Quotes About War To Ponder and Share
War, what is it good for? Welcome to our collection of quotes about war; many of them are cautionary, and all of them thought-provoking. Peace to you.
We make war that we may live in peace.
If our country is worth dying for in time of war let us resolve that it is truly worth living for in time of peace.
If peace only had the music and pageantry of war, there'd be no wars.
War puts its questions stupidly, peace mysteriously.
To secure peace is to prepare for war.
War makes thieves and peace hangs them.
In peace, sons bury their fathers. In war, fathers bury their sons.
Peace is the happy natural state of man; war is corruption and disgrace.
War remains the decisive human failure.
War is what happens when language fails.
What is more immoral than war?
War is only a cowardly escape from the problems of peace.
War should never be entered upon until every agency of peace has failed.
Waging war we understand, but not waging peace, or at any rate less consciously so.
You don't have to have fought in a war to love peace.
It is far easier to make war than peace.
Peace hath higher tests of manhood, than battle ever knew.
One can go to war alone, but you can't build peace alone.
Everybody knows that love is better than hate, and peace is better than war.
Peace through strength works; but the flip side is war invited by weakness.
We should wage war not to win war, but to win peace.
We will never bring peace at the hands of war. As a species we have to rise above it.
Peace does not mean just to stop wars, but also to stop oppression and injustice.
Winning the peace is harder than winning the war.
Peace must be more than the absence of war.
Peace is obtained by war.
One is left with the horrible feeling now that war settles nothing; that to win a war is as disastrous as to lose one.
The real and lasting victories are those of peace, and not of war.
It is not enough to say we must not wage war. It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it.
Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war.
The only excuse for war is that we may live in peace unharmed.
Yes, we love peace, but we are not willing to take wounds for it, as we are for war.
It is an unfortunate fact that we can secure peace only by preparing for war.
If we don't end war, war will end us.
We are going to have peace even if we have to fight for it.
Man becomes his most creative during war.
We are all tourists in history, and irony is what we win in wars.
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.
All war is a symptom of man's failure as a thinking animal.
A bad peace is even worse than war.
After every war someone has to tidy up.
War is not, in itself, a condition so much as the symptom of a condition -- that of international anarchy.
War is the cemetery of futures promised.
When war is declared, truth is the first casualty.
The worst thing about this war is the chance it gives these dreadful little persons, the chance to make themselves important.
The best ambassador is a warship.
In a war of ideas it is people who get killed.
War implies a lack of comprehension of mutual national interests; it means the undermining and even the end of culture.
War of aggression, war which does not imply defense of one's country, is a collective crime.
During war, the laws are silent.
Criticism in a time of war is essential to the maintenance of any kind of democratic government.
Baneful indeed is the scourge of war.
The utter helplessness of a conquered people is perhaps the most tragic feature of a civil war or any other sort of war.
Of course in war all madnesses come out in a man, that is the fault of war not of a man or a nation.
A nation's ability to fight a modern war is as good as its technological ability.
War is organized murder, and nothing else.
Retreat is brave when you steal a great prize from your enemy's hands.
Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.
Wars are not fought only by childless men.
War is something of man's own fostering, and if all mankind renounces it, then it is no longer there.
Making peace is harder than making war.
Winning is overrated. The only time it is really important is in surgery and war.
A war for a great principle ennobles a nation.
War is not the continuation of politics with different means, it is the greatest mass-crime perpetrated on the community of man.
To all those who walk the path of human cooperation war must appear loathsome and inhuman.
Civil wars leave nothing but tombs.
There are not fifty ways of fighting, there's only one, and that's to win. Neither revolution nor war consists in doing what one pleases.
War is costly; peace is priceless.
Hell no, we won't go!
Ah! the Generals! they are numerous, but not good for much!
The most persistent sound which reverberates through man's history is the beating of war drums.
War is the unfolding of miscalculations.
A rational army would run away.
An empire founded by war has to maintain itself by war.
The Atomic Age is here to stay -- but are we?
I do not want to see perpetual warfare in the Middle East.
Bloodless revolutions are rare.
The principal cause of war is war itself.
Warfare against civilians must never be answered in kind. Terror must never be answered with terror.
Sometime they'll give a war and nobody will come.
War is the province of danger.
War is the domain of physical exertion and suffering.
War is not an independent phenomenon, but the continuation of politics by different means.
Everything in war is very simple. But the simplest thing is difficult.
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.
War is the continuation of politics by other means.
Many intelligence reports in war are contradictory; even more are false, and most are uncertain.
War kills men, and men deplore the loss; but war also crushes bad principles and tyrants, and so saves societies.
When forces of oppression come to maintain themselves in power against established law, peace is considered already broken.
War can be avoided, and it ought to be avoided. I want no war.
The failure to dissect the cause of war leaves us open for the next installment.
A fight is mental, not just physical and psychological warfare is absolutely part of that.
War was always here. Before man was, war waited for him. The ultimate trade awaiting its ultimate practitioner.
Beware lest in your anxiety to avoid war you obtain a master.
Principle is OK up to a certain point, but principle doesn't do any good if you lose.
Wars of pen and ink often lead to wars of cannon and bayonets.
Even a successful war is a loss to most families.
Want is both parent and child of war.
War is a severe doctor; but it sometimes heals grievances.
We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty.
All the gods are dead except the god of war.
Rulers who want to unleash war know very well that they must procure or invent a first victim.
Is war a sin?
