war.
I asked a Burmese why women, after centuries of following their men, now walk ahead. He said there were many unexploded land mines since the war.
Football is like war. It’s about taking territory.
We live in an age, in an era where there is so much negativity, there is so much violence in the world, there is so much unrest and people are at war, that I wanted to promote the word love and red signifies love.
The object of war is victory; that of victory is conquest; and that of conquest preservation.
Here’s how I think of my money – as soldiers – I send them out to war everyday. I want them to take prisoners and come home, so there’s more of them.
What is not conservative about saying, ‘Don’t go to war unless we go to war properly with a full declaration of war and no other way?’
War is so unjust and ugly that all who wage it must try to stifle the voice of conscience within themselves.
There’s some new evidence that has just come out about the CIA planning terrorist attacks on U.S. soil in the ’60s and how they were going to set up Castro for it in order to get America behind a war in Cuba.
It seems to me that after the second world war, Beckett finally realized he had something to write about.
Wars can be prevented just as surely as they can be provoked, and we who fail to prevent them, must share the guilt for the dead.
Many intelligence reports in war are contradictory; even more are false, and most are uncertain.
‘Turn to Stone’ was written about the Nixon administration and the Vietnam War and the protesting that was going on and all of that. It’s a song about frustration. Also, I attended Kent State.
Wars are caused by undefended wealth.
The poetry of heroism appeals irresistibly to those who don’t go to a war, and even more to those whom the war is making enormously wealthy. It’s always so.
Thus, what is of supreme importance in war is to attack the enemy’s strategy.
Weapons are an important factor in war, but not the decisive one; it is man and not materials that counts.
Everything in war is very simple. But the simplest thing is difficult.
Organize, agitate, educate, must be our war cry.
Don’t forget what I discovered that over ninety percent of all national deficits from 1921 to 1939 were caused by payments for past, present, and future wars.
Force and fraud are in war the two cardinal virtues.
The United States never lost a war or won a conference.
There have been only 268 of the past 3,421 years free of war.
In battle it is the cowards who run the most risk; bravery is a rampart of defense.
The primary, the fundamental, the essential purpose of the United Nations is to keep peace. Everything it does which helps prevent World War III is good. Everything which does not further that goal, either directly or indirectly, is at best superfluous.
When the rich wage war, it’s the poor who die.
War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.
I’ve said it before: War brings out the patriotic bullies. In World War I, they went around kicking dachshunds on the grounds that dachshunds were ‘German dogs.’ They did not, however, go around kicking German shepherds.
Politics are very much like war. We may even have to use poison gas at times.
I thought the war would never end. And perhaps it never did, either.
The world knows that America will never start a war. This generation of Americans has had enough of war and hate… we want to build a world of peace where the weak are secure and the strong are just.
We are no longer demonstrators. We are not actors, we are now people committed to the proposition that if the government won’t stop the war, we will stop the government.
God used me that day. Even though so much of my body was burned, my feet were not burned, and so I could run out and be there for that photo. It saved a lot of souls and brought an end to the war.
I was not an anthropology student prior to the war. I took it up as part of a personal readjustment following some bewildering experiences as an infantryman and later as a prisoner of war in Dresden, Germany. The science of the Study of Man has been extremely satisfactory from that personal standpoint.
The Dell Theory of Conflict Prevention argues that no two countries that are both part of the same global supply chain will ever fight a war as long as they are each part of that supply chain.
War is only a cowardly escape from the problems of peace.
The first casualty when war comes is truth.
It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it.
The year of my birth, 1940, was the fulcrum of America in the twentieth century, when the nation was balanced precariously between the darkness of the Great Depression on one side and the storms of war in Europe and the Pacific on the other.
When the tyrant has disposed of foreign enemies by conquest or treaty, and there is nothing more to fear from them, then he is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader.
Remember, God provides the best camouflage several hours out of every 24.
World War II was the last government program that really worked.
War is hell.
To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.
I grew up among heroes who went down the pit, who played rugby, told stories, sang songs of war.
Earthshaking fire from the center of the Earth will cause tremors around the New City. Two great rocks will war for a long time, then Arethusa will redden a new river.
War is tragedy. The great war stories are tragedies. It’s the failure of diplomacy. ‘War and Peace,’ ‘A Farewell to Arms,’ ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls.’ Those are some of the greatest tragedies.
The opposite of war is not peace, it’s creation.
Only the winners decide what were war crimes.
Every attempt to make war easy and safe will result in humiliation and disaster.
If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known, that we are at all times ready for War.
To walk through the ruined cities of Germany is to feel an actual doubt about the continuity of civilization.
An asteroid or a supervolcano could certainly destroy us, but we also face risks the dinosaurs never saw: An engineered virus, nuclear war, inadvertent creation of a micro black hole, or some as-yet-unknown technology could spell the end of us.
Everyone, when there’s war in the air, learns to live in a new element: falsehood.
The Cold War is over but Cold War thinking survives.
Without perestroika, the cold war simply would not have ended. But the world could not continue developing as it had, with the stark menace of nuclear war ever present.
War is never a solution; it is an aggravation.
We used to wonder where war lived, what it was that made it so vile. And now we realize that we know where it lives… inside ourselves.
I am making this statement as an act of wilful defiance of military authority, because I believe that the War is being deliberately prolonged by those who have the power to end it.
Television brought the brutality of war into the comfort of the living room. Vietnam was lost in the living rooms of America – not on the battlefields of Vietnam.
The best weapon against an enemy is another enemy.
Basketball is like war in that offensive weapons are developed first, and it always takes a while for the defense to catch up.
All the business of war, and indeed all the business of life, is to endeavour to find out what you don’t know by what you do; that’s what I called ‘guess what was at the other side of the hill’.
We must fight for peace bravely as we fought in war.
Anyone who experienced World War I close-hand was grossed out by it forever. It just was so awful.
My parents fled from North Korea during the Korean War because they despised the North Korean Communist regime. They fled to seek freedom and came to South Korea.
My objective is to fulfil the dream of Bangabandhu through building a hunger- and poverty-free Golden Bangladesh being imbued with the spirit of the War of Liberation.
Oceania was at war with Eurasia; therefore Oceania had always been at war with Eurasia.
It’s a war zone, my body, and one which has been through a great deal.
Those who can win a war well can rarely make a good peace and those who could make a good peace would never have won the war.
I acquired a hunger for fairy tales in the dark days of blackout and blitz in the Second World War.
War is a series of catastrophes which result in victory.
Ukraine and Israel have long-standing historical ties. Our nations have together experienced all the tragedies in recent history – the Holodomor and the Holocaust, the Second World War, and the totalitarian Soviet regime.
No war is inevitable until it breaks out.
He was a degenerate gambler. That is, a man who gambled simply to gamble and must lose. As a hero who goes to war must die. Show me a gambler and I’ll show you a loser, show me a hero and I’ll show you a corpse.
France has lost the battle but she has not lost the war.
Next to a lost battle, nothing is so sad as a battle that has been won.
Every time we walk along a beach some ancient urge disturbs us so that we find ourselves shedding shoes and garments or scavenging among seaweed and whitened timbers like the homesick refugees of a long war.
Rich people never go to war. You ask a college kid to go to war, and he’s like, ‘Umm, I’m taking this sociology class, and I think war is, like, really stupid, and my roommate’s, like, half Afghani, so it’s going to cause some static.’
There has never been a protracted war from which a country has benefited.
I went to Vietnam during the Vietnam War to visit all the troops. We would fly into a hospital and serve mess to the guys, and we ate whatever they were eating. Then we slept there and flew out the next day to little bases where there were maybe 10 or 20 guys. Then we flew to another hospital.
