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|Topic: War Quotes - Famous War Quotes,
Sayings about Wars and Warefare
|A country cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare
A lot of wonderful people love their country and hate the military.
A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon.
All men are brothers, like the seas throughout the world; So
why do winds and waves clash so fiercely everywhere?
All they that take the sword, shall perish with the sword.
All war represents a failure of diplomacy.
All warfare is based on deception.
The Art of War
An eye for an eye only makes the whole world blind.
An unjust peace is better than a just war.
Are bombs the only way of setting fire to the spirit of a people?
Is the human will as inert as the past two world-wide wars would
As far as I'm concerned, war always means failure.
As soon as war is looked upon as wicked, it will always have
its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease
to be popular.
Britain and France had to choose between war and dishonor. They
chose dishonor. They will have war.
Come you masters of war
You that build all the guns
You that build the death planes
You that build the big bombs
You that hide behind walls
You that hide behind desks
I just want you to know I can see through your masks.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Either war is obsolete or men are.
R. Buckminster Fuller
England has been offered a choice between war and shame. She
has chosen shame and will get war.
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 not clothed.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
God is not on the side of the big battalions, but on the side
of those who shoot best.
History teaches that war begins when governments believe the
price of aggression is cheap.
History teaches us that war begins when governments believe
the price of aggression is cheap.
I ain't got no quarrel with the Vietcong.
Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay)
I don't feel we did wrong in taking this great country away
from them. There were great numbers of people who needed new
land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves.
I have seen enough of one war never to wish to see another.
I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but
World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.
I love the smell of Napalm in the morning.
Apocalypse Now, movie
I venture to say no war can be long carried on against the will
of the people.
If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we
belong to each other.
I'm fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young
men to die in.
In Italy, for thirty years under the Borgias, they had warfare,
terror, murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo,
Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they
had brotherly love, they had five hundred years of democracy
and peace, what did they produce? The cuckoo clock.
In war there is no prize for the runner-up.
General Omar Bradley
In war, resolution; in defeat, defiance; in victory, magnanimity.
It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it.
General Douglas MacArthur
It is only the dead who have seen the end of war.
It is well that war is so terrible, or we should grow too fond
Robert E. Lee
Kings had always been involving and impoverishing their people
in wars, pretending generally, if not always, that the good
of the people was the object.
"Let someone else get killed!"
"Suppose everyone on our side felt that way?"
"Well then I'd certainly be a damned fool to feel any other
way, wouldn't I?"
"Englishmen are dying for England, American's are dying
for America, Germans are dying for Germany, Russians are dying
for Russia. There are now fifty or sixty countries fighting
in this war. Surely so many countries can all be worth dying
"Anything worth living for," said Nately, "is
worth dying for."
"And anything worth dying for," answered the old man,
"is certainly worth living for."
Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties and so bear ourselves
that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a
thousand years, men will still say, 'This was their finest hour.'
Man is the only animal that deals in that atrocity of atrocities,
War. He is the only one that gathers his brethren about him
and goes forth in cold blood and calm pulse to exterminate his
kind. He is the only animal that for sordid wages will march
out and help to slaughter strangers of his own species who have
done him no harm and with whom he has no quarrel . . . And in
the intervals between campaigns he washes the blood off his
hands and works for "the universal brotherhood of man"
- with his mouth.
Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind.
John F. Kennedy
Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so
many to so few.
Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified,
is not a crime. Ask the infantry and ask the dead.
No one ever goes into battle thinking God is on the other side.
Of course the people don't want war. Why should some poor slob
on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can
get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally,
the common people don't want war: neither in Russia, nor in
England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood.
But after all it is the leaders of the country who determine
the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people
along, whether it is a democracy, or 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 to tell them
they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack
of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. (at the Nuremberg
Trials, shortly before being sentenced to death)
Older men declare war. But it's the youth who must fight and
Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more, Or close
the wall up with our English dead! In peace there's nothing
so becomes a man As modest stillness and humility; But when
the blast of war blows in our ears, Then imitate the action
of the tiger: Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood.
Only the dead have seen the end of war.
Politics is war without bloodshed, while war is politics with
Put your trust in God; but be sure to keep your powder dry.
Sixteen hours ago an American airplane dropped one bomb on Hiroshima
. . . The force from which the sun draws its power has been
loosed against those who brought war to the Far East. (First
announcement of the atomic bomb, August 6, 1945)
Harry S Truman
The art of war is simple enough. Find out where your enemy is.
Get at him as soon as you can. Strike him as hard as you can,
and keep moving.
Ulysses S Grant
The battle of Waterloo was won on the playing fields of Eton.
Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington
The death of one man is a tragedy. The death of millions is
The Lord is a man of war.
The object of war is not to die for your country but to make
the other bastard die for his.
George S. Patton, Jr.
The only winner in the War of 1812 was Tchaikovsky.
The purple testament of bleeding war.
The victor will never be asked if he told the truth.
The War That Will End War.
H. G. Wells
The whole art of war consists of guessing at what is on the
other side of the hill.
Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington
The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was
in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they
Their sword will become our plow, and from the tears of war
the daily bread of future generations will grow.
There never was a good war or a bad peace.
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
To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of
To jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war.
Today we did what we had to do. They counted on America to be
passive. They were wrong.
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.
Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.
War can only be abolished through war, and in order to get rid
of the gun it is necessary to take up the gun.
War does not determine who is right - only who is left.
War is a bloody, killing business. You've got to spill their
blood, or they will spill yours. Rip them up the belly. Shoot
them in the guts.
George S. Patton, Jr.
War is hell.
William Tecumseh Sherman
"War is Peace" "Freedom is Slavery" "Ignorance
War is too serious a matter to entrust to military men.
War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary,
it is always an evil, never a good. We will not learn how to
live together in peace by killing each other's children.
War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious
objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior
John F. Kennedy
We have the finest food, the finest equipment, the best spirit,
and the best men in the world. Why, by God, I actually pity
those poor sons-of-bitches we're going up against. By God, I
George S. Patton, Jr.
We have to face the fact that either all of us are going to
die together or we are going to learn to live together and if
we are to live together we have to talk.
We live in a time where fictitious election results give us
a fictitious president. We are now fighting a war for fictitious
reasons. Whether it's the fiction of duct tape or the fictitious
'Orange Alerts,' we are against this war, Mr. Bush. Shame on
you, Mr. Bush, shame on you. And, whenever you've got the Pope
and the Dixie Chicks against you, your time is up.
We make war that we may live in peace.
We shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall
fight in France. We shall fight on the seas and oceans. We shall
fight, with growing confidence and strength in the air. 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.
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 and democracy?
When engaged in combat, the vanquishing of thine enemy can be
the warrior's only concern...
This is the first and cardinal rule of combat...
Suppress all human emotion and compassion...
Kill whoever stands in thy way, even if that be Lord God, or
This truth lies at the heart of the art of combat. Once it is
mastered... Thou shall fear no one... Though the devil himself
may bar thy way...
Kill Bill, Vol. 1, movie
When people speak to you about a preventive war, you tell them
to go and fight it. After my experience, I have come to hate
war. War settles nothing.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
When the enemy advances, withdraw; when he stops, harass; when
he tires, strike; when he retreats, pursue.
When the rich wage war, it's the poor who die.
When war is declared, Truth is the first casualty.
When you have to kill a man it costs nothing to be polite.
You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.
You can't say that civilization don't advance, however, for
in every war they kill you in a new way.
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