We have collected the best War Quotes by famous authors including Che Guevara, Milo Yiannopoulos, Jody Williams, Isoroku Yamamoto, Douglas MacArthur and many others, we hope that among them you will find the right thought.
The peasant must always be helped technically, economically, morally and culturally. The guerrilla fighter will be a sort of guiding angel who has fallen into the zone, helping the poor always and bothering the rich as little as possible in the first phases of the war.
Black Lives Matter is the ultimate divisive movement. They aren’t shy about what they don’t like, which is western civilization, capitalism, and the rule of law. They really dislike the police, and certainly get the credit for the war between black men and police.
The landmine is eternally prepared to take victims. In common parlance, it is the perfect soldier, the ‘eternal sentry.’ The war ends, the landmine goes on killing.
If we are to have a war with America, we will have no hope of winning unless the U.S. fleet in Hawaiian waters can be destroyed.
Our country is now geared to an arms economy bred in an artificially induced psychosis of war hysteria and an incessant propaganda of fear.
I’m of Russian-Jewish background. Like many Soviet Jews, my parents were engineers. My family migrated from Ukraine to Israel when I was six. They arrived in Israel with very little… Within a year of arriving in Israel, the Yom Kippur War happened.
Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence. In other words, it is war minus the shooting.
I’m not ambitious. I don’t want to get anywhere, I don’t want anything more. I sometimes think that for me that is the real freedom, that I don’t want anything. I don’t want money or prizes. I want people to know that a war is going to be fought.
Sectional football games have the glory and the despair of war, and when a Texas team takes the field against a foreign state, it is an army with banners.
Gladio had been necessary during the days of the Cold War but, in view of the collapse of the East Block, Italy would suggest to Nato that the organisation was no longer necessary.
War is death. If we are to engage in war, then we should have to stare it straight in the face and call it by its rightful name.
An asteroid or a supervolcano could certainly destroy us, but we also face risks the dinosaurs never saw: An engineered virus, nuclear war, inadvertent creation of a micro black hole, or some as-yet-unknown technology could spell the end of us.
I have never before, in my long and eclectic career, been gifted with such an abundance of natural beauty as I experienced filming ‘War Horse’ on Dartmoor.
The lessons Noam Chomsky sets out to teach us in ‘Toward a New Cold War’ are invaluable. The United States, like any other nations, can and does err, and often in a big way. But Chomsky cannot support at all his implicit diagnosis that America is ‘bad.’
A peace that depends on fear is nothing but a suppressed war.
How is the world ruled and led to war? Diplomats lie to journalists and believe these lies when they see them in print.
There is no hunting like the hunting of man, and those who have hunted armed men long enough and liked it, never care for anything else thereafter.
War is not an adventure. It is a disease. It is like typhus.
It is important to emphasize that guerrilla warfare is a war of the masses, a war of the people. The guerrilla band is an armed nucleus, the fighting vanguard of the people. It draws its great force from the mass of the people themselves.
War, I have always said, forces men to change their standards, regardless of whether their country has won or lost.
In time of peace prepare for war.
The power to wage war is the power to wage war successfully.
War is the remedy that our enemies have chosen, and I say let us give them all they want.
The woman power of this nation can be the power which makes us whole and heals the rotten community, now so shattered by war and poverty and racism. I have great faith in the power of women who will dedicate themselves whole-heartedly to the task of remaking our society.
The war on drugs has made government more powerful, citizens less free, and hasn’t helped users or addicts.
A society that admits misery, a humanity that admits war, seem to me an inferior society and a debased humanity; it is a higher society and a more elevated humanity at which I am aiming – a society without kings, a humanity without barriers.
It is not enough to say we must not wage war. It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it.
Organized murder is war, and though we demonstrate against a particular war, the nuclear, or any other kind of war, we have never demonstrated against war.
There are two ways to fight the United States military: asymmetrically and stupid. Asymmetrically means you’re going to try to avoid our strengths. In the 1991 Gulf War, it’s like we called Saddam’s army out into the schoolyard and beat up that army.
When this sad war is over we will all return to our homes, and feel that we can ask no higher honor than the proud consciousness that we belonged to the Army of the Potomac.
All wars are follies, very expensive and very mischievous ones.
There is always inequality in life. Some men are killed in a war and some men are wounded and some men never leave the country. Life is unfair.
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.
In war as in life, it is often necessary when some cherished scheme has failed, to take up the best alternative open, and if so, it is folly not to work for it with all your might.
If the people raise a great howl against my barbarity and cruelty, I will answer that war is war, and not popularity seeking.
World War I was not inevitable, as many historians say. It could have been avoided, and it was a diplomatically botched negotiation.
The most terrifying moment in my life was October 1962, during the Cuban Missile Crisis. I did not know all the facts – we have learned only recently how close we were to war – but I knew enough to make me tremble.
Before the Civil War, Canada was at the top of the underground railroad. If you made it into Canada, you were safe unless someone came and hauled you back. That was also true during the Vietnam War for draft resisters.
I was never convinced that war was the best system to bring democracy to the country.
Sweat saves blood.
During the Cold War, the non-aligned movement tried to become a ‘third force’ in world politics, but failed because it was too large and unwieldy.
A peaceful world requires collective measures for the prevention of war, international cooperation to solve economic and social problems, and respect for human rights.
Bad as was being shot by some of our own troops in the battle of the Wilderness, – that was an honest mistake, one of the accidents of war, – being shot at, since the war, by many officers, was worse.
You think that religion is a thing that is there to help you and to see you through life, and then you wake up one morning and find the entire Irish situation, the civil war that’s based on religion.
I believe that the purpose for which I and my fellow soldiers entered upon this war should have been so clearly stated as to have made it impossible to change them, and that, had this been done, the objects which actuated us would now be attainable by negotiation.
Yes, war is hell. It is awful. It involves human beings killing other human beings, sometimes innocent civilians. That is why we despise war.
Nowadays it is the fashion to emphasize the horrors of the last war. I didn’t find it so horrible. There are just as horrible things happening all round us today, if only we had eyes to see them.
Peace and not war is the father of all things.
Dropping those atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was a war crime.
The middle of ‘America’s Women’ is about the Civil War, and how women, black and white, confronted slavery and abolition. As in every other period of crisis, the rules of sexual decorum were suspended due to emergency.
It is the same in love as in war; a fortress that parleys is half taken.
As a Korean War veteran, I know firsthand and understand the sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform.
Russia isn’t going to start a war. They can’t afford it. I think Mr. Putin can be dealt with if we stop screaming at him. You can work with the guy. You just have to know who he is.
Diplomats are just as essential to starting a war as soldiers are for finishing it… You take diplomacy out of war, and the thing would fall flat in a week.
War does horrible things to human beings, to societies. It brings out the best, but most often the worst, in our human nature.
The most successful war seldom pays for its losses.
It was the winter of war, in 1939. It felt completely pointless to try to create pictures… I suddenly felt an urge to write down something that was to begin with ‘Once upon a time.’
I took every chance I could to meet with U.S. soldiers. I talked with them and read the books they gave me about the war. I decided I needed to return to my country and join with them – active duty soldiers and Vietnam Veterans in particular – to try and end the war.
The Green New Deal we are proposing will be similar in scale to the mobilization efforts seen in World War II or the Marshall Plan. We must again invest in the development, manufacturing, deployment, and distribution of energy, but this time green energy.
If atomic bombs are to be added as new weapons to the arsenals of a warring world, or to the arsenals of nations preparing for war, then the time will come when mankind will curse the names of Los Alamos and of Hiroshima.
We are going to have peace even if we have to fight for it.
Peace for us means the destruction of Israel. We are preparing for an all-out war, a war which will last for generations.
Let’s be under no illusions: There are attacks on, for example, transgender Americans from the Oval Office, picking on troops – people willing to lay down their lives for this country – not to mention teenagers in our high schools. So we’ve got to end the war on trans Americans.
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.
You can’t say civilization don’t advance… in every war they kill you in a new way.
I don’t oppose all wars. What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war.
