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.
All war is a symptom of man's failure as a thinking animal.
A bad peace is even worse than war.
Those who declare war are seldom those who fight.
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.
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.
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.
If peace only had the music and pageantry of war, there'd be no wars.
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.
No matter what political reasons are given for war, the underlying reason is always economic.
No war is inevitable until it breaks out.
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 puts its questions stupidly, peace mysteriously.
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.
To secure peace is to prepare for war.
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.
The battlefields of any war changes a person forever.
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.
War makes thieves and peace hangs them.
When you play a game of thrones you win or you die.
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.
In peace, sons bury their fathers. In war, fathers bury their sons.
Even the bravest cannot fight beyond his power.
It is not right to exult over slain men.
Let my country die for me.
Peace is the happy natural state of man; war is corruption and disgrace.
If you're against war, you're against war regardless of what happens. It's a wrong method of trying to settle a dispute.