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quotations about war

 

 

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

War would end if the dead could return.
~ ~ ~ Stanley Baldwin

The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong.
~ ~ ~ Bible - Ecclesiastes 1:11

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.
~ ~ ~ Winston Churchill

Where there is no peril in the fight, there is no glory in the triumph.
~ ~ ~ Pierre Corneille

War is a fevered god
who takes alike
maiden and king and clod....
~ ~ ~ Hilda Doolittle "Telesila"

Men create war to compete with women, who create life.
~ ~ ~ Sharon Doubiago

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

For he who fights and runs away
May live to fight another day;
But he who is in battle slain
Can never rise and fight again.
~ ~ ~ Oliver Goldsmith "The Art of Poetry on a New Plan"

The thundering line of battle stands,
And in the air Death moans and sings:
But Day shall clasp him with strong hands,
And Night shall fold him in soft wings.
~ ~ ~ Julian Grenfell "Into Battle"

Join the Army! Travel to exotic, distant lands. Meet exciting, unusual people, and kill them.
~ ~ ~ Full Metal Jacket

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

War is death's feast.
~ ~ ~ George Herbert "Outlandish Proverbs"

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

Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind.
~ ~ ~ John F. Kennedy, 1961

Now the trumpet summons us again - not as a call to bear arms, though arms we need; not as a call to battle, though embattled we are; but a call to bear the burden of a long twilight struggle, year in and year out, 'rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation', a struggle against the common enemies of man: tyranny, poverty, disease and war itself.
~ ~ ~ John F. Kennedy

If any question why we died,
Tell them because our fathers lied.
~ ~ ~ Rudyard Kipling "Epitaphs of War"

The sinews of war are not gold, but good soldiers; for gold alone will not procure good soldiers, but good soldiers will always procure gold.
~ ~ ~ Niccolò Machiavelli

War will never cease until babies begin to come into the world with larger cerebrums and smaller adrenal glands.
~ ~ ~ H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken

What the horrors of war are, no one can imagine. They are not wounds and blood and fever, spotted and low, or dysentery, chronic and acute, cold and heat and famine. They are intoxication, drunken brutality, demoralisation and disorder on the part of the inferior ... jealousies, meanness, indifference, selfish brutality on the part of the superior.
~ ~ ~ Florence Nightingale

War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.
~ ~ ~ George Orwell "Nineteen Eighty-Four" (Ingsoc party slogan)

Don't fight a battle if you don't gain anything by winning.
~ ~ ~ George S. Patton, Jr.

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

I have seen war. I have seen war on land and sea. I have seen blood running from the wounded. I have seen men coughing out their gassed lungs. I have seen the dead in the mud. I have seen cities destroyed . . .I have seen children starving. I have seen the agony of mothers and wives. I hate war.
~ ~ ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

The race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong--but that is the way to bet it.
~ ~ ~ Damon Runyon

War does not determine who is right - only who is left.
~ ~ ~ Bertrand Russell

What if they gave a war and nobody came?
~ ~ ~ Carl Sandburg

To delight in war is a merit in the soldier, a dangerous quality in the captain, and a positive crime in the statesman.
~ ~ ~ George Santayana "The Life of Reason"

Cry "havoc!" and let loose the dogs of war,
That this foul deed shall smell above the earth
With carrion men, groaning for burial.
~ ~ ~ William Shakespeare "Julius Caesar"

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 "A Declaration of Rights" (Dublin, 1812)

It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, more vengeance, more desolation. War is hell.
~ ~ ~ William Tecumseh Sherman

O I know they make war because they want peace; they hate so that they may live; and they destroy the present to make the world safe for the future. When have they not done and said they did it for that?
~ ~ ~ Elizabeth Smart

You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.
~ ~ ~ Margaret Thatcher

It'll be a great day when education gets all the money it wants and the Air Force has to hold a bake sale to buy bombers.
~ ~ ~ Unknown

To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.
~ ~ ~ George Washington

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

War can only be abolished through war, and in order to get rid of the gun it is necessary to take up the gun.
~ ~ ~ Mao Zedong

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