WAR QUOTES

quotations about war

War quote

It's funny how those who are most pro-war are almost always the guys who never had to fight in one.

JEROME P. CRABB, War Quotes and Quibbles

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I do not know with what weapons World War III will be fought, but I do know that World War IV will be fought with rocks.

ALBERT EINSTEIN, attributed, Congressional Record, 1968

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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, Nobel Lecture, December 10, 2002

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There never was a good war, or a bad peace.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Poor Richard's Almanac

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When the rich wage war, it is the poor who die.

JEAN-PAUL SARTRE, The Devil and the Good Lord

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The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.

G. K. CHESTERTON, The New Jerusalem

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War is like love, it always finds a way.

BERTOLT BRECHT, Mother Courage and Her Children

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Wars of pen and ink often lead to wars of cannon and bayonets.

EDWARD COUNSEL, Maxims

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War is only a cowardly escape from the problems of peace.

THOMAS MANN, attributed, This I Believe

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I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its stupidity.

DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER, speech, January 10, 1946

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War: first, one hopes to win; then one expects the enemy to lose; then, one is satisfied that he too is suffering; in the end, one is surprised that everyone has lost.

KARL KRAUS, Die Fackel, October 19, 1917

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History teaches that wars begin when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap.

RONALD REAGAN, speech, January 16, 1984

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Come you masters of war
You that build all the guns
You that build the death planes
You that build the big bombs
You that hide behind walls
You that hide behind desks....
I think you will find
When your death takes its toll
All the money you made
Will never buy back your soul

BOB DYLAN, "Masters of War"

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I think a curse should rest on me -- because I love this war. I know it's smashing and shattering the lives of thousands every moment -- and yet -- I can't help it -- I enjoy every second of it.

WINSTON CHURCHILL, letter to a friend, 1916

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War makes rattling good history; but Peace is poor reading.

THOMAS HARDY, The Dynasts

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All war represents a failure of diplomacy.

TONY BENN, speech, February 28, 1991

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A mind at peace does not engender wars.

SOPHOCLES, Oedipus Rex

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War is like crack for presidents. It confers instant gravitas, catapulting them to respectability, bypassing all station stops. They get to make macho pronouncements on a topic where every utterance is seen as august.

ANN COULTER, "Lassie, Come Home", Breitbart News, April 12, 2017

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Vietnam was the first war ever fought without any censorship. Without censorship, things can get terribly confused in the public mind.

WILLIAM WESTMORELAND, Time Magazine, April 5, 1982

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War is the trade of kings.

JOHN DRYDEN, King Arthur

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