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Quotations: War

We make war that we may live in peace.
Aristotle

The way to win an atomic war is to make certain it never starts.
Omar Bradley

War is not its own end, except in some catastrophic slide into absolute damnation. It's peace that's wanted. Some better peace than the one you started with.
Lois McMaster Bujold

War is not nice.
Barbara Bush

In such a world of conflict, a world of victims and executioners, it is the job of thinking people, not to be on the side of the executioners.
Albert Camus

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.
Jimmy Carter

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

Never, never, never believe any war will be smooth and easy, or that anyone who embarks on the strange voyage can measure the tides and hurricanes he will encounter. The statesman who yields to war fever must realize that once the signal is given, he is no longer the master of policy but the slave of unforeseeable and uncontrollable events.
Sir Winston Churchill

One day President Roosevelt told me that he was asking publicly for suggestions about what the war should be called. I said at once 'The Unnecessary War'.
Sir Winston Churchill

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

War is much too serious a matter to be entrusted to the military.
Georges Clemenceau

One of the main reasons that it is so easy to march men off to war, says Ernest Becker, is that each of them feels sorry for the man next to him who will die.
Annie Dillard

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

You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war.
Albert Einstein

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

Either war is obsolete or men are.
R. Buckminster Fuller

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

Wars teach us not to love our enemies, but to hate our allies.
W. L. George

The idea of all-out nuclear war is unsettling.
Walter Goodman

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.
Ulysses S. Grant

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

People in general are scared to death of the war and all the exhibition have been a failure, because the rich - don't want to buy anything.
Frida Kahlo

There's a graveyard in northern France where all the dead boys from D-Day are buried. The white crosses reach from one horizon to the other. I remember looking it over and thinking it was a forest of graves. But the rows were like this, dizzying, diagonal, perfectly straight, so after all it wasn't a forest but an orchard of graves. Nothing to do with nature, unless you count human nature.
Barbara Kingsolver

It is well that war is so terrible - otherwise we would grow too fond of it.
Robert E. Lee

War is a cowardly escape from the problems of peace.
Thomas Mann

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

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

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?
Blaise Pascal

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

Take the diplomacy out of war and the thing would fall flat in a week.
Will Rogers

You can't say that civilization don't advance, however, for in every war they kill you in a new way.
Will Rogers

Sometime they'll give a war and nobody will come.
Carl Sandburg

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

Till the war-drum throbb`d no longer, and the battle-flags were furl`d; In the parliament of man; the Federation of the world.
Alfred Tennyson

Politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed.
Mao Tse-Tung

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