War Quotes

When you draw near to a town to fight against it, offer it terms of peace.

By Anonymous
When all this is over, you know what I'm going to do? I'm gonna get married, gonna have about six kids. I'll line 'em up against the wall and ...

By Samuel Fuller
What passing-bells for these who die as cattle? Only the monstrous anger of the guns.

By Wilfred Owen
What shall we say of the bones, unclean, Whose verdurous anonymity will grow?...

By Allen Tate
We all ask ourselves the question why is it that some of us are killed while others remain. The only answer is our faith in the wisdom of a su...

By Michael Blankfort
There was a kind of shifting of the balances of my brain, of the way I had been thinking, the same kind of realignment as when, a few days bef...

By Doris Lessing
The soger frae the wars returns, The sailor frae the main,...

By Robert Burns
The Minstrel Boy to the war is gone In the ranks of death you'll find him,...

By Thomas Moore
The pallor of girl's brows shall be their pall; Their flowers the tenderness of patient minds,...

By Wilfred Owen
The earth is covered thick with other clay, Which her own clay shall cover, heaped and pent,...

By George Gordon Noel Byron
Sound all the lofty instruments of war, And by that music let us all embrace,...

By Shakespeare
Nitrates and phosphates for ammunition. The seeds of war. They're loading a full cargo of death. And when that ship takes it home, the world w...

By Earl Felton
No Raven's wing can stretch the flight so far As the torn bandrols of Napoleon's war....

By Joel Barlow
May God damn for ever all who cry \'Peace!'

By Ezra Pound
If civilization is to survive, the principles of the Prince of Peace must be restored. Shattered trust between nations must be revived. Most i...

By Franklin D. Roosevelt
Heart, you were never hot Nor large, nor full like hearts made great with shot;

By Wilfred Owen
How many thousands of [lives] are there every year that comes cast away, (in all civilized countries at least)—and consider'd as nothing but...

By Laurence Sterne
Chamberlain's visit to Hitler today may bring things to a head or may result in a temporary postponement of what looks to me like an inevitabl...

By Franklin D. Roosevelt
Because just as arms have no force outside if there is no counsel within a house, study is vain and counsel useless that is not put to virtuou...

By François Rabelais
A war undertaken without sufficient monies has but a wisp of force. Coins are the very sinews of battles.

By François Rabelais
You can't say civilization don't advance... in every war they kill you in a new way. War

By Will Rogers
You've never lived until you've almost died, for those who fought for it, life has a flavor the protected will never know.

By Anon.
The war, therefore, if we judge it by the standards of previous wars, is merely an imposture. It is like the battles between certain ruminant animals whose horns are set at such an angle that they are incapable of hurting one another. But though it is unreal it is not meaningless. It eats up the surplus of consumable goods, and it helps to preserve the special mental atmosphere that a hierarchical society needs. War, it will be seen, is now a purely internal affair. In the past, the ruling groups of all countries, although they might recognize their common interest and therefore limit the destructiveness of war, did fight against one another, and the victor always plundered the vanquished. In our own day they are not fighting against one another at all. The war is waged by each ruling group against its own subjects, and the object of the war is not to make or prevent conquests of territory, but to keep the structure of society intact. The very word 'war', therefore, has become misleading. It would probably be accurate to say that by becoming continuous war has ceased to exist. The peculiar pressure that it exerted on human beings between the Neolithic Age and the early twentieth century has disappeared and been replaced by something quite different. The effect would be much the same if the three super-states, instead of fighting one another, should agree to live in perpetual peace, each inviolate within its own boundaries. For in that case each would still be a self-contained universe, freed for ever from the sobering influence of external danger. A peace that was truly permanent would be the same as a permanent war. This

By George Orwell
There is no such thing as a man being too proud to fight; there is such a thing as a nation being so right that it does not need to convince others by force that it is right.

By Woodrow Wilson
There is nothing that war has ever achieved we could not better achieve without it.