Journalists typically don’t carry weapons, even in war zones, for fear of compromising their status as neutral observers. If you’re armed, the theory goes, other armed people will consider you a target.
War is not merely a political act but a real political instrument, a continuation of political intercourse, a carrying out of the same by other means.
I made ‘Saving Private Ryan’ for my father. He’s the one who filled my head with war stories when I was growing up.
When they are preparing for war, those who rule by force speak most copiously about peace until they have completed the mobilization process.
The only excuse for war is that we may live in peace unharmed.
Regardless of what one’s attitude towards prohibition may be, temperance is something against which, at a time of war, no reasonable protest can be made.
A peace that depends on fear is nothing but a suppressed war.
War remains the decisive human failure.
I didn’t see conflict during the Vietnam War, but I did lose close friends.
If the people raise a great howl against my barbarity and cruelty, I will answer that war is war, and not popularity seeking.
The war… was an unnecessary condition of affairs, and might have been avoided if forebearance and wisdom had been practiced on both sides.
A prisoner of war is a man who tries to kill you and fails, and then asks you not to kill him.
It is the youth who must inherit the tribulation, the sorrow… that are the aftermath of war.
Everybody has a job to do. There are people in Iraq on both sides of this war who do what they do for religious reasons, and they feel with God on their side. Some people are good at annihilating people. Maybe that’s their gift.
No one can guarantee success in war, but only deserve it.
There are only two sides to this question. Every man must be for the United States or against it. There can be no neutrals in this war; only patriots and traitors.
Ideas are the great warriors of the world, and a war that has no idea behind it, is simply a brutality.
There are two things which a democratic people will always find very difficult – to begin a war and to end it.
The sinews of war are infinite money.
To defeat the aggressors is not enough to make peace durable. The main thing is to discard the ideology that generates war.
For a great many years, as a soldier, I had a suspicion that war was a racket; not until I retired to civil life did I fully realize it.
The political object is the goal, war is the means of reaching it, and the means can never be considered in isolation from their purposes.
I can not believe that war is the best solution. No one won the last war, and no one will win the next war.
My ancestors include Monahwee, who was one of the leaders in the Red Stick War, which was the largest Indian uprising in history, and Osceola, who refused to sign a treaty with the United States.
In my view of the present aspect of affairs, there is no need of bloodshed and war. There is no necessity for it. I am not in favor of such a course, and I may say in advance, there will be no blood shed unless it be forced upon the government. The government will not use force unless force is used against it.
Do you know what a soldier is, young man? He’s the chap who makes it possible for civilised folk to despise war.
War is the business of barbarians.
It is far easier to make war than peace.
With one terrible exception, the Civil War, law and the Constitution have kept America whole and free.
Cuba never had advisors in Vietnam. The military there knew very well how to conduct their war.
Marriage is an adventure, like going to war.
I had seen people who had lost everything and everyone they loved to war, famine, and natural disasters.
You cannot qualify war in harsher terms than I will.
War is an instrument entirely inefficient toward redressing wrong; and multiplies, instead of indemnifying losses.
‘War Eagle’ is like ‘I love you.’
I’ve always been at war with myself, for right or wrong. I don’t know how to explain it more. It’s universal. Some people are better at dealing with it, and they sleep with no pain – not pain, arguments. I’ve grown quite comfortable with being at war.
The human voice: It’s the instrument we all play. It’s the most powerful sound in the world, probably. It’s the only one that can start a war or say ‘I love you.’ And yet many people have the experience that when they speak, people don’t listen to them.
I took a speed-reading course and read War and Peace in twenty minutes. It involves Russia.
Feminism is liberalism, and look at what it’s doing, look at what it’s promoting, look at what it’s condoning. All the while, we have to live in this lie that there’s some sort of Republican War on Women. We don’t do this to women! We don’t objectify women like this.
War is big business. It’s a lot of money going to and fro, and unfortunately a lot of angst, and a lot of fear, and a lot of doubt. And eventually a lot of wonderful people, like soldiers, like men and women that are out there trying to do the best they can, they come back being wounded on many levels.
I want to wage war against illiteracy, poverty, unemployment, unfair competition, communitarianism, delinquency.
John Dalton’s 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.
War is the unfolding of miscalculations.
After two world wars, the collapse of fascism, nazism, communism and colonialism and the end of the cold war, humanity has entered a new phase of its history.
Ten soldiers wisely led will beat a hundred without a head.
Once we have a war there is only one thing to do. It must be won. For defeat brings worse things than any that can ever happen in war.
The Korean War has also show quite clearly that in a major conflict manpower is as important as horsepower.
Helplessness induces hopelessness, and history attests that loss of hope and not loss of lives is what decides the issue of war.
Growing up with my mother who grew up during World War II being half Filipina, half Okinawan, and literally running around the jungles in the Philippines escaping Japanese military chasing after them – I grew up with what they deem now as trauma, generational trauma.
The lesson of the Cuban Missile Crisis is plain: Strength prevents war; weakness invites it. We need a commander-in-chief who understands that – and who won’t leave us facing a foe who thinks he doesn’t.
Capitalism is war; socialism is peace.
I don’t believe in war as a solution to any kind of conflict, nor do I believe in heroism on the battlefield because I have never seen any.
We prefer world law in the age of self-determination to world war in the age of mass extermination.
I’d been to a number of war zones before in my life, but I had never been in one as terrifying as Chechnya.
The condition of man… is a condition of war of everyone against everyone.
There are patriots who opposed the war in Iraq and there are patriots who supported the war in Iraq. We are one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes, all of us defending the United States of America.
I can tell you this: If I’m ever in a position to call the shots, I’m not going to rush to send somebody else’s kids into a war.
The Ukrainian nation, as no other nation, understands and is fully aware of the tragedy and its scale of all the lost lives of the Ukrainian Jews during the Second World War.
Some of those drawn into the holy war had been secular nationalists only a few years before. If one looks at the biographies of these people, remarkable continuities are revealed.
I covered the Vietnam War. I remember the lies that were told, the lives that were lost – and the shock when, twenty years after the war ended, former Defense Secretary Robert S. McNamara admitted he knew it was a mistake all along.
The real and lasting victories are those of peace, and not of war.
Only the dead have seen the end of the war.
No person can escape Einsteinian relativity, and no soldier or veteran can escape the trauma of war’s dislocation.
The idea that a war can be won by standing on the defensive and waiting for the enemy to attack is a dangerous fallacy, which owes its inception to the desire to evade the price of victory.
I believe in the Prince of Peace. I believe that War is Murder. I believe that armies and navies are at bottom the tinsel and braggadocio of oppression and wrong, and I believe that the wicked conquest of weaker and darker nations by nations whiter and stronger but foreshadows the death of that strength.
A society that admits misery, a humanity that admits war, seem to me an inferior society and a debased humanity; it is a higher society and a more elevated humanity at which I am aiming – a society without kings, a humanity without barriers.
Business is a combination of war and sport.
I’ve been to war, and it’s not easy to kill. It’s bloody and messy and totally horrifying, and the consequences are serious.
An unjust peace is better than a just war.
All oppression creates a state of war.
The Cold War isn’t thawing; it is burning with a deadly heat. Communism isn’t sleeping; it is, as always, plotting, scheming, working, fighting.
He belonged to that army known as invincible in peace, invisible in war.
If men can develop weapons that are so terrifying as to make the thought of global war include almost a sentence for suicide, you would think that man’s intelligence and his comprehension… would include also his ability to find a peaceful solution.
During the Cold War, the non-aligned movement tried to become a ‘third force’ in world politics, but failed because it was too large and unwieldy.
Think of what happened after 9/11, the minute before there was any assessment, there was glee in the administration because now we can invade Iraq, and so the war drums beat.