That man will fight us every day and every hour till the end of the war.
The idea that a war can be won by standing on the defensive and waiting for the enemy to attack is a dangerous fallacy, which owes its inception to the desire to evade the price of victory.
Strike against war, for without you no battles can be fought!
People always make war when they say they love peace.
What gunpowder did for war the printing press has done for the mind.
In most communities it is illegal to cry ‘fire’ in a crowded assembly. Should it not be considered serious international misconduct to manufacture a general war scare in an effort to achieve local political aims?
War does not determine who is right – only who is left.
War is the epitome of hell for all involved. I know because I have been there and back.
War will disappear only when men shall take no part whatever in violence and shall be ready to suffer every persecution that their abstention will bring them. It is the only way to abolish war.
There are no absolute rules of conduct, either in peace or war. Everything depends on circumstances.
For a war correspondent to miss an invasion is like refusing a date with Lana Turner.
It’s the first war we’ve ever fought on the television screen and the first war that our country ever fought where the media had full reign.
Not all moral issues have the same moral weight as abortion and euthanasia. There may be legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not… with regard to abortion and euthanasia.
I’m a writer. I don’t support any war. That’s my principle.
Before the Civil War, there were no national cemeteries, no processes for identifying the dead in the battle. There weren’t any dog tags, and there was no next-of-kin notification. You didn’t necessarily even hear what the fate of your loved ones had been. It was up to their comrades to write and inform you.
So I ask the nuclear powers to abandon the out-of-date thinking of the Cold War period and take a fresh look. Above all, I appeal to them to bear in mind the long-term threat that nuclear weapons pose to humankind and to begin action towards their elimination.
We are all tourists in history, and irony is what we win in wars.
I truly believe that when the history books are written, our age will be remembered for three things: the war on terror, the digital revolution, and what we did – or did not do – to put the fire out in Africa. History, like God, is watching what we do.
War is the statesman’s game, the priest’s delight, the lawyer’s jest, the hired assassin’s trade.
War is a racket. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.
Anyone who thinks must think of the next war as they would of suicide.
There’s not going to be a World War III, because there is no one to have World War III with.
I was born into Sudan’s civil war, and before I could read or write, I was using an AK47 in the conflict between the Muslim north and Animist/Christian south over the land and natural resources.
War is not an exercise of the will directed at an inanimate matter.
I was shaped by a pit environment and the Second World War. My playground was on the pit tip at Clay Cross and I grew up with that mining background. My father was a miner and my granddad was a miner, and I would say three out of ten on the street where I was born were working in the pits.
Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war that we know about peace, more about killing that we know about living.
Kashmiri people are fighting the war for freedom. And India cannot stop this freedom movement through atrocities, as Kashmir dispute is a problem of humanity, human rights, and freedom.
War is never economically beneficial except for those in position to profit from war expenditures.
Politics are very much like war. We may even have to use poison gas at times.
One can go to war alone, but you can’t build peace alone.
When the tyrant has disposed of foreign enemies by conquest or treaty, and there is nothing more to fear from them, then he is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader.
Accursed be he that first invented war.
Humanity should question itself, once more, about the absurd and always unfair phenomenon of war, on whose stage of death and pain only remain standing the negotiating table that could and should have prevented it.
Yesterday, December seventh, 1941, a date which will live in infamy, the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan. We will gain the inevitable triumph, so help us God.
Those who can win a war well can rarely make a good peace and those who could make a good peace would never have won the war.
Every attempt to make war easy and safe will result in humiliation and disaster.
If it hadn’t been for the Cold War, neither Russia nor America would have been sending people into space.
Business is war. I go out there, I want to kill the competitors. I want to make their lives miserable. I want to steal their market share. I want them to fear me and I want everyone on my team thinking we’re going to win.
Conquered, we conquer.
War is just when it is necessary; arms are permissible when there is no hope except in arms.
Yesterday, December seventh, 1941, a date which will live in infamy, the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan. We will gain the inevitable triumph, so help us God.
The real trouble with war (modern war) is that it gives no one a chance to kill the right people.
The best way to solve problems and to fight against war is through dialogue.
Ten soldiers wisely led will beat a hundred without a head.
There have been only 268 of the past 3,421 years free of war.
If few can stand a long war without deterioration of soul, none can stand a long peace.
Cards are war, in disguise of a sport.
War zones are dangerous, protests can be violent, also, natural disasters are difficult to cover, so there are going to be risks.
War makes strange bedfellows.
Peace to the shacks! War on the palaces!
Women don’t go to war to kill other women. Wars and armies and nuclear weapons are essentially heterosexual hobbies.
Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.
If… many influential people have failed to understand, or have just forgotten, what we were up against in the Cold War and how we overcame it, they are not going to be capable of securing, let alone enlarging, the gains that liberty has made.
War is not the answer, because only love can conquer hate.
If there is no Ukrainian strong army, there will be no Ukraine, and that will be the case when everyone will understand… it’s not the war in Ukraine, it’s the war in Europe. We are defending our country, our land. We are not attacking anyone, because that is immoral.
A pint of sweat, saves a gallon of blood.
Over the year,s the government launched more than one ‘war on corruption,’ and they all failed. Why? Because they all started from the bottom up.
A handful of men, inured to war, proceed to certain victory, while on the contrary, numerous armies of raw and undisciplined troops are but multitudes of men dragged to the slaughter.
While religious tolerance is surely better than religious war, tolerance is not without its liabilities. Our fear of provoking religious hatred has rendered us incapable of criticizing ideas that are now patently absurd and increasingly maladaptive.
War has always been the grand sagacity of every spirit which has grown too inward and too profound; its curative power lies even in the wounds one receives.
It was a requirement by the veterans to list the 57,000 names. We’re reaching a time that we’ll acknowledge the individual in a war on a national level.
No more war! Never again war! If you wish to be brothers, drop your weapons.
War is a contagion.
Let us not be deceived we are today in the midst of a cold war.
Here’s how I think of my money – as soldiers – I send them out to war everyday. I want them to take prisoners and come home, so there’s more of them.
Organize, agitate, educate, must be our war cry.
There are grave misgivings that the discussion on ecology may be designed to distract attention from the problems of war and poverty.
We as the governments, workers, employers and civil society must declare a war on child labour. This war cannot be won without strong, committed, coherent, and well-resourced worldwide movement. Equally needed is a genuine and active coordination between intergovernmental agencies at the highest level.
All war represents a failure of diplomacy.
In 1989, with the end of the Cold War and the collapse of communism, it seemed that the liberal story had won. The liberal story says that humankind is inevitably marching towards a global society of free markets and democratic politics.
Wanton killing of innocent civilians is terrorism, not a war against terrorism.
In defence of Madiba’s legacy, we will continue to wage a relentless war on corruption and mismanagement of the resources of our country.
Too often, stories about Afghanistan center around the various wars, the opium trade, the war on terrorism. Precious little is said about the Afghan people themselves – their culture, their traditions, how they lived in their country and how they manage abroad as exiles.
A war between Saudi Arabia and Iran is the beginning of a major catastrophe in the region, and it will reflect very strongly on the rest of the world. For sure, we will not allow any such thing.
We believe in peace in the settlement of all disputes through peaceful means, in the abolition of war, and, more particularly, nuclear war.
I’ve always been at war with myself, for right or wrong. I don’t know how to explain it more. It’s universal. Some people are better at dealing with it, and they sleep with no pain – not pain, arguments. I’ve grown quite comfortable with being at war.
The government of the United States doesn’t want peace. It wants to exploit its system of exploitation, of pillage, of hegemony through war. It wants peace, but what’s happening in Iraq? What happened in Lebanon? Palestine? What’s happening? What’s happened over the last hundred years in Latin America and in the world?
War’s stupid. Nobody wins. You might as well talk first; you have to talk last anyway.
Empathy is really the opposite of spiritual meanness. It’s the capacity to understand that every war is both won and lost. And that someone else’s pain is as meaningful as your own.
You can easily die racing to cover a bank robbery as you can in a war zone.