By Havelock Ellis
There was never a good war, or a bad peace. War

By Benjamin Franklin
Those who actually set out to see the fall of a city or those who choose to go to a front line, are obviously asking themselves to what extent they are cowards. But the tests they set themselves -- there is a dead body, can you bear to look at it? -- are nothing in comparison with the tests that are sprung on them. It is not the obvious tests that matter (do you go to pieces in a mortar attack?) but the unexpected ones (here is a man on the run, seeking your help -- can you face him honestly?).

By James Fenton
Those who are at war with others are not at peace with themselves.

By William Hazlitt
Those who are to conduct a war cannot in the nature of things, be proper or safe judges, whether a war ought to be commenced, continued, or concluded.

By James Madison
To call war the soil of courage and virtue is like calling debauchery the soil of love.

By Proverb
To walk through the ruined cities of Germany is to feel an actual doubt about the continuity of civilization. War

By George Orwell
Unconditional war can no longer lead to unconditional victory. It can no longer serve to settle disputes. It can no longer concern the Great Powers alone. For a nuclear disaster, spread by wind and water and fear, could well engulf the great and the small, the rich and the poor, the committed and the uncommitted alike. Mankind must put an end to war--or war will put an end to mankind.

By John Fitzgerald Kennedy
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.

By Benito Mussolini
War begets quiet, quiet idleness, idleness disorder, disorder ruin; likewise ruin order, order virtue, virtue glory, and good fortune.

By Sir Walter Raleigh
War does not determine who is right - only who is left. War

By Bertrand Russell
War has been the most convenient pseudo-solution for the problems of twentieth-century capitalism. It provides the incentives to modernization and technological revolution which the market and the pursuit of profit do only fitfully and by accident, it makes the unthinkable (such as votes for women and the abolition of unemployment) not merely thinkable but practicable. What is equally important, it can re-create communities of men and give a temporary sense to their lives by uniting them against foreigners and outsiders. This is an achievement beyond the power of the private enterprise economy when left to itself.

By E. J. Hobsbawm
War is fear cloaked in courage.

By William Westmoreland
War is hell and all that, but it has a good deal to recommend it. It wipes out all the small nuisances of peace-time.

By Ian Hay
War is like love, it always finds a way.

By Bertolt Brecht
War is not a life: it is a situation, one which may neither be ignored nor accepted.

By TS (Thomas Stearns) Eliot
War is the father of all things. But who is the mother?

By Gerhard Kocher
War is the statesman's game, the priest's delight, The lawyer's jest, the hired assassin's trade.

By Percy Bysshe Shelley
War is the supreme drama of a completely mechanized society.

By Lewis Mumford
War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today. War

By John F. Kennedy
War-making is one of the few activities that people are not supposed to view realistically; that is, with an eye to expense and practical outcome. In all-out war, expenditure is all-out, unprudent -- war being defined as an emergency in which no sacrifice is excessive.

By Susan Sontag
Wars throughout history have been waged for conquest and plunder.... the working class who fight all the battles, the working class who make the supreme sacrifices, the working class who freely shed their blood and furnish their corpses, have never yet had a voice in either declaring war or making peace. It is the ruling class that invariably does both. They alone declare war and they alone make peace....They are continually talking about their patriotic duty. It is not their but your patriotic duty that they are concerned about. There is a decided difference. Their patriotic duty never takes them to the firing line or chucks them into the trenches.

By Eugene Debs
What should we do? We have no wish to interrupt the destroyer's work of saving lives... But war is war and the people being picked up out of the water are soldiers bound for the front; soldiers who are to shoot at our German brothers... The question whether we are to perish in despair or defiance, or survive all trails with a live conscience, depends wholly and solely on whether we believe in the forgiveness of sins. This 25th January was the turning point in my life, because it opened my eyes to the utter impossibility of a moral universe.

