War Quotes

Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.
– Benjamin Franklin
The tragedy of modern war is that the young men die fighting each other - instead of their real enemies back home in the capitals.
– Edward Abbey
Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war.
– John Adams
I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.
– John Adams
Making peace, I have found, is much harder than making war.
– Gerry Adams
Our modern states are preparing for war without even knowing the future enemy.
– Alfred Adler
To all those who walk the path of human cooperation war must appear loathsome and inhuman.
– Alfred Adler
War is not the continuation of politics with different means, it is the greatest mass-crime perpetrated on the community of man.
– Alfred Adler
War is organized murder and torture against our brothers.
– Alfred Adler
I was a little girl in World War II and I'm used to being freed by Americans.
– Madeleine Albright
I took a speed-reading course and read War and Peace in twenty minutes. It involves Russia.
– Woody Allen
How is it they live in such harmony the billions of stars - when most men can barely go a minute without declaring war in their minds about someone they know.
– Saint Thomas Aquinas
In order for a war to be just, three things are necessary. First, the authority of the sovereign. Secondly, a just cause. Thirdly, a rightful intention.
– Saint Thomas Aquinas
Peace for us means the destruction of Israel. We are preparing for an all-out war, a war which will last for generations.
– Yasser Arafat
War has become a luxury that only small nations can afford.
– Hannah Arendt
We make war that we may live in peace.
– Aristotle
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.
– Isaac Asimov
Basketball is like war in that offensive weapons are developed first, and it always takes a while for the defense to catch up.
– Red Auerbach
We never had planned to hijack a ship. We never thought of any war plans outside the Palestinian lands. We wished that the program had not failed and then the warriors could have achieved their goals.
– Abu Abbas
Cursed be he above all others Who's enslaved by love of money. Money takes the place of brothers, Money takes the place of parents, Money brings us war and slaughter.
– Anacreon
If it's natural to kill, how come men have to go into training to learn how?
– Joan Baez
So long as war is the main business of nations, temporary despotism - despotism during the campaign - is indispensable.
– Walter Bagehot
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
War would end if the dead could return.
– Stanley Baldwin
One may know how to gain a victory, and know not how to use it.
– Pedro Calderon de la Barca
My hope is that gays will be running the world, because then there would be no war. Just a greater emphasis on military apparel.
– Roseanne Barr
I have been a gigantic Rolling Stones fan since approximately the Spanish-American War.
– Dave Barry
All oppression creates a state of war.
– Simone de Beauvoir
There are evils that have the ability to survive identification and go on for ever... money, for instance, or war.
– Saul Bellow
All war represents a failure of diplomacy.
– Tony Benn
I am one who believes that we are, in fact, engaged in a worldwide war against terrorism. We must have the serenity to accept the fact that war is not going to go away if we ignore it.
– Robert Bennett
War is God's way of teaching Americans geography.
– Ambrose Bierce
What this country needs what every country needs occasionally is a good hard bloody war to revive the vice of patriotism on which its existence as a nation depends.
– Ambrose Bierce
Be polite; write diplomatically; even in a declaration of war one observes the rules of politeness.
– Otto von Bismarck
People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war or before an election.
– Otto von Bismarck
Mine is the first generation able to contemplate the possibility that we may live our entire lives without going to war or sending our children to war.
– Tony Blair
War is evil, but it is often the lesser evil.
– Eric Blair
A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon.
– Napoleon Bonaparte
War is the business of barbarians.
– Napoleon Bonaparte
You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your art of war.
– Napoleon Bonaparte
For the sake of the troops, for the love of the troops, we must not add yet another casualty to this war. We must not let truth be a casualty of this war.
– Barbara Boxer
Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war that we know about peace, more about killing that we know about living.
– Omar N. Bradley
The way to win an atomic war is to make certain it never starts.
– Omar N. Bradley
War is like love; it always finds a way.
– Bertolt Brecht
We are all tourists in history, and irony is what we win in wars.
– Anatole Broyard
I venture to say no war can be long carried on against the will of the people.
– Edmund Burke
I just want you to know that, when we talk about war, we're really talking about peace.
– George W. Bush
Some have argued that confronting the threat from Iraq could detract from the war against terror. To the contrary, confronting the threat posed by Iraq is crucial to winning the war on terror.
– George W. Bush
The course of this conflict is not known, yet its outcome is certain. Freedom and fear, justice and cruelty, have always been at war, and we know that God is not neutral between them.
– George W. Bush
The deliberate and deadly attacks which were carried out yesterday against our country were more than acts of terror. They were acts of war.
– George W. Bush
This was not an act of terrorism, but it was an act of war.
– George W. Bush
With those attacks, the terrorists and their supporters declared war on the United States. And war is what they got.
– George W. Bush
I can tell you this: If I'm ever in a position to call the shots, I'm not going to rush to send somebody else's kids into a war.
– George H. W. Bush
You cannot be President of the United States if you don't have faith. Remember Lincoln, going to his knees in times of trial in the Civil War and all that stuff.
– George H. W. Bush
A skilful leech is better far, than half a hundred men of war.