The very essence of literature is the war between emotion and intellect, between life and death. When literature becomes too intellectual – when it begins to ignore the passions, the emotions – it becomes sterile, silly, and actually without substance.
It is the function of the Navy to carry the war to the enemy so that it is not fought on U.S. soil.
Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war.
An army marches on its stomach.
There’s war – there’s always been war, as long as most of us have been alive. There have always been people being abused, there’s always been horrible things in the world. Why are we outraged? We should just be quiet and figure it out, and work it out together.
I can testify to what UNICEF means to children because I was among those who received food and medical relief right after World War II.
I think there should be holy war against yoga classes.
In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies.
An Atheist believes that a hospital should be built instead of a church. An atheist believes that deed must be done instead of prayer said. An atheist strives for involvement in life and not escape into death. He wants disease conquered, poverty vanished, war eliminated.
The Holocaust only emerged in American life after Israel’s victory in the 1967 Six Day war against its Arab neighbours.
Unconditional war can no longer lead to unconditional victory. It can no longer serve to settle disputes… can no longer be of concern to great powers alone.
This war no longer has anything to do with knightly conduct or with the agreements of the Geneva Convention.
Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growing up.
The real and lasting victories are those of peace, and not of war.
War is wrong. Conscription for war is inconsistent with freedom of conscience, which is not merely the right to believe but to act on the degree of truth that one receives, to follow a vocation which is God-inspired and God-directed.
In war the heroes always outnumber the soldiers ten to one.
People were already beginning to forget, what horrible suffering the war had brought them. I did not want to cause fear and panic, but to let people know how dreadful war is and so to stimulate people’s powers of resistance.
With one terrible exception, the Civil War, law and the Constitution have kept America whole and free.
From the point of the view of the nation’s power, it was obvious that while we were fighting the Sino-Japanese war, every effort was to be made to avoid adding to our enemies and opening additional fronts.
I have been a gigantic Rolling Stones fan since approximately the Spanish-American War.
Build me a son, O Lord, who will be strong enough to know when he is weak, and brave enough to face himself when he is afraid, one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat, and humble and gentle in victory.
The Sino-Indian War in 1962 has fundamentally shaped and distorted Indian attitudes towards China. It also obscured a great deal of what has happened in China since 1962.
War is an instrument entirely inefficient toward redressing wrong; and multiplies, instead of indemnifying losses.
The time to take counsel of your fears is before you make an important battle decision. That’s the time to listen to every fear you can imagine! When you have collected all the facts and fears and made your decision, turn off all your fears and go ahead!
During the time men live without a common power to keep them all in awe, they are in that conditions called war; and such a war, as if of every man, against every man.
Yes, we love peace, but we are not willing to take wounds for it, as we are for war.
The tragedy of modern war is that the young men die fighting each other – instead of their real enemies back home in the capitals.
Never take advice from anyone in a tie. They’ll bankrupt you. Don’t ask a general for advice on war, and don’t ask a broker for advice on money.
One may know how to gain a victory, and know not how to use it.
Every time we walk along a beach some ancient urge disturbs us so that we find ourselves shedding shoes and garments or scavenging among seaweed and whitened timbers like the homesick refugees of a long war.
The Korean War has also show quite clearly that in a major conflict manpower is as important as horsepower.
Growing up with my mother who grew up during World War II being half Filipina, half Okinawan, and literally running around the jungles in the Philippines escaping Japanese military chasing after them – I grew up with what they deem now as trauma, generational trauma.
Even philosophers will praise war as ennobling mankind, forgetting the Greek who said: ‘War is bad in that it begets more evil than it kills.’
A war with Pakistan would be an utter disaster.
To walk through the ruined cities of Germany is to feel an actual doubt about the continuity of civilization.
The Cold War is over but Cold War thinking survives.
This union has been divided in like a civil war – brother against brother – sister against sister. And I’m pulling it together. We’ve already seen evidence of that in New York, in Pennsylvania, in California. The first thing is we have to get on the same page. We have to be united in one cause.
That most unfortunate war, which I deeply deplore.
War is big business. It’s a lot of money going to and fro, and unfortunately a lot of angst, and a lot of fear, and a lot of doubt. And eventually a lot of wonderful people, like soldiers, like men and women that are out there trying to do the best they can, they come back being wounded on many levels.
The most important thing we have to do first of all in a war with the U.S., I firmly believe, is to fiercely attack and destroy the U.S. main fleet at the outset of the war so that the morale of the U.S. Navy and her people goes down to such an extent that it cannot be recovered.
All those who seek to destroy the liberties of a democratic nation ought to know that war is the surest and shortest means to accomplish it.
War should be the only study of a prince. He should consider peace only as a breathing-time, which gives him leisure to contrive, and furnishes as ability to execute, military plans.
A war between Europeans is a civil war.
The Cold War isn’t thawing; it is burning with a deadly heat. Communism isn’t sleeping; it is, as always, plotting, scheming, working, fighting.
The republican is the only form of government which is not eternally at open or secret war with the rights of mankind.
In war there is no prize for runner-up.
War hath no fury like a non-combatant.
Virtually every society that survived did so by socializing its sons to be disposable. Disposable in war; disposable in work. We need warriors and volunteer firefighters, so we label these men heroes.
I find by my calculations, which are according to revealed inspiration, that the sword of death is now approaching us, in the shape of pestilence, war more horrible than has been known in three lifetimes, and famine.
We have been travelling through a cloud. The sky has been dark ever since the war began.
Up until the First World War, when people turned anti-German, Germany had been described by American political scientists as the model of democracy.
If men make war in slavish obedience to rules, they will fail.
The whole art of war consists of guessing at what is on the other side of the hill.
Let us recollect that peace or war will not always be left to our option; that however moderate or unambitious we may be, we cannot count upon the moderation, or hope to extinguish the ambition of others.
War is mainly a catalogue of blunders.
The object of war is victory; that of victory is conquest; and that of conquest preservation.
We have war when at least one of the parties to a conflict wants something more than it wants peace.
Everybody has a job to do. There are people in Iraq on both sides of this war who do what they do for religious reasons, and they feel with God on their side. Some people are good at annihilating people. Maybe that’s their gift.
Morality binds people into groups. It gives us tribalism, it gives us genocide, war, and politics. But it also gives us heroism, altruism, and sainthood.
War consisteth not in battle only, or the act of fighting; but in a tract of time, wherein the will to contend by battle is sufficiently known.
The grim fact is that we prepare for war like precocious giants, and for peace like retarded pygmies.
Cameras help to minimize collateral damage, and very often, without a camera a missile cannot fire. Certainly, without a camera a drone can’t function, which means that the very ways in which we wage war are determined in part by how cameras work and whether they work at all.
There are only two cases in which war is just: first, in order to resist the aggression of an enemy, and second, in order to help an ally who has been attacked.
In every war, there’s looting.
The great questions of the day will not be settled by means of speeches and majority decisions but by iron and blood.
The ’60s are my favorite decade – with the Cold War, the women’s movement. And then there’s the music, the fashion, the clothes, the hair.
When all the world is overcharged with inhabitants, then the last remedy of all is war, which provideth for every man, by victory or death.
To declare the Cold War over, and declare democracy has won out over totalitarianism, is a measure of arrogance and wrong-headedness.
I do not believe we will have a war with Iran.
During the Cuban Missile Crisis, decisions made by President John F. Kennedy and Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev could have plunged both countries into thermonuclear war.
I think NATO is a Cold War product. I think NATO historically should have shut up shop in 1990 along with the Warsaw Pact; unfortunately, it didn’t.
War makes strange giant creatures out of us little routine men who inhabit the earth.
I was a soldier in WWII. The last couple of months of the war I was actually in combat.
I was born during the war and grew up in a time of rationing. We didn’t have anything. It’s influenced the way I look at the world.
Don’t forget what I discovered that over ninety percent of all national deficits from 1921 to 1939 were caused by payments for past, present, and future wars.