I saw Kuwait many times before the war. I remember it as a beautiful place, full of very nice people, and it’s a tragedy to see that somebody could set out to deliberately destroy a country the way the Iraqis have.
In war, whichever side may call itself the victor, there are no winners, but all are losers.
The House of Peers, throughout the war, did nothing in particular, and did it very well.
Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.
The atomic bomb made the prospect of future war unendurable. It has led us up those last few steps to the mountain pass; and beyond there is a different country.
The most important thing we have to do first of all in a war with the U.S., I firmly believe, is to fiercely attack and destroy the U.S. main fleet at the outset of the war so that the morale of the U.S. Navy and her people goes down to such an extent that it cannot be recovered.
Peace must be more than the absence of war.
After May 1940, the good times were few and far between; first there was the war, then the capitulation, and then the arrival of the Germans, which is when the trouble started for the Jews.
I’m not afraid to say I’m at war with the pigs.
Sometimes I think war is God’s way of teaching us geography.
To win this war, we need a commander in chief, not a professor of law standing at the lectern.
Politics is almost as exciting as war, and quite as dangerous. In war you can only be killed once, but in politics many times.
The way to win an atomic war is to make certain it never starts.
War’s not black and white; it’s gray. If you don’t fight in the gray area, you’re going to lose.
War has rules, mud wrestling has rules – politics has no rules.
In the early 1980s, I got into a war with my management – they just kept on suing me and I lost everything. So I had to go out on tour to make sure the electricity stayed on.
Our soldiers fought in the Korean War to push back communism. As a result of their effort and the effort of our allies, South Korea is free today.
Let us recollect that peace or war will not always be left to our option; that however moderate or unambitious we may be, we cannot count upon the moderation, or hope to extinguish the ambition of others.
You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war.
Laws are silent in time of war.
Nothing binds a people to their leader like a common enemy. Voters don’t change governments during war.
I was drafted during the Korean War. None of us wanted to go… It was only a couple of years after World War II had ended. We said, ‘Wait a second? Didn’t we just get through with that?’
War does horrible things to human beings, to societies. It brings out the best, but most often the worst, in our human nature.
I shall proceed from the simple to the complex. But in war more than in any other subject we must begin by looking at the nature of the whole; for here more than elsewhere the part and the whole must always be thought of together.
Making peace, I have found, is much harder than making war.
The scenes on this field would have cured anybody of war.
The middle of ‘America’s Women’ is about the Civil War, and how women, black and white, confronted slavery and abolition. As in every other period of crisis, the rules of sexual decorum were suspended due to emergency.
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.
War is a poor chisel to carve out tomorrow.
Before the Civil War, Canada was at the top of the underground railroad. If you made it into Canada, you were safe unless someone came and hauled you back. That was also true during the Vietnam War for draft resisters.
Serious sport is war minus the shooting.
As the First World War made painfully clear, when politicians and generals lead nations into war, they almost invariably assume swift victory, and have a remarkably enduring tendency not to foresee problems that, in hindsight, seem obvious.
Not all moral issues have the same moral weight as abortion and euthanasia. There may be legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not… with regard to abortion and euthanasia.
There is so much that must be done in a civilized barbarism like war.
The earth is bountiful, and where her bounty fails, nitrogen drawn from the air will refertilize her womb. I developed a process for this purpose in 1900. It was perfected fourteen years later under the stress of war by German chemists.
War is the ultimate tool of politics.
How is the world ruled and led to war? Diplomats lie to journalists and believe these lies when they see them in print.
The tragedy of war is that it uses man’s best to do man’s worst.
That most unfortunate war, which I deeply deplore.
If our most highly qualified General Staff officers had been told to work out the most nonsensical high level organization for war which they could think of, they could not have produced anything more stupid that that which we have at present.
Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime.
Winning is overrated. The only time it is really important is in surgery and war.
I find by my calculations, which are according to revealed inspiration, that the sword of death is now approaching us, in the shape of pestilence, war more horrible than has been known in three lifetimes, and famine.
A handful of men, inured to war, proceed to certain victory, while on the contrary, numerous armies of raw and undisciplined troops are but multitudes of men dragged to the slaughter.
The object of government in peace and in war is not the glory of rulers or of races, but the happiness of common man.
In times of conflict, war, poverty or religious fundamentalism, women and children are the first and most numerous victims. Women need all their courage today.
War is fear cloaked in courage.
I took every chance I could to meet with U.S. soldiers. I talked with them and read the books they gave me about the war. I decided I needed to return to my country and join with them – active duty soldiers and Vietnam Veterans in particular – to try and end the war.
All the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible.
My first wish is to see this plague of mankind, war, banished from the earth.
World War II, the atomic bomb, the Cold War, made it hard for Americans to continue their optimism.
Beware lest in your anxiety to avoid war you obtain a master.
There is no alternative to peace. There is no sense to go to war.
If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children.
Bad things do happen in the world, like war, natural disasters, disease. But out of those situations always arise stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things.
Be polite; write diplomatically; even in a declaration of war one observes the rules of politeness.
A peaceful world requires collective measures for the prevention of war, international cooperation to solve economic and social problems, and respect for human rights.
The most shocking fact about war is that its victims and its instruments are individual human beings, and that these individual beings are condemned by the monstrous conventions of politics to murder or be murdered in quarrels not their own.
I have my cousin’s jacket from when he was at war in Iraq. He never came home. It’s incredible to have something that is so personal but that I also feel relatively comfortable wearing.
Madam C.J. Walker was born in 1867, two years after the civil war ended. She was a daughter of a slave. She had no formal education. Both her parents died by the time she was seven. Yet, by the time she died in 1919 at age 51, she was one of the most successful businesswomen America had ever seen.
Our Generation has had no Great war, no Great Depression. Our war is spiritual. Our depression is our lives.
War has always been the grand sagacity of every spirit which has grown too inward and too profound; its curative power lies even in the wounds one receives.
War is sweet to those who have not experienced it.
Being over seventy is like being engaged in a war. All our friends are going or gone and we survive amongst the dead and the dying as on a battlefield.
In the epic war over Silicon Valley’s intellectual property, Bill Gates was on the side of licensing copyright and robust protections for intellectual property. He wasn’t on the side of the hackers, and he didn’t want information to be free.
War is what happens when language fails.
My feelings of revulsion and foreboding about nuclear weapons had not changed an iota since 1945, and they have never left me. Since I was 14, the overriding objective of my life has been to prevent the occurrence of nuclear war.
Every war when it comes, or before it comes, is represented not as a war but as an act of self-defense against a homicidal maniac.
To secure peace is to prepare for war.
Yes; quaint and curious war is! You shoot a fellow down you’d treat if met where any bar is, or help to half-a-crown.
The forest restoration campaign is a war to ameliorate nature.
Peace demands the most heroic labor and the most difficult sacrifice. It demands greater heroism than war. It demands greater fidelity to the truth and a much more perfect purity of conscience.
War is God’s way of teaching Americans geography.
The great and abiding lesson of American history, particularly the cold war, is that the engine of capitalism, the individual, is mightier than any collective.
When the war of the giants is over the wars of the pygmies will begin.
If… many influential people have failed to understand, or have just forgotten, what we were up against in the Cold War and how we overcame it, they are not going to be capable of securing, let alone enlarging, the gains that liberty has made.
I don’t know whether war is an interlude during peace, or peace an interlude during war.
Men love war because it allows them to look serious. Because it is the one thing that stops women laughing at them.
When General Allenby conquered Jerusalem during World War I, he was hailed in the American press as Richard the Lion-Hearted, who had at last won the Crusades and driven the pagans out of the Holy Land.
