War Quotes


A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government
Edward Abbey 1927-1989
Politics, as a practice, whatever its professions, has always been the systematic organization of hatred
Henry Brooks Adams 1838-1918
After each war there is a little less democracy to save
Justin Brooks Atkinson 1894-1984
We live in a country where if you want to go bomb somebody, there’s remarkably little discussion about how much it might cost. But when you have a discussion about whether or not we can assist people who are suffering, then suddenly we become very cost-conscious
Andrew J. Bacevich Jr. 1947
Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake
Napoleon Bonaparte 1769-1821
Peace is the skillful management of conflict
Kenneth Ewart Boulding 1910-1993
The only defensible war is a war of defence
G.K. Chesterton 1874-1936
An unjust peace is better than a just war
Marcus Tillius Cicero 106-43 BC
Fear prophets and those prepared to die for the truth, for as a rule they make many others die with them, often before them, at times instead of them
Umberto Eco 1932-2016
Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind
The world is in greater peril from those who tolerate or encourage evil than from those who actually commit it
Evil triumphs when good people do nothing
The world is a dangerous place. Not because of the people who are evil; but because of the people who don't do anything about it
Albert Einstein 1879-1955
What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy?
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi 1869-1948
In nuclear war all men are cremated equal
Dexter Gordon 1923-1990
Of course the people don't want war. But after all, it's the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it's always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it's a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger.
Hermann Wilhelm Göring 1893-1946
Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime
Ernest Hemingway 1899-1961
In peace, sons bury their fathers. In war, fathers bury their sons
Herodotus 484-425 BC
What luck for rulers that men do not think
Adolf Hitler 1889-1945
Wherever the choice has had to be made between the man of reason and the madman, the world has unhesitatingly followed the madman
A democracy which makes or even effectively prepares for modern, scientific war must necessarily cease to be democratic. No country can be really well prepared for modern war unless it is governed by a tyrant, at the head of a highly trained and perfectly obedient bureaucracy
The propagandist's purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human
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
Aldous Huxley 1884-1963
A nation is a society united by delusion about its ancestry and by a common hatred of its neighbours
William Ralph Inge (Dean Inge of St Paul's London) 1860-1954
Patriotism: The last refuge of the Scoundrel
Dr Samuel Johnson 1709-1784
He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it
Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity
If we assume that mankind has a right to survive, then we must find an alternative to war and destruction. In our day of space vehicles and guided ballistic missiles, the choice is wither nonviolence or nonexistence
Martin Luther King, Junior 1929-1968
I'm fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in
George McGovern 1922-2012
Love is like war: easy to begin but very hard to stop
The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary
Henry Louis Mencken 1880-1956
Every war when it comes, or before it comes, is represented not as a war but as an act of self-defence against a homicidal maniac
The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them
The atom bombs are piling up in the factories, the police are prowling through the cities, the lies are streaming from the loudspeakers, but the earth is still going round the sun
The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it
George Orwell [Eric Blair] 1903-1950
Only the dead have seen the end of war
Plato 428-348 BC
Evil begins when you begin to treat people as things
Terry Pratchett 1948-2015
You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake
Jeannette Rankin 1880-1973
People talk peace. But men give their life's work to war. It wont stop till there is as much brains and scientific study put to aid peace as there is to promote war
Take diplomacy out of a war and the thing would fall flat in a week
Diplomats are just as essential to starting a war as soldiers are for finishing it
I don't care how little your country is, you got a right to run it like you want to. When the big nations quit meddling then the world will have peace
Will Rogers 1879-1935
War does not determine who is right - only who is left
Many people would rather die than think; in fact, most do
Bertrand Russell 1872-1970
The tragedy of war is that it's often envisioned by idiots and executed by professionals
Adam Savage 1967
Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all others because you were born in it
When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty
Old men are dangerous it doesn't matter to them what is going to happen to the world
George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950
It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong
Thomas Sowell 1930
Quantity has a quality all its own
In the Soviet Army, it takes more courage to retreat than advance
Everyone imposes his own system as far as his army can reach
Joseph Stalin 1879-1953
If you want to rule the whole World, does it follow that everyone else welcomes enslavement? To robbery, slaughter, plunder, they give the lying name, 'freedom'. They make a wilderness and call it peace
When monarchs through their bloodthirsty commanders lay waste a country, they dignify their atrocity by calling it 'Making Peace'
Cornelius Tacitus 56-117
Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness
Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] 1835-1910
In this country we find it pays to shoot an admiral from time to time to encourage the others
Nothing is more dangerous than ignorance and intolerance armed with power
It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets
Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities
No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible
Voltaire [François-Marie Arouet] 1694-1778
As soon as men know that they can kill without fear of punishment or blame, they kill; or at least they encourage killers with approving smiles
What a country calls its vital economic interests are not the things which enable its citizens to live, but the things which enable it to make war. Petrol is more likely than wheat to be a cause of international conflict
Simone Weil 1909-1943
The time not to become a father is eighteen years before a war
EB White 1899-1985
No nation is fit to sit in judgement upon any other nation
Woodrow Wilson 1856-1924
If you’re not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are oppressed, and loving the people doing the oppressing
Malcolm X [Malcolm Little] 1925-1965
Willing obedience always beats forced obedience
Xenophon 431-354 BC
When small men begin to cast big shadows, it means that the sun is about to set
Lin Yutang 1895-1976