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War Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about War

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When we step on the battlefield, I will be
The First Boots On and the Last Boots Off.
- LtG. Hal Moore

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You can discover what your enemy fears most
by observing the means he uses to frighten you.
- Michael Moncur

The problems of victory are more agreeable
than those of defeat,
but they are no less difficult.
- Winston Churchill

We have no enemies,
we have only friendships that we haven't yet developed
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I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.
- Winston Churchill

A bad peace is better than a good war.
- Yiddish Proverb

If we take the generally accepted definition of bravery
as a quality which knows no fear, I have never seen a brave man.
All men are frightened. The more intelligent they are,
the more they are frightened.
- George S. Patton

 

When you have to kill a man,
it costs nothing to be polite.
- Winston Churchill

Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory.
Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.
- Sun Tzu

When you are in any contest,
you should work as if there were -
to the very last minute - a chance to lose it.
This is battle, this is politics, this is anything.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.
- Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Men ought either to be indulged or utterly destroyed,
for if you merely offend them, they take vengeance,
but if you injure them greatly, they are unable to retaliate,
so that the injury done to a man
ought to be such that vengeance cannot be feared.
- Niccolo Machiavelli

We will not learn how to live together in peace
by killing each other's children.
- Jimmy Carter

If I am happy in spite of my deprivations,
if my happiness is so deep that it is a faith,
so thoughtful that it becomes a philosophy of life.
If, in short, I am an optimist,
my testimony to the creed of optimism is worth hearing.
- Helen Keller
...
Helen Keller (1880-1968) overcame being both deaf and blind
to become a famous author, lecturer, and activist
for women's suffrage, workers' rights, and ending war.

War settles nothing.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

When you are winning a war
almost everything that happens
can be claimed to be right and wise.
- Winston Churchill

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.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

To jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war.
- Winston Churchill

It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war
is nothing but an act of murder.
- Albert Einstein

When people speak to you about a preventive war,
you tell them to go fight it.
After my experience, I have come to hate war.
War settles nothing.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

We are all "neighbors."
Our world has gotten too small for us to be anything else.
We can no longer have "us" and "them" - friends and enemies.
A person from Iraq, or Russia, or Columbia is
no more a stranger or enemy than a person from across town.
A few people everywhere are troublemakers.
Every religion provokes a few people to become extremists.
Do we need police around the globe? Unfortunately, we always will.
Do we need war? Does that question even deserve an answer?
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But what a cruel thing is war
to separate and destroy families and friends.
- Robert E. Lee

We prefer world law in the age of self-determination
to world war in the age of mass extermination.
- John F. Kennedy

The supreme art of war is
to subdue the enemy without fighting.
- Sun Tzu

When the war of the giants is over,
the wars of the pygmies will begin.
- Winston Churchill

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.
- James A. Baldwin

The power of an air force is terrific
when there is nothing to oppose it.
- Winston Churchill

What counts is not necessarily
the size of the dog in the fight -
it's the size of the fight in the dog.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower quoting Mark Twain

When all you know is bombs,
everything looks like a target.
Give peace and diplomacy a chance.
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To build may have to be the slow and laborious task of years.
To destroy can be the thoughtless act of a single day.
- Winston Churchill

We have not yet begun to fight.
- John Paul Jones

There should be an honest attempt at the reconciliation
of differences before resorting to combat.
- Jimmy Carter

We may never be strong enough to be entirely
nonviolent in thought, word and deed.
But we must keep nonviolence as our goal
and make strong progress towards it.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The expert in battle seeks his victory
from strategic advantage
and does not demand it from his men.
- Sun Tzu

The great defense against the air menace
is to attack the enemy's aircraft
as near as possible to their point of departure.
- Winston Churchill

When you put on a uniform,
there are certain inhibitions that you accept.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

All warfare is based on deception.
- Sun Tzu

Battles are won by slaughter and maneuver.
The greater the general, the more he contributes in maneuver,
the less he demands in slaughter.
- Winston Churchill

If men can develop weapons that are so terrifying
as to make the thought of global war
include almost a sentence for suicide,
you would think that man's intelligence and his comprehension...
would include also his ability to find a peaceful solution.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Never in the field of human conflict
was so much owed by so many to so few.
- Winston Churchill

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.
- Winston Churchill

But what a cruel thing is war
to separate and destroy families and friends,
and mar the purest joys and happiness
God has granted us in this world,
to fill our hearts with hatred
instead of love for our neighbors,
and to devastate the fair face of this beautiful world!
- Robert E. Lee

The most terrible job in warfare is to be a second lieutenant
leading a platoon when you are on the battlefield.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

I wanted to see exotic Vietnam, the jewel of Southeast Asia.
I, uh, I wanted to meet interesting
and stimulating people of an ancient culture,
and kill them.
- the movie Full Metal Jacket

What is human warfare but just this;
an effort to make the laws of God and
nature take sides with one party.
- Henry David Thoreau

We shall show mercy, but we shall not ask for it.
- Winston Churchill

Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror,
victory however long and hard the road may be;
for without victory, there is no survival.
- Winston Churchill

The most successful war seldom pays for its losses.
- Thomas Jefferson

You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war.
- Albert Einstein

Anyone who thinks, must think of
the next war as they would of suicide.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

War is the ultimate tool of politics.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

I can make more generals, but horses cost money.
- Abraham Lincoln

When I despair, I remember that all through history
the way of truth and love has always won.
There have been tyrants and murderers and
for a time they seem invincible,
but in the end, they always fall ... think of it, always.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The limitation of riots, moral questions aside,
is that they cannot win and their participants know it.
Hence, rioting is not revolutionary but reactionary
because it invites defeat.
It involves an emotional catharsis,
but it must be followed by a sense of futility.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

I abhor war and view it as the greatest scourge of mankind.
- Thomas Jefferson

Either war is obsolete, or men are.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Never has there been a good war or a bad peace.
- Benjamin Franklin

Another day, another dollar, another war, another tower
Went up where the homeless had their home.
- Jewel

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.
- Winston Churchill

War is an instrument entirely inefficient
toward redressing wrong;
and multiplies, instead of indemnifying losses.
- Thomas Jefferson

The Creator has not thought proper
to mark those in the forehead
who are of stuff to make good generals.
We are first, therefore, to seek them blindfold,
and then let them learn the trade
at the expense of great losses.
- Thomas Jefferson

Politics are very much like war.
We may even have to use poison gas at times.
- Winston Churchill

A prisoner of war is a man who tries to kill you and fails,
and then asks you not to kill him.
- Winston Churchill

The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything
save our modes of thinking
and we thus drift toward unparalleled catastrophe.
- Albert Einstein

There was never a good war or a bad peace.
- Benjamin Franklin

We must concentrate not merely on
the negative expulsion of war
but the positive affirmation of peace.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

We cannot be both the world's leading champion of peace and
the world's leading supplier of the weapons of war.
- Jimmy Carter

I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can,
only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

In war, you can only be killed once,
but in politics, many times.
- Winston Churchill

I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought,
but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.
- Albert Einstein

Love is like war: easy to begin but very hard to stop.
- H. L. Mencken


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