In war, events of importance are the result of trivial causes.
There is no avoiding war; it can only be postponed to the advantage of others.
You can propose marriage naked or in handcuffs, but no one is going to agree to forsake all others for a man in shorts. You can’t declare war in shorts or deliver a eulogy in shorts.
Sometime they’ll give a war and nobody will come.
The best way to solve problems and to fight against war is through dialogue.
War zones are dangerous, protests can be violent, also, natural disasters are difficult to cover, so there are going to be risks.
Experience has shown how deeply the seeds of war are planted by economic rivalry and social injustice.
Ukraine told me I couldn’t return. They put me on a list of terrorists and war criminals.
War – An act of violence whose object is to constrain the enemy, to accomplish our will.
A war between Europeans is a civil war.
We have been travelling through a cloud. The sky has been dark ever since the war began.
My first direct encounter with the military was when I joined ROTC as a graduate student, although my father, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps, can trace the military service in our family all the way back to the Revolutionary War.
The war on drugs is wrong, both tactically and morally. It assumes that people are too stupid, too reckless, and too irresponsible to decide whether and under what conditions to consume drugs. The war on drugs is morally bankrupt.
The myth of unlimited production brings war in its train as inevitably as clouds announce a storm.
The release of atomic energy has not created a new problem. It has merely made more urgent the necessity of solving an existing one.
Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind.
Empathy is really the opposite of spiritual meanness. It’s the capacity to understand that every war is both won and lost. And that someone else’s pain is as meaningful as your own.
I do not believe we will have a war with Iran.
The mother’s battle for her child with sickness, with poverty, with war, with all the forces of exploitation and callousness that cheapen human life needs to become a common human battle, waged in love and in the passion for survival.
For me, true beauty has nothing to do with wrinkles and everything to do with the fact that my maternal grandmother raised five children just after the war and remained a fighter throughout her life. True beauty is the slick of red lipstick my paternal grandmother would put on before going to church on Sunday.
I was in World War II; I cried when they took me in the Navy. That’s the last time I cried.
The government of the United States doesn’t want peace. It wants to exploit its system of exploitation, of pillage, of hegemony through war. It wants peace, but what’s happening in Iraq? What happened in Lebanon? Palestine? What’s happening? What’s happened over the last hundred years in Latin America and in the world?
What they could do with ’round here is a good war. What else can you expect with peace running wild all over the place? You know what the trouble with peace is? No organization.
The War Powers Act requires presidents to seek the consent of the American people, through their representatives, before sending our troops into war. It is the responsibility of Congress to deliberate and consult with the executive branch before involving ourselves in a military conflict.
A warrior is not a person that carries a gun. The biggest war you ever go through is right between your own ears. It’s in your mind. We’re all going through a war in our mind, and we have to callus our mind to fight that war and to win that war.
Politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed.
I’m trying to raise the awareness of the troops that, when they deploy and go to war, it’s not just them at war – it’s also their family. Their family is having to go through all the hardships and the stresses.
All warfare is based on deception.
Conquered, we conquer.
I hated the draft, but at the same time, it’s something that made every American take war seriously.
War is something of man’s own fostering, and if all mankind renounces it, then it is no longer there.
War may be an armed angel with a mission, but she has the personal habits of the slums.
The State thrives on war – unless, of course, it is defeated and crushed – expands on it, glories in it.
Going to war without France is like going hunting without an accordion.
Battle is the most magnificent competition in which a human being can indulge. It brings out all that is best; it removes all that is base. All men are afraid in battle. The coward is the one who lets his fear overcome his sense of duty. Duty is the essence of manhood.
War makes thieves and peace hangs them.
The greatest crime since World War II has been U.S. foreign policy.
After every major conflict – World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the fall of the Soviet Union – what happened was that we ultimately hollowed out the force, largely by doing deep across-the-board cuts.
When you go out on to that field it’s going to be war. Sportsmanship is playing to the best of your abilities and then, afterwards, shaking your opponent’s hand.
If there is no Ukrainian strong army, there will be no Ukraine, and that will be the case when everyone will understand… it’s not the war in Ukraine, it’s the war in Europe. We are defending our country, our land. We are not attacking anyone, because that is immoral.
If we lose the war in the air we lose the war and we lose it quickly.
When you go to war, both sides lose totally.
During the Cuban Missile Crisis, decisions made by President John F. Kennedy and Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev could have plunged both countries into thermonuclear war.
The sinews of art and literature, like those of war, are money.
If we help an educated man’s daughter to go to Cambridge are we not forcing her to think not about education but about war? – not how she can learn, but how she can fight in order that she might win the same advantages as her brothers?
It’s the first war we’ve ever fought on the television screen and the first war that our country ever fought where the media had full reign.
Know thy self, know thy enemy. A thousand battles, a thousand victories.
No one hates war like a soldier hates war.
I just want you to know that, when we talk about war, we’re really talking about peace.
There is only one principle of war and that’s this. Hit the other fellow, as quickly as you can, as hard as you can, where it hurts him most, when he ain’t lookin’.
Yes, we love peace, but we are not willing to take wounds for it, as we are for war.
Over the year,s the government launched more than one ‘war on corruption,’ and they all failed. Why? Because they all started from the bottom up.
Yes, war is hell. It is awful. It involves human beings killing other human beings, sometimes innocent civilians. That is why we despise war.
Winning the peace is harder than winning the war.
War is failure of diplomacy.
It is not enough to say we must not wage war. It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it.
But I’m a daughter of the American revolution, my grandpa fought in World War II, I have lots of family members who were in the military, and it really just was part of growing up for me.
Those who are at war with others are not at peace with themselves.
War is a game that is played with a smile. If you can’t smile, grin. If you can’t grin, keep out of the way till you can.
It was the winter of war, in 1939. It felt completely pointless to try to create pictures… I suddenly felt an urge to write down something that was to begin with ‘Once upon a time.’
There is a type of snobbish, pompous journalist who thinks that the only news that has any validity is war, famine, pestilence or politics. I don’t come from that school.
A lasting order cannot be established by bayonets.
I will not agree to go to war in the Donbass. I know there are a lot of hotheads, especially those who hold rallies and say, ‘Let’s go fight and win it all back!’ But at what price? What is the cost? It’s another story of lives and land. And I won’t do it.
I like war.
I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.
The hate and scorn showered on us Negro officers by our fellow Americans convinced me that there was no sense in my dying for a world ruled by them. I made up my mind that if I got through this war I would study law and use my time fighting for men who could not strike back.
Peace is produced by war.
During the Cold War, America undertook serious military cuts only once: after the election of Richard Nixon, during the Vietnam War. The result: Vietnam fell to the Communists, the Russians moved into Afghanistan, and American influence around the globe waned dramatically.
Those who want peace should prepare for war and be strong.
I am an enthusiastic European, and my first-hand experience of war and hatred has strengthened that conviction. I have seen how misguided unilateral nationalistic identities have brought destruction and death. I am, however, a world citizen, too.
The experience of being in the Army changed my whole life; I never believed that an organization such as ours could ever go to war, leave alone win it. It was, as Yeats remarked of the Easter Rising, ‘A terrible beauty.’
While religious tolerance is surely better than religious war, tolerance is not without its liabilities. Our fear of provoking religious hatred has rendered us incapable of criticizing ideas that are now patently absurd and increasingly maladaptive.
Pearl Harbor caused our Nation to wholeheartedly commit to winning World War II, changing the course of our Nation’s history and the world’s future.
War is evil, but it is often the lesser evil.
There must be people who remember World War II and the Holocaust who can help us get out of this rut.
In peace, sons bury their fathers. In war, fathers bury their sons.
The surest way to prevent war is not to fear it.