By Martin Niem
What the horrors of war are, no one can imagine. They are not wounds and blood and fever, spotted and low, or dysentery, chronic and acute, cold and heat and famine. They are intoxication, drunken brutality, demoralization and disorder on the part of the inferior... jealousies, meanness, indifference, selfish brutality on the part of the superior.

By Florence Nightingale
What, oh, what is the use of the war? Why can

By Anne Frank
When elephants fight it is the grass that suffers.

By African Proverb
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. War

By Franklin D. Roosevelt
After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn't do it. I sure as hell wouldn't want to live in a society where the only people allowed guns are the police and the military.

By William S. Burroughs
All men can see these tactics whereby I conquer, but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved.

By Sun-Tzu
An unjust peace is better than a just war. War

By Marcus Tullius Cicero
Anyone who has ever looked into the glazed eyes of a soldier dying on the battlefield will think hard before starting a war.

By Otto von Bismarck
Anyone who isn't confused doesn't really understand the situation.

By Edward R. Murrow
As long as war is regarded as wicked, it will always have it's fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular.

By Oscar Wilde
As she came up to the arch Elizabeth saw with a start that it was written on. She went closer. She peered at the stone. There were names on it. Every grain of the surface had been carved with British names; their chiselled capitals rose from the level of her ankles to the height of the great arch itself; on every surface of every column as far as her eyes eyes could see there were names teeming, reeling, over surfaces of yards, of hundreds of yards, over furlongs of stone. She moved through the space beneath the arch where the man was sweeping. She found the other pillas identically marked, their faces obliterated on all sides by the names that were carved on them. 'Who are these, these ...?; She gestured with her hand.' 'These?' The man with the brush sounded surprised. 'The lost.' 'Men who died in battle?' 'No. The lost, the ones they did not find. The others are in cemetries.' 'These are just the ... unfound?' She looked at the vault above her head and then around in panic at the endless writing, as though the surface of the sky had been papered in footnotes. When she could speak again, she said, 'from the whole war?' The man shook his head. 'Just these fields.' He gestured with his arm. Elizabeth went and sat on the steps on the other side of the monument. Beneath her was a formal garden with some rows of white headstones, each with a tended plant or flower at its base, each cleaned and beautiful in the weak winter sunlight. 'Nobody told me.' She ran her fingers with their red-painted nails back through her thick dark hair. 'My God, nobody told me.

By Sebastian Faulks
At the rate science proceeds, rockets and missiles will one day seem like buffalo -- slow, endangered grazers in the black pasture of outer space.

By Bernard Cooper
Can treaties be more faithfully enforced between aliens than laws can among friends? Suppose you go to war, you cannot fight always; and when, after much loss on both sides, and no gain on either, you cease fighting, the identical old questions as to terms of intercourse are again upon you.

By Abraham Lincoln
Cannons and fire-arms are cruel and damnable machines; I believe them to have been the direct suggestion of the Devil. If Adam had seen in a vision the horrible instruments his children were to invent, he would have died of grief.

By Martin Luther
Confidence in the principles of an enemy must remain even during war, otherwise a peace could never be concluded; and hostilities would degenerate into a war of extermination since war in fact is but the sad resource employed in a state of nature in defence of rights; force standing there in lieu of juridical tribunals. Neither of the two parties can be accused of injustice, since for that purpose a juridical decision would be necessary. But here the event of a battle (as formerly the judgments of God) determines the justice of either party; since between states there cannot be a war of punishment no subordination existing between them. A war, therefore, which might cause the destruction of both parties at once, together with the annihilation of every right, would permit the conclusion of a perpetual peace only upon the vast burial-ground of the human species.

By Immanuel Kant
Cry havoc! and let loose the dogs of war, that this foul deed shall smell above the earth with carrion men, groaning for burial.

By William Shakespeare
Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!

By David G. Farragut
Don't one of you fire until you see the whites of their eyes. N.B.: A lesser-known version of this quotation was supposedly said by Frederick the Great at Prague in 1757: By push of bayonets, no firing till you see the whites of their eyes.