One of the good things about the way the Gulf War ended in 1991 is, you’d see the Vietnam veterans marching with the Gulf War veterans.
We are not at war with Egypt. We are in an armed conflict.
The tragedy of America is that it entered all the wars with a consensus in favor of them, but within a defined period, the legitimacy of the war became a major domestic issue, with some people arguing that withdrawal was the only legitimate objective.
Winning is overrated. The only time it is really important is in surgery and war.
We are unnecessarily wasting our precious resources in wars… if we must wage war, we have to do it on unemployment, disease, poverty, and backwardness.
After every war someone has to tidy up.
War is hugely profitable. It creates so much money because it’s so easy to spend money very fast. There are huge fortunes to be made. So there is always an encouragement to promote war and keep it going, to make sure that we identify people who are ‘others’ whom we can legitimately make war upon.
You could argue that war is always an irrational act, and yet many states enter into military conflict out of rational calculation or national interest or the stability or longevity of their regime.
We cannot win this war on terror if people are undercutting us. And one way to undercut us is to empower Iran.
You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war.
Politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed.
We must permit the youth of the land who would bear arms to decide whether or not there should be war.
War is fear cloaked in courage.
Peace is produced by war.
No war is inevitable until it breaks out.
All the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible.
It was my duty to shoot the enemy, and I don’t regret it. My regrets are for the people I couldn’t save: Marines, soldiers, buddies. I’m not naive, and I don’t romanticize war. The worst moments of my life have come as a SEAL. But I can stand before God with a clear conscience about doing my job.
I covered the Vietnam War. I remember the lies that were told, the lives that were lost – and the shock when, twenty years after the war ended, former Defense Secretary Robert S. McNamara admitted he knew it was a mistake all along.
Our enemy is motivated by hatred and will not stop planning more plots against until they are ultimately defeated. Today was an important and necessary victory in the war, but there is a long road ahead. We must remain committed if we are to succeed and protect our liberty.
In war, you can only be killed once, but in politics, many times.
Politics is almost as exciting as war, and quite as dangerous. In war you can only be killed once, but in politics many times.
God is day and night, winter and summer, war and peace, surfeit and hunger.
Regardless of what one’s attitude towards prohibition may be, temperance is something against which, at a time of war, no reasonable protest can be made.
I worked night and day for twelve years to prevent the war, but I could not. The North was mad and blind, would not let us govern ourselves, and so the war came.
The best weapon against an enemy is another enemy.
The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his.
My first direct encounter with the military was when I joined ROTC as a graduate student, although my father, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps, can trace the military service in our family all the way back to the Revolutionary War.
When they are preparing for war, those who rule by force speak most copiously about peace until they have completed the mobilization process.
I guess if people couldn’t profit from war I don’t think there would be war.
A really strong woman accepts the war she went through and is ennobled by her scars.
When you go out on to that field it’s going to be war. Sportsmanship is playing to the best of your abilities and then, afterwards, shaking your opponent’s hand.
The political object is the goal, war is the means of reaching it, and the means can never be considered in isolation from their purposes.
Be polite; write diplomatically; even in a declaration of war one observes the rules of politeness.
The Gulf War was like teenage sex. We got in too soon and out too soon.
The military don’t start wars. Politicians start wars.
In nuclear war all men are cremated equal.
Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans – born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace.
In war, events of importance are the result of trivial causes.
Television brought the brutality of war into the comfort of the living room. Vietnam was lost in the living rooms of America – not on the battlefields of Vietnam.
We cannot be both the world’s leading champion of peace and the world’s leading supplier of the weapons of war.
There was never a good war, or a bad peace.
War is just a racket. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of people. Only a small inside group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few at the expense of the masses.
We don’t even know how strong we are until we are forced to bring that hidden strength forward. In times of tragedy, of war, of necessity, people do amazing things. The human capacity for survival and renewal is awesome.
The myth of unlimited production brings war in its train as inevitably as clouds announce a storm.
American GIs don’t fight this unjust immoral and illegal war of Johnson’s.
It is good that war is so horrible, or we might grow to like it.
When General Allenby conquered Jerusalem during World War I, he was hailed in the American press as Richard the Lion-Hearted, who had at last won the Crusades and driven the pagans out of the Holy Land.
The greatest crime since World War II has been U.S. foreign policy.
The accounting of the sacrifice is, more than anything else, the attitude toward war memorials in our time.
Some of those drawn into the holy war had been secular nationalists only a few years before. If one looks at the biographies of these people, remarkable continuities are revealed.
When the Bangladesh war happened, people in Pakistan who did not support it were called unpatriotic. My father was in the jail at that time, and a lot of those who knew my family used to call us children of a traitor.
Man becomes his most creative during war.
We have to realize that science is a double-edged sword. One edge of the sword can cut against poverty, illness, disease and give us more democracies, and democracies never war with other democracies, but the other side of the sword could give us nuclear proliferation, biogerms and even forces of darkness.
If it’s natural to kill, how come men have to go into training to learn how?
No matter what political reasons are given for war, the underlying reason is always economic.
The only winner in the War of 1812 was Tchaikovsky.
I know that military alliances and armament have been the reliance for peace for centuries, but they do not produce peace; and when war comes, as it inevitably does under such conditions, these armaments and alliances but intensify and broaden the conflict.
We became convinced that, regardless of Stalin’s awful brutality and his reign of terror, he was a great war leader. Without Stalin, they never would have held.
I hated the draft, but at the same time, it’s something that made every American take war seriously.
Marriage is an adventure, like going to war.
So I would say God hates war, but God loves every soldier.
There is nothing glamorous or romantic about war. It’s mostly about random pointless death and misery.
Allow the president to invade a neighboring nation whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion,and you allow him to do so whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such purpose – and you allow him to make war at pleasure.
War is too serious a matter to leave to soldiers.
A bad peace is even worse than war.
Peace demands the most heroic labor and the most difficult sacrifice. It demands greater heroism than war. It demands greater fidelity to the truth and a much more perfect purity of conscience.
War is hell.
War is not an independent phenomenon, but the continuation of politics by different means.
Sleep after toil, port after stormy seas, Ease after war, death after life does greatly please.
For peace is not mere absence of war, but is a virtue that springs from, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.
If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children.
In war, whichever side may call itself the victor, there are no winners, but all are losers.
Monarchs ought to put to death the authors and instigators of war, as their sworn enemies and as dangers to their states.
Jokes are better than war. Even the most aggressive jokes are better than the least aggressive wars. Even the longest jokes are better than the shortest wars.
No country can act wisely simultaneously in every part of the globe at every moment of time.
Once the war of words begins, truth is the casualty.
After every major conflict – World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the fall of the Soviet Union – what happened was that we ultimately hollowed out the force, largely by doing deep across-the-board cuts.
There were no jobs created in America from 1945, when the war ended, through 2003. How could there be? Taxes were too high. Preposterously so under Eisenhower, Kennedy, Nixon, Reagan (who left office with a 28 percent rate on long-term capital gains) and Bush the Elder.
The most important thing in our war preparations is to teach all our people to hate U.S. imperialism. Otherwise, we will not be able to defeat the U.S. imperialists who boast of their technological superiority.
I could have ended the war in a month. I could have made North Vietnam look like a mud puddle.
The Muslims are, as a group, attacking people because under the Quran, there is the house of Islam, and outside of it, there’s the house of war.
Lots of people who complained about us receiving the MBE received theirs for heroism in the war – for killing people. We received ours for entertaining other people. I’d say we deserve ours more.
War is so complex; human nature is so complex. There’s no filmmaker who has ever figured it out perfectly.
Everyone, when there’s war in the air, learns to live in a new element: falsehood.
I find capitalism repugnant. It is filthy, it is gross, it is alienating… because it causes war, hypocrisy and competition.
The War Powers Act requires presidents to seek the consent of the American people, through their representatives, before sending our troops into war. It is the responsibility of Congress to deliberate and consult with the executive branch before involving ourselves in a military conflict.
War is only a cowardly escape from the problems of peace.