Fighting a war on terrorism is like fighting against crime. We can never hope to eradicate crime, so we shouldn’t bother fighting it.
The first thing that matters: I am a child of the eighties. I grew up in a neon wonderland of talking horses, compassionate bears, hair that didn’t move in a stiff wind, and the constant threat of nuclear war.
Where the stakes are the highest, in the war on terror, we cannot possibly succeed without extraordinary international cooperation. Effective international police actions require the highest degree of intelligence sharing, planning and collaborative enforcement.
We come across thirty or so hurried graves with makeshift wooden markers. ‘Private Edwards, E.’, a number, and that was all. Fourteen days ago he was alive, thinking feeling, hoping… If war was a game of cards, I’d say someone was cheating.
The real war is not between the West and the East. The real war is between intelligent and stupid people.
There’s nothing good that comes out of war. It’s simply hell on earth, and people survive, and people don’t.
It is not patriotic to commit young Americans to war unless our national security clearly requires it.
Dropping those atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was a war crime.
All war represents a failure of diplomacy.
I find capitalism repugnant. It is filthy, it is gross, it is alienating… because it causes war, hypocrisy and competition.
My parents are Vietnamese refugees; they left Vietnam after the war. They were part of the boat people, and they ended up in a refugee camp in Thailand after being on the water for three days, and I was born at that refugee camp in Thailand.
Man becomes his most creative during war.
Gladio had been necessary during the days of the Cold War but, in view of the collapse of the East Block, Italy would suggest to Nato that the organisation was no longer necessary.
The war on drugs has made government more powerful, citizens less free, and hasn’t helped users or addicts.
The world will never have lasting peace so long as men reserve for war the finest human qualities. Peace, no less than war, requires idealism and self-sacrifice and a righteous and dynamic faith.
World War I broke out largely because of an arms race, and World War II because of the lack of an arms race.
What is absurd and monstrous about war is that men who have no personal quarrel should be trained to murder one another in cold blood.
Once the command of the air is obtained by one of the contending armies, the war becomes a conflict between a seeing host and one that is blind.
No country can act wisely simultaneously in every part of the globe at every moment of time.
Sectional football games have the glory and the despair of war, and when a Texas team takes the field against a foreign state, it is an army with banners.
An army marches on its stomach.
There are two problems for our species’ survival – nuclear war and environmental catastrophe – and we’re hurtling towards them. Knowingly.
War is cruelty, and none can make it gentle.
World War II brought the Greatest Generation together. Vietnam tore the Baby Boomers apart.
War is cruelty. There is no use trying to reform it. The crueler it is, the sooner it will be over.
I had just turned 10-years-old when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and plunged America into World War II.
One can go to war alone, but you can’t build peace alone.
I’m not ambitious. I don’t want to get anywhere, I don’t want anything more. I sometimes think that for me that is the real freedom, that I don’t want anything. I don’t want money or prizes. I want people to know that a war is going to be fought.
History teaches that war begins when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap.
It is good that war is so horrible, or we might grow to like it.
From the outset of the war, the Canadian people have clearly shown that it is their desire to help in every way to make Canada’s war effort as effective as possible.
The Sandinista government became consumed with fighting a war of survival. They were up against the biggest superpower in the world.
I ended the war a horse ahead.
Everybody has forgotten that Russia helped start the Second World War.
Generally speaking, men are held in great esteem in all parts of the world, so why shouldn’t women have their share? Soldiers and war heroes are honored and commemorated, explorers are granted immortal fame, martyrs are revered, but how many people look upon women too as soldiers?
The great object is that every man be armed.
It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.
From the neck up is where you win or lose the battle. It’s the art of war. You have to lock yourself in and strategise your mindset. That’s why boxers go to training camps: to shut down the noise and really zone in.
In 1989, with the end of the Cold War and the collapse of communism, it seemed that the liberal story had won. The liberal story says that humankind is inevitably marching towards a global society of free markets and democratic politics.
We must permit the youth of the land who would bear arms to decide whether or not there should be war.
We find that the Romans owed the conquest of the world to no other cause than continual military training, exact observance of discipline in their camps, and unwearied cultivation of the other arts of war.
The final outcome of a war is often determined by the degree of initiative shown on each side.
We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war but the postive affirmation of peace.
The most disadvantageous peace is better than the most just war.
In every war, there’s looting.
The high point of civilization is that you can hate me and I can hate you but we develop an etiquette that allows us to deal with each other because if we acted solely upon our impulse we’d probably go to war.
The history of mankind is a history of war.
Morality binds people into groups. It gives us tribalism, it gives us genocide, war, and politics. But it also gives us heroism, altruism, and sainthood.
No matter what political reasons are given for war, the underlying reason is always economic.
If it’s natural to kill, how come men have to go into training to learn how?
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.
This is a war universe. War all the time. That is its nature. There may be other universes based on all sorts of other principles, but ours seems to be based on war and games.
The landmine is eternally prepared to take victims. In common parlance, it is the perfect soldier, the ‘eternal sentry.’ The war ends, the landmine goes on killing.
I was one of those children forced into fighting at the age of 13, in my country Sierra Leone, a war that claimed the lives of my mother, father and two brothers. I know too well the emotional, psychological and physical burden that comes with being exposed to violence as a child or at any age for that matter.
I don’t oppose all wars. What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war.
Cameras help to minimize collateral damage, and very often, without a camera a missile cannot fire. Certainly, without a camera a drone can’t function, which means that the very ways in which we wage war are determined in part by how cameras work and whether they work at all.
Public diplomacy was an effective Cold War weapon.
The most terrifying moment in my life was October 1962, during the Cuban Missile Crisis. I did not know all the facts – we have learned only recently how close we were to war – but I knew enough to make me tremble.
Every child’s taste is different. Don’t worry if they’re not reading ‘War and Peace’ at age 12. First, build a good foundation and a positive attitude about reading by letting them pick the stories they enjoy. Make friends with a bookseller or librarian. They are a wealth of information on finding books that kids enjoy.
The ability to get to the verge without getting into the war is the necessary art. If you try to run away from it, if you are scared to go to the brink, you are lost.
In a war situation or where violence and injustice are prevalent, poetry is called upon to be something more than a thing of beauty.
The great questions of the day will not be settled by means of speeches and majority decisions but by iron and blood.
Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.
You have to be willing to go to war with yourself and create a whole new identity.
For peace is not mere absence of war, but is a virtue that springs from, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.
You can easily die racing to cover a bank robbery as you can in a war zone.
I always tell people, anger is like liquid. It’s fluid, it’s like water. You put it in a container and it takes the shape of that container. So many people you see in prison, unleashing war on their people, they are angry, and they take their anger and put it into a violent container.
I would make this war as severe as possible, and show no symptoms of tiring till the South begs for mercy.
Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war.
Americans play to win at all times. I wouldn’t give a hoot and hell for a man who lost and laughed. That’s why Americans have never lost nor ever lose a war.
I am never going to have anything more to do with politics or politicians. When this war is over I shall confine myself entirely to writing and painting.
If men make war in slavish obedience to rules, they will fail.
War is delightful to those who have had no experience of it.
‘But,’ say the puling, pusillanimous cowards, ‘we shall be subject to a long and bloody war if we declare independence.’ On the contrary, I affirm it the only step that can bring the contest to a speedy and happy issue.
Peace is the virtue of civilization. War is its crime.
The Berlin Wall wasn’t the only barrier to fall after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War. Traditional barriers to the flow of money, trade, people and ideas also fell.
Patriots always talk of dying for their country and never of killing for their country.
This war differs from other wars, in this particular. We are not fighting armies but a hostile people, and must make old and young, rich and poor, feel the hard hand of war.