By Colonel William Prescott
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. War

By Dwight D. Eisenhower
Five miles meandering with mazy motion, Through dale the sacred river ran, Then reached the caverns measureless to man, And sank the tumult to a lifeless ocean: And 'mid this tumult Kubla heard from far Ancestral voices prophesying war!

By Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Had he and I but met By some old ancient inn, We should have sat us down to wet Right many a nipperkin! But ranged as infantry, And staring face to face, I shot at him as he at me, And killed him in his place. I shot him dead because-- Because he was my foe, Just so: my foe of course he was; That's clear enough; although He thought he

By Thomas Hardy
He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would suffice. War

By Albert Einstein
Hell and damnation, life is such fun with a ragged greatcoat and a Jerry gun!

By Alexander Blok
Hence that general is skilful in attack whose opponent does not know what to defend; and he is skilful in defense whose opponent does not know what to attack.

By Sun-Tzu
History teaches that wars begin when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap. To keep the peace, we and our allies must be strong enough to convince any potential aggressor that war could bring no benefit, only disaster.

By Ronald Reagan
I am young, I am twenty years old; yet I know nothing of life but despair, death, fear, and fatuous superficiality cast over an abyss of sorrow. I see how peoples are set against one another, and in silence, unknowingly, foolishly, obediently, innocently slay one another.

By Erich Maria Remarque
I don't believe that the big men, the politicians and the capitalists alone are guilty of the war. Oh, no, the little man is just as keen, otherwise the people of the world would have risen in revolt long ago! There is an urge and rage in people to destroy, to kill, to murder, and until all mankind, without exception, undergoes a great change, wars will be waged, everything that has been built up, cultivated and grown, will be destroyed and disfigured, after which mankind will have to begin all over again.

By Anne Frank
I have found that the Way of the samurai is death. This means that when you are compelled to choose between life and death, you must quickly choose death.

By Yamamoto Tsunetomo
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.

By General Douglas MacArthur
I have not yet begun to fight!

By John Paul Jones
I have seen war. I have seen war on land and sea. I have seen blood running from the wounded. I have seen men coughing out their gassed lungs. I have seen the dead in the mud. I have seen cities destroyed. I have seen 200 limping, exhausted men come out of line

By Franklin D. Roosevelt
I have tamed men of iron in my day, shall I not easily crush these men of butter?

By Duke of Alba Ferdinand Alvarez De Toledo
I see that old flagpole still stands. Have your troops hoist the colors to its peak, and let no enemy ever haul them down.

By General Douglas MacArthur
I think it better that in times like these a poet's mouth be silent, for in truth we have no gift to set a statesman right.

By William Butler Yeats
I was always embarrassed by the words sacred, glorious and sacrifice and the expression in vain. We had heard them, sometimes standing in the rain almost out of earshot, so that only the shouted words came through, and had read them, on proclamations that were slapped up by billposters over other proclamations, now for a long time, and I had seen nothing sacred, and the things that were glorious had no glory and the sacrifices were like the stockyards at Chicago if nothing was done with the meat except to bury it.

By Ernest Hemingway
If any question why we died, tell them, because our fathers lied.

By Rudyard Kipling
If I wish to engage, then the enemy, for all his high ramparts and deep moat, cannot avoid engagement; I attack that which he is obliged to rescue.

By Sun-Tzu
If the Lord should once more give us sunshine and I do not give you enough fighting, I will never ask you to come out again.

By General John Stark
If this phrase of the balance of power is to be always an argument for war, the pretext for war will never be wanting, and peace can never be secure.

By John Bright
If we could read the secret history of our enemies we should find in each man's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.

By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
If you ask a member of this generation two simple questions: How do you want the world to be in fifty years? and What do you want your life to be like five years from now? the answers are quite often preceded by Provided there is still a world and Provided I am still alive. To the often-heard question, Who are they, this new generation? one is tempted to answer, Those who hear the ticking. And to the other question, Who are they who utterly deny them? the answer may well be, Those who do not know, or refuse to face, things as they really are.