– Samuel Butler
On average, drug prisoners spend more time in federal prison than rapists, who often get out on early release because of the overcrowding in prison caused by the Drug War.
– Michael Badnarik
Not all moral issues have the same moral weight as abortion and euthanasia. There may be legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not... with regard to abortion and euthanasia.
– Pope Benedict XVI
There will always be a place for us somewhere, somehow, as long as we see to it that working people fight for everything they have, everything they hope to get, for dignity, equality, democracy, to oppose war and to bring to the world a better life.
– Harry Bridges
The government's War on Poverty has transformed poverty from a short-term misfortune into a career choice.
– Harry Browne
War is a racket. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.
– Smedley Butler
War is just a racket... I believe in adequate defense at the coastline and nothing else.
– Smedley Butler
In war, events of importance are the result of trivial causes.
– Julius Caesar
You know, the period of World War I and the Roaring Twenties were really just about the same as today. You worked, and you made a living if you could, and you tired to make the best of things. For an actor or a dancer, it was no different then than today. It was a struggle.
– James Cagney
The myth of unlimited production brings war in its train as inevitably as clouds announce a storm.
– Albert Camus
We used to wonder where war lived, what it was that made it so vile. And now we realize that we know where it lives... inside ourselves.
– Albert Camus
War is a quarrel between two thieves too cowardly to fight their own battle.
– Thomas Carlyle
I think the record speaks for itself. These are two individuals who have been for the war when the headlines were good and against it when their poll ratings were bad.
– Dick Cheney
A man who says that no patriot should attack the war until it is over... is saying no good son should warn his mother of a cliff until she has fallen.
– G. K. Chesterton
Marriage is an adventure, like going to war.
– G. K. Chesterton
The only defensible war is a war of defense.
– G. K. Chesterton
We can, for example, be fairly confident that either there will be a world without war or there won't be a world - at least, a world inhabited by creatures other than bacteria and beetles, with some scattering of others.
– Noam Chomsky
One is left with the horrible feeling now that war settles nothing; that to win a war is as disastrous as to lose one.
– Agatha Christie
A prisoner of war is a man who tries to kill you and fails, and then asks you not to kill him.
– Sir Winston Churchill
I am never going to have anything more to do with politics or politicians. When this war is over I shall confine myself entirely to writing and painting.
– Sir Winston Churchill
In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies.
– Sir Winston Churchill
Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.
– Sir Winston Churchill
Those who can win a war well can rarely make a good peace and those who could make a good peace would never have won the war.
– Sir Winston Churchill
War is a game that is played with a smile. If you can't smile, grin. If you can't grin, keep out of the way till you can.
– Sir Winston Churchill
War is mainly a catalogue of blunders.
– Sir Winston Churchill
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.
– Sir Winston Churchill
When the war of the giants is over the wars of the pygmies will begin.
– Sir Winston Churchill
When you are winning a war almost everything that happens can be claimed to be right and wise.
– Sir Winston Churchill
An unjust peace is better than a just war.
– Marcus Tullius Cicero
The greatest crime since World War II has been U.S. foreign policy.
– Ramsey Clark
I shall proceed from the simple to the complex. But in war more than in any other subject we must begin by looking at the nature of the whole; for here more than elsewhere the part and the whole must always be thought of together.
– Karl Von Clausewitz
Many intelligence reports in war are contradictory; even more are false, and most are uncertain.
– Karl Von Clausewitz
Politics is the womb in which war develops.
– Karl Von Clausewitz
The political object is the goal, war is the means of reaching it, and the means can never be considered in isolation form their purposes.
– Karl Von Clausewitz
War is not an exercise of the will directed at an inanimate matter.
– Karl Von Clausewitz
War is the domain of physical exertion and suffering.
– Karl Von Clausewitz
War is the province of danger.
– Karl Von Clausewitz
I don't know whether war is an interlude during peace, or peace an interlude during war.
– Georges Clemenceau
No matter what you think about the Iraq war, there is one thing we can all agree on for the next days - we have to salute the courage and bravery of those who are risking their lives to vote and those brave Iraqi and American soldiers fighting to protect their right to vote.
– Hillary Clinton
I had seen people who had lost everything and everyone they loved to war, famine, and natural disasters.
– Chelsea Clinton
No nation ever had an army large enough to guarantee it against attack in time of peace, or ensure it of victory in time of war.
– Calvin Coolidge
We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity. We weren't punctilious about locating and punishing only Hitler and his top officers. We carpet-bombed German cities; we killed civilians. That's war. And this is war.
– Ann Coulter
When we were at peace, Democrats wanted to raise taxes. Now there's a war, so Democrats want to raise taxes. When there was a surplus, Democrats wanted to raise taxes. Now that there is a mild recession, Democrats want to raise taxes.
– Ann Coulter
All truly historical peoples have an idea they must realize, and when they have sufficiently exploited it at home, they export it, in a certain way, by war; they make it tour the world.
– Victor Cousin
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.
– Noel Coward
I want a world without war, a world without insanity. I want to see people do well. I don't even think it's as much as what I want for myself. It's more what I want for the people around me. That's what I want.
– Tom Cruise