The Patriot Act is essential to our continued success in the war on terror here at home.
I have entered the field to die, if need be, for this government, and never expect to return to peaceful pursuits until the object of this war of preservation has become a fact established.
War is hugely profitable. It creates so much money because it’s so easy to spend money very fast. There are huge fortunes to be made. So there is always an encouragement to promote war and keep it going, to make sure that we identify people who are ‘others’ whom we can legitimately make war upon.
The real trouble with war (modern war) is that it gives no one a chance to kill the right people.
Patriotism is an instant reaction that fades away when the war starts.
Unconditional war can no longer lead to unconditional victory. It can no longer serve to settle disputes… can no longer be of concern to great powers alone.
Once the war of words begins, truth is the casualty.
There was never a good war, or a bad peace.
The very essence of literature is the war between emotion and intellect, between life and death. When literature becomes too intellectual – when it begins to ignore the passions, the emotions – it becomes sterile, silly, and actually without substance.
Brainy folks were also present in Lyndon Johnson’s administration, especially in the Pentagon, where Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara’s brilliant ‘whiz kids’ tried to micro-manage the Vietnam war, with disastrous results.
It’s a near miracle that nuclear war has so far been avoided.
God is day and night, winter and summer, war and peace, surfeit and hunger.
War is a series of catastrophes that results in a victory.
War on the other hand is such a terrible thing, that no man, especially a Christian man, has the right to assume the responsibility of starting it.
When the Bangladesh war happened, people in Pakistan who did not support it were called unpatriotic. My father was in the jail at that time, and a lot of those who knew my family used to call us children of a traitor.
Make no mistake, adolescence is a war. No one gets out unscathed.
Life on Earth is at the ever-increasing risk of being wiped out by a disaster, such as sudden global nuclear war, a genetically engineered virus or other dangers we have not yet thought of.
My greatest disappointment is that I believe that those of us who went through the war and tried to write about it, about their experience, became messengers. We have given the message, and nothing changed.
War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today.
It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.
It has too often been too easy for rulers and governments to incite man to war.
There are two ways to fight the United States military: asymmetrically and stupid. Asymmetrically means you’re going to try to avoid our strengths. In the 1991 Gulf War, it’s like we called Saddam’s army out into the schoolyard and beat up that army.
The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem, it is generally employed only by small children and large nations.
War is just a racket. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of people. Only a small inside group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few at the expense of the masses.
It could be said that all armed conflicts are a ludicrous and shameful waste of lives, but World War I has a special place in the history of futility – a war without clear purpose, a war whose resolution would ultimately make the world a far worse place.
The stabilizing influence of the modern social welfare state emerged only after World War II, nearly 200 years on from the 18th-century beginnings of the Industrial Revolution.
The guys who won World War II and that whole generation have disappeared, and now we have a bunch of teenage twits.
Up until the First World War, when people turned anti-German, Germany had been described by American political scientists as the model of democracy.
Nullification means insurrection and war; and the other states have a right to put it down.
I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.
Politicians, like generals, have a tendency to fight the last war.
The American people want a balanced budget. They want Congress to stop this barbaric practice of perpetual deficit spending. It really, if you think about it, is a form of taxation without representation. We fought a war over that issue and we won that war.
The most important thing in our war preparations is to teach all our people to hate U.S. imperialism. Otherwise, we will not be able to defeat the U.S. imperialists who boast of their technological superiority.
War is the greatest failure of mankind.
I worked night and day for twelve years to prevent the war, but I could not. The North was mad and blind, would not let us govern ourselves, and so the war came.
The belief in the possibility of a short decisive war appears to be one of the most ancient and dangerous of human illusions.
All those who seek to destroy the liberties of a democratic nation ought to know that war is the surest and shortest means to accomplish it.
A quality education grants us the ability to fight the war on ignorance and poverty.
Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war that we know about peace, more about killing that we know about living.
Lots of people who complained about us receiving the MBE received theirs for heroism in the war – for killing people. We received ours for entertaining other people. I’d say we deserve ours more.
Peace and not war is the father of all things.
War is just a racket… I believe in adequate defense at the coastline and nothing else.
We’ve killed a million Iraqis since the start of the Gulf war – mostly by blocking humanitarian aid.
All wars are follies, very expensive and very mischievous ones.
In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies.
In war there is no prize for runner-up.
My argument is that War makes rattling good history; but Peace is poor reading.
World War II had a very important impact on the development of technology, as a whole.
War alone brings up to their highest tension all human energies and imposes the stamp of nobility upon the peoples who have the courage to make it.
War never takes a wicked man by chance, the good man always.
Everything, everything in war is barbaric… But the worst barbarity of war is that it forces men collectively to commit acts against which individually they would revolt with their whole being.
We must take the profit out of war.
War… is harmful, not only to the conquered but to the conqueror.
We make war that we may live in peace.
No matter how many people you kill, using a machine gun in battle is not a war crime because it does not cause unnecessary suffering; it simply performs its job horrifyingly well.
My subject is War, and the pity of War. The Poetry is in the pity.
Generally, the view that I’ve had on Twitter is if you’re on Twitter, you’re in, like, the meme – you’re in meme war land. If you’re on Twitter, you’re in the arena. And so, essentially, if you attack me, it is therefore OK for me to attack back.
Accursed be he that first invented war.
The men and women who served during the Vietnam War are often overlooked.
War is regarded as nothing but the continuation of state policy with other means.
You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your art of war.
We cannot win this war on terror if people are undercutting us. And one way to undercut us is to empower Iran.
The Gulf War is responsible for the huge and horrifying rise in Islamic terrorism.
With the Monday Night Wars, it was almost a pay-per-view every single Monday between the two factions because they were trying to throw everything but the kitchen sink to win the ratings war.
Discount my partiality, but my report is that so far The Winds of War is looking good.
Baseball is only a game, a game of inches and a lot of luck. During a time of all-out war, sports are very insignificant.
Secret operations are essential in war; upon them the army relies to make its every move.
Let us not be deceived we are today in the midst of a cold war.
In the practical art of war, the best thing of all is to take the enemy’s country whole and intact; to shatter and destroy it is not so good.
In many… cases, of course, the Arab Spring has brought about instability rather than greater stability. And rather than bringing about government that is more representative and more responsive to the people, you’re seeing, frankly, the opposite, or you’re seeing all-out 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.
The most terrible fear that anybody should have is not war, is not a disease, not cancer or heart problems or food poisoning – it’s a man or a woman without a sense of humor.
All wars are civil wars, because all men are brothers.
‘Pears like my heart go flutter, flutter, and then they may say, ‘Peace, Peace,’ as much as they likes – I know it’s goin’ to be war!
Monarchs ought to put to death the authors and instigators of war, as their sworn enemies and as dangers to their states.
In many regions, war and terror prevail. States disintegrate. For many years, we have read about this. We have heard about it. We have seen it on TV. But we had not yet sufficiently understood that what happens in Aleppo and Mosul can affect Essen or Stuttgart. We have to face that now.
I was never convinced that war was the best system to bring democracy to the country.
Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growing up.
We shall never be able to remove suspicion and fear as potential causes of war until communication is permitted to flow, free and open, across international boundaries.
Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind.
He who is the author of a war lets loose the whole contagion of hell and opens a vein that bleeds a nation to death.
One of the good things about the way the Gulf War ended in 1991 is, you’d see the Vietnam veterans marching with the Gulf War veterans.
There is no shorter road to defeat than by entering a war with inadequate preparation.
War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good. We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other’s children.
A war with Pakistan would be an utter disaster.
Sweat saves blood.
Take the diplomacy out of war and the thing would fall flat in a week.
Cards are war, in disguise of a sport.
