52 Quotes About War

Quotes About War

1. He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would suffice. – Albert Einstein

2. One of the greatest casualties of the war in Vietnam is the Great Society… shot down on the battlefield of Vietnam. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

3. The release of atomic energy has not created a new problem. It has merely made more urgent the necessity of solving an existing one. – Albert Einstein

4. 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. – Dwight D. Eisenhower

5. We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills we shall never surrender. – Winston Churchill

6. Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few. – Winston Churchill

7. In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies. – Winston Churchill

8. When the war of the giants is over the wars of the pygmies will begin. – Winston Churchill

9. Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind. – John F. Kennedy

10. War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today. – John F. Kennedy

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

12. War does not determine who is right – only who is left. – Bertrand Russell

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

14. The best weapon against an enemy is another enemy. – Friedrich Nietzsche

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

16. There was never a good war, or a bad peace. – Benjamin Franklin

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

18. When the rich wage war, it’s the poor who die. – Jean-Paul Sartre

19. All war is deception. – Sun Tzu

20. 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. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

21. War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. – John Stuart Mill

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

23. In modern war… you will die like a dog for no good reason. – Ernest Hemingway

24. If we don’t end war, war will end us. – H. G. Wells

25. I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. – John Adams

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

27. There is no instance of a nation benefitting from prolonged warfare. – Sun Tzu

28. A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon. – Napoleon Bonaparte

29. You can’t say civilization don’t advance… in every war they kill you in a new way. – Will Rogers

30. 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. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

31. In peace, sons bury their fathers. In war, fathers bury their sons. – Herodotus

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

33. There is no avoiding war it can only be postponed to the advantage of others. – Niccolo Machiavelli

34. I’m fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in. – George McGovern

35. It is well that war is so terrible. We should grow too fond of it. – Robert E. Lee

36. Patriots always talk of dying for their country and never of killing for their country. – Bertrand Russell

37. Only the dead have seen the end of the war. – George Santayana

38. In my dreams I hear again the crash of guns, the rattle of musketry, the strange, mournful mutter of the battlefield. – Douglas MacArthur

39. All wars are civil wars, because all men are brothers. – Francois Fenelon

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

41. 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. – Omar N. Bradley

42. To walk through the ruined cities of Germany is to feel an actual doubt about the continuity of civilization. – George Orwell

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

44. An unjust peace is better than a just war. – Marcus Tullius Cicero

45. Ten soldiers wisely led will beat a hundred without a head. – Euripides

46. Wars have never hurt anybody except the people who die. – Salvador Dali

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

48. 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. – Isaac Asimov

49. The military don’t start wars. Politicians start wars. – William Westmoreland

50. War is a defeat for humanity. – Pope John Paul II

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

52. 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. – Percy Bysshe Shelley

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