By Hannah Arendt
If you have form'd a circle to go into, Go into it yourself, and see how you would do. They said this mystery never shall cease: The priest promotes war, and the soldier peace.

By William Blake
In modern war... you will die like a dog for no good reason. War

By Ernest Hemingway
In our own time we have seen domination spread over the social landscape to a point where it is beyond all human control. Compared to this stupendous mobilization of materials, of wealth, of human intellect, of human labor for the single goal of domination, all other recent human achievements pale to almost trivial significance. Our art, science, medicine, literature, music and charitable acts seem like mere droppings from a table on which gory feasts on the spoils of conquest have engaged the attention of a system whose appetite for rule is utterly unrestrained.

By Murray Bookchin
In war, there are no unwounded soldiers.

By Jose Narosky
It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets. War

By Voltaire
It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, more vengeance, more desolation. War is hell.

By Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman
It seems like such a terrible shame that innocent civilians have to get hurt in wars, otherwise combat would be such a wonderfully healthy way to rid the human race of unneeded trash.

By Fred Woodworth
It should be noted that when he seizes a state the new ruler ought to determine all the injuries that he will need to inflict. He should inflict them once and for all, and not have to renew them every day.

By Niccolo Machiavelli
It sometimes strikes me that the whole of science is a piece of impudence; that nature can afford to ignore our impertinent interference. If our monkey mischief should ever reach the point of blowing up the earth by decomposing an atom, and even annihilated the sun himself, I cannot really suppose that the universe would turn a hair.

By Aleister Crowley
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.

By Isaac Asimov
Life was a colorful painful pageant to her, in which right and wrong were wobbly yardsticks. Values and morals varied with time and place. Sweeping righteous views, like Victor Henry's Christian morality and Rule's militant socialism, tended to cause much hell and to cramp what little happiness there was to be had. So she thought.

By Herman Wouk
Life yields only to the conqueror. Never accept what can be gained by giving in. You will be living off stolen goods, and your muscles will atrophy.

By Dag Hammarskjold
Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind. War

By John F. Kennedy
Mick Jagger and I just really liked each other a lot. We talked all night. We had the same views on nuclear disarmament.

By Jerry Hall
My centre is giving way, my right is retreating, situation excellent, I am attacking .

By Marshal Ferdinand Foch
Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime. War

By Ernest Hemingway
Next week Reagan will probably announce that American scientists have discovered that the entire U.S. agricultural surplus can be compacted into a giant tomato one thousand miles across, which will be suspended above the Kremlin from a cluster of U.S. satellites flying in geosynchronous orbit. At the first sign of trouble the satellites will drop the tomato on the Kremlin, drowning the fractious Muscovites in ketchup.

By Alexander Cockburn
No country has suffered so much from the ruins of war while being at peace as the American.

By Edward Dahlberg
No tree has branches so foolish as to fight among themselves.

By American Indian Proverb
O can't you see, brother -- Death's a congested road for fighters now, and hero a cheap label.

By C. D. Andrews
Oh, the brave Music of a distant drum!

By Omar Khayyam
One of the greatest casualties of the war in Vietnam is the Great Society... shot down on the battlefield of Vietnam. War

By Martin Luther King, Jr.
Only the dead have seen the end of the war. War

By George Santayana
Our young people have come to look upon war as a kind of beneficent deity, which not only adds to the national honor but uplifts a nation and develops patriotism and courage. That is all true. But it is only fair, too, to let them know that the garments of the deity are filthy and that some of her influences debase and befoul a people.

