War Quotes

This page is devoted to statements about war. They may be duplicated under other categories. 


Exodus 20:13
Thou shalt not kill.

Anais Nin
War, to me, is the greatest weakness of all.

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

Spanish Proverb
Let him who does not know what war is go to war.

Robert Lynd
The possibility of a short and decisive war appears to be one of the most ancient and dangerous of human illusions.

Barbara Tuchman
War is the unfolding of miscalculations.

Karl Kraus
How is the world ruled and how do wars start? Diplomats tell lies to journalists and then believe what they read.

A.J. Muste
We cannot have peace if we are only concerned with peace. War is not an accident. It is the logical outcome of a certain way of life. If we want to attack war, we have to attack that way of life.

Rosa Luxemburg
Profits are springing, like weeds, from the fields of the dead.

Henry Ford
Show me who makes a profit from war, and I'll show you how to stop the war.

Brooks Atkinson
After each war, there is a little less democracy to save.

Saint-Exupery
War is not an adventure. It is a disease. It is like typhus.

Margot Asquith
From the happy expression of their faces, you might have supposed they welcomed the war. I had met people who loved stamps, and men who loved stones and snakes - but could not imagine any man loving war.

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

Stephen Crane
They were going to look at war, the red animal-war, the blood-swollen god.

Yoko Ono
If people want to make war, they should make a color war, and paint each others' cities up in the night in pinks and greens.

Mark Twain
Man is the only patriot. He sets himself apart in his own country, under his own flag, and sneers at the other nations, and keeps multitudinous uniformed assassins on hand at heavy expense to grab slices of other people's countries, and keep them from grabbing slices of his. And in the intervals between campaigns he washes the blood off his hands and works for the "universal brotherhood of man" - with his mouth.

Oswald Spengler
Renunciation of world politics offers no protection from its consequences.

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

Pope John XXIII
For a Christian who believes in Jesus and his Gospel, war is an iniquity and a contradiction.

Staqnislaw Lee
In a war of ideas, it is people who get killed.

R.D. Laing
Society highly valued its normal man. It educates children to lose themselves and to become absurd, and thus be normal. Normal men have killed perhaps 100,000,000 of their fellow normal men in the last fifty years,

Napoleon Bonaparte
I can use up 15,000 men a month.

Romain Gary
Remember when it's done through idealism, nothing is disgusting. The killed millions for the love of Christ. Millions for the love of Germany or of France...No matter what horrors they perform, they are merely making love to you. They are trying to make you come.

Max Eastman
Men are willing to be dead if they can only be dead in a pile.

Albert Camus
We used to wonder where war lived, what it was that made it so vile. And now we realise that we know where it lives, that it is inside ourselves.

A Course in Miracles
Peace is the ego's greatest enemy because, according to the ego's interpretation of reality, war is the guarantee of its survival. The ego becomes strong in strife.

Dave Dellinger
Very few people choose war. They chose selfishness and the result of was war. Each of us, individually and nationally, must choose: total love or total war.

A rabbi - who lived and preached a life of virtue while his congregation ignored him and went on with their selfish ways - was asked, "Rabbi, why do you bother? Nobody listens. You're not changing anything." And the rabbi replied, "But you misunderstand. I don't do it to change them. I do it to keep them from changing me."

Martin Luther King
Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not openly refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him.

I wondered why somebody didn't do something for peace. The I realised that I am somebody.

Clarence Darrow
True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else.

James Bevel
The nonviolent revolution begins in your mind. You must first redefine yourself. When people redefine themselves, slavery is dead. Then the power structure makes a motion, but doesn't get a second.

Octavio Paz
Political crises are moral crises.

Thomas Merton
When I pray for peace, I pray for the following miracle: that God move all men to pray and do penance and recognize each on his own great guilt.

Ernest Hemingway
I had seen nothing sacred, and the things that were glorious had no glory and the sacrifices were like the stockyards at Chicago if nothing was done with the meat except to bury it...Abstract words such as glory, honor, courage or hallow were obscene.

Pablo Neruda
...this sadness of never understanding ourselves
and of threatening ourselves with death...

BERTRAND RUSSELL
War does not determine who is right -- only who is left.

EDWARD ABBEY
Men love their ideas more than their lives. And the more preposterous the idea, the more eager they are to die for it. And to kill for it.

HODDING CARTER
In time of war, the first casualty is truth.

GEORGE MCGOVERN
I'm fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in.

ANONYMOUS
Old soldiers never die. Young ones do.

ANONYMOUS
He who beats his sword into a plowshare usually ends up plowing for those who kept their swords.

STAN OPENSHAW
Some people imagine that nuclear war will mean instant and painless death. But for millions this will not be the case. The accounts of the injured at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and of the doctors who tried to tend them, witness to the horrors and torments which would be magnified thousands of times over in the kinds of attack we analyse here. . .

TITUS LIVIUS
War is just to those to whom war is necessary.

ISAAC ASIMOV
[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.

PRESIDENT DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER
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. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.

GEORGE C. MARSHALL
If man does find the solution for world peace it will be the most revolutionary reversal of his record we have ever known.

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