I have seen enough of one war never to wish to see another.
I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.
God employs several translators; some pieces are translated by age, some by sickness, some by war, some by justice.
What I am going to tell you is this: Although it is commonly believed that the War on Terrorism is a noble effort to defend freedom, in reality, it has little to do with terrorism and even less to do with the defense of freedom.
War is cruelty. There is no use trying to reform it. The crueler it is, the sooner it will be over.
In our Country… one class of men makes war and leaves another to fight it out.
The British bombing of Caen beginning on D-Day in particular was stupid, counter-productive and above all very close to a war crime.
The key lesson of the 1930s is that appeasement leads directly to war.
War is the province of danger.
The great object is that every man be armed.
I had seen people who had lost everything and everyone they loved to war, famine, and natural disasters.
Public diplomacy was an effective Cold War weapon.
War is regarded as nothing but the continuation of state policy with other means.
War is not cheap, but it’s the human cost that’s the highest.
What charitable 1 percenters can’t do is assume responsibility – America’s national responsibilities: the care of its sick and its poor, the education of its young, the repair of its failing infrastructure, the repayment of its staggering war debts.
The connection between dress and war is not far to seek; your finest clothes are those you wear as soldiers.
War is not the continuation of politics with different means, it is the greatest mass-crime perpetrated on the community of man.
First, we could have defied both of them and could have gone to war against both of these nations for this violation of international law and interference with our neutral rights.
All warfare is based on deception.
War settles nothing.
We must fight for peace bravely as we fought in war.
War is too serious a matter to entrust to military men.
The stabilizing influence of the modern social welfare state emerged only after World War II, nearly 200 years on from the 18th-century beginnings of the Industrial Revolution.
Successive American presidents have turned a blind eye to piles of evidence that Saudi money is being used to foment holy war against America.
Lenin was the first to discover that capitalism ‘inevitably’ caused war; and he discovered this only when the First World War was already being fought. Of course he was right. Since every great state was capitalist in 1914.
When the rich wage war, it’s the poor who die.
I acquired a hunger for fairy tales in the dark days of blackout and blitz in the Second World War.
Either war is obsolete, or men are.
I grew up among heroes who went down the pit, who played rugby, told stories, sang songs of war.
Those who want peace should prepare for war and be strong.
War is a series of catastrophes that results in a victory.
The Gulf War is responsible for the huge and horrifying rise in Islamic terrorism.
I saw courage both in the Vietnam War and in the struggle to stop it. I learned that patriotism includes protest, not just military service.
For me, true beauty has nothing to do with wrinkles and everything to do with the fact that my maternal grandmother raised five children just after the war and remained a fighter throughout her life. True beauty is the slick of red lipstick my paternal grandmother would put on before going to church on Sunday.
We should keep on going along the path of globalization. Globalization is good… when trade stops, war comes.
Capitalism is war; socialism is peace.
We are at war, if you will, in the cyber domain now, constantly battling countries, such as Russia or China, who are trying to do everything from steal our technology to influence our elections to put out disinformation about the United States.
Baseball is only a game, a game of inches and a lot of luck. During a time of all-out war, sports are very insignificant.
I am tired and sick of war. Its glory is all moonshine. It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, for vengeance, for desolation. War is hell.
When the war of the giants is over the wars of the pygmies will begin.
Every war when it comes, or before it comes, is represented not as a war but as an act of self-defense against a homicidal maniac.
Peace is the virtue of civilization. War is its crime.
We need to decide that we will not go to war, whatever reason is conjured up by the politicians or the media, because war in our time is always indiscriminate, a war against innocents, a war against children.
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.
When you see a 14-year-old boy who has never known what peace looks like for a day in his life, there’s part of you as a human being that feels some degree, you can say, compassion for the fact that these boys have known war, famine, violence and death from the day they were born.
World War II ended the Great Depression with one of the great public-private industrial collaborations in the history of man.
If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known, that we are at all times ready for War.
Anyone who has ever been privileged to direct a film also knows that, although it can be like trying to write ‘War and Peace’ in a bumper car in an amusement park, when you finally get it right, there are not many joys in life that can equal the feeling.
There are only two sides to this question. Every man must be for the United States or against it. There can be no neutrals in this war; only patriots and traitors.
Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind.
‘But,’ say the puling, pusillanimous cowards, ‘we shall be subject to a long and bloody war if we declare independence.’ On the contrary, I affirm it the only step that can bring the contest to a speedy and happy issue.
I thought the war would never end. And perhaps it never did, either.
My parents are Vietnamese refugees; they left Vietnam after the war. They were part of the boat people, and they ended up in a refugee camp in Thailand after being on the water for three days, and I was born at that refugee camp in Thailand.
We have but one flag, one country; let us stand together. We may differ in color, but not in sentiment. Many things have been said about me which are wrong, and which white and black persons here, who stood by me through the war, can contradict.
Oceania was at war with Eurasia; therefore Oceania had always been at war with Eurasia.
Once we have a war there is only one thing to do. It must be won. For defeat brings worse things than any that can ever happen in war.
I always tell people, anger is like liquid. It’s fluid, it’s like water. You put it in a container and it takes the shape of that container. So many people you see in prison, unleashing war on their people, they are angry, and they take their anger and put it into a violent container.
We make war that we may live in peace.
I would make this war as severe as possible, and show no symptoms of tiring till the South begs for mercy.
Oh, sure, we have another world war coming, and another great depression, but where are the leaders this time?
This is an important book, the critic assumes, because it deals with war. This is an insignificant book because it deals with the feelings of women in a drawing-room.
I don’t think the war in Afghanistan was ruthlessly enough waged.
If we had a hydrogen economy worldwide, every nation on earth could create its own energy source to support its economy, and the threat of war over diminishing resources would just evaporate.
We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.
In modern war… you will die like a dog for no good reason.
Next to a lost battle, nothing is so sad as a battle that has been won.
My accent does slip. When I arrived in England in 1978 at 18, I was shocked to find myself ‘the American’ at RADA. The English and the Americans have an intense relationship. They helped us out in the Second World War.
War… is harmful, not only to the conquered but to the conqueror.
What a cruel thing war is… to fill our hearts with hatred instead of love for our neighbors.
If our most highly qualified General Staff officers had been told to work out the most nonsensical high level organization for war which they could think of, they could not have produced anything more stupid that that which we have at present.
As the First World War made painfully clear, when politicians and generals lead nations into war, they almost invariably assume swift victory, and have a remarkably enduring tendency not to foresee problems that, in hindsight, seem obvious.
We in the West think of peace as society’s default position. War is a temporary state of affairs that happens when peace fails. For us, war is something that has a beginning, a middle, and an end. When it is over, win or lose, the warring factions lay down their arms and resume their normal lives.
It is not patriotic to commit young Americans to war unless our national security clearly requires it.
When you are winning a war almost everything that happens can be claimed to be right and wise.
Making peace, I have found, is much harder than making war.
We can best help you to prevent war not by repeating your words and following your methods but by finding new words and creating new methods.
All I watch is war movies. The stories be touching… just to see what they go through on both sides of the fence.
Remember that politics, colonialism, imperialism and war also originate in the human brain.
To secure peace is to prepare for war.
This war differs from other wars, in this particular. We are not fighting armies but a hostile people, and must make old and young, rich and poor, feel the hard hand of war.
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?
I shall proceed from the simple to the complex. But in war more than in any other subject we must begin by looking at the nature of the whole; for here more than elsewhere the part and the whole must always be thought of together.
For millennia, men have enslaved women and attempted to appropriate female creative power, re-casting themselves as gods and creators. This assault continues today in the forms of ruthless wealth and mineral extraction, genetic engineering, mass surveillance, and war mongering.
Be convinced that to be happy means to be free and that to be free means to be brave. Therefore do not take lightly the perils of war.
A lasting order cannot be established by bayonets.
It seems to me that after the second world war, Beckett finally realized he had something to write about.
War is the continuation of politics by other means.