By Rebecca Harding Davis
Patriots always talk of dying for their country and never of killing for their country. War

By Bertrand Russell
People of the Philippines: I have returned. By the grace of Almighty God, our forces stand again on Philippine soil

By General Douglas MacArthur
Projectile - n. the final arbiter in international disputes. Formerly these disputes were resolved by physical contact of the disputants with such arguments as the rudimentary logic of the times would supply - sword, spear, and so forth. With the growth of prudence in military affairs the projectile came more and more into favor, and is now held in high esteem by all. Its capital defect ( in Bierce's day ) has been that it requires personal attendance at the point of launch.

By Ambrose Bierce
Say not, the struggle naught availeth, The labor and the wounds are vain, The enemy faints not, nor faileth, And as things have been, they remain. If hopes are dupes, fears may be liars; It may be, in yon smoke concealed Your comrades chase e'en now the fliers And, but for you, possess the field. For while the tired waves, vainly breaking, Seem here no painful inch to gain, Far back, through creeks and inlets making, Comes silent, flooding in, the main. And not by eastern windows only, When daylight comes, comes in the light; In front, the sun climbs slow, how slowly, But westward, look, the land is bright.

By Arthur H. Clough
Slowly, and in spite of anything we Americans do or do not do, it looks a little as if you and some other good people are going to have to answer the old question of whether you want to keep your country unshackled by taking even more definite steps to do so

By Franklin D. Roosevelt
So in your discussions of the nuclear freeze proposals, I urge you to beware the temptation of pride -- the temptation blithely to declare yourselves above it all and label both sides equally at fault, to ignore the facts of history and the aggressive impulses of an evil empire, to simply call the arms race a giant misunderstanding and thereby remove yourself from the struggle between right and wrong, good and evil.

By Ronald Reagan
So you think you can tell heaven from hell - blue skies from pain? Can you tell a green field from a cold steel rail, a smile from a veil? Do you think you can tell? Did they get you to trade your heroes for ghosts - hot ashes for trees, hot air for a cool breeze, cold comfort for change? Did you exchange a walk-on part in a war for a lead role in a cage?

By Roger Waters
Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.

By Sun-Tzu
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.

By Noel Coward
The basic problems facing the world today are not susceptible to a military solution. War

By John F. Kennedy
The best weapon against an enemy is another enemy. War

By Friedrich Nietzsche
The best weapon against an enemy is another enemy.

By Friedrich Nietzsche
The chief reason warfare is still with us is neither a secret death-wish of the human species, nor an irrepressible instinct of aggression, nor, finally and more plausibly, the serious economic and social dangers inherent in disarmament, but the simple fact that no substitute for this final arbiter in international affairs has yet appeared on the political scene.

By Hannah Arendt
The current flows fast and furious. It issues in a spate of words from the loudspeakers and the politicians. Every day they tell us that we are a free people fighting to defend freedom. That is the current that has whirled the young airman up into the sky and keeps him circulating there among the clouds. Down here, with a roof to cover us and a gasmask handy, it is our business to puncture gasbags and discover the seeds of truth.

By Virginia Woolf
The desire to conquer is itself a sort of subjection.

By George Eliot
The flame from the angel's sword in the garden of Eden has been catalyzed into the atom bomb; God's thunderbolt became blunted, so man's thunderbolt has become the steel star of destruction.

By Sean O'Casey
The general who is able to persuade his forces that there is victory, even where there seems to be defeat, is one who will inspire them to fight against apparently impossible odds. They will, indeed, never suffer defeat, but will fight on until annihilated by capture or death. The secret of success even in the more pacific engagements of life lies in this principle

By H. E. E. Hayes
The main foundations of every state, new states as well as ancient or composite ones, are good laws and good arms you cannot have good laws without good arms, and where there are good arms, good laws inevitably follow.

By Niccolo Machiavelli
The purpose of fighting is to win. There is no possible victory in defense. The sword is more important than the shield and skill is more important than either. The final weapon is the brain. All else is supplemental.

By John Steinbeck
The release of atomic energy has not created a new problem. It has merely made more urgent the necessity of solving an existing one. War

By Albert Einstein
The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.