Can anything be stupider than that a man has the right to kill me because he lives on the other side of a river and his ruler has a quarrel with mine, though I have not quarrelled with him?
There is nothing worth having that can be obtained by nuclear war – nothing material or ideological – no tradition that it can defend. It is utterly self-defeating.
We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity. We weren’t punctilious about locating and punishing only Hitler and his top officers. We carpet-bombed German cities; we killed civilians. That’s war. And this is war.
World War II was a trauma that paralysed writers. It was something metaphysical, diabolical.
The decadent international but individualistic capitalism in the hands of which we found ourselves after the war is not a success. It is not intelligent. It is not beautiful. It is not just. It is not virtuous. And it doesn’t deliver the goods.
Civil war? What does that mean? Is there any foreign war? Isn’t every war fought between men, between brothers?
Thus they have an idol that they petition for victory in war; another for success in their labors; and so for everything in which they seek or desire prosperity, they have their idols, which they honor and serve.
The Sino-Indian War in 1962 has fundamentally shaped and distorted Indian attitudes towards China. It also obscured a great deal of what has happened in China since 1962.
World War II ended the Great Depression with one of the great public-private industrial collaborations in the history of man.
The real war will never get in the books.
If it were a fact, it wouldn’t be called intelligence.
The best compliment we ever got about the show was from a Korean veteran who was unable to talk about his war experience with his wife until ‘M*A*S*H.’ While watching the show, he was able to lean over to his wife and say, ‘See, honey, that’s the way it was.’
Until I began to build and launch rockets, I didn’t know my hometown was at war with itself over its children and that my parents were locked in a kind of bloodless combat over how my brother and I would live our lives.
Satan has declared war on motherhood. He knows that those who rock the cradle can rock his earthly empire. And he knows that without righteous mothers loving and leading the next generation, the Kingdom of God will fail.
The Great Depression of the 1930s saw more American unmarried women working from nine to five, mostly in repetitive, boring, subordinate, dead-end jobs. But the number of working women doubled between 1870 and 1940. During World War II it doubled once again.
War is a profane thing.
I give my grandfather, Dr Harold Young, a forestry Professor at the University of Maine, full credit for my career path. He pioneered the use of aerial photography in forestry in the 1950s, and we think he worked as a spy for the CIA during the Cold War, mapping Russian installations.
All the gods are dead except the god of war.
I’m of Russian-Jewish background. Like many Soviet Jews, my parents were engineers. My family migrated from Ukraine to Israel when I was six. They arrived in Israel with very little… Within a year of arriving in Israel, the Yom Kippur War happened.
And I’m a slow writer: five, six hundred words is a good day. That’s the reason it took me 20 years to write those million and a half words of the Civil War.
The military people don’t like it; the government probably doesn’t like it, but the people should know what they’re sending their young people into when they permit their governments to declare war and engage in war.
Surviving is the only glory in war.
I was shaped by a pit environment and the Second World War. My playground was on the pit tip at Clay Cross and I grew up with that mining background. My father was a miner and my granddad was a miner, and I would say three out of ten on the street where I was born were working in the pits.
There is nothing that war has ever achieved that we could not better achieve without it.
If we had a hydrogen economy worldwide, every nation on earth could create its own energy source to support its economy, and the threat of war over diminishing resources would just evaporate.
Let’s be under no illusions: There are attacks on, for example, transgender Americans from the Oval Office, picking on troops – people willing to lay down their lives for this country – not to mention teenagers in our high schools. So we’ve got to end the war on trans Americans.
Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.
Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.
The art of war is simple enough. Find out where your enemy is. Get at him as soon as you can. Strike him as hard as you can, and keep moving on.
To contemplate war is to think about the most horrible of human experiences.
The question is: how bad do things have to get before you will do something about it? Where is your line in the sand? If you don’t enforce the constitutional limitations on your government very soon, you are likely to find out what World War III will be like.
No event in American history is more misunderstood than the Vietnam War. It was misreported then, and it is misremembered now.
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.
We owe our World War II veterans – and all our veterans – a debt we can never fully repay.
War grows out of the desire of the individual to gain advantage at the expense of his fellow man.
In my dreams I hear again the crash of guns, the rattle of musketry, the strange, mournful mutter of the battlefield.
Total war is no longer war waged by all members of one national community against all those of another. It is total… because it may well involve the whole world.
For capitalism, war and peace are business and nothing but business.
I hope my own children never have to fight a war.
War makes strange giant creatures out of us little routine men who inhabit the earth.
The military don’t start wars. Politicians start wars.
Anyone who has ever looked into the glazed eyes of a soldier dying on the battlefield will think hard before starting a war.
War is death. If we are to engage in war, then we should have to stare it straight in the face and call it by its rightful name.
Communism is a religion that is inspired, directed and motivated by the Devil himself who has declared war against Almighty God.
America has fought five wars since 1945 and has gained its objectives in only one of them, the Gulf War.
An empire founded by war has to maintain itself by war.
The only way human beings can win a war is to prevent it.
I don’t think it’s too late for ‘The War of the Worlds’ to come true. I’m talking about it from the standpoint that which you need to have and own things – to breed, to think, to create – is going on everywhere, not just on this planet or in the space around it.
The essential act of war is destruction, not necessarily of human lives, but of the products of human labor.
I have never advocated war except as a means of peace.
Our enemies are Medes and Persians, men who for centuries have lived soft and luxurious lives; we of Macedon for generations past have been trained in the hard school of danger and war. Above all, we are free men, and they are slaves.
Yesterday, December seventh, 1941, a date which will live in infamy, the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan. We will gain the inevitable triumph, so help us God.
War is too serious a matter to entrust to military men.
The civil war which has so long prevailed between Spain and the Provinces in South America still continues, without any prospect of its speedy termination.
I will not play tug o’ war. I’d rather play hug o’ war. Where everyone hugs instead of tugs, Where everyone giggles and rolls on the rug, Where everyone kisses, and everyone grins, and everyone cuddles, and everyone wins.
Even philosophers will praise war as ennobling mankind, forgetting the Greek who said: ‘War is bad in that it begets more evil than it kills.’
War is the science of destruction.
War is not only a matter of equipment, artillery, group troops or air force; it is largely a matter of spirit, or morale.
Military action is, of course, sometimes necessary to maintain peace. Kosovo and World War II are good examples.
First, we could have defied both of them and could have gone to war against both of these nations for this violation of international law and interference with our neutral rights.
I believe that the purpose for which I and my fellow soldiers entered upon this war should have been so clearly stated as to have made it impossible to change them, and that, had this been done, the objects which actuated us would now be attainable by negotiation.
Morality is contraband in war.
The war we have to wage today has only one goal and that is to make the world safe for diversity.
Behind a smoke screen of high-profile female appointees and soothing slogans, George W. Bush is waging war on women.
War should be the only study of a prince. He should consider peace only as a breathing-time, which gives him leisure to contrive, and furnishes as ability to execute, military plans.
The peasant must always be helped technically, economically, morally and culturally. The guerrilla fighter will be a sort of guiding angel who has fallen into the zone, helping the poor always and bothering the rich as little as possible in the first phases of the war.
It is well that war is so terrible, otherwise we should grow too fond of it.
Governments go to war directly or by proxy without declaring war. Force, or threat of force, are constantly used to dominate other countries.
She doesn’t understand the concept of Roman numerals. She thought we just fought in world war eleven.
Our war cries opened the deaf ears of the almighty government and its accomplices.
God employs several translators; some pieces are translated by age, some by sickness, some by war, some by justice.
The only winner in the War of 1812 was Tchaikovsky.
War is organized murder and torture against our brothers.
I think there should be holy war against yoga classes.
A true war story is never moral.
