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War Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about War

Please enjoy these War Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

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

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

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

 

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

We have no enemies,
we have only friendships that we haven't yet developed
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

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War is the symptom, not the disease.
- L. M. Heroux

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

I do not believe that the men who served in uniform
in Vietnam have been given the credit they deserve.
It was a difficult war against an unorthodox enemy.
- William Westmoreland

The scenes on this field would have cured anybody of war.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.
- Jeannette Rankin

War does not determine who is right -
only who is left.
- Bertrand Russell

War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things.
The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic
feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse.
- John Stuart Mill

War is the unfolding of miscalculations.
- Barbara Tuchman

In modern war...
you will die like a dog for no good reason.
- Ernest Hemingway

Older men declare war.
But it is the youth that must fight and die.
- Herbert Hoover

When the rich wage war, it's the poor who die.
- Jean-Paul Sartre

The way to win an atomic war is to make certain it never starts.
- Omar N. Bradley

War makes thieves and peace hangs them.
- George Herbert

It has too often been too easy for rulers and governments to incite man to war.
- Lester B. Pearson

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

All war is deception.
- Sun Tzu

We have war when at least one of the parties to a conflict
wants something more than it wants peace.
- Jeane Kirkpatrick

I have never advocated war except as a means of peace.
- Ulysses S. Grant

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

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

I must study politics and war that my sons may have
liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.
- John Adams

You can't say civilization don't advance...
in every war they kill you in a new way.
- Will Rogers

The power to wage war is the power to wage war successfully.
- Charles Evans Hughes

If we don't end war, war will end us.
- H. G. Wells

Never think that war, no matter how necessary,
nor how justified, is not a crime.
- Ernest Hemingway

War would end if the dead could return.
- Stanley Baldwin

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

War is not an adventure.
It is a disease.
It is like typhus.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

A visitor from Mars could easily pick out the civilized nations.
They have the best implements of war.
- Herbert V. Prochnow

War is hell.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

War is only a cowardly escape from the problems of peace.
- Thomas Mann

It is well that war is so terrible.
We should grow too fond of it.
- Robert E. Lee

We have been travelling through a cloud.
The sky has been dark ever since the war began.
- Black Kettle

War is a series of catastrophes which result in victory.
- Albert Pike

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

An unjust peace is better than a just war.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Sometime they'll give a war and nobody will come.
- Carl Sandburg

In peace, sons bury their fathers.
In war, fathers bury their sons.
- Herodotus

Only the dead have seen the end of the war.
- George Santayana

War grows out of the desire of the individual to gain
advantage at the expense of his fellow man.
- Napoleon Hill

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

There is no avoiding war; it can only be postponed
to the advantage of others.
- Niccolo Machiavelli

The object of war is not to die for your country but
to make the other bastard die for his.
- George S. Patton

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

I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.
- Winston Churchill

The first casualty when war comes is truth.
- Hiram Johnson

One may know how to gain a victory, and know not how to use it.
- Pedro Calderon de la Barca

There will one day spring from the brain of science
a machine or force so fearful in its potentialities,
so absolutely terrifying, that even man,
the fighter, who will dare torture and death in order
to inflict torture and death,
will be appalled, and so abandon war forever.
- Thomas A. Edison

There is no instance of a nation benefitting from prolonged warfare.
- Sun Tzu

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

The Establishment center...
has led us into the stupidest and cruelest war in all history.
That war is a moral and political disaster -
a terrible cancer eating away at the soul of our nation.
- George McGovern

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

No country can act wisely simultaneously in every part
of the globe at every moment of time.
- Henry A. Kissinger

We are all tourists in history, and irony is what we win in wars.
- Anatole Broyard

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

Patriots always talk of dying for their country and
never of killing for their country.
- Bertrand Russell

War settles nothing.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

In my dreams I hear again the crash of guns,
the rattle of musketry, the strange,
mournful mutter of the battlefield.
- Douglas MacArthur

But what a cruel thing is war
to separate and destroy families and friends.
- Robert E. Lee

If it's natural to kill, how come men have to go into training to learn how?
- Joan Baez

Sweat saves blood.
- Erwin Rommel

What is the use of physicians like myself trying to
help parents to bring up children healthy and happy,
to have them killed in such numbers for a cause that is ignoble?
- Benjamin Spock

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


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