We come across thirty or so hurried graves with makeshift wooden markers. ‘Private Edwards, E.’, a number, and that was all. Fourteen days ago he was alive, thinking feeling, hoping… If war was a game of cards, I’d say someone was cheating.
Sometimes I think war is God’s way of teaching us geography.
It is an unfortunate fact that we can secure peace only by preparing for war.
If it were not for the war, this war would suit me down to the ground.
There will one day spring from the brain of science a machine or force so fearful in its potentialities, so absolutely terrifying, that even man, the fighter, who will dare torture and death in order to inflict torture and death, will be appalled, and so abandon war forever.
Make no mistake, adolescence is a war. No one gets out unscathed.
There is many a boy here today who looks on war as all glory, but, boys, it is all hell.
Love and war are the same thing, and stratagems and policy are as allowable in the one as in the other.
I’m against war with the United States. But I am an officer of the Imperial Navy and a subject of His Majesty the Emperor.
World War II was a trauma that paralysed writers. It was something metaphysical, diabolical.
I grew up in Manchester, and we were very poor. My father was a miner who joined the Navy during the war and developed a lung disease and had to have a lung removed.
I don’t know whether war is an interlude during peace, or peace an interlude during war.
Reactionaries often describe both Marx and Lenin as theorists, without taking into consideration that their utopias inspired Russia and China – the two countries called upon to lead a new world which will allow for human survival if imperialism does not first unleash a criminal, exterminating war.
Football is like war. It’s about taking territory.
Yes; quaint and curious war is! You shoot a fellow down you’d treat if met where any bar is, or help to half-a-crown.
During practically all of my public life, I have been a sincere advocate of an agreement between the leading nations of the world to set up all the necessary international machinery that would bring about a practical abolition of war between civilized nations.
All great civilizations, in their early stages, are based on success in war.
War is organized murder and torture against our brothers.
The lesson of the Cold War is that against nuclear weapons, only nuclear weapons can hold the peace.
We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living.
Morality is contraband in war.
There must be people who remember World War II and the Holocaust who can help us get out of this rut.
My greatest disappointment is that I believe that those of us who went through the war and tried to write about it, about their experience, became messengers. We have given the message, and nothing changed.
We used to wonder where war lived, what it was that made it so vile. And now we realize that we know where it lives… inside ourselves.
In many… cases, of course, the Arab Spring has brought about instability rather than greater stability. And rather than bringing about government that is more representative and more responsive to the people, you’re seeing, frankly, the opposite, or you’re seeing all-out war.
The first panacea for a mismanaged nation is inflation of the currency; the second is war. Both bring a temporary prosperity; both bring a permanent ruin. But both are the refuge of political and economic opportunists.
On 6 October 1973, the Yom Kippur war broke out between a coalition of Arab states and Israel. At 6 A.M. that morning, Kissinger, asleep in the Waldorf, was taken by surprise by the Arab attack – as were the CIA and the rest of the world.
A true war story is never moral.
To hold a pen is to be at war.
Total war is no longer war waged by all members of one national community against all those of another. It is total… because it may well involve the whole world.
Unless a nation’s life faces peril, war is murder.
Peace has its victories no less than war, but it doesn’t have as many monuments to unveil.
Being over seventy is like being engaged in a war. All our friends are going or gone and we survive amongst the dead and the dying as on a battlefield.
The condition of man… is a condition of war of everyone against everyone.
Only the dead have seen the end of the war.
We’ve killed a million Iraqis since the start of the Gulf war – mostly by blocking humanitarian aid.
The United States never lost a war or won a conference.
The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war.
I’ve been to war, and it’s not easy to kill. It’s bloody and messy and totally horrifying, and the consequences are serious.
Journalists typically don’t carry weapons, even in war zones, for fear of compromising their status as neutral observers. If you’re armed, the theory goes, other armed people will consider you a target.
It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.
I don’t believe in war as a solution to any kind of conflict, nor do I believe in heroism on the battlefield because I have never seen any.
If we help an educated man’s daughter to go to Cambridge are we not forcing her to think not about education but about war? – not how she can learn, but how she can fight in order that she might win the same advantages as her brothers?
The first and most imperative necessity in war is money, for money means everything else – men, guns, ammunition.
War may be an armed angel with a mission, but she has the personal habits of the slums.
The military people don’t like it; the government probably doesn’t like it, but the people should know what they’re sending their young people into when they permit their governments to declare war and engage in war.
In my dreams I hear again the crash of guns, the rattle of musketry, the strange, mournful mutter of the battlefield.
It is not only the living who are killed in war.
Religion is interesting because it brings out the best and the worst in humanity. It can be a source of good deeds, whether it’s people from different spiritual backgrounds coming together to help other people in need after a crisis. But it’s also a cause for war and bloodshed.
War is sweet to those who have not experienced it.
I considered myself engaged in a war from Day One. And my objective was to force the federal government – the Kennedy administration at that time – into a position where they would have to use the United States military force to enforce my rights as a citizen.
In the 1930s one was aware of two great evils – mass unemployment and the threat of war.
No alliance in history has done more to prevent war, and no alliance is more rooted in the values America champions, than NATO.
The art of war is of vital importance to the state. It is a matter of life and death, a road either to safety or to ruin. Hence it is a subject of inquiry which can on no account be neglected.
If there is not the war, you don’t get the great general; if there is not a great occasion, you don’t get a great statesman; if Lincoln had lived in a time of peace, no one would have known his name.
Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime.
War on the other hand is such a terrible thing, that no man, especially a Christian man, has the right to assume the responsibility of starting it.
Rock ‘n’ roll was two pegs below being a prisoner of war back then.
In the Crusades, getting the Holy Land back was the goal, and any means could be used to achieve it. World War II was a crusade. The firebombing of Tokyo by Doolittle and the carpet bombing in Germany, especially by the British, showed that.
Know thy self, know thy enemy. A thousand battles, a thousand victories.
Sometime they’ll give a war and nobody will come.
War grows out of the desire of the individual to gain advantage at the expense of his fellow man.
I have my cousin’s jacket from when he was at war in Iraq. He never came home. It’s incredible to have something that is so personal but that I also feel relatively comfortable wearing.
One cannot wage war under present conditions without the support of public opinion, which is tremendously molded by the press and other forms of propaganda.
Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind.
War: a massacre of people who don’t know each other for the profit of people who know each other but don’t massacre each other.
War is delightful to those who have had no experience of it.
We should seek by all means in our power to avoid war, by analysing possible causes, by trying to remove them, by discussion in a spirit of collaboration and good will.
It’s a war zone, my body, and one which has been through a great deal.
World War I broke out largely because of an arms race, and World War II because of the lack of an arms race.
What this country needs what every country needs occasionally is a good hard bloody war to revive the vice of patriotism on which its existence as a nation depends.
I find war detestable but those who praise it without participating in it even more so.
There are two problems for our species’ survival – nuclear war and environmental catastrophe – and we’re hurtling towards them. Knowingly.
You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.
Ideas are the great warriors of the world, and a war that has no idea behind it, is simply a brutality.
The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem, it is generally employed only by small children and large nations.
War is the ultimate tool of politics.
War is not only a matter of equipment, artillery, group troops or air force; it is largely a matter of spirit, or morale.
War is cruelty, and none can make it gentle.
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.
Experience has shown how deeply the seeds of war are planted by economic rivalry and social injustice.
The Great Depression of the 1930s saw more American unmarried women working from nine to five, mostly in repetitive, boring, subordinate, dead-end jobs. But the number of working women doubled between 1870 and 1940. During World War II it doubled once again.
War is the unfolding of miscalculations.
Until I began to build and launch rockets, I didn’t know my hometown was at war with itself over its children and that my parents were locked in a kind of bloodless combat over how my brother and I would live our lives.
I am making this statement as an act of wilful defiance of military authority, because I believe that the War is being deliberately prolonged by those who have the power to end it.
I do not believe that civilization will be wiped out in a war fought with the atomic bomb. Perhaps two-thirds of the people of the earth will be killed.
My dear Excellency! I have not gone to war to collect cheese and eggs, but for another purpose.
