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War quotes and quotations

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

The final war will be between Pavlov's dog and Schoedinger's Cat.
Robert Anton Wilson

Peace begets prosperity; Prosperity begets pride; Pride begets prejudice; Prejudice begets war; War begets poverty.

And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
The Bible

Messages can't be intercepted if they aren't sent, can they?
Erwin Rommel

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

War is not nice.
Barbara Bush

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

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

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

You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war.
Albert Einstein

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Either war is obsolete or men are.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

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

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

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

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

He who flies at the right time can fight again.
Author Unknown

It would be superfluous in me to point out to your Lordship that this is war.
Charles Francis Adams

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

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

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

Oft he that doth abide Is cause of his own paine, But he that flieth in good tide Perhaps may fight again.
Author Unknown

My voice is still for war.
Joseph Addis

Fighting men are the city's fortress.

Either this or upon this. (Either bring this back or be brought back upon it.)
Author Unknown

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

From hence, let fierce contending nations know, What dire effects from civil discord flow.
Joseph Addison

Fifty-four forty, or fight.
William Allen

Instead of breaking that bridge, we should, if possible, provide another, that he may retire the sooner out of Europe.

The inevitableness, the idealism, and the blessing of war, as an indispensable and stimulating law of development, must be repeatedly emphasized.
Friedrich von Bernhardi

She is a wall of brass; You shall not pass! You shall not pass! Spring up like Summer grass, Surge at her, mass on mass, Still shall you break like glass, Splinter and break like shivered glass, But pass? You shall not pass!
Harold Begbie

All's fair in love and war.
Francis Edward Smedley

Marriage is the only war in which you sleep with the enemy.

To conquer the enemy without resorting to war is the most desirable. The highest form of generalship is to conquer the enemy by strategy.
Tzu Sun

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

Never advise anyone to go to war or to get married.
Abigail Van Buren

The day when nobody comes back from a war it will be because the war has at last been properly organized.
Thomas Vian

We will fight them in the air, land and sea, and their aggression will achieve nothing but failure.
Author Unknown

Thucydides, an Athenian, wrote the history of the war between the Peloponnesians and the Athenians, he began at the moment that it broke out, believing that it would be a great war, and more memorable than any that had preceded it.

Sixteen hours ago an American airplane dropped one bomb on Hiroshima.... The force from which the sun draws its power has been loosed against those who brought war to the Far East.
Harry S. Truman

You know — we've had to imagine the war here, and we have imagined that it was being fought by aging men like ourselves. We had forgotten that the wars were fought by babies. When I saw those freashly shaved faces, it was a shock. 'My God, my God —' I said to myself, 'it's the Children's Crusade.'
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

We are at war between consciousness and nature, between the desire for permanence and the fact of flux. It is ourself against ourselves.
Alan Watts

Where is it written in the Constitution that you may take children from their parents, and parents from their children, and compel them to fight the battles of any war in which the folly or wickedness of government may engage it?
Daniel Webster

Before a war military science seems a real science, like astronomy; but after a war it seems more like astrology.
Dame Rebecca West

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

The real war will never get in the books.
Walt Whitman

Only the winners decide what were war crimes.
Gary Wills

We make war that we may live in peace.

They shall not pass till the stars be darkened: Two swords crossed in front of the Hun; Never a groan but God has harkened, Counting their cruelties one by one.
Katharine Lee Bates

O great corrector of enormous times, Shaker of o'er-rank states, thou grand decider Of dusty and old titles, that healest with blood The earth when it is sick, and curest the world O' the pleurisy of people.
Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher

Let who will boast their courage in the field, I find but little safety from my shield, Nature's, not honour's law we must obey: This made me cast my useless shield away.

Both Regiments or none.
Samuel Adams

Neither ridiculous shriekings for revenge by French chauvinists, nor the Englishmen's gnashing of teeth, nor the wild gestures of the Slavs will turn us from our aim of protecting and extending German influence all the world over.
Author Unknown

'Twas in Trafalgar's bay The saucy Frenchmen lay.
Samuel James Adams

And by a prudent flight and cunning save A life which valour could not, from the grave. A better buckler I can soon regain, But who can get another life again?

All quiet along the Potomac they say Except now and then a stray picket Is shot as he walks on his beat, to and fro, By a rifleman hid in the thicket.
Ethel Lynn Beers

Carry on, carry on, for the men and boys are gone, But the furrow shan't lie fallow while the women carry on.
Janet Begbie

Gaily! gaily! close our ranks! Arm! Advance! Hope of France! Gaily! gaily! closed our ranks! Onward! Onward! Gauls and Franks!
Pierre Jean de Beranger