By Sun-Tzu
The terror of the atom age is not the violence of the new power but the speed of man's adjustment to it -- the speed of his acceptance.

By E.B. (Elwyn Brooks) White
The triumphs of peace have been in some proximity to war. Whilst the hand was still familiar with the sword-hilt, whilst the habits of the camp were still visible in the port and complexion of the gentleman, his intellectual power culminated; the compression and tension of these stern conditions is a training for the finest and softest arts, and can rarely be compensated in tranquil times, except by some analogous vigor drawn from occupations as hardy as war.

By Ralph Waldo Emerson
The very existence of flamethrowers proves that some time, somewhere, someone said to themselves, 'You know, I want to set those people over there on fire, but I'm just not close enough to get the job done.'

By George Carlin
The Volunteer AT dawn, he said, I bid them all farewell, To go where bugles call and rifles gleam. And with the restless thought asleep he fell, And glided into dream. A great hot plain from sea to mountain spread, - Through it a level river slowly drawn: He moved with a vast crowd, and at its head Streamed banners like the dawn. There came a blinding flash, a deafening roar, And dissonant cries of triumph and dismay; Blood trickled down the river's reedy shore, And with the dead he lay. The morn broke in upon his solemn dream, And still, with steady pulse and deepening eye, Where bugles call, he said, and rifles gleam, I follow, though I die!

By Elbridge Jefferson Cutler
What happened at Hiroshima was not only that a scientific breakthrough had occurred and that a great part of the population of a city had been burned to death, but that the problem of the relation of the triumphs of modern science to the human purposes of man had been explicitly defined.

By Archibald MacLeish
What has kept the world safe from the bomb since 1945 has not been deterrence, in the sense of fear of specific weapons, so much as it's been memory. The memory of what happened at Hiroshima.

By John Hersey
What is human warfare but just this; an effort to make the laws of God and nature take sides with one party. War

By Henry David Thoreau
We are a conquering race. We must obey our blood and occupy new markets and if necessary new lands.

By Albert J. Beveridge
We are going to have peace even if we have to fight for it. War

By Dwight D. Eisenhower
We often give our enemies the means to our own destruction.

By Aesop
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. War

By Winston Churchill
We were eighteen and had begun to love life and the world; and we had to shoot it to pieces. The first bomb, the first explosion, burst in our hearts. We are cut off from activity, from striving, from progress. We believe in such things no longer, we believe in the war.

By Erich Maria Remarque
Weapons are like money; no one knows the meaning of enough.

By Martin Amis
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.

By Simone Weil
17. Thus we may know that there are five essentials for victory: (1) He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight. (2) He will win who knows how to handle both superior and inferior forces. (3) He will win whose army is animated by the same spirit throughout all its ranks. (4) He will win who, prepared himself, waits to take the enemy unprepared. (5) He will win who has military capacity and is not interfered with by the sovereign. 18. Hence the saying: If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself you will succumb in every battle.

By Sun-Tzu
A just war is hospitable to every self-deception on the part of those waging it, none more than the certainty of virtue, under whose shelter every abomination can be committed with a clear conscience.

By Alexander Cockburn
A self-respecting nation is ready for anything, including war, except for a renunciation of its option to make war.

By Simone Weil
A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon. War

By Napoleon Bonaparte
A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon.

By Napoleon Bonaparte
Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind. War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today.

By John F. Kennedy
This is not Johnson's war. This is America's war. If I drop dead tomorrow, this war will still be with you.

By Lyndon B. Johnson
In war there is no substitute for victory.

By Douglas MacArthur
I would die for my country, but I could never let my country die for me.

By Neil Kinnock
Force, and fraud, are in war the two cardinal virtues.

By Thomas Hobbes
More than an end to war, we want an end to the beginnings of all wars.

By Franklin D. Roosevelt
Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong.

By Ronald Reagan
One must change one's tactics every ten years if one wishes to maintain one's superiority.