What do you do when you get a draft notice and you think a war is wrong? And I struggled with that for months prior to my being inducted into the army, and I’m still struggling with it, 40 years later.
We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war but the postive affirmation of peace.
How do we prevent Iran developing an atomic bomb, when, on the American side, dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki is not recognised as a war crime?
Telling us to obey instinct is like telling us to obey ‘people.’ People say different things: so do instincts. Our instincts are at war… Each instinct, if you listen to it, will claim to be gratified at the expense of the rest.
Germany has reduced savagery to a science, and this great war for the victorious peace of justice must go on until the German cancer is cut clean out of the world body.
As I approached my 18th birthday and prepared to enter military service in World War II, I was recommended to receive the Melchizedek Priesthood.
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.
When you go to war, both sides lose totally.
In battle it is the cowards who run the most risk; bravery is a rampart of defense.
The human voice: It’s the instrument we all play. It’s the most powerful sound in the world, probably. It’s the only one that can start a war or say ‘I love you.’ And yet many people have the experience that when they speak, people don’t listen to them.
I would trade 20 white babies for an Asian baby. If I’m ever rich, I want a closet full of Asian babies. And I’ll just pull them out whenever I’m feeling down, you know? All kinds. Korean ones. Chinese ones. Vietnamese – not so much. My dad was in the war, and I hold a grudge.
The great and abiding lesson of American history, particularly the cold war, is that the engine of capitalism, the individual, is mightier than any collective.
The use of drones is rapidly transforming the way we go to war. On the battlefield, a squad leader can receive real-time data from a drone that enables him to view the landscape for miles in every direction, dramatically expanding the capabilities of what would normally have been a small and isolated unit.
The Ukrainian nation, as no other nation, understands and is fully aware of the tragedy and its scale of all the lost lives of the Ukrainian Jews during the Second World War.
The guys who won World War II and that whole generation have disappeared, and now we have a bunch of teenage twits.
We were told by President Obama that in respect of international trade, we would have to get to the back of the queue – not a position that America normally requires the United Kingdom to be in when it comes to other matters, such as the Iraq War.
There is so much that must be done in a civilized barbarism like war.
War is just a racket… I believe in adequate defense at the coastline and nothing else.
In my final year at Bristol University, I wrote a play called ‘White Feathers.’ It was produced in the studio theatre at the students’ union in early 1999, when I was 21. It’s 100 pages long: a very traditional play, with an interval, about deserters in the First World War.
Love is like war: easy to begin but very hard to stop.
I’m not going to say I was opposed to the Vietnam War. I’m going to say I’m opposed to war. But I’m also opposed to protests that deny other people their rights.
The poetry of heroism appeals irresistibly to those who don’t go to a war, and even more to those whom the war is making enormously wealthy. It’s always so.
To delight in war is a merit in the soldier, a dangerous quality in the captain, and a positive crime in the statesman.
No one hates war like a soldier hates war.
The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission.
A quality education grants us the ability to fight the war on ignorance and poverty.
You can propose marriage naked or in handcuffs, but no one is going to agree to forsake all others for a man in shorts. You can’t declare war in shorts or deliver a eulogy in shorts.
More than an end to war, we want an end to the beginning of all wars – yes, an end to this brutal, inhuman and thoroughly impractical method of settling the differences between governments.
It takes a few to make war, but it takes a village and a nation to build peace.
I have known war as few men now living know it. It’s very destructiveness on both friend and foe has rendered it useless as a means of settling international disputes.
Everybody has forgotten that Russia helped start the Second World War.
You have to be willing to go to war with yourself and create a whole new identity.
The only way human beings can win a war is to prevent it.
Brave men rejoice in adversity, just as brave soldiers triumph in war.
Only the winners decide what were war crimes.
Politics is the womb in which war develops.
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.
My feelings of revulsion and foreboding about nuclear weapons had not changed an iota since 1945, and they have never left me. Since I was 14, the overriding objective of my life has been to prevent the occurrence of nuclear war.
I was not an anthropology student prior to the war. I took it up as part of a personal readjustment following some bewildering experiences as an infantryman and later as a prisoner of war in Dresden, Germany. The science of the Study of Man has been extremely satisfactory from that personal standpoint.
My objective is to fulfil the dream of Bangabandhu through building a hunger- and poverty-free Golden Bangladesh being imbued with the spirit of the War of Liberation.
The operations of the federal government will be most extensive and important in times of war and danger; those of the state governments, in times of peace and security.
No person can escape Einsteinian relativity, and no soldier or veteran can escape the trauma of war’s dislocation.
It is our duty still to endeavor to avoid war; but if it shall actually take place, no matter by whom brought on, we must defend ourselves. If our house be on fire, without inquiring whether it was fired from within or without, we must try to extinguish it.
If it were a fact, it wouldn’t be called intelligence.
Everything in war is very simple. But the simplest thing is difficult.
War is a poor chisel to carve out tomorrow.
The lesson of the Cuban Missile Crisis is plain: Strength prevents war; weakness invites it. We need a commander-in-chief who understands that – and who won’t leave us facing a foe who thinks he doesn’t.
The lunacy continues and has every chance of becoming a way of life unless we stop it soon. Men are getting so used to wars that the psychiatric wing of the RAMC are planning how to break the news to the men when the war is over.
And I’m a slow writer: five, six hundred words is a good day. That’s the reason it took me 20 years to write those million and a half words of the Civil War.
There is only one principle of war and that’s this. Hit the other fellow, as quickly as you can, as hard as you can, where it hurts him most, when he ain’t lookin’.
History teaches that war begins when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap.
In many regions, war and terror prevail. States disintegrate. For many years, we have read about this. We have heard about it. We have seen it on TV. But we had not yet sufficiently understood that what happens in Aleppo and Mosul can affect Essen or Stuttgart. We have to face that now.
My child, you are going to be a great king; do not imitate me in the taste I have had for building, or in that I have had for war; try, on the contrary, to be at peace with your neighbors.
I woke up one day and thought, ‘Enough is enough with bullying myself.’ The war is within you, and that’s also where it’s won. You just have to tackle your insecurities and then let them go.
War is the domain of physical exertion and suffering.
Generally speaking, men are held in great esteem in all parts of the world, so why shouldn’t women have their share? Soldiers and war heroes are honored and commemorated, explorers are granted immortal fame, martyrs are revered, but how many people look upon women too as soldiers?
As I was writing ‘The Shock Doctrine’, I was covering the Iraq War and profiteering from the war, and I started to see these patterns repeat in the aftermath of natural disasters, like the Asian tsunami and then Hurricane Katrina.
Battle is the most magnificent competition in which a human being can indulge. It brings out all that is best; it removes all that is base. All men are afraid in battle. The coward is the one who lets his fear overcome his sense of duty. Duty is the essence of manhood.
It’s a near miracle that nuclear war has so far been avoided.
Satan has declared war on motherhood. He knows that those who rock the cradle can rock his earthly empire. And he knows that without righteous mothers loving and leading the next generation, the Kingdom of God will fail.
The Vietnam War required us to emphasize the national interest rather than abstract principles. What President Nixon and I tried to do was unnatural. And that is why we didn’t make it.
I am not only a pacifist but a militant pacifist. I am willing to fight for peace. Nothing will end war unless the people themselves refuse to go to war.
It’s an interesting combination: Having a great fear of being alone, and having a desperate need for solitude and the solitary experience. That’s always been a tug of war for me.
It is the youth who must inherit the tribulation, the sorrow… that are the aftermath of war.
War itself is the enemy of the human race.
Communism is a religion that is inspired, directed and motivated by the Devil himself who has declared war against Almighty God.
If you want to go anywhere in modern war, in the air, on the sea, on the land, you must have command of the air.
War should never be entered upon until every agency of peace has failed.
It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it.
War is a series of catastrophes which result in victory.
In peace, sons bury their fathers. In war, fathers bury their sons.