When you have warfare, things happen; people suffer; the noncombatants suffer as well as the combatants. And so it happens in civil war.
A hospital alone shows what war is.
I'd never want my muse to be a singer of nothing but disaster.
Ares (The God of War) hates those who hesitate.
Ten soldiers wisely led will beat a hundred without a head.
It simply is not true that war never settles anything.
War is behavior with roots in the single cell of the primeval seas. Eat whatever you touch or it will eat you.
All governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts pathological personalities.
All governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts pathological personalities. It is not that power corrupts but that it is magnetic to the corruptible.
There is a savage beast in every man, and when you hand that man a sword or spear and send him forth to war, the beast stirs.
To many men... the miasma of peace seems more suffocating than the bracing air of war.
War is never fatal but always lost. Always lost.
To invent a war means that you've become a wartime president, and you can suspend much if not all of the Bill of Rights.
War has become a luxury that only small nations can afford.
War's tragedy is that it uses man's best to do man's worst.
I hate war... for the dictatorships it puts in the place of democracies, and for the starvation that stalks after it.
There is nothing that war has ever achieved that we could not better achieve without it.
Older men declare war. But it is the youth that must fight and die.
War being the greatest of evils, all its accessories necessarily partake of the same character.
Even the bravest cannot fight beyond his power.
It is not right to exult over slain men.
Let my country die for me.
If you're against war, you're against war regardless of what happens. It's a wrong method of trying to settle a dispute.
There can be no compromise with war; it cannot be reformed or controlled; cannot be disciplined into decency or codified into common sense.
I want to stand by my country, but I cannot vote for war.
War is the slaughter of human beings, temporarily regarded as enemies, on as large a scale as possible.
The authors of all our misfortune.
War seldom enters but where wealth allures.
For what can war, but endless war, still breed?
Who overcomes by force, hath overcome but half his foe.
If wars can be started by lies, they can be stopped by truth.
War is hot, not cold.
Condemning war has not curbed armed conflict. Religion and education did not eliminate war. Warfare did not terminate more wars. Armed combat simply breeds endless wars.
The enduring lesson is war is a disaster. Whoever wins, tremendous loss of life, property -- a set back for civilisation.
There are no absolute rules of conduct, either in peace or war. Everything depends on circumstances.
War is not its own end, except in some catastrophic slide into absolute damnation.
War's not black and white; it's gray. If you don't fight in the gray area, you're going to lose.
There is nothing so subject to the inconstancy of fortune as war.
We have no right ever to forget that psychological warfare is a struggle for winning people's minds.
It is imperative to master the principles of the art of war and learn to be unmoved in mind even in the heat of the battle.
Unless a nation's life faces peril, war is murder.
Once a conflict has dragged on for a decade, most people are tired of war -- and the troubles that flow from it.
Extreme violence has a way of preventing us from seeing the interests it serves.
Politics and war are remarkably similar situations.
The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war.
The great questions of the day will not be settled by means of speeches and majority decisions but by iron and blood.
War expands government powers. The trouble is that, when the war goes away, the government powers do not.
What I really want is a world where no one alive can remember what the word 'war' means. That's my goal.
The worst thing about war was the sitting around and wondering what you were doing morally.
Unless one is inordinately fond of subordination, one is always at war.
Democracies are indeed slow to make war, but once embarked upon a martial venture are equally slow to make peace and reluctant to make a tolerable, rather than a vindictive, peace.
All this has been my fault.
What a cruel thing war is... to fill our hearts with hatred instead of love for our neighbors.
It is well that war is so terrible, otherwise we should grow too fond of it.
In wars, boy, fools kill other fools for foolish causes.
A mind at peace does not engender wars.
War never takes a wicked man by chance, the good man always.
For one thing, I don't think that anybody in any war thinks of themselves as a hero.
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.
The noblest of ideas have always been protected by warriors.
Find the enemy. Don't let the enemy find you. Reconnaissance! Reconnaissance! Reconnaissance!
Wars are begun by frightened men.
There have been only 268 of the past 3,421 years free of war.
War's a game, which, were their subjects wise, Kings would not play at.
Total annihilation has a way of sharpening people's minds.
During pre-industrial warfare more than 90 percent of war dead were killed by starvation, cold and disease rather than by weapons.
Make wars unprofitable and you make them impossible.
In time of war, truth is always replaced by propaganda.
There is no shorter road to defeat than by entering a war with inadequate preparation.
The world is organised by the war economy and the war culture.
It's not just the war itself. It's what you do after the war and what structure you put in place and how you make that structure work.
The disasters of war can be infinitely eerie and poignant.
The main force used in the evolving world of humanity has hitherto been applied in the form of war.
You should never consider finished a war you did not win.
In war, the army is not merely a pure consumer, but a negative producer.
Misery, mutilation, destruction, terror, starvation and death characterize the process of war and form a principal part of the product.
War is the ultimate realization of modern technology.
There's only one truth about war: people die.
War is a perversion of sex.
Everything you do in war is a crime in peace.
I tell people I won't vote to go to war unless I'm ready to go or send my kids.
War is wretched beyond description, and only a fool or a fraud could sentimentalize its cruel reality.
All government wars are unjust.
Every war has revolutionary justice.
Every war has its demons.
War does horrible things to human beings, to societies. It brings out the best, but most often the worst, in our human nature.
War can be fun for certain people. It's a magnet for sadists, losers, and angry dreamers.
There were no rules, only consequences.
War tore my family apart.