By Napoleon Bonaparte
Frankly, I'd like to see the government get out of war altogether and leave the whole field to private industry.

By Joseph Heller
For Americans war is almost all of the time a nuisance, and military skill is a luxury like Mah-Jongg. But when the issue is brought home to them, war becomes as important, for the necessary period, as business or sport. And it is hard to decide which is likely to be the more ominous for the Axis -- an American decision that this is sport, or that it is business.

By D. W. Brogan
You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.

By Jeannette Rankin
We dare not tempt them with weakness. For only when our arms are sufficient beyond doubt can we be certain beyond doubt that they will never be employed.

By John Fitzgerald Kennedy
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.

By Friedrich Nietzsche
War is a contagion.

By Franklin D. Roosevelt
War is a poor chisel to carve out tomorrow.

By Martin Luther King, Jr.
War is delightful to those who have had no experience of it.

By Desiderius Erasmus
Wars have never hurt anybody except the people who die.

By Salvador Dali
They wrote in the old days that it is sweet and fitting to die for one's country. But in modern war, there is nothing sweet nor fitting in your dying. You will die like a dog for no good reason.

By Ernest Hemingway
There is hardly such a thing as a war in which it makes no difference who wins. Nearly always one side stands more or less for progress, the other side more or less for reaction.

By George Orwell
There is no avoiding war; it can only be postponed to the advantage of others.

By Niccolo Machiavelli
The superpowers often behave like two heavily armed blind men feeling their way around a room, each believing himself in mortal peril from the other, whom he assumes to have perfect vision.

By Henry Kissinger
The shaft of the arrow had been feathered with one of the eagle's own plumes. We often give our enemies the means of our own destruction.

By Aesop
The military don't start wars. Politicians start wars.

By William Westmoreland
The best armor is to keep out of range.

By Italian Proverb
War gives people the excuse to indulge in savagery which is really pent up frustration at living a life of subservience.

By davidinteriors
Wen abhor is around faces are frown..:-(

By Sheena
Wars or the flesh will only destroy our peace of mind

By BlackMamba
I feel empty and cold. But then, i love the feeling. Queer?

By hardrock
My worrylines are getting deeper. The enemy is getting closer.

By hardrock
My worrylines are getting deeper. The enemy is getting closer.

By hardrock
I gave up on love, I gave up on friendship They cost me too much

By hardrock
War-A financial event designed to use up bullets.

By hardrock
The birth of weapons of mass destruction announced the demise of humanity.

By hardrock
I keep them busy, I lead them down the false path, so they can dwell there. While i progress..

By hardrock
War starts by bad people and war ends by good people

By Aroon_George
... wasted Lifes in man's quest to Time-Cheat, in laying hands on Peace; a mindset - Kofi Asokwa-Nkansah

By Kofi_Asokwa-Nkansah
I hate the cops!damn!they wanna turn my life upside down.Every time they put they mouths in to my game.

By Amadu
WAR - defined A game of chess Played by men with stars to benefit men with coin at the expense of humanity weapons optional

By shadowbrook
The weapon of a good diplomat is not his gun but his words.

By olukosiibitoye
WAR IS NOT A FIGHT , ITS A CHALLENGED BATTLE FOR LIFE

By Saanvi
Conquerors that conquered themselves first, are the true heroes of life, because life is a war with series of battles

By Anthony_Ngabwe
To target and attack the worship places and innocent people is the way of those, who are the great evil more than the evil.

By abu
The present map of our modern world is the result of invasions and divisions by the military, and political forces, but not the real will of all people.

By abu
Winning a war is just like finding world peace. There will never be such thing. There is only survival.

By thatguyyouknow
Life is like war. Nobody wants to lose and there is no such thing as winning. Just who lasts the longest.

By thatguyyouknow
The only new war I want to see in my lifetime is a war of the minds, or a fantasy war in a video game.

By SophieMaMa