Rich people never go to war. You ask a college kid to go to war, and he’s like, ‘Umm, I’m taking this sociology class, and I think war is, like, really stupid, and my roommate’s, like, half Afghani, so it’s going to cause some static.’
Beware lest in your anxiety to avoid war you obtain a master.
Remember, God provides the best camouflage several hours out of every 24.
I want a world without war, a world without insanity. I want to see people do well. I don’t even think it’s as much as what I want for myself. It’s more what I want for the people around me. That’s what I want.
Surviving is the only glory in war.
Historically, the Balkans have been an incubator of war.
A hospital alone shows what war is.
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.
I was one of those children forced into fighting at the age of 13, in my country Sierra Leone, a war that claimed the lives of my mother, father and two brothers. I know too well the emotional, psychological and physical burden that comes with being exposed to violence as a child or at any age for that matter.
The real war will never get in the books.
War is failure of diplomacy.
Peace must be more than the absence of war.
Let us ever remember that our interest is in concord, not in conflict; and that our real eminence rests in the victories of peace, not those of war.
In the practical art of war, the best thing of all is to take the enemy’s country whole and intact; to shatter and destroy it is not so good.
In my view of the present aspect of affairs, there is no need of bloodshed and war. There is no necessity for it. I am not in favor of such a course, and I may say in advance, there will be no blood shed unless it be forced upon the government. The government will not use force unless force is used against it.
I know I had no hand in making this war, and I know I will make more sacrifices today than any of you to secure peace.
They say that truth is the first casualty of war. But there is another casualty as well: trust. As conflict escalates, trust between people and political leaders crumbles away as surely as night follows day.
I went to Vietnam during the Vietnam War to visit all the troops. We would fly into a hospital and serve mess to the guys, and we ate whatever they were eating. Then we slept there and flew out the next day to little bases where there were maybe 10 or 20 guys. Then we flew to another hospital.
The most persistent sound which reverberates through man’s history is the beating of war drums.
Nullification means insurrection and war; and the other states have a right to put it down.
The State thrives on war – unless, of course, it is defeated and crushed – expands on it, glories in it.
I have never advocated war except as a means of peace.
I hope my own children never have to fight a war.
I am never going to have anything more to do with politics or politicians. When this war is over I shall confine myself entirely to writing and painting.
War is something of man’s own fostering, and if all mankind renounces it, then it is no longer there.
I do not want war. I am not seeking revenge, even though I can see before my eyes the great sacrifices made by the Ukrainian people. I am seeking peace and will achieve Ukraine’s unity.
You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your art of war.
We live in an age, in an era where there is so much negativity, there is so much violence in the world, there is so much unrest and people are at war, that I wanted to promote the word love and red signifies love.
Nothing binds a people to their leader like a common enemy. Voters don’t change governments during war.
The best compliment we ever got about the show was from a Korean veteran who was unable to talk about his war experience with his wife until ‘M*A*S*H.’ While watching the show, he was able to lean over to his wife and say, ‘See, honey, that’s the way it was.’
The First World War was a horror of gas, industrialised slaughter, fear, and appalling human suffering.
I was in World War II; I cried when they took me in the Navy. That’s the last time I cried.
War has rules, mud wrestling has rules – politics has no rules.
The civil war which has so long prevailed between Spain and the Provinces in South America still continues, without any prospect of its speedy termination.
No one can guarantee success in war, but only deserve it.
There are two things which a democratic people will always find very difficult – to begin a war and to end it.
The war we are fighting today against terrorism is a multifaceted fight. We have to use every tool in our toolkit to wage this war – diplomacy, finance, intelligence, law enforcement, and of course, military power – and we are developing new tools as we go along.
From the neck up is where you win or lose the battle. It’s the art of war. You have to lock yourself in and strategise your mindset. That’s why boxers go to training camps: to shut down the noise and really zone in.
Our soldiers fought in the Korean War to push back communism. As a result of their effort and the effort of our allies, South Korea is free today.
But I’m a daughter of the American revolution, my grandpa fought in World War II, I have lots of family members who were in the military, and it really just was part of growing up for me.
I used to think that the Civil War was our country’s greatest tragedy, but I do remember that there were some redeeming features in the Civil War in that there was some spirit of sacrifice and heroism displayed on both sides. I see no redeeming features in Watergate.
Discount my partiality, but my report is that so far The Winds of War is looking good.
I was drafted during the Korean War. None of us wanted to go… It was only a couple of years after World War II had ended. We said, ‘Wait a second? Didn’t we just get through with that?’
In war there is no substitute for victory.
In World War II, jazz absolutely was the music of freedom, and then in the Cold War, behind the Iron Curtain, same thing. It was all underground, but they needed the food of freedom that jazz offered.
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.
A warrior is not a person that carries a gun. The biggest war you ever go through is right between your own ears. It’s in your mind. We’re all going through a war in our mind, and we have to callus our mind to fight that war and to win that war.
France has lost the battle but she has not lost the war.
War is at its best barbarism.
But when will our leaders learn – war is not the answer.
The war on drugs is wrong, both tactically and morally. It assumes that people are too stupid, too reckless, and too irresponsible to decide whether and under what conditions to consume drugs. The war on drugs is morally bankrupt.
Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.
The forest restoration campaign is a war to ameliorate nature.
That strange feeling we had in the war. Have you found anything in your lives since to equal it in strength? A sort of splendid carelessness it was, holding us together.
Dwight D. Eisenhower, in my judgment, will go down in history as one of the four ‘great’ presidents since the U.S. reluctantly became an empire in World War II; Richard Nixon as the nearest to a sociopath by the time he was compelled to resign.
Do you know what a soldier is, young man? He’s the chap who makes it possible for civilised folk to despise war.
The basic fact about human existence is not that it is a tragedy, but that it is a bore. It is not so much a war as an endless standing in line.
No war is over until the enemy says it’s over.
Once you start a war, you have to win.
Peace is not only better than war, but infinitely more arduous.
War alone brings up to their highest tension all human energies and imposes the stamp of nobility upon the peoples who have the courage to make it.
I have seen periods of progress followed by reaction. I have seen the hopes and aspirations of Negroes rise during World War II, only to be smashed during the Eisenhower years. I am seeing the victories of the Kennedy and Johnson Administrations destroyed by Richard Nixon.
I give my grandfather, Dr Harold Young, a forestry Professor at the University of Maine, full credit for my career path. He pioneered the use of aerial photography in forestry in the 1950s, and we think he worked as a spy for the CIA during the Cold War, mapping Russian installations.
I saw Kuwait many times before the war. I remember it as a beautiful place, full of very nice people, and it’s a tragedy to see that somebody could set out to deliberately destroy a country the way the Iraqis have.
The year of my birth, 1940, was the fulcrum of America in the twentieth century, when the nation was balanced precariously between the darkness of the Great Depression on one side and the storms of war in Europe and the Pacific on the other.
The tragedy of war is that it uses man’s best to do man’s worst.
What is absurd and monstrous about war is that men who have no personal quarrel should be trained to murder one another in cold blood.
War is to man what maternity is to a woman. From a philosophical and doctrinal viewpoint, I do not believe in perpetual peace.
The earth is bountiful, and where her bounty fails, nitrogen drawn from the air will refertilize her womb. I developed a process for this purpose in 1900. It was perfected fourteen years later under the stress of war by German chemists.
Every child’s taste is different. Don’t worry if they’re not reading ‘War and Peace’ at age 12. First, build a good foundation and a positive attitude about reading by letting them pick the stories they enjoy. Make friends with a bookseller or librarian. They are a wealth of information on finding books that kids enjoy.
I will not play tug o’ war. I’d rather play hug o’ war. Where everyone hugs instead of tugs, Where everyone giggles and rolls on the rug, Where everyone kisses, and everyone grins, and everyone cuddles, and everyone wins.
It is often useful, if an enemy happens to see you, to pretend that you have not seen him. Or it may sometimes be useful to pretend that you have other men with you. I did this once in the Boer War when, having crept up a donga to look at a Boer fort, I was seen by the enemy, and they came out to capture me.