Virtually every society that survived did so by socializing its sons to be disposable. Disposable in war; disposable in work. We need warriors and volunteer firefighters, so we label these men heroes.
I abhor war and view it as the greatest scourge of mankind.
War is the remedy that our enemies have chosen, and I say let us give them all they want.
The Secretary of Hygiene or Physical Culture will be far more important in the cabinet of the President of the United States who holds office in the year 2035 than the Secretary of War.
As we speak, Iran has rolled back its nuclear program, shipped out its uranium stockpile, and the world has avoided another war.
War consisteth not in battle only, or the act of fighting; but in a tract of time, wherein the will to contend by battle is sufficiently known.
We need to decide that we will not go to war, whatever reason is conjured up by the politicians or the media, because war in our time is always indiscriminate, a war against innocents, a war against children.
There’s not going to be a World War III, because there is no one to have World War III with.
Build me a son, O Lord, who will be strong enough to know when he is weak, and brave enough to face himself when he is afraid, one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat, and humble and gentle in victory.
As I approached my 18th birthday and prepared to enter military service in World War II, I was recommended to receive the Melchizedek Priesthood.
I saw courage both in the Vietnam War and in the struggle to stop it. I learned that patriotism includes protest, not just military service.
During the Cold War, we lived in coded times when it wasn’t easy and there were shades of grey and ambiguity.
Either war is obsolete, or men are.
War will disappear only when men shall take no part whatever in violence and shall be ready to suffer every persecution that their abstention will bring them. It is the only way to abolish war.
We are going to have peace even if we have to fight for it.
As a Korean War veteran, I know firsthand and understand the sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform.
A bad peace is even worse than war.
My accent does slip. When I arrived in England in 1978 at 18, I was shocked to find myself ‘the American’ at RADA. The English and the Americans have an intense relationship. They helped us out in the Second World War.
The lessons Noam Chomsky sets out to teach us in ‘Toward a New Cold War’ are invaluable. The United States, like any other nations, can and does err, and often in a big way. But Chomsky cannot support at all his implicit diagnosis that America is ‘bad.’
The art of war teaches us to rely not on the likelihood of the enemy’s not coming, but on our own readiness to receive him; not on the chance of his not attacking, but rather on the fact that we have made our position unassailable.
Rock ‘n’ roll was two pegs below being a prisoner of war back then.
We cannot be both the world’s leading champion of peace and the world’s leading supplier of the weapons of war.
I believe that political correctness can be a form of linguistic fascism, and it sends shivers down the spine of my generation who went to war against fascism.
Sports is like a war without the killing.
Anyone who thinks must think of the next war as they would of suicide.
I have many times asked myself whether there can be more potent advocates of peace upon earth through the years to come than this massed multitude of silent witnesses to the desolation of war.
In all history there is no war which was not hatched by the governments, the governments alone, independent of the interests of the people, to whom war is always pernicious even when successful.
You can’t make war in the Middle East without Egypt and you can’t make peace without Syria.
In the first six to twelve months of a war with the United States and Great Britain I will run wild and win victory upon victory. But then, if the war continues after that, I have no expectation of success.
Organized murder is war, and though we demonstrate against a particular war, the nuclear, or any other kind of war, we have never demonstrated against war.
What shall I say further? Shall I not stop short and leave to your imaginations to portray the tragic deeds of war? Is it not enough that I here leave it even to unexperience to fancy the hardships, the anxieties, the dangers, even of the best life of a soldier?
I do not believe that civilization will be wiped out in a war fought with the atomic bomb. Perhaps two-thirds of the people of the earth will be killed.
Bad as was being shot by some of our own troops in the battle of the Wilderness, – that was an honest mistake, one of the accidents of war, – being shot at, since the war, by many officers, was worse.
I’m against war with the United States. But I am an officer of the Imperial Navy and a subject of His Majesty the Emperor.
In modern war… you will die like a dog for no good reason.
Lenin was the first to discover that capitalism ‘inevitably’ caused war; and he discovered this only when the First World War was already being fought. Of course he was right. Since every great state was capitalist in 1914.
People always make war when they say they love peace.
One of the greatest casualties of the war in Vietnam is the Great Society… shot down on the battlefield of Vietnam.
The tragedy of America is that it entered all the wars with a consensus in favor of them, but within a defined period, the legitimacy of the war became a major domestic issue, with some people arguing that withdrawal was the only legitimate objective.
There were no jobs created in America from 1945, when the war ended, through 2003. How could there be? Taxes were too high. Preposterously so under Eisenhower, Kennedy, Nixon, Reagan (who left office with a 28 percent rate on long-term capital gains) and Bush the Elder.
Ants are so much like human beings as to be an embarrassment. They farm fungi, raise aphids as livestock, launch armies into war, use chemical sprays to alarm and confuse enemies, capture slaves, engage in child labour, exchange information ceaselessly. They do everything but watch television.
I do not want war. I am not seeking revenge, even though I can see before my eyes the great sacrifices made by the Ukrainian people. I am seeking peace and will achieve Ukraine’s unity.
On the last day of January 1915, in the second year of the Great War, down in the shadow of some French mountains on the borders of Spain, I came into this world.
A time will come when a politician who has willfully made war and promoted international dissension will be as sure of the dock and much surer of the noose than a private homicide. It is not reasonable that those who gamble with men’s lives should not stake their own.
The basic fact about human existence is not that it is a tragedy, but that it is a bore. It is not so much a war as an endless standing in line.
I’m not going to say I was opposed to the Vietnam War. I’m going to say I’m opposed to war. But I’m also opposed to protests that deny other people their rights.
I grew up during the Cold War, when everything seemed very tenuous. For many years, right up until the fall of the Berlin Wall, I had vivid nightmares of nuclear apocalypse.
War is a defeat for humanity.
My dear Excellency! I have not gone to war to collect cheese and eggs, but for another purpose.
The time to take counsel of your fears is before you make an important battle decision. That’s the time to listen to every fear you can imagine! When you have collected all the facts and fears and made your decision, turn off all your fears and go ahead!
The key lesson of the 1930s is that appeasement leads directly to war.
We have to realize that science is a double-edged sword. One edge of the sword can cut against poverty, illness, disease and give us more democracies, and democracies never war with other democracies, but the other side of the sword could give us nuclear proliferation, biogerms and even forces of darkness.
It is part of the general pattern of misguided policy that our country is now geared to an arms economy which was bred in an artificially induced psychosis of war hysteria and nurtured upon an incessant propaganda of fear.
The great armies, accumulated to provide security and preserve the peace, carried the nations to war by their own weight.
American GIs don’t fight this unjust immoral and illegal war of Johnson’s.
War is the domain of physical exertion and suffering.
The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission.
The first lesson is that you can’t lose a war if you have command of the air, and you can’t win a war if you haven’t.
War does not determine who is right – only who is left.
Sleep after toil, port after stormy seas, Ease after war, death after life does greatly please.
There is no hunting like the hunting of man, and those who have hunted armed men long enough and liked it, never care for anything else thereafter.
I am tired and sick of war. Its glory is all moonshine. It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, for vengeance, for desolation. War is hell.
I would trade 20 white babies for an Asian baby. If I’m ever rich, I want a closet full of Asian babies. And I’ll just pull them out whenever I’m feeling down, you know? All kinds. Korean ones. Chinese ones. Vietnamese – not so much. My dad was in the war, and I hold a grudge.
Diplomats are just as essential to starting a war as soldiers are for finishing it… You take diplomacy out of war, and the thing would fall flat in a week.
I have seen enough of one war never to wish to see another.
We believe in peace in the settlement of all disputes through peaceful means, in the abolition of war, and, more particularly, nuclear war.